International

Medical insurance

As an International student, you are required to have medical insurance for the entire time of your studies at UFV. 

Basic insurance in British Columbia

If you are staying in the province of British Columbia for more than six months, you are required to enroll in the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP). Beginning Fall 2019, UFV International will provide you with the necessary information during International Arrival Days for you to enroll in MSP. The waiting period to receive MSP coverage is approximately three months and the cost is $75 per month. During this waiting period, UFV International will automatically enroll you in a comprehensive private medical insurance plan, designed for the needs of international students. Alternatively, you may apply for MSP coverage prior to your arrival at UFV as long as you are in Canada at the time of application. Please click here to apply for MSP coverage.

Insurance for exchange students studying at UFV

If you are an exchange student studying for less than 6 months in BC, you are required to enroll in the comprehensive private health insurance plan provided by UFV. If you are an exchange student studying for more than 6 months in BC, you are required to enroll in the comprehensive private medical insurance plan provided by UFV for the first 3 months and then the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) for the remainder of your studies at UFV. UFV International will automatically enroll you in the private health insurance plan and provide you with the necessary information during International Arrival Days for you to enroll in MSP.

Student Union Society Health and Dental Plan

If you are registering in 9 or more credits for a Fall semester, you will be enrolled in the SUS Health and Dental Plan provided by Student Care. The cost of this plan is $195.59 and the insurance policy is valid from September 1 to August 31 of the following year. If you begin your studies in a Winter semester, you will also be enrolled in the SUS Health and Dental Plan provided by Student Care. You pay a pro-rated fee for premiums and the health and dental insurance policy is valid from January 1 to August 31.

Changes to MSP coverage for current students

If you are a current UFV student who began your studies in Summer 2019 or earlier, you will be removed from UFV’s group Medical Services Plan (MSP) and be required to manage your own MSP coverage directly with Health Insurance BC (HIBC) as of Janaury 1, 2020. This means that you will be required to pay for the new health fee by making monthly payments directly to Revenue Services of BC (RSBC). In order to receive monthly invoices from RSBC, please update your address with HIBC to your current home address. You will also be required to update HIBC directly with any account changes such as new immigration documents (ie. renewed study permits). For more information about the new health fee, please click here.

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