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International Student Medical Insurance

California Institute of Technology International Student Insurance

General Information

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), located in Pasadena, California, was established in 1891. It’s a private university and research institute dedicated to instruction and research in the fields of science and engineering. Its six academic divisions consist of biology; chemistry and chemical engineering; engineering and applied science; geologic and planetary sciences; humanities and social sciences; and physics, mathematics, and astronomy. Caltech enjoys a reputation as one of the top universities in the world; it counts among its faculty and alumni Nobel Laureates, Fields Medalists, Turing Award winners, and National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology winners. 

Today, it enrolls about 2,200 students and counting, more than half of whom are graduate students. The school’s colors are orange and white, and its athletic nickname is the beaver.

On Campus

Caltech has been involved with numerous scientific and technological achievements since the second half of the 20th century in particular. In 1958, the school’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory worked with NASA to launch Explorer I, the first United States satellite. It also runs astronomical observatories at Owens Valley, Mount Palomar, and Big Bear Lake (all in California) and Mauna Kea (in Hawaii). 

Other Caltech research institutes and collections include the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, which provides science operations and data management for astronomy and planetary science missions; the Seismological Laboratory, which serves as a national and worldwide focal point for earthquake research; and the Kerckhoff Marine Laboratory, a marine biology lab established in 1928.

Notable Faculty and Alumni

Notable faculty from Caltech include Nobel Prize-winner Andrews Millikan (of the famous oil-drop experiment), who served as the school’s Chairman of the Executive Council from 1921–1945; physicists Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann; astronomer George Ellery Hale; and chemist Linus Pauling. Notable alumni include Nobel laureate Carl David Anderson, discoverer of the positron; Benoit Mandelbrot, father of fractal geometry; Academy Award-winning director Frank Capra; mathematician Stephen Wolfram; and NASA astronaut and U.S. Senator Harrison Schmitt, the only geologist to have walked on the moon.

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California Institute of Technology International Student Insurance Requirements

Exchange Visitors

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) cites that all J visa holders must obtain and maintain health insurance coverage as mandated by the U.S Department of State.

Caltech and JPL offer health insurance for qualified Scholars and their accompanying J-2 dependents, at an additional cost, that meets the federal regulations. However, those who do not meet the criteria for University coverage are advised to contact the international advisor for alternative options.

Furthermore, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation are provided for free by the University for all J-1 Scholars as well as their accompanying dependents.

It is recommended to contact the International SOS office to verify the health insurance requirements prior to purchase, as detailed information may only be provided to the attendee.

International Students

California Institute of Technology cites that all international students are mandated to enroll in Caltech medical and dental coverage. Student are able to waive the school-mandated plan for one that meets the waiver requirements such as:

  • The plan must cover inpatient and outpatient medical care and mental healthcare within 10 miles of the campus area, including routine, urgent and emergency care (emergency-only coverage does not satisfy this requirement).
  • The insurance annual deductible does not exceed $2,750 per individual per policy year or $6,250 per family per policy year. 
  • The plan offers unlimited coverage per accident or illness.
  • The plan provides coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Although the University does not mention any mandate for F-2 dependents, they are eligible to enroll in the school insurance at an additional cost.

Caltech cites that J-2 student dependents are mandated to obtain health insurance that meet the federal regulations issued by the U.S. Department of State. The plans shown in the Exchange Visitor (J-1/J-2) section meet the federal requirements. However, J-2 student dependents do also have the option of enrolling in the school insurance at an additional cost.

It is recommended to contact the International SOS office to verify the health insurance requirements prior to purchase, as detailed information may only be provided to the attendee. 

Please contact our office for further information. This information is subject to change.

J Visa Insurance Plans

Patriot Exchange Program

ExchangeGuard® Choice

ExchangeGuard® Essential

Student Health Advantage Standard

Student Health Advantage Platinum

StudentSecure® Budget

StudentSecure® Select

Study USA - Healthcare Standard

Study USA - Healthcare Preferred

Study USA - Healthcare Platinum

Atlas Essential America

Patriot America Platinum

F Visa Insurance Plans

This school does not allow to purchase outside insurance or no insurance plans available that meet the school requirements.

DISCLAIMER: The school requirements are accurate as of the time of analysis. It is possible that the school requirements have changed since they were reviewed and matched with insurance plans meeting the requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that the latest requirements are still met by the insurance product you purchase. We are not affiliated with the schools listed here and these insurance plans are not endorsed by your school.

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