Student Services Manual (SSM)

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Effective: 11/1/1968

Revised: 7/1/2009

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SSM 106–04: Insurance Requirements for International Students

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To ensure medical and accident coverage for international students

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Campus Health Service
Center for Global Education Services
International Student Office
University Registrar Services
Purchasing and Business Services

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Degree-seeking international students and exchange students with F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status are required to purchase ASU health insurance that includes repatriation/medical evacuation coverage in order to have adequate insurance coverage against illness and accident before being permitted to complete the registration process. Students must maintain ASU health insurance coverage throughout enrollment at the university, including periods during the summer when students are not registered. In limited circumstances, students may qualify for an insurance waiver.

Note: No waivers will be granted after the second week of classes.


A waiver of the requirement to purchase ASU health insurance may apply in the following circumstances:

  1. the student has health insurance and repatriation/medical evacuation coverage through a government or official sponsor or a U.S. employer (including ASU), or is covered by dependent health insurance through a spouse or parent working for a U.S. employer that is equal to, or better than, the coverage provided by the university

    Note: Equivalent health insurance and repatriation/medical evacuation coverage means medical evacuation and repatriation of remains with a minimum lifetime benefit in the amount of $7,500 for repatriation and $10,000 for medical evacuation and health insurance that provides the same coverage as the ABOR student insurance program as defined by:

    1. same lifetime maximum benefit and per occurrence benefit


    2. provision for primary, specialty, emergency, and hospitalization care.


  2. the student attests that he or she is taking only verifiable dissertation credits for a particular semester and will be conducting dissertation work at a location outside of the U.S. for that semester.

Students who have adequate health insurance by definition may purchase separate medical evacuation/repatriation insurance to meet the standard. This must be maintained while enrolled at ASU.

For Additional Information

For further information, see the Campus Health Service Web site.

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