Updated: May 16, 2023
President Biden announced the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, effective on May 11, 2023. As a direct result, the SEVP COVID-19 flexibilities regarding enrollment in online courses will also end for F-1 and J-1 international students.
* Effective fall term 2023, as per federal regulations, only one online class can count toward a full course of study for an F-1 or J-1 student during each term or semester. Online classes are 100% online with no in-person component.(https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students/study/full-course-of-study) The ISSS office will strictly enforce this policy each term and communicate with students as early as possible so they can adjust their class schedules, if found to be out of compliance.
- Hybrid classes are OK as long as there is an in-person component like a lab or discussion group.
- Dissertation, thesis, independent study credits are not considered online classes.
Student Health Insurance Process and Fees
All international students are automatically enrolled in and billed for the UO Student Health Benefits Plan. The cost for the UO Student Health Benefits Plan is $1,096 per term ($1,644 per semester for Law students) and provides excellent coverage, low deductibles and low out of pocket limits. If you have other health insurance, you can request to waive out of the UO student health benefits plan as long as you meet the waiver criteria. (Graduate Employees have a different waiver process - see next paragraph). Waiver criteria and instructions can be found here: https://health.uoregon.edu/insurancewaivers. The deadline to request a waiver for fall 2023 is October 2, 2023.
Graduate Employees (GEs): you are eligible for the GTFF Insurance Plan administered by the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) labor union which costs a fraction of the student plan. However, you must first enroll in the GTFF insurance plan at http://gtff3544.net/health-care/. The GTFF benefits coordinator will then waive you out of the UO Student Health Benefits Plan.