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For International Students

Private Medical Insurance


Please check’s FAQ and COVID-19 Update for details regarding medical insurance coverage for international students in Canada.

International students must have private basic medical insurance coverage for any period of time that they will study at BCIT while they are not covered by BC Medical Services Plan (MSP).

This includes:

  • the MSP coverage wait period for any student upon arrival to BC or returning after a long-term absence from BC
  • the entire stay in BC for Exchange and Study Abroad students staying for a single term (who are not eligible for MSP) International Insurance

BCIT’s preferred private basic medical insurance provider for international students is International Insurance – one of the world’s largest insurance providers in international education.

Students starting a regular full-time program or are on an incoming Exchange or Study Abroad program at BCIT will be charged and enrolled in coverage automatically (unless you opt out).

Students in flexible learning programs may purchase medical insurance directly through the online portal for BCIT students.

For more information about enrolling in or opting out of insurance coverage, please follow the links below: