Office of International Programs

International Student Insurance

× NOTICE:  Academic HealthPlans (AHP), in partnership with your student health insurance plan carrier, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), are offering a variety of services to students including a Student Assistance Program (SAP) and Virtual Visits with $0 copay. Learn more about this here. Students can contact Academic Health Plans by sending an email to: or by calling 1-855-247-7587.

The Fall waiver period is available from July 15, 2022 to September 16, 2022. Learn how to submit a waiver below by selecting the title "Insurance Waiver Instructions" or by visiting the AHP website directly.

For students who received an email saying the status “pending,” please use the following links depending on the campus you attend: UT Tyler or UT HSC.

The University of Texas System Rule 50402 requires all F and J student visa holders to be automatically enrolled in the U. T. System sponsored student health insurance plan titled U. T. System Student Health Insurance Program (UT SHIP).


While International students (F and J visa) are automatically enrolled in UT-SHIP and the fee added to their student accounts upon class enrollment, a student may receive authorization through AHP using their Waiver Process to use an alternative policy. It must meet all the insurance criteria and the correct documents must be filed during the waiver period.
The Fall waiver period is open from July 15, 2022 to September 16, 2022.. If approved by AHP for a waiver, your approval will be valid for the semester you applied for. International students must show proof of alternate adequate coverage each semester to AHP.

Follow the Instructions to Submit a Waiver:

  • Have a scanned copy of your insurance card and policy benefit pages including exclusions as well as your UT Tyler Patriots ID number ready.
  • Go to AHP's waiver page
  • Review the waiver criteria to check if your plan meets the criteria
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page to login and select “Click Here to Waive Coverage” to your existing account or to create a new waiver account.
    • If you previously used this waiver system login by using your UT Tyler Patriots ID and the previous password set. If you did not change your password, it may be your date of birth in the format of MMDDYYYY.
    • If you are new to this waiver system you would type in your birthdate (MMDDYYYY) for the password, but the student ID should be the same.
  • Enter all information and attach the scanned copies of your documents. Click the ‘Submit’ button.

Once your waiver and your proof documents are received by AHP, you will be notified via email within 5-10 business days with the status of your waiver request. If approved, submit the form below.

It may take up to 3-5 business days to process the adjustment to your tuition and fees.


Other Resources

For students who received an email saying the status “pending,” please use the following links depending on the campus you attend: UT Tyler or UT HSC.

UT-SHIP Insurance: Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Coverage: Benefits (Does not include vision or dental coverage except for students and their dependents under 19 years old.)
Cards: Mailed to students once per academic year, in the fall after classes begin unless the student's first semester is spring. Paper/digital versions are available through the Blue Cross/Blue Shield website.
To ask about Insurance Enrollment: 1-855-267-7587
To ask about Benefits or Claims: 1-855-267-0214
Free 24/7 Nurseline: 1-800-581-0368

How to use your policy:

  • You will be mailed an insurance card. Put it in your wallet or purse.
  • When you make a doctor’s appointment or visit a clinic, you will be asked what insurance you use and other information off the card.  
  • When you arrive at the clinic, someone will ask to see your card. They will verify that the policy is active.
  • When you leave, the office will send a bill to the insurance company. The insurance company will pay a percentage of the bill (see benefits list for how much) and then you will be billed for the remainder OR you can pay the full price and send the bill to the insurance company yourself and have them reimburse you for their portion. This is called “filing a claim.”

Q: I have not yet received my UT-SHIP insurance ID card, but need it for an upcoming medical appointment. What other proof of insurance may I obtain to present to my healthcare provider?
A: You may obtain your temporary insurance ID card online to present to your healthcare provider by following these steps: