Is Insurance Necessary for Canadian Students Studying Abroad?

It highly recommended. Your provincial health plan will not fully cover you abroad. If you face a medical emergency while studying outside of Canada, you could end up with high medical bills. Schools may require you to have a medical insurance plan before starting your classes. Student travel insurance provides this necessary coverage. If you will be studying outside your home province/territory for longer than 6-months it is recommended that you speak with your provincial/territorial health plan to request extensions - this is because maintaining your provincial/territorial health care plan is a requirement for travel insurance.

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