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International Student Medical Insurance

University of Memphis International Student Insurance

General Information

The University of Memphis (UofM), located in Memphis, Tennessee, was established in 1909. It opened its doors as the West Tennessee State Normal School, a teacher-training institution, in 1912. It became the West Tennessee State Teachers College in 1925 and then Memphis State College in 1941. Graduate studies began in 1950, and it was granted university status and a new name (Memphis State University) in 1957. The first black students were admitted in 1959. Doctoral programs began in 1966. The school gained its present name in 1994. Today, the University of Memphis enrolls more than 21,000 students and counting each year. The school colors are blue and gray, and its athletic nickname is the tigers.

Academic and Research Opportunities

UofM is divided into 14 academic colleges and schools offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. A few divisions of note include the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, The College of Professional & Liberal Studies, the Fogelman College of Business & Economics, the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality & Resort Management, the Loewenberg College of Nursing, and the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders. 

There is also a distinct research presence on campus. Research centers and institutes include the FedEx Institute of Technology, which focuses on interdisciplinary research and innovation in new technologies like drones, cybersecurity, self-driving vehicles, and biologistics; the Center for Earthquake Research and Information; the Chucalissa Museum and Indian Village; the Computational Research on Materials Institute at UofM; and the Institute for Gambling Education and Research.

On Campus

Points of interest on campus include the Art Museum of the University of Memphis, which opened in 1981 and whose claim to fame is the Ancient Egyptian Collection Exhibit. The Ned R. McWherter Library is one of the largest research libraries in the mid-Southern United States. The Veterans Care Center, located in the school’s Psychological Services Center, addresses the mental health needs of military veterans regardless of era, discharge status, or service connection.

Notable Alumni

Notable University of Memphis alumni include actor Fred Thompson, novelist Johanna Edwards, stand-up comedian Les McCurdy, former Mayor of Memphis Willie Herenton, and sports columnist Gary Parrish.


University of Memphis International Student Insurance Requirements

Exchange Visitors

University of Memphis (UofM) does mention offering a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) for those in the following categories: Short-term Scholar; Professor; Research Scholar; and Specialist. It is stated that any department offering sponsorship of a J-1 EVP’s must contact the OLC for details.

UofM doesn’t state that J-1 Exchange visitors or their dependents are required to meet any program or health insurance requirements. However, it’s stated by the U.S Department of State that all J-1 Exchange Visitors and their dependents must obtain and maintain health insurance for the duration of their program that meets the federal limits of coverage. These requirements are of $100,000 per incident; a maximum deductible not to exceed $500; medical evacuation coverage of $50,000; and repatriation coverage of $25,000. These requirements are subject to changes. Please contact the OLC to confirm any health insurance requirements.

International Students

UofM requires all international students on F and J visas to enroll in the student health insurance provided by the school. Students are able to waive if the alternative plan provides coverage that is equal to or greater than the standard requirements given by the UofM. These requirements include $500k per sickness or injury; repatriation of $50,000; and medical evacuation expenses of $25,000. UofM also mentions some additional requirements that may have to be included in the plan such as: Provide coverage for both physical and mental health services; and alternate plans should be in place for the entire semester/period of coverage required by the University to maintain status.

UofM doesn’t mention any health insurance requirements for International student dependents. F-2 dependents can purchase from the available plans found under the international student section. J-2 dependents must meet the federal limits of coverage as stated by the U.S Department of State as found under the J-1/J2 exchange section.

These requirements are subject to change. Please contact the international student office to confirm any health insurance requirements.

J Visa Insurance Plans

Patriot Exchange Program

ExchangeGuard® Choice

ExchangeGuard® Essential

Student Health Advantage Platinum

Study USA - Healthcare Platinum

F Visa Insurance Plans

Patriot Exchange Program

ExchangeGuard® Choice

ExchangeGuard® Essential

Student Health Advantage Platinum

Study USA - Healthcare Platinum

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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