International Student Services

Health Insurance

Required for All International Students at UW

Washington state laws require that international students maintain adequate health insurance while attending the University of Washington. All matriculated international students in F-1 status at the University of Washington are required to enroll in the University of Washington Student Health Insurance every quarter.

Read "Waiver Eligability" section below to see if you fit one of the specific categories of students that are allowed to be waived from the insurance requirement.

Failure to Fulfill the Requirement
Students who fail to provide proof of insurance enrollment by the deadline each quarter to International Student Services (ISS) will be reported to the Office of the Registrar. The student will be dropped from all enrolled courses for failure to meet the health insurance requirement. Students who are dropped from their courses will be unable to maintain their full-time student status.

A student’s failure to be a full-time student is a violation of their F1 visa, and thus ISS is required to terminate the student's I-20 immigration record due to this violation. Students should consult with ISS prior to termination to discuss their options.

UW Insurance Waiver Eligibility

Students should not expect to be able to purchase an insurance plan that is not through UW. The requirement to purchase the UW Student Health Insurance Plan may be waived only if you fit into one of the following categories and have comparable insurance that is valid in the U.S. are eligible for an insurance waiver: 

  • Exchange or visiting student attending UW through an official exchange program sponsored either by a UW academic department or the UW Office of International Programs & Exchanges.
  • Student funded by his or her government, or the U.S. government. Funding agencies include but are not limited to DAAD and Fulbright.
  • Student receiving health insurance benefits provided by the U.S. employer of his or her parent, spouse or domestic partner.
  • Student enrolled at UW but doing research outside the United States.
  • Student working in the U.S. and receiving health insurance benefits through his/her employer.

Minimum Coverage: The insurance must provide a monetary minimum of $200,000 or more per medical condition per policy year, medical evacuation (at least $10,000) and repatriation of remains (at least $7,500).

Research or Teaching Assistantship: If you receive a graduate Research or Teaching Assistant appointment, you may be eligible for the Graduate Appointee Insurance Plan (GAIP). If you enroll, this will automatically replace the UW Student Health Insurance Plan and no waiver is required. More information on GAIP is available at:

Applying for a Waiver: Submit an Insurance Waiver Form and proof of alternate coverage to the International Student Services no later than 5:00 pm on the 7th calendar day of the quarter (if this is a weekend, turn the form in by the preceding Friday). You can obtain an Insurance Waiver Form from International Student Services office.