Office of International Programs
Health Insurance Information for International Students
By mandate of the UT System Board of Regents, any international student attending a UT System campus on a nonimmigrant student visa is required to be continuously enrolled in a federally--i.e., PPACA--compliant health insurance plan throughout the duration of their studies to maintain status.
UT's Student Health Insurance Plan (UT-SHIP), which OIP automatically extends to and charges its international students the UT-SHIP premium for, guarantees UT System and PPACA compliance. If you are an F-1 or J-1 UT Tyler student, enrollment in UT-SHIP is automatic upon course registration. A waiver may be granted, however, if the Waiver Process is followed in a timely manner.
Visiting scholars, faculty and student delegations are also required to have continuous medical insurance coverage which meets or exceeds PPACA standards. If you are a J-1 scholar or faculty, you may enroll in UT-SHIP or a comparable medical insurance plan, provided it meets additional J-1 visa requirements.
- J-1 scholars/faculty may submit proof of comparable non-UT-SHIP insurance coverage which meets J-1 visa requirements to their J-1 advisor no later than 7 days after their program start date.
If you have additional concerns not addressed by these pages or you believe you have been charged for UT-SHIP by mistake, please email the international insurance advisor.