Eligibility for Health Services for International Students
Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for full cost of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website.
Accident Insurance for International Students
The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website.
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 the following: 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 Student Affairs office prior to the student’s entry into New Zealand.
Special Note for Australian Students regarding 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 Student Affairs office with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org