International Student and Scholar Services

Center for International Education

Health Insurance Information for Departments


Employee Health Insurance

If a scholar will be hired as a regular employee by UT, the scholar will be eligible to have the same health insurance available to all UT employees. Information about the policy, enrollment, and fees will be given to the scholar during New Employee Orientation (this is different from International Scholar and Employee Orientation).

Scholars will need to purchase health insurance for the gap between his or her program start date and the UT insurance start date.  To cover this gap, a scholar must purchase the UT Student and Scholar insurance (more information below) upon arrival to UT.

In addition, the UT employee insurance does not have adequate repatriation and evacuation coverage (another J requirement) so a standalone policy is also available for purchase. More information about this policy is available upon request.

UT Student and Scholar Health Insurance

Scholars are not automatically enrolled in the UT Student and Scholar Health Policy, but any scholar or their host department may purchase this policy for the scholar and their dependents. Scholars interested in purchasing this insurance policy simply need to complete the “Scholar Insurance Enrollment Form” and submit the completed form to the host department. The host department needs to mail the enrollment form, not the visitor.

Information about United Healthcare Insurance Plan, including coverage and limits:
United Healthcare Insurance Summary and United Healthcare Insurance Brochures

United Healthcare Contact Information

Questions? 1-800-767-0700 |
Emergency Assistance: Within the US 1-877-488-9833 | Outside the US 609-452-8570
One advantage of the UT Student and Scholar Health Policy is that a scholar can backdate the insurance plan to start on the day of entry (as required by law). For example, a scholar who arrives on a Saturday and checks in with the CIE the following Monday may elect for the insurance plan to begin on the Saturday he or she arrived. However, this policy may not be purchased prior to arrival.

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