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General Information

Prince William Sound College (PWSC) is an institution of higher education located in Valdez, Alaska. It is accredited through the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

The college was founded in 1978 by Dr. John Devens. The residential campus house the Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum. The museum displays art and articles of Native Alaskan, and is amongst the largest collections available worldwide.

Prince William Sound College Academic and Research Opportunities 

Prince William Sound College offers students a variety of academic programs and learning opportunities.

The college provides several associate degrees:

  • Associate of Arts (General Studies)
  • Associate of Arts (Emphasis on E-commerce and Mobile Application Development)
  • Outdoor Leadership, Associate of Applied Science
  • Nursing, Associate of Applied Science
  • Millwright, Occupational Endorsement Certificate

Health Risks for Prince William Sound College International Students 

Valdez is in southeast Alaska, on Prince William Sound. This city is in a region of Alaska that receives the highest annual snowfall.

Valdez is one of the safer cities in Alaska. The crime rates in Valdez are lower than average for Alaska and the rest of the U.S., but it is still something which you should always be concerned and do your best to avoid. As safe as Valdez sounds, Alaska is the most dangerous state for a number of reasons.

Keep in mind that Alaska has been known as the last frontier for many years. Being lost in the wilderness is not something reasonable people want to chance. It’s quite possible to become lost if you wander out too far. If you’re lucky, you'd only suffer from frostbite and hypothermia (because you’re cold and wet) before being rescued. The freezing temperatures often make self-rescue impossible within seconds. If you’re not rescued, you could die within a short distance from Valdez. 

While Alaska is beautiful, it’s also wild – that includes wildlife. There is a chance of animals like bears or moose wandering into areas of human habitation and attacking people who are caught by surprise. 

If you’re going to Valdez, you’ll need to keep yourself safe from all of the above and also consider how you would cover the cost of medical expenses related to injuries or sicknesses that could befall you. 

Cover Your Risks with Health Insurance for Prince William Sound College 

International exchange visitors on a J1 visa and their dependents on a J2 visa must have an insurance plan that meets the J Visa Insurance Requirements set by the U.S. State Department.

Minor injuries or sicknesses will burn a hole through the funds of any college student, scholar, or professor on a budget. Having the right health insurance plan helps mitigate a substantial part of the cost, so that you may only pay the reasonable out-of-pocket costs. 

International Student Health Insurance for Prince William Sound College - FAQs 

Do international students need health insurance before joining Prince William Sound College?

Yes. The Prince William Sound College and the U.S. Department of State require international exchange visitors to have health insurance. See J Visa Insurance Requirements.

What’s the need for Prince William Sound College health insurance for international students?

Medical expenses are high in the U.S. It’s very easy to incur substantial debt for emergencies you weren’t expecting. To safeguard oneself and avoid experiencing significant financial issues due to unexpected emergency medical care because of injury or sickness, every person in the U.S., whether a citizen, permanent resident, temporary resident, or a visitor, must have a proper comprehensive health insurance plan.

How to find the best exchange visitor health insurance for Prince William Sound College?

Comparing and choosing the best exchange visitor health insurance for PWSC can be a daunting task, but there are a few steps you can take to make it easier and we can help. 

Start by comparing plans below. We know that premium (price you pay) is important, but you should consider the amount of health coverage you could require. Every individual has different health conditions and may require a different plan based on those conditions. 

  • First priority should be given to the benefits a plan offers; there are many plans to consider and while they’re similar, they’re not the same. Some plans may offer coverage for something you want and need. 
  • After you’ve considered the benefits important to you, then consider the out-of-pocket expenses (deductible and co-insurance) that you would have to pay as per the terms of the insurance plan. 
  • The last thing you should consider is the premium. 

Finally, do not hesitate to seek professional help from us if you need it. We have many years of experience and are very knowledgeable about insurance products designed for international exchange visitors and students. We can help you get the best insurance plan for you while you’re at PWSC. 


Prince William Sound College Insurance Requirements

There is no mention of any specific insurance requirements on the Prince William Sound College website. J-1 Exchange Visitors and their J-2 dependents must meet the minimum insurance requirements as set by the Department of State. Additionally, the policy must include coverage for pre-existing conditions either from the beginning or after a reasonable waiting period; a co-insurance payment no larger than 25% per illness or injury; and not exclude benefits for perils inherent to activities of the exchange visitor’s program of choice.

F-1 and J-1 international students are automatically enrolled in the university health insurance plan. They may waive enrollment in this plan if they purchase another with comparable coverage.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact us. This information is subject to change based on a health insurance waiver or a compliance form.

J Visa Insurance Plans

Patriot Exchange Program

Student Health Advantage Standard

Student Health Advantage Platinum

Study USA - Healthcare Standard

Study USA - Healthcare Preferred

Study USA - Healthcare 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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