Waivers for International Students - Exchange Students

The United States Department of State has strict requirements for visitors on J-1 visas. You must have insurance that meets the requirements of both the U.S. government and Purdue University for anytime that you are in the U.S. This would include any periods when you are traveling within the U.S. before or after classes are in session.

Purdue University offers two options:

  1. Most convenient option: Purchase the Purdue University sponsored health plan - the International plan.

    This plan is designed for students attending Purdue and using the Student Health Center.

    It is valid anywhere in the world.

    It covers preventive care including any immunizations and required tuberculosis testing.

    Claims will be submitted for you when seen at PUSH. Purdue staff representatives are available to assist you with any claim issues.

    Fall coverage period is from 8/6 to 12/31. Spring/summer coverage period is from 1/1 to 8/5.

    If you plan on traveling in the U.S. before or after the above policy coverage periods, it is your responsibility to purchase travel insurance for those extra weeks.
  1. Waive the insurance if you meet waiver eligibility

    Purchase an insurance plan that meets the requirements below:

    Coverage must be in effect for the entire time you will be in the U.S.
    Medical benefits of at least $100,000 USD per accident or illness
    Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000 USD
    Medical evacuation coverage in the amount of $50,000 USD
    Annual deductible not to exceed $500 USD per illness per person

    Appropriate documentation MUST be submitted to waive out of the Purdue University sponsored plan. Acceptable documentation is listed on the waiver form. Obtain this information prior to leaving your home country. If you are not able to obtain this information in the format requested, DO NOT purchase the plan as it will not be accepted.

    Complete the WAIVER FORM. Submit documents to us via fax or US mail.

    Students must submit their own claims to their insurance company for reimbursement.

    For those who have policies which do not include sufficient Medical Evacuation and Repatriation coverage, supplemental insurance must be purchased at an annual cost of $61.00 USD. This purchase may only be completed in the Student Insurance Office at Purdue University Student Health Center (PUSH). It is not available for purchase online.

    Fall Semester deadline is August 31st

    Spring Semester deadline is January 23rd

    If the above deadline date falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to the following Monday at 5 p.m. ET (Eastern Time).

The Purdue Insurance must be purchased or a waiver approved by the deadline. It is best to plan ahead as it may take time to obtain the needed documentation. The Purdue Insurance plan may be purchased online prior to arrival in the U.S.

Those who miss the deadline will incur a $200 USD late fee and will not be able to obtain grades/transcripts.