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International Students


Many companies not affiliated with UCSB or The University of California or the Regents of the University of California offer health insurance products to international J1 and F1 students marketed as a UCSB compliant health insurance plan. Please be aware that the University of California has strict waiver guidelines that must be met in order to waive (opt-out) the UCSB health insurance SHIP. Review the University of California waiver criteria if you plan on purchasing a medical plan to waive SHIP. All of the criteria must be met without exception. Although we would prefer that you stay enrolled in SHIP, you do have an option to purchase an outside plan and submit a waiver by the deadlines listed at the bottom of this page.

Below are a list of commonly submitted plans that are known to be compliant with the UC Waiver guidelines as of June 11, 2019:
Student Medicover Prime
Student Medicover Elite
ISO Share
ISO Care

Common plans known to be out of compliance and denied:
ISO J1 Exchange
ISO J1 Exchange Superior
Student Medicover Preferred
Student Medicover Basic
Travel policies without prescription drug benefits, mental health coverage, and/or has a per medical or mental health/substance abuse dollar maximum limit.

DISCLAIMER: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (THE REGENTS) AND/OR UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA (UCSB) DOES NOT ENDORSE OR ADVOCATE FOR ANY INSURANCE COMPANY, PRODUCT, OR PLAN OTHER THAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN (UC SHIP). INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THIS SITE IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY, AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE ON ANY SUBJECT MATTER. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS WEB SITE IS PROVIDED ONLY AS GENERAL INFORMATION, WHICH MAY BE INCOMPLETE OR OUTDATED. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS WEBSITE IS FOR GENERAL INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. WHILE WE ENDEAVOR TO KEEP THE INFORMATION UP TO DATE AND CORRECT, WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ABOUT THE COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, SUITABILITY OR AVAILABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE WEBSITE OR THE INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, OR RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE WEBSITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. SEE ALSO TERMS OF USE: https://www.ucsb.edu/terms-of-use

WAIVER SUBMITTAL DATES:

Quarter           Waiver Period Opens             Waiver Deadline                    Waiver Period Closes
                                                                                                                        (With $50 Late Waiver Fee)

Fall                  April 22, 2019                           September 1, 2019                 September 21, 2019
Winter             November 1, 2019                    December 15, 2019                January 5, 2020
Spring  
           February 5, 2020                      March 1, 2020                         March 29, 2020


To waive UC SHIP coverage, evidence of health coverage must be uploaded to Student Health’s Gateway secure web portal AND confirmation received that waiver was accepted.  Email confirmation that the waiver  was approval will be sent to the students UMall account. Waiver Portal Link - Waiver Portal