The U.S. healthcare system can be very complicated to navigate. For a brief overview of the U.S. healthcare system, go to the international student insurance website. Although the video is student focused, a great deal of the information is applicable to scholars as well. Please note that postdoctoral scholars and researchers are unable to access campus clinics for medical care. They must check with their insurance carrier to determine where to seek appropriate medical attention.  

Health Insurance Requirement for J-1 and J-2 Visitors

All J-1 Exchange Visitors and their accompanying J-2 dependents are required by government regulations to have health and accident insurance during the entire period of time participating in UCSF’s J exchange visitor program. These regulatory requirements and a few insurance options cab be found at J-1 & J-2 Health Insurance Requirements and Options.

Postdoctoral Insurance

At UCSF, health insurance is arranged through the sponsoring department. Please discuss health insurance coverage with your UCSF department administrator. Please note that if you are an international Postdoctoral Scholar and you enroll in the UC Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan, then your PI is required to pay most of the cost of your benefits.

International Students

Students registered in a degree earning, professional school or graduate division program are automatically enrolled in the system-wide University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). This plan meets the J-1 Visa requirements and is billed directly to your student fee statement. Students who have access to an employer-sponsored health insurance plan or an individual health insurance plan that meet all minimum benefit requirements will be eligible to waive the UC SHIP.