South Dakota State law requires all F-1 and J-1 visa holders to possess an approved health insurance policy. In order to comply with state and federal laws governing J-1 visas, you must enroll in and purchase the State of South Dakota Board of Regents health insurance policy for international students each year. You can learn more about the insurance requirements by going to the student health website.
If you are an athlete, there is a different insurance plan for you that meets both international and athletic requirements. Please work with the athletics department directly to enroll in this plan. If you have a different plan that meets the requirements, you can submit a waiver request before the first day of classes. See Insurance Waiver Info below.
If you do not sign up for a plan by the Deadline, you will be automatically enrolled by the university in the GeoBlue – Enhanced Plan and that charge will be applied to their university bill. You will then have to pay the higher rate for that semester and then you can change to your desired plan the following semester if you so choose.
The Office of International Relations will email all new and continuing international students prior to the start of each semester to provide enrollment information. You must check your email regularly, and you are responsible for ensuring you are enrolled in the insurance plan by the deadline.