All F-1 and J-1 visa holders studying at USD purchase health insurance coverage that meets BOR Policy 3.14 requirements. The South Dakota Board of Regents has partnered with GeoBlue (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) to provide a quality, affordable health insurance plan. All F-1 and J-1 students must purchase a plan from GeoBlue unless they qualify for a health insurance policy waiver. To view information about health insurance waiver requirements, please visit the Board of Regents website.
You will be required to provide proof of coverage to the International Student Services Office. 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 the International Student Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605-658-6255.
All students who meet established criteria are obligated to demonstrate immunity to measles, mumps and rubella.
Relevant criteria that drive the need for compliance are:
- Age: Students born on or after January 1, 1957 must comply; those born prior to this date are excused.
- Course Schedule: Students who register for two or more credit-bearing classes are obligated to comply.
- Academic Background: Students who have completed prior collegiate work in the state of South Dakota initiated prior to July 1, 2008 are excused from compliance.
Acceptable evidence of immunity to MMR includes:
- Immunization record which specifies administration of two doses of the MMR vaccine.
- Medical laboratory report that proves immunity to MMR, i.e., titer reports.
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 for further information.
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, it is safest to have a list of all of your medications signed by a doctor as proof of legitimacy with you as you travel. In case you have to claim these medications at customs. If you depend on eyeglasses, it is a good idea to bring an extra pair, and a copy of your eyeglasses prescription. Although you may feel more comfortable using over the counter medications from home for common issues such as headaches, colds, upset stomach or minor injuries, aspirin, ointments and other remedies - these will be readily available in the U.S.