Exchange or visiting students
All international exchange and visiting students studying at the university must arrange adequate medical insurance to cover any medical care while they're in Canada. If students don't have medical insurance, they're responsible for paying all costs for medical treatment themselves.
As you'll be staying for less than one year in Canada, you're not eligible for the free provincial plan for Alberta residents (the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan). IYou must purchase a private plan through an insurance company or agent either in your home country or upon arrival in Canada.
For most exchange and visiting students, the simplest choice (recommended strongly by International Student Services) is purchasing a medical insurance plan in your home country. If you're in Calgary and haven't purchased a plan, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of options to explore as soon as possible.
A private medical insurance plan should at least cover doctor visits, hospitalization, prescription drugs, vision care, and dental care.
When you have a private health plan, typically the process is:
- You pay for a medical service
- You submit receipts to your private insurance company
- You are reimbursed a portion of the service according to your plan
It is important that you check how much a service may cost before using that service.