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International Student Medical Insurance

University of Southern California International Student Insurance

General Information

The University of Southern California, located in Los Angeles, California, was established in 1880. During its formative years, it was associated with the Methodist Church; that affiliation was formally dropped in 1926. Its first graduating class of three students received bachelor’s degrees in 1884. During the 1920s, USC created one of the country’s first international relations and public administrations programs and awarded its first doctorate in 1923. Today, it enrolls more than 48,500 students and counting each year. The school colors are cardinal and gold, and its athletic nickname is the Trojans.

University of Southern California Academic Opportunities for International Students

USC offers more than 90 bachelor’s degrees and more than 130 master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees across its 23 academic units. Popular choices at the school include the School of Cinematic Arts, the School of Music, the School of Physical Therapy, and the School of Business. It’s also one of the largest and best-funded research universities in the U.S. It’s home to more than 100 research institutes including the Southern California Earthquake Center, the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, the Brain and Creativity Institute, the Norman Lear Center, and the SETI Institute.

On Campus

The USC Library system is among the oldest private academic research libraries in the state. Noteworthy collections include the USC Warner Bros. Archives, the largest studio collection in the world; the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, which includes stories from more than 52,000 Holocaust survivors and rescuers; and the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, the largest collection of documents related to the LGBT community in the world.

USC has also gained prominence for its athletic programs, having won more than 100 NCAA team championships and more than 400 individual championships. The university has produced more Olympic athletes than any other in the United States with a total of (at least) 288 medalists.

Notable Alumni

Notable University of Southern California alumni include filmmakers Judd Apatow, George Lucas, and Robert Zemeckis; actors Will Ferrell, John Ritter, and America Ferrera; football legend O.J. Simpson; and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

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University of Southern California International Student Insurance Requirements

The Department of State and J-1 visa regulations require all J-1 Exchange Visitors and accompanying J-2 dependents to have adequate health and accident insurance while in the U.S. Minimum coverage requirements include medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness, repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000, medical evacuation to their home country in the amount of $50,000, and a deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness. The period of required coverage is the duration of the exchange visitor’s participation in the sponsor’s exchange visitor program. Exchange visitors should also consider purchasing medical insurance to cover their stay in the U.S. during their 30-day grace periods before and after their program end dates. 

J-1 Postdoc Research Scholars & dependents at the CHLA campus, J-1 Research Scholars & dependents at all campuses with USC Health Insurance, J-1 Research Scholars & dependents at all campuses without USC Health Insurance, and J-1 non-degree students & dependents conducting research are all required to purchase J-1 insurance. 

All other international students on both F and J visas may waive the USC Student Health Insurance Plan if they are covered by a comprehensive insurance plan that meets university requirements. Most international plans are not accepted. The insurance plan must meet the minimum requirements to support the visa as well as being ACA compliant. The plan must have a policy written in standard English with benefits expressed in U.S. dollars, have a claims payment office with an address in the United States, pay at least $50,000 annually for medical evacuation, and pay at least $25,000 for repatriation of remains.

F-2 and J-2 dependents are not subject to any particular mandates, as there is no mention of them on the school's website.

Please contact our office if you would like more information. This information may be subject to change based on 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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