J-1/J-2 Student Insurance

The U.S. Department of State requires J-1 students and their dependents to carry medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance throughout their participation in the J-1 program and while in the U.S. Willful failure of J-1 students to maintain insurance that meets requirements for them and their dependents will lead to termination of their participation in the J-1 program.

Minimum requirements for the medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance:

  • The insurance is applicable for use in the U.S. medical system
  • Medical: $50,000 or more per accident or illness
  • Deductible: $500 or less per accident or illness
  • Medical evacuation: At least $10,000 of coverage
  • Repatriation: At least $7,500 of coverage
  • Business rating: Meets federal solvency guidelines

Starting May 15, 2015 all J-1 students and their dependents must meet the following minimum coverage requirements:

Medical benefits


Repatriation of remains


Medical evacuation


Deductible per accident/ illness


All exchange visitors and their dependents, also may be subject to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act [22 CFR 62.14(a)]

UT Dallas insurance available to J-1 students and their dependents

  • Upon enrollment for each term, the cost for a semester of student health insurance is assessed to every international student.
  • Dependents can be added to the health insurance policy for an additional cost. Contact the Student Health Center to add dependents to your insurance.
  • If you are a J-1 student and will not enroll in classes for summer, contact the Student Health Center to have the insurance continue during summer semester.
  • Find the insurance plan details, period of coverage and costs at utdallas.edu/healthcenter/insurance/intl-policies.html

Alternative insurance for J-1 students and their dependents

If you are a J-1 student and have alternative insurance, ensure that the plan:

  • Meets or exceeds the minimum requirements established by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Covers you and your dependents throughout your stay in the U.S.
  • Provides you with appropriate documentation to complete the ISSO and J-1 insurance requirement no later than Census Day.

J-1 students with alternative insurance can:

  • Have the insurance fee in their account waived by the Student Health Center. For details visit this website
  • Buy the medical evacuation and repatriation insurance offered by UT Dallas if enrolled in classes at UT Dallas. For details contact the Student Health Center at healthcen@utdallas.edu .

Complete the ISSO J-1 insurance requirement

Submit copies of acceptable proof of alternative insurance to the ISSO by e-mail at ISSODocuments@utdallas.edu or in person during office hours. The documents of proof of insurance need to meet requirements:

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