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Vaccinations and Health Insurance

Before Arrival: Vaccinations/Health Checks

CCA does not require any vaccinations or health checks before you arrive. However we do suggest that you contact your local government's health department or US Consulate to see if there are any recommended vaccinations before entering the United States.


After Arrival: Health Insurance

While health care in the United States is very good, it can also be very expensive without good health insurance. California College of the Arts requires that all students obtain insurance coverage while studying at CCA

As a full-time student (12 or more units per semester for undergraduate students, 9 units or more for graduate students) you will be automatically enrolled in the CCA Aetna Health insurance plan.

If you are enrolled in the college's student health insurance plan, preventive care immunizations are covered when performed in a facility or at a physician’s office. In network; they are covered at 100%, and no copayment or deductible applies. If the student goes to an out-of-network provider, they would only be covered at 50% of the recognized charge per visit.

(For any questions regarding health insurance please contact: healthinsurance@cca.edu)


Waiving out of the CCA (Aetna) Insurance Plan

**In order for internationals students to waive the CCA Aetna Health insurance, your personal health insurance plan must meet the following minimum-coverage requirements:

  • be owned, headquartered, and operated in the United States
  • provides emergency care within 50 miles of CCA
  • provides primary care services within 50 miles of CCA
  • has inpatient and outpatient mental-health benefits
  • offers unlimited prescription benefits
  • offers full coverage for all preexisting conditions
  • covers repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000 or greater
  • covers medical evacuation expenses of the international student to that student's home country in the amount of $50,000 or greater

J-1 international students must also meet Department of State requirements in order to be waived. These additional criteria are listed below:

  • plan deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.
  • if a copy of your insurance policy is requested, you must be able to provide a copy written in English showing benefit amounts in U.S. dollars.