INTERNATIONAL

Health Insurance Requirement

Overview

Healthcare and health insurance are important aspects of your life while attending CSUN and requires careful thought and planning. International Students are required to have adequate health insurance throughout the duration of their F1 student status as mandated by the California State University Chancellor's office.

Due to the high cost of health care in the U.S., International students’ dependents are also strongly urged to have adequate medical insurance.


For New International Students Only

Effective Fall 2020, all New International Students (F-1 and J-1 status) entering CSUN for the first time are required to purchase the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) International Student Health Insurance group.

Once you purchase the insurance policy, the IESC will automatically receive proof of coverage directly from the health insurance provider, and your foreign hold will be removed.

How to purchase your health insurance policy:

  1. Go to https://jcbins.com/
  2. Type CSUN in the search box
  3. Select your plan year (i.e. 2020/2021) and your student category (i.e. International). Click Go.
  4. Scroll down and click 'Start Here'
  5. Answer Question #1. Then Select Coverage Term (i.e. Annual, Fall only).
  6. Click "Agree to Terms & Conditions"
  7. Create account
  8. Make payment

How to Purchase Health Insurance

CSUN International Students are required to purchase Health Insurance. In order to purchase the CSUN Health Insurance policy group, please Click here. Type CSUN in the search box and select your plan year and your student category (i.e. International Students). This policy meets the Health Insurance Requirements as mandated by the California State University Chancellor's office.

Alternate Policies:

  • Government-Sponsored Students. If you are a government-sponsored student and your government provides compatible insurance coverage as part of your sponsorship, please email us your Financial Guarantee letter OR proof of health insurance coverage to insurance@csun.edu. Your Financial Guarantee and/or insurance coverage must be valid for the entire semester/s that you are planning to attend. Please include your first name, last name and CSUN ID number in the subject line of the email.
  • If your health insurance coverage is through a U.S. employer (i.e. through self-employment, spouse or parents), please email your proof of health insurance coverage to insurance@csun.edu. However, please review your health insurance coverage first before submitting since it is possible that you may have to also purchase the evacuation/repatriation coverage. If your policy does not include evacuation and repatriation coverage, please click here to purchase.

Insurance for Summer Session:

Important note: International students under F-1 and J-1 student status are strongly advised to purchase health insurance for their F-2 or J-2 dependents in the U.S.

Proof of Health Insurance will clear your Foreign Hold

The International and Exchange Student Center (IESC) is responsible for monitoring and lifting the foreign registration hold. All international students will have a foreign registration hold placed on their account at the beginning of each registration appointment period that prevents them from registering for classes.

To have the "foreign" hold removed, students must have completed the following:

New Students

  1. Release of SEVIS record to CSUN (applies to students who are already in the U.S. with an I-20 from a previous school). For New students not transferring a SEVIS record to CSUN, please follow the instruction on #2.
    • For students who already have a SEVIS I-20 from your previous school, please ask your school to release your SEVIS record to California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Once we have your SEVIS record, our International Admissions and Evaluations office will issue you a new I-20 for your CSUN program.
    • Please note: If your semester at your current school has not ended, please ask your current school to process the transfer of your SEVIS record with a "future release date" so that we can remove your foreign hold.
  2. Purchase your health insurance policy from CSUN Health Insurance policy group at https://jcbins.com/. Type CSUN in the search box and select your plan year and your student category (i.e. International Students). Once you purchase your insurance policy online, the IESC will automatically receive proof of coverage directly from the health insurance provider and your foreign hold will be removed. Please read the Alternate Policies from the "How to Purchase Health Insurance" section above.

Continuing Students

Continuing international students who will be enrolling in classes after successfully completing their first or more semesters at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) are strongly advised to follow the steps below in the order listed. Continuing international students are advised to take full advantage of their registration appointment to ensure full-time enrollment.

  1. Review the web portal for information on all registration holds. The IESC is responsible for monitoring and lifting the "Foreign" registration hold only. Other departments are responsible for other holds. (i.e. The Academic department is responsible for the "advisement" hold, the Student Health Center is responsible for the "Measles" hold, etc.)
  2. Review important announcements posted on the IESC website for information and reminders on renewing your documents.
  3. Purchase your health insurance policy from CSUN Health Insurance policy group at https://jcbins.com/. Type CSUN in the search box and select your plan year and your student category (i.e. International Students). Once you purchase your insurance policy online, the IESC will automatically receive proof of coverage directly from the health insurance provider and your foreign hold will be removed. Please read the Alternate Policies from the "How to Purchase Health Insurance" section above.
  4. If you are a continuing student who started CSUN BEFORE Fall 2020, you may continue to submit your health insurance policy for review to insurance@csun.edu until completion of your academic program at CSUN. Please read the section below "For continuing students who started CSUN BEFORE Fall 2020: Health Insurance Specifics."
  5. Please be sure your I-20 is valid to cover the upcoming semester. You are required to extend your I-20 (if necessary) before your foreign hold will be removed.

For continuing students who started CSUN BEFORE Fall 2020: Health Insurance Specifics

Purchase the CSUN Health Insurance policy group unless you have an insurance policy that meets the requirements below:

  • Policies for students sponsored by their home government OR
  • Students covered with a U.S. policy through their own or a family member’s employment
    • If the health insurance policy does not include Medical Evacuation and Repatriation coverage, purchase CSUN Health Insurance policy group's medical evacuation/ repatriation policy. To purchase the medical evacuation/repatriation only, go to https://jcbins.com/. Type CSUN in the search box and select your plan year and your student category (i.e. Medical Evacuation and Repatriation).
  • OR the insurance company must issue you a confirmation letter that includes all of the following information:
    • Student’s first and last name
    • Effective start and end date of the policy—students must be covered throughout the entire semester
    • Medical coverage of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
    • Emergency evacuation and repatriation coverage of at least $30,000. Please note that effective Fall 2021, the requirement for emergency evacuation and repatriation coverage will change to Emergency evacuation coverage of at least $50,000.00 (USD) and Repatriation coverage of at least $25,000.00 (USD) (also required by the U.S. Department of State). Please plan ahead and contact your health insurance provider and ensure that your policy will meet this requirement starting from Fall 2021.
    • Deductible may not exceed $500 (USD) per accident or illness
    • Policies that require students to pay for medical services first and then apply for a reimbursement will not be accepted.
    • All information must be translated into English
    • All coverage amounts must be converted to U.S. dollar
    • Insurance cards are not accepted as proof of insurance as it does not include all of the necessary information

Please scan email a copy of your proof of health insurance that meets the minimum requirements above to insurance@csun.edu for review. Please allow 5-7 business for review.

*If you are enrolled in an academic program that includes mandatory summer enrollment, it is a requirement to have valid health insurance coverage for the mandatory summer session(s) that you are enrolled in. You may purchase coverage from CSUN Health Insurance policy group (type CSUN in the search bar and select your plan year and student category (i.e. International Students)) or provide proof of coverage as noted above.

On-Campus Health Services

CSUN has health specialists at the Klotz Student Health Center who are ready to welcome you!

For more information please visit them at:

Klotz Student Health Center
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8270
(818) 677-3666
shcinfo@csun.edu

Appointment and Primary Care Hours
Monday-Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.