Renewing and Opting Into the Foreign Health Insurance

The Internationalization Office is no longer accepting opt ins to the Foreign Health Insurance for the Spring 2017 semester as the deadline was Friday May 19, 2017 at 5pm NDT. The next opportunity to opt in will be Fall 2017.

Your health insurance will automatically be renewed for each semester you are a registered student.

This does not apply to dependents, post docs or visiting scholars/faculty. If you have dependents that require coverage,or you are a post doc or visiting scholar/faculty you will need to opt them/yourself in once every academic year (or every semester in some cases) and pay every semester.

You can opt-in yourself or your dependents to the Foreign Health Insurance Plan by visiting the Internationalization Office and completing an Opt-In form. It is required that this be done before May 19, 2017, 5pm NDT, in order to avail of the full semesters worth of coverage. An opt in form is valid for one academic year (an academic year runs from September- August), unless you do not have a student number and are paying by cash. If you do not have a student number, you must opt in every semester and pay every semester you require coverage. To make payment, visit the Internationalizatino Office and pay cash or with a cheque payable to Memorial University of Newfoundland.


  • Dependents, Post Doctoral Fellows or Visiting Scholars/Faculty have the option of opting in to the Foreign Health Insurance plan from the IO, but it is not a requirement.
  • For international post docs, we have prepared this document which outlines your health insurance options.
  • Before you opt in, you should read through this website to understand the coverage you are purchasing. The Foreign Health Insurance costs $206.84 per semester (4 months).

If you have any questions about health insurance coverage, please do not hesitate to contact us.



Internationalization Office

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552