International Student Insurance

SJSU requires all inbound international students to purchase the SJSU health insurance coverage prior to registering for classes. You can register for the mandatory SJSU health insurance online.

International Students will not be able to register for classes without first purchasing SJSU health insurance. The comprehensive insurance program includes coverage for accidental injury/sickness, medical evacuation, and repatriation and is also valid when traveling outside the United States. You can view the insurance fees and purchase your insurance online before your arrival. 

F-1 students with dependents are recommended to also purchase health insurance for their F-2 dependents.

You may purchase coverage in three different ways:

  • Annually, covering you from August 1 to July 31, or
  • Fall semester only, with coverage from August 1 to January 1, or
  • Spring/summer semester only, with coverage from January 1 to July 31.

For additional information on how the medical system in the US works, please view this Healthcare in the USA Introduction video or review Aetna's informational chart.

A hold will be placed on students' MySJSU record before registration for the semester begins. Before you try registering for classes be sure to purchase your health insurance plan so the hold can be lifted. Insurance holds will be removed within 36 hours after purchase 

Instructions to Purchase SJSU Health Insurance Plan

Purchase your health insurance from Wells Fargo Insurance Services website (here).  Follow these steps to purchase the correct plan:

  1. Go to (click here)
  2. Select "Find Your School's Plan"
  3. Type in "San Jose State" 
  4. Select "2017-2018 San Jose State Univ.-International" 
  5. Select "Fall" or "Annual" plan
  6. Input your information and payment information as instructed.
  7. Insurance hold will be removed within 36 hours after purchase.

*Students can also access their insurance plan information via Aetna's Mobile App

Exemptions from the requirement to purchase the insurance are the following:

  1. Students on a government-sponsored scholarship which provides compatible insurance coverage as a part of the sponsorship.  To clear hold: Submit the request for exemption forms in the ISSS office.  
  2. Students receiving insurance coverage through an employer-sponsored plan in the United States (i.e. receipt of insurance is a part of the U.S. employment compensation through your spouse). Supplemental Medical Evacuation and Repatriation must be purchased.   To clear hold: Submit the request for exemption forms in the ISSS office.
  3. J-1 participants in the ISEP, International Student Exchange Program.
If you have questions about purchasing your insurance, contact the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at 408-924-5920 or