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UBC requires that all international students have basic and extended health insurance for the duration of their studies, as the costs of hospital and doctor care in Canada are extremely high if you are not insured. As a condition of registering for classes, all New International Students are enrolled in iMED Health Insurance, which is provided through David Cummings Insurance Services Ltd. (DCIS).

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Students whose first ever UBC term is in the 2021-2022 Academic Year:
If you have been assessed the iMED fee, DCIS will AUTOMATICALLY email your iMED Card to your email address on record at UBC, approximately one month prior to the start of your first UBC term—or later depending on when you register for your first class.  You do NOT need to complete the Arrival Date Confirmation / Coverage Dates Change Form UNLESS you arrive in Canada in a Calendar Month AFTER the effective date shown on your iMED Card.

Students whose first UBC term (virtual or on campus) was in the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
To obtain your iMED Card you MUST confirm your date of arrival in CANADA by completing the Arrival Date Confirmation / Coverage Dates Change Form up to three weeks prior to your date of travel to Canada, or as soon as possible after your date of arrival.

Coverage Dates

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Family Members

If you have a spouse/partner and/or dependent children who will reside with, or visit you during your study term, you may purchase iMED coverage for them.
See the Family Members page

Opting Out

Some students are eligible to Opt Out of the iMED Health Insurance Plan. See the Opting Out page.

Advance Coverage

Some students will arrive in Canada before the start date for their iMED coverage. You may purchase the Advance Coverage you need for the gap between your arrival date and your iMED start date. If you are unsure of your iMED start date, visit the Coverage Dates page.

Extend iMED

Some students may need to extend their iMED coverage. See the Extend iMED page.

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Only New International Students are enrolled on the iMED Plan. UBC students and non-student affiliates who are newly arrived in Canada and who do not qualify for iMED may purchase other interim medical coverage directly from David Cummings Insurance Services (DCIS), such as:

For returning international students (those who have been registered at UBC in previous calendar years) and for newly arrived domestic students (Canadian students and Landed Immigrants) DCIS offers the Global Campus Health Plan.

For visiting scholars, post-doctorate fellows and other non-students affiliates, DCIS offers a range of non-student medical plan options.

For assistance please contact DCIS or contact an International Student Advisor