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Temporary Changes due to COVID-19

Due to current travel restrictions, Exchange and Study Abroad students may not be able to enter Canada. Therefore, the will not be charged by BCIT or enrolled in Guard.me temporary private medical insurance unless all parties confirm that a student has firm plans to travel to Canada for the Exchange or Study Abroad component of their studies.

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 a student must be charged for private medical insurance, what the dates of private medical insurance coverage will be, or if a student is eligible to opt out by arranging for their own medical insurance coverage.

Exchange and study abroad students who will study at BCIT for a single term and do not plan to provide their own medical insurance will be charged $300 for approximately five months of medical coverage with Guard.me International Insurance.

Exchange and study abroad students who will study at BCIT for two terms and do not plan to provide their own medical insurance will be charged $180 for approximately three months of medical coverage with Guard.me International Insurance.

Dates of private medical insurance coverage

For study abroad and exchange students staying for a single term at BCIT

For the Fall 2020 term, the dates of coverage are August 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

For the Winter 2021 term, the dates of coverage are December 26th, 2020 through May 26, 2021.

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 staying for two terms at BCIT

If you are charged for Guard.me temporary private medical insurance, your coverage dates will be determined by the arrival date that you indicate in your BCIT Travel & Self-Isolation Plan.

Opting out

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