As an international student in Canada it is very important that you have the necessary medical health insurance coverage. Without proper insurance, medical costs can be very expensive.
If you study in Alberta for at least 12 months, you are eligible to apply for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. There is no cost for this, but you must apply, and you should do this as soon as you arrive in Canada. Alberta Health Care covers the cost of your visits to doctors, hospitals, and other basic health care needs.
When you register as a full time student at MacEwan University, you also receive supplementary health care and dental care benefits. The supplemental health care plan covers many basic health care needs that are not paid for by Alberta Health Care, such as the cost of prescriptions that you may need. The cost for this is included as part of your student fees.
Information about these types of insurance can be found on the neighboring tabs.
** NOTE: Make sure that you have purchased travel health insurance for your travel to and first few weeks in Canada (until you receive your Alberta Health Care coverage)!
If you are planning to live in Alberta for at least 12 months, you qualify for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan which allows you to visit doctors and hospitals free of charge. If you do not have Alberta Health Care, you may be asked to pay for medical services before you receive them.
For more information and applications visit the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. Application forms can also be picked up at MacEwan International, room 7-105, CCC.
Information on MacEwan University's Supplemental Health and Dental Benefits can be found on the Students' Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) pages about student health benefits.
- My Benefits
- Opt Out
- my Benefits Card
- Prescription Search Tool
- Purchase Optional Coverage
- Find a Practitioner
On Campus Care
SAMU Student Benefits Plan Office
6-108 City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 2P2