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Medical Clearance Requirements for International Students

When entering international students can begin using University Health Services

Eligibility to use University Health Services for ALL entering international students will begin on the date coverage begins for the Student Health Insurance Plan (Academic HealthPlan, BlueCross BlueShield), regardless of whether the student has purchased the Student Health Insurance Plan.




International students cannot register for classes, even during new student orientation, until UHS has received documentation that they have met the following medical clearance requirements.

Please print the TB and Vaccination History for International Students form.

TB and Vaccination History for International Students (PDF)

Have your healthcare provider complete and sign it. If you are currently outside the United States, your healthcare provider should NOT complete the TB Screening section of this form unless they can provide the IGRA blood test and documentation as described under "TB test" below.

Medical requirements for international students:

  1. Tuberculosis (TB) screening test: A TB screening test is required regardless of whether you have received the BCG vaccination. A chest x-ray is NOT ACCEPTABLE as a substitute for a TB screening test.
    You can comply with the TB screening requirement by providing documentation of one of the following tests that has been administered:
    • on or after March 1, 2019 for students entering summer or fall 2019.
    • on or after September 1, 2019 for students entering spring 2020.
    • Results of an IGRA blood test. University Health Services holds TB screening clinics where international students can get this test before registration each semester. This test may be performed outside of the United States. Results MUST BE documented in English AND a copy of the lab report must be included. If there is difficulty with English translation, interpretation of results or legibility of documents when UHS receives your documentation, you may be asked to repeat the test.

      OR

    • A PPD (Mantoux) skin test. This test must be administered and interpreted in the United States and reported in millimeters (mm). Again, a PPD skin test IS NOT ACCEPTABLE if administered and/or interpreted outside of the United States

    NOTE: If either of the above tests is positive, a chest x-ray must be performed in the U.S. and dated within the same timeframe noted above, depending on the semester the student enrolls.

    AND

  2. Meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine requirement. This vaccine must have been administered within 5 years of the first day of classes of the semester you will enter UT Austin. If you have had a meningococcal vaccine, but it was administered longer ago than described above, you must receive another dose of the vaccine.
    You are EXEMPT from this requirement and do not have to submit any documentation to University Health Services if: You will be age 22 or older on the first day of classes of the semester in which you are entering.
     
    Important information about the meningococcal vaccine requirement including exemptions, acceptable documentation and how to submit documentation.

    AND

  3. Proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella as documented by:
  4. TWO DOSES of MEASLES/MUMPS/RUBELLA (MMR) vaccine, with the FIRST DOSE being administered on or after the first birthday and the SECOND dose being administered at least 28 days after the first dose.

    OR

  5. TWO DOSES of MEASLES VACCINE and MUMPS VACCINE, with the FIRST DOSE being administered on or after the first birthday and the SECOND DOSE being administered at least 28 days after the first doses AND ONE DOSE of RUBELLA VACCINE administered on or after the first birthday.

    OR

  6. A positive blood test (titer) showing protective antibodies to all three diseases (must include the official lab report).

For questions regarding medical clearance requirements and medical bars, call the UHS Immunization Compliance department at 512-475-8301 or email imm@mail.uhs.utexas.edu. In your email, please provide your UT EID. Please be as detailed as possible about your question or circumstance.

Minimize Registration Delays: As Soon as You Arrive in Austin

To minimize registration delays, go to University Health Services Allergy, Immunization, and Travel Clinic, located in the Student Services Building, Room 2.104 (100 W. Dean Keeton Street), to turn in your TB and Vaccination History Form or any other documentation of immunizations or TB testing.

If you have not received required immunizations or TB testing or do not have the necessary documentation to prove that you've had the required immunizations and TB testing, call 512-475-8301 to arrange a time to receive a TB test and/or required immunizations or come to one of the following clinics.


UHS administers the IGRA tuberculosis blood test for entering international students. It will take two-five days to lift your medical registration bar after your blood is drawn for the TB screening test, depending upon your results.

Special August 2019 Immunization and Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Clinics for International Students

eat something and drink plenty of water
Eat something and drink plenty of water before receiving vaccines or getting blood drawn. DO NOT fast before you arrive.

To help you register on time, UHS will provide the following clinics for international students who are unable to satisfied medical clearance requirements before coming to Austin:

Date Time Location
Wednesday
August 14
8:30am until 11:30am
and
1pm until 4:30pm
LOCATION: Student Services Building second floor (SSB 2.104). Look for directional signs.
Thursday
August 15
8:30am until 11:30am
and
1pm until 4:30pm
LOCATION: Student Services Building second floor (SSB 2.104). Look for directional signs.
Monday
August 19
8:30am until 11:30am
and
1pm until 4:30pm
LOCATION: Student Services Building second floor (SSB 2.104). Look for directional signs.
Tuesday
August 20
8:30am until 11:30am
and
1pm until 4:30pm
LOCATION: Student Services Building second floor (SSB 2.104). Look for directional signs.

Bring a photo ID (e.g. UT ID card, passport, etc.), your TB and Vaccination History Form for International Students (if it has been completed), and any documentation you have of previous immunizations or TB screenings.

Helpful Links

Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for All Students
Health Insurance and UHS
Resource for Health Insurance for International Students
Incoming Students
Information for Parents
Immunizations and Allergy Shots
Immunization Information

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