All international students, including exchange applicants, are required to purchase the UW-Madison Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Information and costs of this insurance plan can be found online at the SHIP website. You can enroll online or visit the SHIP office upon your arrival in Madison.
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I have insurance through my home country or home university. Do I need to purchase the UW-Madison insurance as well?
Generally, yes. There are a few cases where you may not have to also purchase SHIP. There is more information about this waiver process on the SHIP website. The waiver is given on the university level (to all students coming from a particular university or organization) and not to individual students.
What about renter’s insurance?
Though not required, we recommend that you consider purchasing renter’s insurance in order to safeguard your possessions from fire, theft, or other unexpected issues.
Together, your online and on-site orientation will set you up for success at UW-Madison. We recommend that you watch our online orientation video modules a few weeks prior to your arrival on campus.