Opting out of or Transferring your Insurance
The Internationalization Office is no longer accepting opt-outs or opt-ins to the Foreign Health Insurance for the Spring 2019 semester, as the deadline was Monday, May 25, 2019 at 5pm NDT. The next semester to opt out or into the Foreign Health Insurance will be Fall 2019.
You are eligible to opt out from our insurance plan if one of these statements applies to you:
- I am studying outside of Canada in either my home country or the USA
- I am sponsored by one of the following groups who provide me with insurance: USC, CIDA, CBIE, SWB, Canadian Commonwealth scholarship, or African Leaders of Tomorrow
- I am a refugee claimant and covered under the Federal Government
- I am a student with proof of purchase of student union coverage and MCP
- I am here for a short term and have purchased my own coverage via Guard.Me
Please note that health insurance plans from outside of Canada will not be accepted as alternate coverage.
In order to cancel your Foreign Health insurance you must complete an Opt Out Form and provide the necessary proof to the IO before May 27, 2019 5pm NDT. Once this form is submitted and approved, your opt out of the Foreign Health Insurance is valid for one academic year (from September- August), meaning it will expire the end of August, and you must complete a new opt out form every September that you are a registered student.
You are eligible to cancel your Foreign Health Insurance and transfer your insurance to a student union plan if one of these statements applies to you:
- I am a full time graduate student with MCP valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of issue and this is my first semester or the start of the academic year (Graduate students can only transfer in first semester or Fall semester)
- I am a new full time graduate student with MCP valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of issue. (Please note, returning international graduate students with MCP valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of issue can apply to opt out in September semester only.)
- I am a full time undergraduate or ESL student with MCP valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of issue (MI students NOT eligible in SPRING)
- I am a full time undergraduate Medical student with MCP valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of issue (ONLY ELIGIBLE TO CANCEL IN FALL SEMESTER)
Please note, there is a different process for students who are on a work term, who wish to transfer their insurance for the first time, scroll down for more information.
In order to transfer your insurance, you must complete an Opt Out form and provide a copy of your MCP card to the IO before May 27, 2019 5pm NDT. To transfer insurances, you only need to complete this Opt Out Form one time. This means that for the remainder of your studies at Memorial your insurance coverage will be with the student union that serves you and you must abide by the regulations surrounding that coverage (Remember, this does not apply to students on a work term who have transferred their insurance).
For information on the student union health insurance coverages, visit their websites or view this comparison chart:
- Memorial University of Newfoundland Student Union (MUNSU) www.munsu.ca
- Graduate Student Union (GSU) www.gsumun.ca
- Marine Institute Student Union (MISU) www.misuonline.ca
- Grenfell Campus Student Union (GCSU) www.gcsuonline.ca
Process for students on a Work Term who wish to transfer their insurance FOR THE FIRST TIME
As a work term student with MCP, you must follow a different process to transfer your foreign health insurance.
- You must visit the IO and show your MCP card to get a letter confirming you are an completing a work term and you have MCP.
- You must bring that letter to the MUNSU office in UC-2000 to pay for the health and dental coverage.
- You must bring a copy of your receipt from purchasing the MUNSU insurance to the IO along with your MCP card, to cancel your Foreign Health Insurance.
You must do all of this before May 27, 2019 5pm NDT. The opt out is only valid for one academic year (September to August). This means that you must complete this process every September that you are a registered student.
- Make sure you have completed the correct opt out form. Both MUNSU and the GSU have opt out forms for their health and dental insurance, but if you are an international student charged the foreign health insurance and wish to opt out, you must complete an opt out form for Foreign Health (completing a MUNSU or GSU form will not opt you out of the Foreign Health insurance).
- If you are an international graduate student, you might also wish to opt out of the GSU dental plan. For information on this, visit their website, www.gsumun.ca.