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IPO Office

phone: (208) 885-8984
fax: (208) 885-2859

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

Physical address:
901 Paradise Creek Street
LLC Bldg. #3
Moscow, ID 83844-1250

F-1 Health Insurance

The University and the state of Idaho require international students and dependents holding nonimmigrant visas to purchase appropriate health insurance. All information regarding health insurance must be turned in to the ISSFS before the first day of classes. There are two options for purchasing health insurance:

Option A: Purchase the University of Idaho Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

  • You are automatically charged for SHIP when you register for classes. You will see SHIP on your bill from the University of Idaho for each semester. You do not have to fill out any forms
  • If you have dependents then you need to inform ISSFS if you would like them enrolled in SHIP 
  • Find out the cost of SHIP and details of coverage.

Option B: Purchase an Alternative Medical Insurance.
If you choose to purchase an alternative health insurance, you must:

  • Purchase health insurance that meets or exceeds the University of Idaho or Department of State insurance requirements
  • Complete and sign page 1 of the F-1 Health Insurance Waiver Form (read carefully). 
  • Have page 2 of the of the F-1 Health Insurance Waiver Form completed and signed by health insurance provider and bring a copy of health insurance card (front and back) to the International Programs Office before classes begin.

Please Note: You and your dependents are required to have health insurance the day you enter the U.S. (SHIP covers up to 15 days before classes begin). Complete proof of required coverage is required before a waiver can be processed. If any of the required benefits are not covered under the medical insurance provided, your insurance will be considered inadequate and you will continue to be billed for SHIP when you register for classes.