1. Coverage Period
  2. Exchange and Special Students
  3. Co-op Students
  4. Domestic Status/Domestic Fees/Returning Canadians & UHIP
  5. Approved leave of Absence
  6. Visiting Researchers and Carleton Employees

Enrollment in the University Health Insurance Plan, (UHIP), is mandatory for all international students enrolled into a degree program at participating Ontario universities including Carleton University.

Coverage Period

The annual UHIP premium table will provide the coverage amounts and details for the academic year.  Should you make a complete class withdrawal, your UHIP will be terminated immediately.    The UHIP premium will be added to your student account based on your terms of registration.   Your UHIP coverage remains active while you are registered in classes.  At any point should you make a complete withdrawal from all classes, your UHIP coverage will be terminated immediately.  

Exchange and Special Students

Exchange students and those with Special student status are automatically enrolled in UHIP at time of course registration for the terms they are registered.

As an exchange student, even if you have other insurance plans from your respective country/university, UHIP is still a mandatory requirement.  You are therefore, advised to not purchase another insurance plan to cover you while you are studying at Carleton.

Co-op Students

You will remain covered under the  UHIP plan while on your co-op work term, however, you will not be covered under the drug/dental plan administered by Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA).   In order to remain in the drug/dental plan, it is required that you visit the respective office to remain enrolled in the plan while you are on your work term.

Domestic Status/Domestic Fees/Returning Canadians & UHIP

Students who are coming to study at Carleton and have domestic status/paying domestic fees will NOT be automatically enrolled in UHIP.  You must come to the ISSO to complete a manual enrollment.  You can visit Service Ontario to see if you are eligible for Ontario Health Insurance (OHIP) and if approved, must provide proof ISSO. At such time, your UHIP will be terminated and your student account adjusted accordingly.   Details on OHIP eligibility and how to apply can be found online.

Approved leave of Absence

If you are a Graduate student and have been approved for a Leave of Absence (LOA) from your program of study, you can request to have your UHIP kept intact for a 4 month period (must provide proof).  Sun Life will approve only one LOA request per 12 month period.

Visiting Researchers and Carleton Employees

International short-term university visitors and employees who are here for a period of two weeks or more, are required to enrol in the UHIP plan. Enrollment is optional for stays less than two weeks.  Short-term visitors include, but are not limited to, visiting researchers, visiting scholars, and post-doctoral students.

You are required to visit the ISSO to complete the UHIP enrollment for yourself and any family members (spouse and/or children) who may be accompanying you.   Payment for UHIP premiums are by personal cheque or money order only (Canadian funds).

If you will be working here for a period of 6 months or longer, you may be eligible for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) which is government funded health insurance.  There is a 3 month wait period for OHIP coverage to start, and during this time you must enroll in UHIP.  As soon as you can provide proof of OHIP eligibility, come to the ISSO so that your UHIP can be terminated and to discuss any potential UHIP refund.