Health Insurance for International Students

Health insurance is an investment in your well-being and peace of mind.


Population Registered for Requirement
International Any number of credit hours Required. Automatically enrolled and charged for insurance


For more information on the USF-sponsored health insurance plan, including benefits, cost, and claims, visit Student Health Plan.

All international students registered for one unit or more will be automatically enrolled in and charged for the USF- sponsored health insurance plan.

Print Insurance ID Card


Students who already have a health insurance plan comparable to or better than the USF- sponsored health insurance may petition to waive the health insurance requirement. Students are expected to maintain comparable health insurance coverage at all times during their waiver period. However, if a student’s health coverage is dropped, it is the student’s responsibility to contact Health Promotion Services to discuss their options at or 415.422.5797. Students who have waived their health insurance in the Fall semester do not need to waive their health insurance in the Spring semester. However, if students waive in the Spring semester, they will have to waive again in the Fall semester.

To waive the insurance requirement, your insurance plan must be comparable to or better than the USF Sponsored Health insurance plan.

Health Insurance Plans NOT accepted by USF
This is a short list.

  • ASPE insurance (It is not sold by US State Department)
  • All travel and accident plans
  • PSI Health Insurance
  • Compass Health Insurance
  • Study USA- Health Care, The insurance company of the State of Pennsylvania
  • Reliance General Insurance
  • Travel and Accident plans by United Health Care

These health insurance plans are NOT accepted because they have many limitations and exclusions for medical services.

Criteria for waiving the health insurance requirement

Please be advised these are general criteria and all health plans will be reviewed by the University insurance broker to ensure the plan meets USF requirement.

  • Policy must be in English
  • Health plan must be provided by a U.S based insurance company, with a U.S claims payment office and phone number
  • Policy must include accident and medical coverage (include illness/preventive care, prescription, no limit on hospital stay/emergency room except for the co-insurance and deductible)
  • Health plan must offer unlimited policy year benefit maximum
  • Deductible no greater than $200 dollars
  • Medical evacuation minimum of $10,000 in coverage
  • Repatriation minimum of $7,500 in coverage
  • Pre-existing conditions must be covered
  • Health plan must have an annual out of pocket maximum of $6,350(individual)/$12,700(family) or less
  • Includes provision for co-insurance that does not exceed 20%
  • Coverage cannot exclude benefits for perils inherent to the activities of the program in which the visitor participates
  • Plan must cover hospital stay for all medical, surgical and mental health/substance abuse conditions without limitations

Submit Health Insurance Waiver (follow steps 1-6):

  1. Download the Health Insurance Waiver Form for International Students (PDF).
  2. Fill out the form completely, including full name, student ID, email address, and insurance information. And sign it.
  3. Attach proof of your insurance coverage. Proof must be in the form of a statement of coverage (benefits and exclusions) in English. Sample: review pages 5-17
  4. Attach a copy of your insurance card.
  5. Attach proof of Repatriation and Medical evacuation coverage (If your health insurance does not provide it).
  6. Submit your health insurance waiver online. Click Here


Students who wish to waive the insurance requirement must do so by the deadline.

  • The waiver deadline for the Fall semester is September 1 at 5pm.
  • The waiver deadline for the Spring semester is February 1 at 5pm.

Health Promotion Services

2130 Fulton Street
University Center, Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94117

Hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm

Tel: (415) 422-5797
Fax: (888) 471-2290

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