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Exchange and Study Abroad students planning to study at BCIT should submit a Medical Insurance Assessment Form for Exchange and Study Abroad Students [PDF] by the deadline stated on their conditional letter of acceptance. This form will help to determine how much you may be charged for private medical insurance, what the dates of private medical insurance coverage will be, or if you may be eligible to opt out.

Coverage period & cost

For Study Abroad and Exchange students staying for a single term at BCIT

Study Abroad and Exchange students who will study at BCIT for a single term and do not provide their own medical insurance will be charged $300 for approximately five months of medical coverage with Guard.me International Insurance. Coverage dates are set by term.

Term of study Coverage start Coverage end
Fall 2021 August 1, 2021 December 31, 2021
Winter 2022 December 26, 2021 May 26, 2022
Fall 2022 August 1, 2022 December 31, 2022

If you plan to spend time in Canada before or after these coverage dates, please contact international.medical@bcit.ca as early as possible and we will do our best to accommodate you.

For exchange students (including double degree) staying for two terms at BCIT

Exchange students who will study at BCIT for two terms and do not provide their own medical insurance will be charged $180 for approximately three months of temporary coverage with Guard.me International Insurance. Coverage dates will be determined the same way as for other full-time students.

Note that students in this scenario will need to apply for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) upon arrival to BC in order to have MSP coverage in place by the time your Guard.me expires.

Opting out

Exchange and study abroad students may be able to opt out by providing their own basic medical insurance coverage. See Opt Out for more details.