Learn about immunization and insurance requirements, discover on-campus wellness resources, and find out how UCR can help you succeed as a student (and beyond).
You Must Have Medical Insurance
All UCR students are required to have medical insurance. You will be enrolled in a UCR insurance plan automatically. The fee is included in your quarterly fee statement.
If you want to use your own insurance, you must apply for a waiver immediately. UCR will only accept your insurance in lieu of UC SHIP, if it meets requirements and has a claims paying agency in the U.S. Do not purchase health insurance in your home country without first contacting the Campus Health Center. For waiver questions, contact the Student Insurance Office at (951) 827-5683.
Your Dependents Must Have Medical Insurance
The U.S. federal government requires dependents to have insurance coverage while in the U.S. Contact us for details.
The Campus Health Insurance Office is located inside the Campus Health Center. Health insurance office contact information, as well as waiver forms, are available on the UCR Health Insurance webpage.
In addition to campus requirements, please note that all J-1 visa holders are required to have sickness and accident insurance and medical evacuation and repatriation insurance in effect for the duration of their exchange visitor program per federal regulations. A willful failure to carry insurance is considered to be a violation of the Exchange Visitor Program regulations. Department of State treats willful failure to carry insurance as a serious infraction for which neither correction of the record nor reinstatement are available as remedies.
You May Need Temporary Travel Insurance
If you are in F-1 or J-1 status, your UCR insurance coverage will have a specific start date, generally only a week or two in advance of the beginning of the quarter. Please refer to communication from our office for the specific date for your program. You will need to purchase temporary travel insurance to cover you from the time you enter the U.S. until the insurance start date. Coverage for students in other immigration statuses usually begins on the first day of the quarter. Please check with UCR Health Insurance for your specific start date if you are unsure.
UCR cares about your total well-being. The Well is a great resource for activities that promote that. Take a meditation class, Zumba with your friends, or use a pedometer and earn prizes. Connect with community service opportunities or plug into a huge network of peers.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services provides walk-in appointments, outpatient medical care, pharmacy services, diagnostic tests, dental and eye exams, health education, lab and X-ray services, allergy shots and more.
Get individual or couples counseling, find stress relief and connect with trained professionals who can help support your mental health.
Make an appointment or for 24-hour emergency assistance, call (951) 827-5531 (2TALK from campus phones).
Student Recreation Center (SRC)
Take fun fitness classes, lift weights and use the treadmills at our 155,000-square-foot facility. You can also play basketball, volleyball, tennis and more. The best part? You already have a membership! Fees are included in your quarterly fee statement.
Hike, snowboard, kayak, snorkel and surf with Outdoor Excursions. You can also rent equipment through their office.
Academic Resource Center (ARC)
ARC tutors (educators, counselors, and advanced students) offer drop-in tutoring, study skills workshops, special study sessions and more. All students are welcome and most services are free.
Student Special Services
If you need special learning accommodations or tools, the Academic Support Center at Student Special Services can help.
Housed in the Graduate Division, GradSuccess provides a variety of services to meet the needs of UCR’s diverse graduate student population including programs, workshops, seminars and consultations by appointment or drop-in.
The Global Connections Partner Program, International Spouses and Partners Program and our weekly discussion groups are all great opportunities to practice your English language skills (and make friends!).
American Idioms, Slang, Acronyms and Textspeak Here is a fun, informative and interactive worksheet from the ISRC on American idioms, slang, acronyms and textspeak that are very common in college and specific to UCR.
Contact us for more English language resources. We are happy to refer you.
From Optional Practical Training (OPT) to understanding legal employment options, our workshops are designed to help you find work and succeed.
See our calendar for upcoming workshop dates.
The Career Center
Search for jobs and internships, practice interviewing, attend career fairs and plan your next career steps at the Career Center.
Unique MBA Career Services
If you are in the MBA program, you can also connect with career services just for you.
See our Employment section for more information about how to work in the U.S. legally.