Medical insurance

As an International student, you are required to have medical insurance for the entire time of your studies at UFV. UFV International ensures that you are enrolled in the appropriate medical insurance plan.

Basic insurance in British Columbia

If you are staying in the province of British Columbia for more than six months, UFV International will enroll you in the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).

The waiting period to receive MSP coverage is approximately three months. During this waiting period, UFV International will enroll you in a comprehensive private medical insurance plan, designed for the needs of international students.

If you are staying in British Columbia for less than six months, you will not be eligible for MSP insurance; however, UFV International will keep you on the private medical inusrance plan for the duration of your stay.

Understandably, you may have already purchased travel insurance. You must demonstrate that your insurance plan is adequate and equal or better than the coverage outlined below. If your coverage is not adequate, you will be enrolled on the medical plans (private and MSP) described above. 

Features of adequate medical insurance coverage
Overall Coverage Minimum coverage of $2 million dollars
Hospital 100% of eligible charges
X-rays, Lab testing 100% of eligible charges
Physical/Surgeon 100% of eligible charges
Private Nursing 100% of eligible charges up to $15,000
Ambulance 100% of eligible charges
Emergency Transportation Taxi fare to or from a hospital or medical clinic up to $100
Dental - Emergency 100% of eligible charges up to $600 for relief of pain and suffering
Family Transportation When you are hospitalized for more than 7 days, up to $5,000 for air tickets, for 2 family members to join youl up to $1,500 for expenses
Air Evaculation/Return Home 100% of the cost to transport you to the nearest hospital or to a hospital in your Home Country
Accidental Death and Dismemberment $50,000
Common Carrier $100,000
Trauma Counselling Up to 6 sessions if an insured suffers a loss under the accidental death and dismemberment benefit
Burial in Host Country Up to $5,000 for the cost of preparing the remains, cremation or burial and a burial plot in the location where death occurs
Repatriation of Deceased Up to $15,000 toward the cost of preparation and return to your Home Country

Student Union Health and Dental Plan

If you are registering for the Fall semester, you will be enrolled in the SUS Health and Dental Plan provided by Student Care. You pay $215.59 for premiums and this extended medical insurance policy is valid for a year. 

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