Health Insurance & Immunizations

Health Insurance Requirement

The UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP) is required for all international students with F-1 visa status who are enrolled full-time.

  • This requirement will only be waived for students who are funded by their government or by the U.S. government.
  • Eligible international students will be enrolled automatically for quarterly, student-only coverage for each quarter they register for classes.
  • If students want to enroll their spouse and/or children, they must indicate this when they register for classes.

Cost Per Quarter

ISHIP costs $331 per quarter. If you have any F-2 dependents, the cost for dependents is $321 per person per quarter.
Note: All costs are per quarter and are subject to change.

Plan Details

ISHIP is valid for the following dates of coverage:

  • Autumn 2017: September 1, 2017 through January 2, 2018
  • Winter 2018: January 3, 2018 through March 25, 2018
  • Spring 2018: March 26, 2018 through June 17, 2018
  • Summer 2018: June 18, 2018 through August 31, 2018

See the ISHIP Coverage Booklet for a detailed explanation of this insurance plan. If you have additional questions, contact Chris Dessert via email or by phone at (206) 543-6202. His office is located in the Hall Health Center in room 187B of the Wellness Resource Center.


The health of our students is important to us. Therefore, all UW IELP students will be required to provide proof of Measles (Rubeola) immunity by filling out the UW Measles Immunity Requirement Form (MIRF) and submitting it to the IELP office.

Continuing students will not be allowed to register for any future quarter classes until they have satisfied the UW Measles Immunity Requirement.

To comply with this requirement, students must do the following:

  • Complete the MIRF with one of the following options:
    • Option 1: Date of two live virus Measles (Rubeola) vaccinations, both given after January 1, 1968. Vaccines must have been given no earlier than 12 months of age (on or after first birthday) and at least 28 days between doses.
    • Option 2: Documented positive Measles titer (Rubeola blood test) lab result. Please submit a copy of the lab result with the MIRF.
  • Submit your completed MIRF to the IELP office by e-mail or fax

If you are not able to submit proof of Measles immunity before your program begins, you can get vaccinated at the UW Hall Health Center.

Note: Students born before January 1, 1957 are considered immune to measles and do NOT need to submit proof of immunity.

It is recommended that international students also get a health certificate (in English) from their doctor that lists all immunizations and diseases they have had or have been exposed to, and bring this with them to the University of Washington. Students should consult their doctor to determine which additional immunizations may be best for them.


All new students must submit proof of measles immunity before new student registration (please see your acceptance -mail for new student registration dates).