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International Student Medical Insurance

University of Houston International Student Insurance

General Information

The University of Houston–Downtown (UHD), located in Houston, Texas, was founded in 1974. It began when the University of Houston’s Board of Regents acquired the assets of South Texas Junior College and transformed it into the University of Houston–Downtown Campus (UH/DC), a four-year institution from the start. In 1979, it became a standalone university within the University of Houston System and gained its present name. Today, the school offers more than 40 bachelor’s degrees and eight master’s degrees across its five academic colleges: Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Public Service, Sciences and Technology, and the University College.

Today, the university enrolls almost 15,000 students and counting each year. The school colors are blue and red, and its athletic nickname is the gators.

On Campus

The school has been recognized nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military-Friendly School. Its student body is almost exactly 50% Hispanic. 

The university’s downtown location offers students access to internship opportunities at major corporations, as well as the city’s numerous museums, art galleries, dining options, and professional sports venues. It also offers classes at its satellite campus of UHD Northwest, located in Northwest Houston, and at Lone Star College campuses in Cypress and Kingwood (both in Texas).

UHD students operate a literary magazine called the Bayou Review and a student newspaper called the Dateline Downtown.

Notable Alumni

Notable University of Houston–Downtown alumni include professional boxer Juan Diaz; taekwondo practitioner and Olympic medalist Diana Lopez; Texas State Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr.; and poet Lorenzo Thomas.


University of Houston International Student Insurance Requirements

J visa program participants and their J-2 dependents are required to have health insurance that meets the standard requirements set by the U.S. Department of State. Exchange visitors and any accompanying spouse and dependent(s) may also be required to purchase a plan that is ACA-compliant.

F and J international students are required to be covered under the University of Houston System Student Health Insurance Plan. They may waive the student plan if they purchase alternate coverage that meets school requirements. These include:

  • Medical preventative care benefits with no annual limit
  • No exclusions based on pre-existing conditions
  • Co-insurance must not be larger than 25%
  • Medical evacuation of $50,000
  • Repatriation coverage of $25,000
  • Coverage must last for the full duration of the academic term
  • J International students must have an annual deductible of no more than $500
  • F international students must have an annual deductible of no more than $1,500 per individual or $3,000 per family per year
  • Individual plans, travel insurance policies, or plans that require individuals to pay for treatment before being reimbursed are not acceptable

This information may be subject to change based on a health insurance waiver or compliance form. Please contact our office for more information or to send a health insurance waiver or 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

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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