Health Insurance Requirements

All F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars whose I-20 or DS-2019 was issued by Wayne State University are required to enroll in the Wayne State University Student/Scholar Health Insurance (IHI) plan administered by Relation Insurance Services.

Do not purchase health insurance in your home country to meet the Wayne State University health insurance standards, which are compliant with the U.S. Federal Health Care Reform Law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Do not ask us to violate either the federal regulations that govern your visa status or federal PPACA law by accepting your health insurance plan that does not meet these requirements.


Because of the health insurance requirements, a health insurance hold is placed on all international students each semester, which includes Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer. This mechanism allows the OISS staff to track and monitor students who have not purchased health insurance and could potentially be "out of status."

All International Students and Scholars must purchase health insurance through Relation Insurance Services or show proof of WSU issued insurance before their "Health Insurance Hold" is released.



  • J-1 and J-2 dependents (regardless of enrollment)
  • F-1 and F-2 dependents

Any J-1 exchange visitor who willfully or negligently does not purchase health insurance for themselves and/or their family will be terminated from the WSU Exchange Visitor program. Termination will occur without prior notice.



WSU requires repatriation and medical evacuation coverage for all interntaional students and scholars, except for commuting Canadian students.

Effictive October 1, 2020, the Office of International Students and Scholars will cover the cost of the repatriation insurance for the 2020-2021 academic year,

To ensure your and your dependent's repatriation coverage please complete the Repatriation & Medical Evacuation form and return it to the OISS office at

Please note:  The repatriation and medical evacuation coverage is required to be renewed annually along with your health insurance.

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Scholar Health Insurance Requirements
International Student Health Insurance Requirements

Informational Flyers:

Understanding the Scholar Health Insurance Requirement
Understanding the International Student Health Insurance Requirement

The Wayne State University International Health Insurance Program is located in the Office of International Students and Scholars, 42 W. Warren, Welcome Center Suite 416, Detroit, MI 48202 and can be reached at 313-577-3422 or via e-mail at:

The Health Insurance Advocate located within the Office of International Students and Scholars is responsible for processing all International Health Insurance enrollment applications.