All students are required to provide medically signed proof of two properly administered MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunizations OR immune titers for measles (rubeola), rubella and mumps. The immunization form must be completed before the start of classes. If you are unable to secure and send proof of immunization, the required shots are available on arrival at Student Health (for a fee).
Download the Immunization Form
You will not be able to register for classes if you do not comply with the immunization policy. Meningococcal and Hepatitis B vaccines are also recommended. Visit Student Health Services to view immunization policies.
All F-1 and J-1 visa holders studying at USD must purchase health insurance coverage that meets BOR Policy 3.14 requirements. The South Dakota Board of Regents has partnered with Academic Health Plans to provide quality, affordable health insurance plans. All F-1 and J-1 students must purchase a plan from AHP unless they qualify for a health insurance policy waiver (which are very limited).
You will be required to provide proof of purchase of an AHP plan to the Gallagher International Center. If you do not provide proof of insurance, you will not be able to enroll in any South Dakota Board of Regents university. You must be covered by this insurance the entire time you are in the U.S. - even if you are not enrolled in classes during the summer, you are still required to be insured. A lapse in coverage will affect your eligibility for future coverage. If you have questions about health insurance and immunizations, contact your admissions coordinator.
The costs for health insurance are built into USD’s estimated cost of attendance, but insurance is not part of your USD bill. You will pay the insurance provider directly, and details on how to purchase will be emailed to you about a month before you start classes. Students who do not register by the deadline are automatically enrolled in the most extensive (and expensive) option.
If you take prescription medication on a regular basis, bring a sufficient supply. Your prescriptions are likely to be cheaper if renewed before leaving your home country. If you take prescription medication, you may have to claim your medications at customs. It is safest to travel with a list of all of your medications signed by a doctor as proof of legitimacy. If you depend on eyeglasses, it is a good idea to bring an extra pair and a copy of your eyeglasses prescription.