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University Requirements

The University of Idaho requires all international students enrolled in one or more credits and physically present on a University of Idaho campus to enroll in the University of Idaho Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) as a condition of enrollment. All students are automatically enrolled in SHIP upon registering for classes.

Requirement details are available on the SHIP website.

International students with a health insurance policy provided by their sponsoring government may submit policy details to request a SHIP cancellation. Other international students with special circumstances may appeal for a SHIP exception. Email for information and instructions. Approved appeals are for one term only.

Dependents of international students (not enrolled as a student) are not eligible to purchase SHIP. However, dependents of international students MUST have health insurance meeting specific insurance requirements and must provide proof of insurance to the International Programs Office (IPO). Please contact the IPO at for information on dependent requirements and possible health insurance providers available.

  • At least a $500,000 lifetime medical maximum benefit
  • Annual deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness
  • Co-payment amount not greater than 25 percent so that the insurance pays at least 75 percent of charges
  • Accident and illness coverage (to include maternity insurance for females)
  • Repatriation coverage of at least $7,500 (a type of life insurance whereby the deceased is returned to their home country)
  • Medical evacuation coverage of at least $10,000 (if the student should be too ill to attend school, this pays for the student to return to their home country)
  • Company must have a licensed claims office within the U.S. with a U.S. phone and fax number
  • Company must provide coverage in the Moscow, Idaho, area for emergency, nonemergency, outpatient and inpatient care, and mental health care
  • Health insurance must be purchased annually to be renewed at the beginning of each fall semester (spring semester arrivals must purchase until fall semester begins and renew annually from then on)
  • Must have athlete coverage if participating in club, intramural or NCAA Athletics

  • Foreign Embassy Sponsored Students: All embassy sponsored plans that have full medical coverage (pay full medical expenses incurred in the U.S.) are accepted as an authorized alternative plan to SHIP (Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Embassy of the State of Kuwait, Libya, etc.). A sponsor letter stating full medical benefits are paid for the student (and dependents), a copy of the insurance card, and page 1 of the insurance waiver form signed by the student must be submitted to International Services before a SHIP waiver will be processed.
  • Engineering Outreach or other Outreach students (taking only Outreach courses) will automatically have a SHIP waiver because they will not be on the U of I campus. If your insurance was not waived, please email
  • Students at the Idaho State University/University of Idaho Center in Idaho Falls who are registered for classes at Idaho State University (must show Idaho State University registration and insurance) 
  • Washington State University students taking concurrent classes at the University of Idaho are ineligible for SHIP at all times.
  • H-1B or J-1 scholars taking courses at the University of Idaho must show their insurance cards to International Services for a SHIP waiver.
  • Exchange students through another university that are on the University of Idaho Study Abroad Program and are out of the U.S. in another country will not be charged for SHIP insurance.

International Programs Office

Physical Address:
901 Paradise Creek St.
LLC Bldg. #3
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 1250
Moscow, ID 83844-1250

COVID-19 Information for international students, employees and scholars

Phone: 208-885-8984

Fax: 208-885-2859