i For the latest updates and specific information on COVID-19 including impacts on medical insurance, please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ for International Students page.

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Opt-Out Deadlines


Guard.me@SFU (International Medical Insurance) is a 1 time opt-out.

To opt-out, visit www.guard.me/sfu

The opt-out deadlines for guard.me@SFU are the following:

  • Summer term
    • Out of country opt-out by May 30
    • Regular opt-out by June 15
  • Fall term: September 30
  • Spring term: January 30

For more information about opting-out:


StudentCare (SFSS Health & Dental Plan/GSS Benefit Plan) is an annual opt-out (except if starting summer semester)

To opt-out, visit www.studentcare.ca

The Change-of-Coverage period* for StudentCare (SFSS/GSS Health & Dental Plan):

*The Change-of-Coverage Period is the period at the beginning of the term when you can either opt out or enrol your spouse and/or dependent children. 

Attention! International students living outside of Canada

Due to the impact of travel restrictions related to COVID-19, options for international students have been expanded for the 2020-21 academic year so that you can make the best choice for your individual circumstances. Be sure to read this FAQ to review your options.