If you were born in 1957 or later, you must present documentation of immunization for the following before you can enroll in academic classes at the university:
- Two doses for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
- An immunization within the last 10 years for diphtheria/tetanus
- A tuberculosis (TB) skin test and follow-up check
Note: OISS highly recommends that international students receive a tuberculosis (TB) test prior to coming to the United States. Bring the results with you translated into English for the Student Health Center. The TB skin test is a very sensitive test and occasionally, the student will get a false positive result. If an international student has an initial positive TB test once they are in Reno, they will not be allowed to register for classes, and follow-up x-ray testing may cost the student over $100, which must be paid before class registration.
International students must go to the Student Health Center (784-6598) after their OISS check-in and before class registration. The Student Health Center is located in the Redfield Building on the north side of campus. (The easiest way to get there is to take the free university shuttle bus to the North Shuttle Stop). Students may have to pay a small fee if they require any immunizations. In addition, these immunizations may be obtained from the Washoe County Health Department (328-2400), located at 1001 East 9th Street.
Health and Medical Care
Unlike most countries, the United States has no national health care program. Consequently, medical costs are extremely high. It is extremely important that students and scholars, as well as their dependents, be adequately covered by a health insurance plan. At the University of Nevada, Reno, international students are required to pay the university Student Health Center fee and purchase the "Student Health Insurance Plan."
Students (F-1 Visas)
It is UNR policy that international students have health insurance coverage with appropriate repatriation and medical evacuation provisions. For the fall semester insurance coverage normally begins about August 23 and ends about January 17 of the following year. Spring/summer coverage begins about January 17 and ends August 28. The exact dates may change every year. If students are arriving early for their first semester at UNR, they may want to use travel insurance until their health insurance coverage begins. For more information about health insurance, see below.
Student Health Center
The Student Health Center offers quality health care at a reasonable cost for students of the university. If you get sick or injured, the staff of professional physicians are ready to help you. They also offer special health care for men and women, sports medicine for athletes, dermatology services, nutrition and mental health counseling, x-rays, immunization and allergy shots, and many types of lab work. The Center also provides some prescription medications at cost or reduced rates, orthopedic casting, minor surgery, physical examinations, and many other services. The Health Center Fee is assessed each semester, and you can utilize the Health Center by making an appointment at 784-6598 or by just walking in. The Student Health Center is located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus across from the Medical School and next to the Family Medical Center on the north end of campus. Note: Spouses who are on F-2 or J-2 status who take at least six credits at the university are also eligible for the Student Health Insurance plans.
Your health, and health insurance, are very important issues. If you are an F-1 student or a J-1 student or scholar, health insurance is required.
F-1 and J-1 students please find information below about the insurance you can buy through the University. It is very important to know what your benefits are, your rights, etc., regardless of what type of insurance you have. Please do not wait until you are very sick to try to figure out these complicated issues. If you have any questions, please use the references below, or make an appointment with an advisor at OISS.
Please call 784-6874 Monday thru Friday 8 am to 5 pm for an appointment.
*If you are a sponsored student (exchange, athlete, Fullbright, government sponsored, OPT, spouse of an employed student etc.), and wish to apply for a waiver, please apply directly to Wells Fargo. Please note that proof of insurance still must be provided to and approved by the OISS.*
FOR NEW AND CONTINUING STUDENTS (AND SCHOLARS WHO HAVE INSURANCE THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE)
- The Insurance Carrier is United Health Care
- The New Insurance Cards (plastic) should be sent to you at your home address by early October; your home address information will be provided by the Office of Admissions and Records, so please make sure they have your current address!
- You can now view insurance information and ask questions of the insurance carrier via Wells Fargo Insurance.
Your 1st point of reference should always be the Student Health Center at 784-6598
If you go to the insurance company's preferred hospital or "preferred provider organization" (PPO), you will be billed a $250deductible per year (outside of the Student Health Center) and 20% of the bill thereafter with the insurance paying 80% (depending on the type of care). At present, the closest PPO hospital to the university is Saint Mary's. If you do not go to the PPO, the insurance will pay 40% (after the $1500 deductible) of "usual and reasonable expenses."
Please read the insurance brochure and Master Policy very carefully to better understand the requirements and any changes to the information above.
Discount Dental & Vision Care
Your health insurance plan includes a discount dental and vision plan. You can locate dental and vision providers by calling 1-800-800-8304.
Truckee Meadows Community College, Dental Hygiene Program
Includes routine examinations, x-rays, and teeth cleaning. Call 673-8247 for an appointment. Located at the main campus on Dandini Blvd. (Bus Route 15 from Citicenter, Last bus stop), Red Mountain Bldg. (First Building on the Right), 4th Floor, Room 415.
Planned Parenthood of Northern Nevada
Planned Parenthood provides information and confidential counseling on birth control, abortion referral, and pregnancy tests. The closest office is located at 455 West 5th St. (688-5555).
People today are worried about getting AIDS. You can't just "catch" AIDS like a cold or flu, because it is a different type of virus. The AIDS virus is transmitted through sexual intercourse, the sharing of drug needles, or to babies before or during birth. If you would like to know more about AIDS or whether you should consider taking a blood test, talk to your doctor. Informational brochures are available at the Student Health Center. In addition, you can get helpful, confidential information from the National AIDS Information line, 1-800-342-2437.
Drinking Alcohol And Doing Drugs
Confidential information and counseling services about alcohol and other drugs are available to students of the university from the Counseling Center. The program includes prevention, crisis intervention, assessment and evaluation as well as individual and group counseling. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 206A Thompson Student Services Center, 784-4648.