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For the safety of our students, instructors and staff, UW International & English Language Programs continues to offer classes online during summer quarter. Like the rest of the University of Washington, IELP is planning to resume in-person classes starting this fall. For more information, see our FAQ page.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

Health Insurance Requirement for F-1 and J-1 Students

Any international student with F-1 and J-1 visa status who is enrolled at the UW in a program that lasts a quarter or longer must purchase the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP).

You are enrolled automatically for quarterly, student-only coverage for each quarter you register for classes. If you want to enroll your spouse and/or children, you must indicate this when you register and complete and submit a dependent enrollment form. 

The insurance requirement can be waived only for students who are funded by their government or by the U.S. government.

Cost Per Quarter

Below are ISHIP fees for the 2021–22 school year. All costs are subject to change.

Student-only plan: $393 per quarter

F-2 dependents: $383 per person per quarter

Coverage Periods

ISHIP is valid for the following dates of coverage:

  • Autumn 2021: Sep 1, 2021–Jan 2, 2022
  • Winter 2022: Jan 3–Mar 27, 2022
  • Spring 2022: Mar 28–Jun 19, 2022
  • Summer 2022: Jun 20–Aug 31, 2022

Plan Benefits

See the LifeWise Benefit Booklet for a detailed explanation of the medical benefits provided under the ISHIP plan. You may also want to visit the ISHIP Resources page, which contains videos, forms and other useful information in a variety of languages. If you have additional questions, visit the ISHIP Office, which is located in the Hall Health Center in room 187B of the Health Promotion Office, or visit the ISHIP Office website.

Insurance for Non-F-1 Students

If you’re studying in one of our programs but are not in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa, you’re not eligible to purchase health insurance through the UW. Because visits to hospitals and medical clinics are expensive in the United States, we strongly recommend that non-F-1 students purchase medical/travel insurance in their home country that will provide coverage for the duration of their stay in Seattle.


Because the health of our students is important to us, all UW IELP students are required to provide proof in English that they are immune to certain diseases. Your requirements depends on your age.

  • If you’ll be under 22 as of the first day of your program, you must provide evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, and meningococcal meningitis A, C, W and Y. Get requirement details.
  •  If you’ll be 22 years or older on the first day of your program, you must provide evidence of immunity to measles and mumps. Get requirement details.

How to Verify Your Immunization Status

To meet the immunization requirement, you must submit the UW Immunity Verification Form through an online portal.

Submit Form

COVID-19 Immunization Requirement

The UW requires students be vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines authorized by the United States, by the World Health Organization or by other nations will meet this requirement.  

Details about how to submit verification of your COVID-19 immunization will be available in early summer 2021.


All new students must satisfy the UW Immunization Requirement before new student registration (please see your acceptance email for new student registration dates).

Continuing students won’t be allowed to register for any future quarter classes until they have satisfied the UW Immunization Requirement.


We're happy to answer any questions you may have about UW International & English Language Programs.

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