UCEDA strongly recommends students obtain health insurance while living in the USA


Health insurance may be required when studying on-campus at a college or university. While UCEDA does not require any specific brand of insurance, please be advised that failure to maintain health insurance can carry significant consequences/risks.

Medical care in the United States can be extremely expensive. Without health insurance coverage, individuals who need medical care often go into debt for many years-sometimes for the rest of their lives-in order to pay back the medical provider (doctor or hospital) that treated their illness or injury. Medical care expenses can jeopardize your financial status and your ability to maintain full-time student status in good standing (as defined by DHS regulations).

Students who are interested in obtaining health insurance may apply by contacting any of a variety of private insurers. Be aware that different plans may vary in the services they cover, the cost of premiums, deductibles and co-payments required, and the length of coverage. Optional coverage may also be obtained for spouses and dependents. Upon request, UCEDA advisement personnel may assist students by providing interpreter services when contacting an insurer for information.

Please research the following health insurance providers and resources to find a plan that will meet your needs:

ISO Student Insurance

Features a variety of health plans and specializes in serving international students in the USA as well as American students studying abroad.

Compass Student Insurance

Leading insurance broker and consultant for international student healthcare. Compass has a wealth of experience working with ESL programs and offers comprehensive, affordable plans with flexible enrollment agreements.

Health Insurance Marketplace

A federal government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Individuals with non-immigrant student visa status also qualify to use the Health Insurance Marketplace.

International Student Insurance

A premier destination online for international student health insurance and travel insurance plans. Plans are comprehensive, affordable for any budget, and specially designed for international students.