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International Student Medical Insurance

Rice University International Student Insurance

General Information

Rice University (full name: William Marsh Rice University) is a private research university located in Houston, Texas. In 1891, businessman William Marsh Rice chartered a higher-education institution as a gift to the city of Houston, under the condition that work on the institute would not begin until after his death. In 1900, Rice was murdered by his valet and a local lawyer, and a forged will redirected the school’s funds to the two men. Once the murder was discovered and the criminals punished, work on the school resumed. It opened its doors to students in 1912. It gained university status in 1960, and it established the first space science department in the U.S. in 1963. The university has close ties with NASA to this day.

Today, Rice enrolls more than 7,000 students and counting each year. The school colors are blue and gray, and its athletic nickname is the owls.

Academic and Research Opportunities

Rice offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs across its eight academic divisions: the School of Architecture, the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the School of Humanities, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, the School of Social Sciences, and the Shepherd School of Music. The university has gained particular prominence for its science and engineering programs.

Rice has also been designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an R1 university (very high research activity), and it is world-renowned for its applied science programs. Noteworthy research initiatives on campus include the Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, the Chao Center for Asian Studies, the Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Rice Quantum Institute, and the Rice Space Institute.

On Campus

Points of interest on campus include the Rice University Farmers Market, the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace, the Rice Public Art exhibition, and the Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum.

Notable Alumni

Notable Rice University alumni include Nobel Prize in Physics winner Robert Woodrow Wilson; writers Larry McMurtry and Joyce Carol Oates; famed aviator and film producer Howard Hughes; 14 NASA astronauts; and Thomas H. Cruikshank, former CEO of Haliburton.

Rice University International Student Insurance Requirements


Rice University states that all registered, degree-seeking students are mandated to maintain health insurance for the duration of their enrollment. Due to this mandate, the university automatically enrolls all students in health insurance. Students are able to waive this insurance for an alternate plan, provided that it offers comparable coverage such as:

  • The plan provides unlimited annual and lifetime benefits (i.e., no policy maximum)
  • The plan provides prescription coverage
  • The plan provides coverage for both emergency and nonemergency inpatient and outpatient medical and mental health care in Houston, Texas.
  • The insurance coverage is not through a medical cost-sharing or co-op-type program.

Although Rice University allows students to be exempt from the coverage by providing a waiver option, this is not the case for international students holding F-1 or J-1 visas.

It is recommended to contact the Office of International Student and Scholars to verify the health insurance requirements prior to purchase, as detailed information may only be provided to the attendee. 

Exchange Visitors

Rice University mandates that all J-1 Scholars, Exchange Visitors, as well as any accompanying dependents purchase and maintain health insurance for the full duration of their program as per the U.S. Department of State. J-1 visa holders are instructed to provide proof to the OISS of health insurance that meets minimum requirements such as:

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 for each accident or illness
  • Medical evacuation in the amount of $50,000; repatriation coverage of $25,000
  • Coverage for the full duration of the program
  • A minimum of 75% coverage for each accident or illness
  • A maximum deductible of $500 per condition per plan year
  • A pre-existing “wait period” limitation of no more than six months

It is noted that all exchange visitors and any accompanying dependents may also be subject to the requirements of ACA compliance. However, please keep in mind that none of the listed plans would be in compliance.

It is recommended to contact the Office of International Student and Scholars 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

ExchangeGuard® Choice

Student Health Advantage Platinum

StudentSecure® Select

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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