Health Information

Complete Health Requirements Before Orientation

Health Requirement 1: Meningococcal Meningitis Immunization.

The State of Texas has required that in order to register for classes all students under the age of 22 are required to document their Meningococcal Meningitis immunization. Only the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against 4 types of meningococcus bacteria, (MCV4, MPSV4) will be accepted.

You must receive Meningococcal Meningitis immunization during the 5 year period prior to but not later than 10 days before the first day of the semester.

To expedite documentation processing, please include your Banner ID (@01234567) or your MyUTSAID (ABC123).

Submit proof of your Meningococcal immunization records to Student Health Services by email or fax by the deadlines. Your immunization records must be translated in English.

Health Requirement 2: Tuberculosis (TB) Test

It is highly recommended that you take a TB blood test in your home country. Student Health Services accepts the following blood tests:



*TB testing must be performed on of after March 1st for the summer or fall semesters and on or after September 1st for the following spring semester.*

Student Health Services does not accept these tests:

  • IgG
  • IgM
  • Other forms of rapid testing
  • PPD from other countries

If your test result is in a language other than English, please have a translation service translate them into English prior to submission to Student Health Services.

To expedite documentation processing, please include your Banner ID (@01234567) or your MyUTSAID (ABC123).

Submit your test results by fax at (210) 458-4151 or by email to

Health Insurance

UT Student Health Insurance Plan (UT SHIP)

The UT System SHIP is administered by Academic Health Plans with coverage provided by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas. The UT System requires all international students holding an F1, F2, J1 or J2 visa to maintain medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance while enrolled at any UT System institution.

Policy Details

You can view the insurance benefit details on the Academic Health Plans website.

Insurance Cost
All new students entering Fall and Summer are subject to the one-month supplemental insurance. The Fall supplement dates are 08/01/2020-08/31/2020 and the Summer supplement dates are 05/01/2020-05/31/2020. The insurance fee for Spring & Summer is charged in the Spring tuition and fee bill. Summer insurance is mandatory even if you do not take any summer classes.

Academic Year 2020 – 2021
Insurance Costs and Coverage Dates


One-Month Supplemental


Spring & Summer

Summer (New Students Only)

Start date


September 1, 2020

January 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

End date


December 31, 2020

August 31, 2021

August 31, 2021

















J Visa Holders

The Department of State requires that the accompanying spouse and children of J-1 visa holders maintain appropriate medical coverage for the duration of their presence in the United States. Willful failure to comply with this requirement will result in the termination of the J-1 program.

Dental Coverage

Students enrolled in the UT SHIP have the option to purchase dental coverage from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas. Dental coverage is not included within the UT SHIP and must be purchased separately. For more information visit Blue Care Dental. This coverage must be renewed each semester prior to the enrollment deadline.

Academic Emergency Services

AES is a program that provides coverage for medical evacuation, repatriation, emergency family assistance service as well as medical, travel, safety and legal assistance.  When you enroll in the UT SHIP you are also covered with AES. For more information visit Academic Emergency Services. AES may be required as a standalone for students who have received a waiver of the medical portion. 

Dependent Insurance

Dependents are not automatically added to the UT SHIP.  If you wish to have medical coverage for your spouse and/or children you must add them to your plan each semester prior to the enrollment deadline. Download the dependent enrollment form for international student dependents. Contact Academic Health Plans for enrollment help, if needed.

Continuation of Coverage

Continuation of Coverage is available to insured students who have graduated or are no longer eligible for coverage under the UT System plan at UTSA. Covered students must have been insured for at least six (6) continuous months. Your premium must be received by Academic Health Plans within 30 days after your UTSA Student Health Insurance Plan terminates. Eligible students may purchase an extension of coverage for up to a maximum of 3 months. Per AHP, continuation of coverage is only available once and cannot be renewed (example: purchase 1 month extension, not able to extend for additional 2 months). Contact Academic Health Plans for more information, if needed.

Required Health Insurance

The University of Texas System Board of Regents requires that all international students holding an F or a J non-immigrant visa carry health insurance while enrolled at UTSA. Enrollment in the system-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is automatic at the time of registration and the cost of the policy is included in the student's tuition and fee bill.

This requirement does not apply to a non F or J visa holder. If you have been assessed an insurance charge and do not fall under this category, please contact the Insurance Advisor.

For information on the UT Health Insurance Plan Provider, please visit

To learn more about the UT System health insurance requirements click here.


Students may be eligible to waive the cost of the SHIP if they are able to provide a comparable plan in accordance with the UT Board of Regents policy.

Please note that insurance waiver requests granted in the past may not meet the requirements of the federal PPACA. We believe UT SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan) is a good value for the coverage it provides, and it meets the requirements of the new law. We encourage UTSA students to remain enrolled in UT SHIP.

Frequently Asked Questions- click here

Health Insurance Waiver Request-click here