Student Health Insurance
Health insurance coverage is mandatory for all international students who are in:
- F-1 or F-2 status and enrolled in classes; or
- J-1 or J-2 dependent status (regardless of enrollment) for the duration of their program.
F-1, F-2, and J-1 students enrolling in classes receive the United Healthcare insurance coverage automatically, regardless of their course load. The charge for insurance is added to the student tuition and fees bill. Learn about how much United Healthcare costs.
NOTE: Because all J-1 Visitors are required to have health insurance for themselves and their J-2 dependents for the duration of their stay, regardless of enrollment, J-2’s who enroll in KU classes are not automatically billed for the insurance. Contact email@example.com to sign up for the KU UHC insurance.
- Students enrolled in summer 2023 KU classes: Activation requests can be submitted between April 24, 2023, and June 5, 2023.
- Students NOT enrolled in summer 2023 KU classes who were enrolled in spring 2023 KU classes: Activation requests can be submitted between April 24, 2023, and June 29, 2023.
F-1, F-2 or J-1 international students enrolling in summer 2023 KU classes and do not have a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) or Graduate Assistant (GA) appointment eligible for the summer insurance credit must enroll in summer 2023 KU classes before a summer 2023 health insurance plan can be activated. Students who are enrolled in summer 2023 KU classes and do not submit an activation request between 4/24/23 – 6/5/23 will have their health insurance activated by the automated activation process after classes begin, summer insurance waivers have been processed and Human Resources Management (HRM) has processed the university insurance credit for graduate students with an eligible appointment have been keyed.
F-1, F-2 or J-1 international students enrolled in summer 2023 KU classes can activate their KU United Healthcare Student Resources (UHCSR) International Basic (2022-471-04) health insurance plan by taking the following steps:
- Click on the “Opt-in” tab in the initial insurance waiver email from ECI Services.
- Log into your ECI Services account and click on the “Enroll Now” icon.
F-1, F-2 or J-1 international students NOT enrolling in summer 2023 KU classes and enrolled in the spring 2023 KU UnitedHealthcare StudentResources (UHCSR) International Basic health insurance can purchase the summer 2023 KU UHCSR International Basic health insurance plan by taking the following steps:
- Log into iHawk Portal with your KU online ID and password.
- Click on “Insurance and Finances” from the left-side panel.
- Click on “Student Health Insurance.”
- And then click on “Summer 2023 – Request Optional Insurance (when in US but not enrolled in classes).
- Complete the form and submit.
After the “Summer 2023 – Request Optional Insurance (when in US but not enrolled in classes)” e-form is approved by ISS Insurance staff, a request to activate the summer 2023 KU UHCSR International Basic health insurance plan will be submitted to UHCSR. UHCSR will email a payment link to pay the summer 2023 insurance premium directly to UHCSR. The payment link will be valid for five (5) days. UHCSR will activate the summer 2023 health insurance plan after payment for the summer insurance premium is paid.
F-1, F-2 or J-1 International students with at least a 50% GTA/GRA/GA payroll appointment for summer 2023 OR students who were enrolled in the GTA/GRA/GA KU UHCSR health insurance plan in spring 2023, need to go to Health Insurance for Graduate Assistants for activation processes (including adding dependents).
Fall Semester: August 1 - December 31
Spring Semester: January 1 - May 31
Summer Semester: June 1 - July 31
Health Insurance Waiver
Deadline: (first day of class)
Spring 2023 - January 17, 2023
Summer 2023 - June 6, 2023
Fall 2023 - August 21, 2023
If you are in J-1 status, F-1, or F-2 status and can show adequate insurance coverage from another provider, you may request a waiver by completing the electronic waiver process, which includes uploading an insurance identification card. To receive an insurance waiver, your insurance must meet all the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) minimum requirements, or your waiver will be denied. Stand-alone travel and/or emergency/urgent care only coverage is not acceptable.
2022/2023 Insurance Requirements
If all the insurance requirements are not specified in your summary of benefits, additional documentation will be required.
- Unlimited Maximum Benefit for covered medical expenses.
- Coverage for essential benefits (with no dollar limits), as defined under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This includes:
- mental health services
- maternity benefits
- preventive care, and coverage for pre-existing conditions
- pediatric dental and vision coverage
- A policy year deductible of $500 or less.
- Maximum total out-of-pocket expenses cannot exceed $8,200 per member ($16,400 per family) with preferred providers. Deductibles, coinsurance, and copays all count toward the out-of-pocket maximum.)
- A minimum of 75% coinsurance payable by the insurance plan to network providers.
- Plan is not a Travel plan or for Emergency/urgent care only.
- At least $100,000 in coverage for repatriation and medical evacuation.
- Coverage includes effective dates spanning the entire period for which the waiver is requested.
- Spring - 01/01/2023 through 05/31/2023
- Summer - 06/01/2023 through 07/31/2023
- Fall - 08/01/2023 through 12/31/2023
- Plan document(s) in English, with currency amounts converted to U.S. dollars, and the insurance company contact phone # in the U.S.
- Insurer has a base of operations in the US or has a US based claims payer.
- Insurer is authorized to do business in Kansas and is providing coverage under a health insurance policy that has been filed and approved by the Kansas Department of Insurance.
- Coverage is provided by an employer’s group plan which is compliant with items 1-11 or is backed by the full faith and credit of the student’s home government.
Insurance Activation for Dependents
The student's KU UHCSR health insurance plan must be activated prior to adding dependents. UHCSR must receive payment for the dependent insurance before activating the dependent insurance.
F-1, F-2 or J-1 International Students with at least 50% GTA, GRA, and/or GA appointment, please visit the Graduate Student Insurance page for information about adding dependents.
All other F-1, F-2 or J-2 international students should take the following steps:
- Step 1: Submit request to ECI Services to activate your KU UHCSR health insurance plan by 5/30/23.
- Step 2: Login or Create your UHCSR “My Account” to add dependents after your KU UHCSR health insurance plan has been activated.