Can I be exempted?

Typically all international students, their dependents, exchange and special students, visiting scholars and their families and non-resident Carleton Employees are required to enroll in UHIP. However, only those covered under a pre-approved plan can be exempted from UHIP.

*For a current list of pre-approved and non-approved plans, visit the UHIP website at

If you have insurance coverage under any one of these pre-approved plans, please bring proof to ISSO and the UHIP administrator will exempt you from UHIP.

Students/employees covered under a plan other than a pre-approved plan must join UHIP and pay the required UHIP premium and then may apply for exemption.

If you would like to apply to be exempted from UHIP, complete and submit a UHIP Exemption Form and submit along with all details of your home plan (inclusions and exclusions) to Sun Life ( for review.  If approved, your UHIP fees will be removed from your student account. This procedure also applies to incoming exchange students who have purchased insurance from their home country.

Exemption application deadline:  You have 30 days from the start of your academic program to apply for exemption.

Diplomatic Insurance Coverage and Interim Federal Health Certificate/Incoming Exchange Students

International students who are diplomats/dependents of (spouse or son/daughter) of diplomats may have acceptable health insurance plans with their Embassy or High Commission and UHIP is not required.  If however, you are under your parents diplomatic health coverage, and they have left the country, it is your responsibility to enrol in the UHIP plan.

For the students who are being covered under the Interim Federal Health Certificate, you are eligible for exemption from UHIP.  You must submit the proof to the UHIP administrator at the beginning of every school year.