COVID-19 Important Notice

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As an international student, you must have both basic and extended health insurance for the entire period of study in Canada.

Capilano University students at the New International Student Orientation in 2020.

If you are a short-term visiting or exchange student, please read about your specific medical insurance requirements.

Basic health insurance

Permanent basic health insurance: MSP

As an international student, you must sign up for the Medical Services Plan (MSP) of B.C. if you’ll be living in British Columbia for more than six months. 

At $75/month, MSP covers the cost of medically-necessary insured doctor services.

Apply online for MSP as soon as you arrive in B.C. and before you start your studies at CapU.

In order to apply online for MSP you will need:

  • a Canadian address and phone number
  • a passport (arrival date information)
  • a digital copy of your study permit
  • internet access.

On your first day at CapU, during the New International Student Orientation, we will provide more information about MSP. However, it is your responsibility to apply and send your payment directly to Health Insurance BC, which administers the MSP on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

Once you receive your MSP letter confirming your enrollment, please upload it to the DOCUMENT DROPBOX on CapU eLearn in your Welcome Guide for International Students as soon as possible.

Extended health insurance

Extended health insurance: StudentCare

The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) Health and Dental Plan provides extended medical coverage for services not covered by MSP, including:

  • prescription drugs and vaccinations
  • accidents and emergencies
  • health practitioners (physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, etc.)
  • vision care
  • dental care
  • travel coverage.

Note: if you already have this level of coverage with another plan, you can opt out of StudentCare.

Starting in the Fall term?

If you are starting at CapU in the Fall term, CapU will automatically enroll you in the CSU Extended Health and Dental Plan. The charges will already be included in your fees and will appear in your myCapU account.

Starting in the Spring term?

If you are starting in the Spring term, you will not be automatically enrolled. Instead, you will need to self-enrol into the CSU Health and Dental Plan when you register for the Spring semester.

Visit and download the Self-Enrolment form, found on the right side of the StudentCare webpage.

Starting in the Summer term?

If you are starting in the Summer term, you will not be covered by the CSU Extended Health and Dental Plan until the start of the Fall term.

Therefore, for the months of May-August, you can choose to enroll in temporary health insurance at $2/day, or you can purchase your own extended medical coverage.

If you wish to be enrolled in for the months of May-August, please email from your CapU email account with your full name and student number.