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Health Services

Good health starts with making sure you have up-to-date health insurance. All students are required to have basic health insurance. International students are also required by law to have comprehensive health and accident insurance while staying in BC.

Medical Service Plan of BC (MSP)

Basic medical insurance includes doctor’s visits, hospital visits, and necessary medical tests or services.

The Medical Services Plan of BC (MSP) is the basic coverage for all residents of BC, including international students. You will qualify for MSP after a waiting period of approximately three months.

Private Medical Insurance

For the first two-three months, depending on the arrival date into Canada, international students must arrange for private medical insurance while waiting for MSP. You may choose your own company (minimum $2 million coverage), but Langara recommends GuardMe insurance which you can purchase online.

Validation code for GuardMe insurance is 4727

Extended Health & Dental Plan

Extended health and dental plans include coverage for some of the costs for vision care, dental care, prescription drugs, travel insurance, and other healthcare needs not covered by basic insurance. The plan includes Empower Me, a confidential counselling mental health line is available 24/7.

All full-time students who are registered for the Fall Semester and who are members of the Langara Student Union (LSU) are automatically enrolled into the LSU Health & Dental Plan. Students starting in January will need to self-enrol in the plan with the online application. Students starting in May are not eligible until the following September.

Membership to the LSU is part of the student fees paid by students in regular studies programs as well as diploma and post-degree programs. Students in Continuing Studies programs, including LEAP, will need to arrange for private insurance during their studies.

Visit Studentcare to apply in January, learn more about coverage, and make a claim.

Campus Services

Student Health Services provides accessible medical care for all students. Student Health Service staff includes three doctors, a registered nurse, a psychologist, and a psychiatrist. Health Services also maintains a list of additional health resources you may find useful.

Counselling Services provides short-term counselling, crisis counselling, and resources for currently enrolled students.

Sexual Violence Support and Education is dedicated to supporting College community members who have experienced sexualized violence, and to foster education dedicated to ending sexualized violence and gender-based violence in our communities.

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