The University of Idaho requires that all international students be covered by health insurance. American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) students are automatically covered by the University of Idaho Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). If students would prefer an alternative health insurance, it must meet the University of Idaho's minimum requirements. All ALCP students must show proof of health insurance on the first day of each session. If a student does not show proof of health insurance they will be charged for SHIP insurance.
Our state law mandates that health insurance is required for every student and dependent in an Idaho school, and the Idaho State Board of Education approved the University of Idaho’s health insurance minimum requirements.
You must purchase the UI Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or a health insurance plan that meets every one of the University of Idaho minimum health insurance requirements for every session of ALCP for yourself and your dependents. The cost of SHIP is subject to change each year and students are billed according to which session they begin ALCP.
See examples below for how student accounts are charged for SHIP insurance.
- Students who begin ALCP during the Fall 1 or Spring 1 will pay approximately $520.00 for health insurance during their first session and $174.00 during their second session (Fall II or Spring II session). Charges will continue this way for each continuing session and students will not have to pay for insurance for summer session.
- Students who begin ALCP during the Fall II session will be charged $520.00 and then will be charged for continuing sessions the same as in the first example.
- Students who begin ALCP during Spring II session will be charged $520.00 and will not be charged for the summer session. All continuing sessions after summer will be charged the same as in the first example.
- Students who begin in the summer session will be charged $520.00 and then will be charged for continuing sessions the same as in the first example.
F-1 Insurance Waiver Form
J-1 Sponsored or Dependent Insurance Waiver Form
UI Health Insurance Requirements
If you have questions or concerns about health insurance, please contact Tammi Johnson.