Health Insurance for International Students

All foreign national students, BOR Policy 3.14 requires that you have credible health insurance as determined by the SD Board of Regents. You are responsible for purchasing health insurance coverage that meets BOR Policy 3.14 requirements, any federal visa requirements, and IRS regulations. For detailed IRS regulations please visit:

The South Dakota Board of Regents has identified health insurance plan options for you.  The acceptable plans are outlined below. You will be required to provide proof of coverage to the Ivanhoe International Center. If you do not provide proof of insurance, you will not be allowed to enroll in any SD Board of Regents university.

SDBOR approved provider: 

GeoBlue International Health Insurance:

Link for the SDBOR Mandatory Health Insurance Policies:  

Link for U.S. Healthcare Marketplace: This is also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If you have been here for five (5) or more years, you are required to purchase an ACA healthcare plan. You will be able to compare plans on the Marketplace web site.

Students must provide proof of insurance by September 1 for the Fall semester and January 15 for the Spring semester.
Please send confirmation to

However, under limited circumstances, SDBOR may waive this requirement if a student provides adequate proof of coverage by completing the Health Insurance Waiver Request Form. The following reasons (listed below) will qualify you for a waiver of the health insurance requirement:

  • Employer Sponsored (including Medical Evacuation and Repatriation)
  • ISEP Exchange
  • Indefinite Residence (allowed to establish a "permanent" resident in the US)
  • Provide Documentation of SD Domicile based on Visa Status (defined by BOR)
  • Athletics

Embassy Sponsored Insurance – Documentation due no later than October 1 for the Fall semester and February 5 for the Spring semester.
Please send confirmation to

Beginning August 1, 2018 - GeoBlue International Health Insurance:

Ending July 31, 2018 - ISO Student Health Insurance:  

Contact Us:
Ivanhoe International Center
SD School of Mines & Technology
501 E Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
Phone: 1.605.394.6884
FAX: 1.605.394.6883