Step 9— Health Insurance and Immunization Requirements

Health Insurance

SDSU requires all enrolled international students to have adequate health insurance. Health care in the U.S. is costly and the health insurance requirement protects international students in the case of illness or injury, guaranteeing students affordable access to the U.S. health care system. SDSU recommends that students purchase Ascension Student Health Insurance. This insurance complies with the mandated requirements, and offers a special group price for international students.

For more information on purchasing health insurance, visit the International Student Center website.

Ascension Student Health Insurance Costs for 2014–15

Semester Cost
Fall 2014 (Aug. 15, 2014 - Jan. 15, 2015) $593.75
Spring 2015 (Jan. 15 - Aug. 14, 2015) $803.25
Total $1,327

Immunization Requirements

SDSU requires vaccinations for measles, rubella and/or hepatitis B. You must provide proof of immunizations or have them administered by SDSU Student Health Services upon arrival. You can submit copies of your immunization record to SDSU Student Health Services.

All students must meet specific immunization requirements. You must show medical documentation or laboratory evidence as proof of immunity to Student Health Services. If you do not provide proof of immunizations during your first semester at SDSU, you will not be allowed to register for classes the following semester. When mailing or faxing medical documentation, include your RedID number, contact phone number, and address.

Students may also receive vaccines at Student Health Services, which provides a full range of medical services for students. For additional information, call (619) 594-7339 or visit the Student Health Services website.

Student Health Services
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4701
Fax (619) 594-7469

Measles and Rubella—Required for All Students

If you were born on or after January 1, 1957, you must present proof of immunity against measles and rubella during your first semester at SDSU. One way is to submit proof of at least one vaccination for measles and rubella given after your first birthday and after 1968. You may also submit laboratory evidence of immunity or medical documentation that you have previously had one or both of the diseases. If you have no proof of immunity, you may receive the measles and rubella vaccines at Student Health Services for a fee. You are strongly encouraged to consider a second measles immunization, although it is not required.

Hepatitis B—Required for Students Aged 18 or Younger

If you are age 18 or under, you are required to present proof of immunity against Hepatitis B during your first semester at SDSU. You may submit: proof of vaccination (Hepatitis B vaccination is a series of three injections given over a period of at least four months); laboratory evidence of immunity; or medical documentation showing that you have previously had the disease. If you have no proof of immunity, you may begin vaccination during your first semester and receive at least one vaccination each semester until you complete the series. The Hepatitis B vaccine is available at Student Health Services for a fee.

Meningococcal Disease—Recommended

All entering freshmen, particularly those living in residence halls, are urged to consider this vaccination. The vaccine is fairly effective against the majority of meningococcal strains, but its immunity effect declines over time, as does the risk of becoming infected. Older students with other risk factors may want to consider vaccination. The vaccine is available at Student Health Services for a low cost. Visit the Student Health Services website for more information.