Visiting Scholar Program


Application Procedures

Program Extension

Financial Support

Health Insurance

All domestic and international Visiting Scholars on the UC Berkeley campus are required to have health insurance for themselves and all accompanying dependents. Visiting Scholars are eligible to enroll in the UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar Benefit Plan (UCBVSBP), which is managed by Garnett-Powers & Associates (GPA). For detailed information and enrollment instructions, visit the University Health Services site.

Visiting Scholars who would like to arrive with their own insurance plan must have coverage that meets the minimum levels required by the US Department of State and UC Berkeley:

The minimum levels of coverage that must be offered through your own insurance are:

UCBs requirements for minimum levels of health insurance coverage are:

  • $100,000 USD per accident & illness in medical coverage
  • Deductible cannot exceed $500 per accident or illness
  • Coinsurance cannot exceed 25%
  • Medical evacuation coverage must be at least $50,000 USD
  • Repatriation coverage must be at least $25,000 USD
  • Pre-existing conditions must be a covered benefit. The waiting period for benefit coverage cannot exceed 12 months
  • Carrier must be at least A- rated or backed by the full faith and credit of the Exchange Visitor's government

For instructions on how to enroll or waive out of UCBVSBP, go here.

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Additional Information

Activities for Visiting Scholars

Partner Institutions in Japan

Former Visiting Scholars