DSU Health and Dental Plan Information
Canadian students paying full-time fees are automatically covered by the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) Health and Dental Plan.
International students coming to Dalhousie University are required to have a comprehensive health plan. For more information visit the International Centre website.
The DSU Health and Dental Plan
The Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) Health and Dental Plan is a student-oriented benefits plan that provides students with coverage for prescriptions, dental, travel, accident, vision, and many other services and perks.
What coverage do I have?
Students beginning in September
If you are a full-time student beginning classes in September you are automatically enrolled in the DSU Health & Dental Plan and the cost of the plan is included in your student fees.
All full-time international and exchange students starting their studies at Dalhousie in September are automatically billed and enrolled into two health plans: the DSU International Student Health Plan and the DSU Health & Dental Plan.
Students beginning in January or May
If you are beginning classes in January or May, you must opt in to the DSU Health & Dental Plan.
All full-time international and exchange students starting their studies at Dalhousie in January are automatically billed and enrolled into the DSU International Student Health Plan, but must opt in to the DSU Health & Dental Plan.
Students on co-op or exchange
If you are on co-op or exchange you must opt in to the plan.
Students taking distance courses (exclusively)
If you taking only distance courses you must opt in to the plan.
Dual citizenship - Canada and another country
If you are a dual citizen, and hold a Canadian passport, you may not be automatically enrolled under the DSU International Health Plan if you have applied to Dalhousie as a Canadian citizen. In addition, you may not be eligible for Nova Scotia provincial health care (MSI) until you fulfill specific requirements.
To confirm your health insurance status, please contact the DSU Health Plan Office as soon as possible.
Opt in/out of the DSU Health & Dental Plan
If you currently do not have coverage, or if you have equivalent coverage through another plan (such as one carried by your parents) you may be able to opt in/out. Please visit the StudentVIP website for more information.
There is a deadline to opt in or out of the plan in September each year. Check the date with the DSU Health Plan Office or the StudentVIP website. Students must opt out of the plan every year
Pick up your DSU health insurance card when you arrive on campus
All students who are covered under the DSU Health Plan and DSU International Health Plan should pick-up their health insurance card when they arrive in September from the DSU Health Plan Office, located in the Dairy Building.