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Health Insurance

The United States does not have a social system for health insurance. Each person must be responsible for purchasing health insurance (annually). Although you may be a very healthy person, accidents do happen, and couples do have children (despite careful planning). You are legally required to carry health insurance. SIU offers health insurance for most registered students.

  • SIU's health insurance does meet J1 visa requirements
  • More information can be found here.
  • the insurance fee is automatically charged in the students tuition and fee
  • therefore most international students do not need to take any action in order for this coverage to take place (except pay their bursar bill)
  • coverage begins 72 hours prior to the first day of classes


All newly enrolled students, as mandated by Illinois state law, must have an immunization form completed before the end of the first semester of attendance. The immunizations required include: diphtheria, tetanus, measles, rubella, mumps, and a TB skin test. If these immunizations have not been received in the past, or a doctor cannot verify that any or all of the shots have been given, then you must contact the SIU Health Service to schedule an appointment to receive the required immunizations. Please remember that this law is for your well-being. If you do not comply with this law, you will not be able to register the next semester, and your registration for your current classes will be canceled. For more information, contact the Immunization Office at (618)453-3311.

Click here for the steps to comply with this rule.