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4. Immunizations and Health Insurance


A. Health Insurance

ETSU requires that all international, non-immigrant students and scholars under the F and J status maintain accident, illness, medical evacuation, and repatriation insurance on themselves as a condition to their admission, enrollment, research duties, and employment at ETSU. Applicants under any of the J status categories must also carry accident, illness, medical evacuation, and repatriation insurance for spouses and dependents. 

The short video below offers information on the U.S. Health Care System.

DISCLAIMER TO VIDEO: The video below was produced by We find the information within the video helpful for a general overview of the United Statues medical system and what international students and scholars should expect. 

Please note you are required to purchase health insurance coverage directly from the insurance provider selected by TBR. Therefore, an Insurance Hold is in effect until this insurance is purchased. No private health insurance policy [with limited exemption] will be accepted.  

The cost for insurance coverage per semester is approximately  $700

The health insurance coverage that you purchase at ETSU  will not provide you with dental or eye coverage. We strongly recommend that you have a dental and eye examination before departing for the United States. 

The current insurance provider for ETSU international student health insurance is  United Health Care through PGH Global. For step-by-step instructions on how to purchase your coverage,  please click here.



B. Immunizations


ETSU students cannot register to enroll for full-time classes until proof of their immunizations has been provided to the Student Health Services Office (SHS). Detailed requirements can be found by visiting their website

See a brief outline of the immunization requirements below: 

  • Two (2) doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccines. 
  • Two (2) doses of Varicella (a.k.a. Chickenpox) vaccine or proof of having had varicella/chicken pox.
  • One (1) dose of Meningococcal vaccine in the last five years. 
    • This is required for students living on campus and documentation must be received before the move-in date.

To submit your immunization records, you will need an active ETSU email to create an account with MedProctor. Please visit Student Health Services FAQ website to answer questions about MedProctor and more. Step by step instructions can be found by clicking here. 

Immunization records must be in English and dates of doses must be 30 days apart. We also recommend having your immunizations completed 30 days before you arrive to ETSU's campus. See this immunization timeline for your reference.

After you arrive,  it is required to have a test for tuberculosis (TB). Do not have this test done at home. Again, see the immunization timeline. 

If you are younger than 18-years-old, you also must submit the Parental Medical Consent Form. Your parent or legal guardian must complete, sign and date this form. Please submit it to the  Student Health Services office directly. 

In summary:


  • Required immunizations/vaccinations: DO THEM AT HOME AT LEAST 30 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL!


Table of Contents

  1. Requesting I-20 or DS-2019
  2. Immigration
  3. Travel Arrangements
  4. Immunization and Health Insurance
  5. Academics
  6. International Friendship Program
  7. Housing and Meal Plans
  8. New Students' Check-in and Arrival Briefing
  9. Financial Matters
  10. Other Important Information

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