The University requires that all international students maintain adequate health insurance and medical evacuation and repatriation coverage while attending UH Mānoa.

You may not register for classes until you have received health insurance clearance.

Student Health Insurance Office

For questions regarding the UH Student Plan or insurance requirements for F-1 international students, please contact:

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Student Health Insurance Office (SHIO)
University Health Services
1710 East West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-5361

Appointment required

International Student Insurance

The University requires that all international students maintain adequate medical health insurance and medical evacuation and repatriation coverage while enrolled at UH. While other countries may cover the health care expenses for their citizens, in the United States each individual is responsible for his or her own medical expenses. A visit to the emergency room or a stay in hospital can cost many thousands of dollars and the lack of adequate insurance coverage can be financially devastating. Therefore it is very important to have insurance that covers medical expenses.

International students must purchase the University endorsed student plan or another insurance plan that meets the university's minimum requirements. If you plan to purchase another medical health insurance policy, make sure this policy will meet the UH standards before you purchase it, as many policies do not meet these requirements.

IMPORTANT : The University's minimum requirements are reviewed each year, and they are changed periodically. It is important that prior to each semester, you check to make sure that your plan still meets the University's requirements. If the requirements change, any insurance that was acceptable in prior years may no longer be acceptable.

Deadline to Receive Insurance Clearance

DEADLINE: All required insurance documents must be submitted to the Student Health Insurance Office prior to the registration / add / drop period.

  • New Students (newly accepted, readmitted & transfer): first day of school
  • Continuing Students: before your current plan expires

Go to Insurance Clearance for instructions on the documents you need and the deadline to submit these documents.

UH Student Plan

The University has selected HMSA (Hawaii Medical Service Association, Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Hawaii) to provide medical health insurance for our students for the current academic plan year. For more information or to enroll on the UH Student Plan, please go to

For the following topics, refer to Student Insurance: UH Student Plan.

How the Insurance Company and Plan is Selected
Who Can Enroll (Eligibility)
When to Enroll & Coverage Period
Plan Options & Benefits
How to Enroll

In addition for International Students:
Providing Evidence of Enrollment to the Student Health Insurance Office