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Notice: temporary changes to our private medical insurance for international students starting full-time programs

Until further notice, private medical insurance coverage dates for newly admitted international students will be determined by the arrival date indicated in your mandatory BCIT Travel & Self-Isolation Plan. Once you submit your plan, an International Student Centre staff member will email you with more information about medical insurance.

If you have any questions about this, please contact

Medical Insurance Assessment Forms & Opting Out

International students starting regular full-time programs should submit a Medical Insurance Assessment Form [PDF] by the deadline stated on their conditional letter of acceptance. This form will help to determine if a student already has adequate medical insurance or not.

If an international student does not already have adequate medical insurance, then they will be charged a non-refundable $180 fee and enrolled in three months of private basic medical insurance through International Insurance.

See Opt Out for more information.

Please note that the information on this page does not apply to students starting the ISEP program, part-time programs and exchange and study abroad students staying at BCIT for a single term.

Students who are already in Canada or who have firm plans to travel to Canada

If you are a newly admitted international student in a full-time program and are already in Canada or are sure that you are able to enter Canada and have firm travel plans (such as having booked a flight to Canada), then you MUST notify us so that we can plan your enrolment.

Please send an email to with the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Your BCIT student number
  3. Your planned date of arrival in Canada and a copy of your flight ticket (or just confirm that you are already in Canada)

Students who are not yet sure when you will travel to Canada

If you are a newly admitted international student in a full-time program and are not sure when you will travel to Canada, then we will just continue to postpone your enrolment until you notify us that you have made plans to come to Canada. We will communicate more information to you by November or earlier if there are any major updates to the current travel restrictions to share.