Washington State University

International Programs

International Students

Medical Insurance Requirements

Due to the extremely high cost of health care in the United States, Washington State University requires that all students on nonimmigrant visas be covered by medical insurance that meets or exceeds the coverage provided by the WSU student medical insurance.

International students are automatically billed each semester at the time of registration for the WSU student medical insurance.


Some students are exempt from the insurance requirements:

  • Graduate students with half-time graduate assistantships (coverage provided by departments)
  • Canadian citizens
  • Some sponsored students identified by Global Services

If international students can show proof of medical insurance that is equal to or better than that of the WSU insurance plan, they may request a waiver of the WSU insurance.

However, students must present an alternate plan to the WSU Health and Wellness Services within five days of the beginning of each semester. All documentation must be in English.

J-1 Exchange Visitors

J-1 students and their dependents are required by law to be covered by medical insurance, which meets the requirement of the Exchange Visitor Program. Visit the Department of State Exchange Visitor Program to learn more about the J program requirements.


Student Health and Wellness

  • WSU Health and Wellness Services (HWS) provides a variety of low cost health care services for students. 

  • Located in the Washington Building on Stadium Way, students can obtain care for minor illnesses and injuries.

Related Links

Office of International Programs

International Programs, PO Box 645121, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-5121, 509-335-2541, Contact Us