International students at UW are required by federal and state laws to maintain health insurance while studying in the United States. All F-1 and J-1 eligible international students who are enrolled and actively engaged in a program of study approved by the appropriate UW Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), and are temporarily outside their home country are required to purchase the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP) in order to meet these requirements. UW international students are automatically enrolled for student-only coverage each quarter they register for classes.
Student health insurance coverage is not required for new international students attending Early Fall Start or orientation. If you need short term coverage before classes begin you may purchase short term coverage through the ISHIP plan beginning in summer quarter 2015. Private insurance is also available from several sources, including Assurant and Lewermark.
Please call the Student Insurance Office at 206-543-6202 during spring quarter 2015 to sign up for summer 2015 coverage.