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International Student Requirements

International students must have health insurance to attend the University of Iowa (Dental Insurance is NOT required).

  • Must have insurance beginning the first day of classes and, therefore, be billed for Aug. and Jan.
  • Will be billed for a student-only policy under SHIP for each semester you are registered if you do not provide proof of coverage. Coverage and premium charges will begin the first of the month when the student is registered and class begins. 
  • Coverage will extend over the summer unless the student graduates, submits an exemption, or is not enrolled for the fall semester.
  • If a student plans to be out of the U.S. over the summer, this student must submit a temporary cancellation form online in MyUI. 

Review the Exemption Guidelines 

Undergraduate International Students

SHIP

The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan, which provides coverage for preventive care, hospitalization, surgery, maternity, well-baby/well-child care, emergency care for accidents or illness, medically necessary physician care, prescription drugs, and mental health. 

Providers: You may see any provider you wish. 

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Student Dental Plan

All students may receive coverage through the Student Dental Plan, a 3 tier provider network within Delta Dental of Iowa. Covered services include checkups, teeth cleaning, cavity repair and tooth extractions, endodontic services, periodontal services, and more.

Providers: Care can be obtained from any provider.
 

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Grad & Health Science International Students

Health & Dental Insurance Options

SHIP

The Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan, which provides coverage for preventive care, hospitalization, surgery, maternity, well-baby/well-child care, emergency care for accidents or illness, medically necessary physician care, prescription drugs, and mental health. 

Providers: You may see any provider you wish. 

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UIGRADCare

The UIGRADCare plan is a comprehensive health care program that covers hospital, medical, surgical, outpatient, and other health care services such as physical therapy. Coverage is also provided for routine physicals, newborn care, well-child checkups, and prescription drugs. 

Providers: Must use Student Health and/or UI Health Care only.

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Student Dental Plan

All students may receive coverage through the Student Dental Plan, a 3 tier provider network within Delta Dental of Iowa. Covered services include checkups, teeth cleaning, cavity repair and tooth extractions, endodontic services, periodontal services, and more.

Providers: Care can be obtained from any provider.
 

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ABOUT OUR SITE: 
The information presented on our website describes only the highlights of the plans and does not constitute official plan documents. Additional terms and conditions may apply. If there are any discrepancies between the information contained herein and the official plan documents, the plan documents will govern. For more detailed information you may contact Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield at toll-free number 800-524-9242 (TTY: 888-781-4262), Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time). For more efficient service, please have your member ID number handy - it can be found on the front of your card.