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Overseas student health cover

Insure against illness and accidents while you study in Australia
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Health insurance is compulsory for most international students who are studying in Australia.

It is a condition of your student visa that you maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your studies. This cover needs to be arranged about the same time you accept your offer to study.

There are a few students who are exempt – see Exemptions below.

Your health cover provides access to the University Health Service and public hospitals in Australia (waiting periods apply for some health treatments). Higher-level cover, which can give you access to private hospitals, for example, is your responsibility.

You can purchase your health cover through the University of Sydney or from one of the following Australian Government-approved providers:

Arranging your health cover

Option 1: Buy OSHC through the University of Sydney

If you choose to purchase health insurance through the University, you will need to pay the OSHC amount specified on your letter of offer.

The University will then schedule your first payment to its preferred provider, Allianz Global Assistance Overseas Health Cover, and will advise the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection on your behalf.

Please note that you will be personally responsible for all future renewal payments to Allianz Global Assistance Overseas Health Cover.

We arrange OSHC for the duration of your Australian visa. If you finish your studies early and your visa is no longer valid, you can obtain a refund for any unused portion of your OSHC.

Disclosure

If you insure through the University then you consent to us disclosing your relevant personal details (for example, your family name, given name, sex, date of birth, start date and campus code) to Allianz Global Assistance Overseas Health Cover so your cover can be registered.

Order your membership card

Once you have arrived in Sydney, you will need to collect your OSHC membership card. To order one, visit the Allianz Global Assistance Overseas Health Cover website, click on the ‘Students’ toolbar, log in, then select ‘Order a membership card’.

If you require medical assistance before your membership card is issued, you will need to pay the doctor first then claim a refund from your healthcare fund.

More information

Allianz Global Assistance Overseas Health Cover has a representative on campus who can help you obtain your membership card and assist with claims and other queries. Visit our office:

International Services
Level 4, Jane Foss Russell Building
Darlington Campus
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Option 2: Buy OSHC independently

If you already have valid OSHC or if you wish to buy it independently from an approved provider, please complete the appropriate section on your Acceptance of Offer and do not include the OSHC amount in your first fee payment to the University of Sydney.

If you choose to purchase OSHC independently you need to provide evidence of your OSHC membership when you submit your Australian student visa application.

Cost

The cost of your cover will depend on your circumstances and the duration of your stay. To see the 2015 fees, download our PDF.

Exemptions

Membership of a health insurance scheme in your home country does not exempt you from paying OSHC. Only the following students are exempt, as a result of special inter-governmental arrangements:

  • Swedish students covered by CSN International (the Swedish National Board of Student Aid) or Kammarkollegiet (the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administration Agency)
  • Norwegian students covered by the National Norwegian Insurance Scheme
  • Belgian students covered by the Belgian Government Insurance Scheme
  • New Zealand students who come to Australia on a non-student visa and have entitlements under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement between Australia and New Zealand.

Students holding Australian Government scholarships (such as Australia Awards) have their health insurance cover paid directly to Allianz Global Assistance.

Study abroad or exchange students
on non-student visas

Students arriving in Sydney on non-student visas (such as the 417 Working Holiday Visa), are not eligible for Overseas Student Health Cover.

However, we still strongly recommend you purchase comprehensive insurance before you depart for Australia. Our preferred insurance provider, Allianz Global Assistance, offers overseas visitors health cover for students not eligible for OSHC.

More information

Refer to the Department of Health or Allianz Global Assistance.