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Health & Safety for International Students

Health Insurance Requirements for F-1 Students

F-1 students must purchase JCB Insurance Solutions unless they have an insurance policy that meets the requirements below.

Click here to purchase JCB Insurance Solutions. 

You must print your own copy of the card, it will not be mailed to you. Please allow 7-10 business days after purchase for your ID card to be ready to print.

If you need to see a doctor before this time, please contact the ISC. We will reach out to JCB Insurance Solutions to obtain the card for you. 

The policy that you purhcase will be with the AETNA insurance provider. All the information you need regarding the policy can be found on the JCB Insurance Solutions website. You will create an onlline account when you purchase the policy. Through this account, you can know the detailed policy coverage, print your ID card and find a doctor or clinic that accepts the AETNA insurance policy that you purchased from JCB Insurance Solutions. 

Only the following alternate policies are accepted:

For F-1 degree seeking students, only the following alternative policies are acceptable and will be approved:

  • Policies for students sponsored by their home government or the U.S. government
  • Students covered with a U.S. policy through their own or a family member’s employment (must purchase Ascension medical evacuation/ repatriation policy)
  • Policies issued through parents/ spouse in your home country that meet the requirements stated on the petition.

Important: You must submit a petition to ask the ISC to approve your alternative policy before you will be eligible to register for classes.

Insurance for dependents

F-1 students are strongly advised to purchase insurance for dependents in the United States. You must enroll dependents at time of your SDSU enrollment or within 30 days of your dependent’s arrival in the U.S.

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