It is a requirement under the New Zealand Government's Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 that all international students have appropriate travel and medical insurance for the duration of their studies.

The University of Otago recommends the Studentsafe Inbound University insurance. 

Studentsafe Inbound University insurance coverage

Your Studentsafe Inbound University policy provides you with a range of benefits.

It is your responsibility as a student to understand and become familiar with your insurance policy. Make sure you read the policy wording thoroughly so you understand your coverage, any policy exclusions and when excess applies. You can find the full policy wording on the insurer’s website, InsurancesafeNZ [opens in a new window].

If you have any questions about your policy:

Pre-existing conditions

You are not covered for pre-existing conditions under the Studentsafe Inbound University policy. Cover can be arranged in certain circumstances. If you have a pre-existing condition or have had a medical procedure in the past, we recommend you submit a Medical Risk Assessment Form before you travel or start your programme and send it to

Further information

Information about the policy, including cost, how and when to pay, pre-existing conditions, including family in the policy, and making a claim can be found on the University website:

Last updated 19/11/2020 01.01 PM

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