Health and Travel Insurance

Eligibility for Health Services for International Students
Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand and may be liable for full costs of medical treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at:

Accident Insurance for International Students
Although accident insurance is provided for all New Zealand citizens, residents, and temporary visitors to New Zealand there may be liability for other medical and related costs. Further information view

Medical and Travel Insurance for International Students
International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. The core components of insurance include, but are not limited to: insurance must be purchased from a reputable and established company; insurance must commence the minute students leave home from the airport on the way to New Zealand; cover any trips overseas or home during the period of study; high sums insured and medical benefits; emergency evacuation and repatriation; accompanying relative cover; personal effects cover; personal liability cover; and the insurer must provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week cover.
All medical and travel insurance policies must be verified by the Dean of Students prior to the student’s entry into New Zealand.

Special Note for Australian Students and Health Care
Although Australian citizens are entitled to some medical coverage in New Zealand, SPBC recommends students consider purchasing International Students Insurance which covers unexpected costs such as emergency repatriation, lost luggage, dental, optometry, etc. Without insurance coverage these costs are the responsibility of the student. Please contact the Dean of Students with any questions.

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