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 students on nonimmigrant visas be enrolled in the International Student Health Insurance Plan (iSHIP).  International students are automatically enrolled and billed for the iSHIP plan at the time of registration.  Contact the WSU Billing and Insurance office at 509-335-3575 (option 3) with questions regarding this requirement and/or the iSHIP plan.


Some students are exempt from the insurance requirements:

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

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.

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Office of International Programs

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