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Immunization and Health Insurance

Immunization and Health Insurance



In order to keep our community healthy all students are required by the University Health Center to submit  an Immunization Form prior to arrival.   

Students must:

  1. Complete the Immunization form.  Please click here to see Step-by-step instructions. 
  2. Complete the online Tuberculosis Risk Screening by going to If you answered YES to any questions on the Tuberculosis Risk Screening, you are required to fill out Section E of the Immunization Form. 
  3. Bring a copy of their lab report for the Quantiferon Gold test with them to campus or the test will need to be done at the University Health Center, by appointment. This test must be performed in the United States.
  4. If you are asked to provide proof of a chest x-ray it must be done in the U.S. within the past 12 months.

Forms should be submitted to the Health Center via

Health Center staff will contact students by sending a message through the patient portal, found at,  if they are required to set up an appointment to complete any missing immunization requirements. 

Students who receive a message from Health Center staff stating that an appointment is required should follow up by making an appointment. Do not make an appointment unless you have received an email from the Health Center staff stating that you need one.

You should bring any proof of immunizations with you.  

Questions about any immunization requirements should be addressed to the Health Center Immunization Office. The Health Center cannot accept any documents that are sent to the Health Center via email. 

Health Insurance

Undergraduate Students

All undergraduates registered for 6 credits or more are automatically enrolled in UMD's Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).  Undergraduate students who already have a US health insurance policy and wish to apply for a waiver can do so by following steps outlined in the Health Center website

Graduate Students

All Graduate students enrolled full-time in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Maryland, College Park campus must have health insurance coverage. Graduate students are not automatically enrolled in the SHIP insurance plan. For more information on your options see the Graduate School’s web page here.

Graduate students enrolling in an external plan, or if covered by someone else’s plan (a parent or a spouse), should complete the External Health insurance Reporting Form on the Academic HealthPlans (AHP).

For more information on the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) visit the Health Center's website.

All J-1 Visa Holders


As an Exchange Visitor in the United States, you have additional requirements based on your J1 status. You are required to carry health insurance for yourself and your J-2 dependents for the full duration of your J program. Government regulations stipulate that if you willfully fail to carry health insurance for yourself and your dependents, your J-1 sponsor must terminate your program, and report the termination to the United States Department of State (DOS) in Washington. All J1& J2 Exchange Visitors (except Non-Degree Exchange Students) should upload proof of insurance coverage into the iTerp system upon arrival to UMD and maintain coverage throughout your stay at University of Maryland.

 Required Insurance Specifications 

While you hold J-1 or J-2 status, you are required to carry the following type and amounts of coverage:

  • $100,000 (minimum) for each accident or illness.
  • $50,000 (minimum) for the expenses of your travel, if a doctor advises you to be sent home because of a serious illness or injury.
  • $25,000 (minimum) in benefits to send your remains to your home country for burial, if you should die in the United States.
  • $500 (maximum) deductible per accident or illness.
  • Waiting period for pre-existing conditions must be reasonable by current standards in the insurance industry.
  • The policy must be backed by the full faith and credit of your home country government or the company providing the insurance must meet minimum rating requirements established by USIA (an A. M. Best rating of "A-" or above, an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of "A-i" or above, a Standard & Poor's Claims-paying Ability rating of "A-" or above, or a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above).