ISHIP Office

ISHIP Updates: Office Hours Spring Quarter 2020

The ISHIP Office has transitioned all advising & services online. Requests, inquiries, and assistance with benefit questions will be handled remotely through Spring quarter. Updates on how ISHIP will cover testing and treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19) are addressed on the ISHIP news and alerts page. Information about accessing the LifeWise portal or requesting an insurance card can be found on the While at UW webpage.

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International Student Health Insurance Program – ISHIP

The ISHIP Office, in coordination with International Student Services and Hall Health Center, works with international students at UW to meet the health insurance requirement while enrolled at the University.

  • International students at UW are required by federal and state laws to maintain health insurance while studying in the United States.
  • All F-1 and J-1 eligible international students who are enrolled and actively engaged in a program of study approved by the appropriate UW Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), and are temporarily outside their home country are required to purchase the UW International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP) in order to meet these requirements.
  • UW international students are automatically enrolled for student-only coverage each quarter they register for classes.
  • International students who plan to arrive in the U.S. before the effective date of the ISHIP plan should buy short term medical coverage from an outside company during this period. Information about companies which offer supplemental short-term “GAP” medical coverage can be found on the ISS website or here.

Non-International Students

ISHIP coverage is not available to UW students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Please refer to Hall Health for insurance plan options and questions.

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