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, you were automatically enrolled in iMED Health Insurance for New International Students, which is provided through David Cummings Insurance Services Ltd. (DCIS).
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
Some students are eligible to Opt Out of the iMED Health
Insurance Plan. See the Opting
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.
Some students may need to extend their iMED coverage. See
the Extend iMED page.
Only New International Students are enrolled on the iMED Plan. UBC students and affiliates who need interim health insurance, but who do not qualify for iMED, may purchase the Global Campus Health Plan which offers top quality coverage similar to iMED. For example, this plan is available to returning international students (those who have been registered at UBC in previous calendar years) and to Canadian students paying domestic student fees who are newly arrived to BC from overseas.
For more information, please see the Insurance and Health
Care section of the
UBC International Student Handbook.
If you have questions, you can also contact an International Student Advisor