Health Services

Health Insurance Requirements

For International Students and Accompanying Family Members

Willamette Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)

Health care is very expensive in the United States, therefore, international students attending Willamette University and their dependents are required to have health and accident insurance for the duration of their academic program.

Willamette provides a student health insurance plan through Aetna insurance company that meets and exceeds the U.S. Affordable Care Act standards.  This plan also meets and exceeds health insurance requirements for “J” visa students.  All international students and their dependents are automatically enrolled in the Willamette Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna). The Willamette student health insurance cost for the student is automatically added to the student’s billing account at the beginning of each semester.  Payment is required at the time tuition and other charges are paid. Information on what the insurance covers can be downloaded from the right on this page. Dependents are also automatically enrolled and billed to the student's account.
OPTIONAL: Routine dental care is not included in this insurance.There is an option to purchase dental coverage from Aetna for an extra fee. This is available through the Aetna site, after you are enrolled in the health insurance plan.

Enrollment in the WU/Aetna Student Health is done via the Office of International Education.

Plan Price

Student $1,795 $777 $1,018
Spouse $4,482 $1,940 $2,542
Child(ren) $2,650 $1,147 $1,503

If you BRING HEALTH INSURANCE coverage with you, you may be able to waive out of the university's student health insurance.  No one is automatically given a waiver nor is a waiver guaranteed. Each student who wants to request a waiver must fully complete the Waiver Request form and provide supporting documents.

Enrollment Application & Waiver Request

Every international student must complete the Health Insurance Enrollment & Waiver Request Form- available to the right under the heading Download the Form.  Late and incomplete waiver requests will not be considered so please note the deadlines carefully. The waiver criteria for 2013-2014 are different than they were in 2012-2013.

TO DO:  This is process cannot be done online. Full instructions, including where to submit the application, are included on the Health Insurance Enrollment or Waiver Request Form.

  • Download and print the Health Insurance Enrollment & Waiver Request form located in the right hand column.
  • Complete Option A to enroll in insurance. Or complete Option B to request a waiver. If you do not do either, you (and your dependents) will automatically be enrolled in the university health insurance.
  • Submit your enrollment or waiver request to the Office of International Education as per instructions.

Option A: To Enroll

You will automatically be enrolled in the university’s health insurance; however, it is helpful for us to know that you will not be requesting a waiver.  Please submit to the Office of International Education page 1 of the Health Insurance Enrollment & Waiver Request form with Option A (page 1) completed.

Option B: To Waive/Decline

If you submit a complete Waiver Request (form and proof of coverage), you will be notified via email about whether or not your insurance meets the insurance waiver requirements. See the form for full information. In the fall you must show proof of coverage for the ENTIRE academic year of your program, therefore, be sure you have proof of coverage for the length of your program's academic year. If your waiver request is not approved, you will remain enrolled in the insurance and be responsible for the insurance cost that is billed to your student account.

  • Fall Deadline:  Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Spring Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014 (students attending spring only)

NOTE: The deadline to request a waiver is different for international students than the deadline for domestic students.

Download the Form

  • International Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Request Form PDF

Fall Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2013

Spring 2014 Waiver Deadline: January 31, 2014 (for students who attend WU in SPRING only)

U.S. Students need to go to Bishop Health Center's website to waive the plan.


  • Benefit Summary 2013-2014 PDF
  • Benefit Brochure 2013-2014 PDF
  • On Call- Travel Assistance

How to Use Your Student Health Plan with Aetna

Using Your WU Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)

For Additional Information

Willamette Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna)

On the International Student/Scholar Insurance waiver process