International Student and Scholar Services

Health and Safety

Mandatory Health Insurance

California State University (CSU) requires all international students to have adequate medical, medical evacuation, and repatriation insurance coverage, beginning with the start of your program at CSU, Chico, and at all times thereafter while you hold an F-1 or J-1 visa and you are residing within the U.S.

For J-1 visa holders, failure to purchase such insurance is a violation of your immigration status and may result in the cancellation of your DS-2019 form and your disenrollment from the University.

Required Immunizations and TB Screening

California State University (CSU) requires all students to be current on a number of immunizations and to complete a risk assessment for tuberculosis (CSU  Executive Order 803). More details on requirements and instructions for uploading your records can be found below. 

Additionally, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is a condition of registration at Chico State . You will upload proof of vaccination to your Student Center.

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  • How to Choose an Insurance Policy
    Required dates of insurance coverage:

    Your insurance policy must cover you beginning with the first date of your program (as posted on your I-20 or DS-2019), and must continue to cover you through the last day of each semester or academic year (whichever applies to you).

    Students with government scholarships do not need to purchase additional medical insurance as insurance coverage is a part of the scholarship award. However, they too need to provide evidence of coverage.

    Your insurance policy must cover you for the following minimum amounts:

    - Accident/Injury medical benefits - at least $100,000 per accident or illness.

    - Repatriation of mortal remains – at least $25,000.

    - Medical evacuation - at least $50,000.

    - A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

    How to choose an insurance company:

    The insurance company must be underwritten by an insurance corporation with an A.M. Best rating of "A-" or above, and Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of "A-1" or above, a Standard and Poor's Claims paying Ability rating of "A-" or above, or a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of "B+" or above.

    If the insurance policy or the company ratings do not meet our minimum standards, the policy will not be accepted.

    Although students are free to select their insurance carriers themselves, it can be difficult to select a company given that there are so many from which to choose. It may be helpful to note that most students at CSU, Chico choose ISO Student Insurance.

    ISO Insurance > CSU, Chico Policy Information
    Policies begin at $39 per month.

  • Submit Proof of Health Insurance

    Due by August 1 (fall semester) and January 1 (spring semester). 

    Submit proof of insurance via email

    Include the dates and amounts covered and your name and Wildcat ID number.  Important! Your policy must cover you for the entire semester, including through the end of finals week. 

  • Upload Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

    Upload proof of immunizations by August 1

    U.S. government vaccination requirements

    List of Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines and Acceptable Proof

    Instructions for submitting this documentation to the University 

    Important Note - If your vaccine type also requires a booster shot in your home country, you will also be required to provide proof of a booster.

  • Upload Proof of EO 803 Immunizations and TB Screening

    Upload proof of immunizations by August 10, 2022

    Visit the Wellcat Health Center's immunization website for a list of all required and recommended immunizations and screenings, as well as instructions and a link for uploading your immunization records and TB assessment in the patient portal. 

    Required Documentation

    Upload one of the following documents via the Wellcat Health Center Patient Portal with your name and student ID number clearly indicated on each document submitted:

    • Verification of immunity completed by healthcare provider (International Student Health Certificate is acceptable).
    • Photocopy of your childhood immunization record
    • Photocopy of your California High School transcript if immunization information is documented on transcript
    • A copy of a lab report showing proof of immunity by blood titer

    If you do not have these records prior to arrival in the U.S., you will be required to complete this requirement during orientation week in Chico - either at the Wellcat Health Center or at another medical facility. These immunizations each have a cost associated with them and are often more expensive than in other countries. A list of these fees is located on the Wellcat Health Center website (above). 

  • Wellcat Health Center

    The CSU, Chico Wellcat Health Center provides free medical services to students. Their website lists their hours of operation and procedures for making an appointment. 

    The CSU, Chico Wellcat Pharmacy offers many common medications and contraceptives at a discount to CSU, Chico students. Information can be found on the Wellcat Health Center website. 

    On weekends, students can access health care services at walk-in medical clinics. International student advisors will provide specific information about these local services upon request.

Emergency Phone Numbers
Emergency Number911
Wellcat Health Center 530-898-5241
Enloe Medical Center530-891-7300
University Police 530-898-5555