As an international student, health insurance is mandatory to attend any programs at Georgian College. You must be registered into courses in an academic semester or registered for a work term/co-op term in Banner (Georgian’s student information system) in order for health insurance coverage to begin for that term.
Insurance is provided through a company called guard.me International Insurance. This insurance coverage is for emergency health conditions and anything new (flu, sore throat, rash, etc.) that starts after your insurance coverage begins (the plan does not cover pre-existing conditions). See the health insurance coverage dates under FAQs below.
If you do not register into courses in an academic semester or do not register for a work-term/co-op term in Banner, you will not be covered by health insurance. It is your responsibility to ensure you have health insurance while in Canada by checking with the International Centre. You may have to pay additional health insurance fees. If you are out of the normal program progression, it is your responsibility to ensure you have health insurance by checking with the International Centre. You may have to pay additional health insurance fees due to your irregular program progression.
If you officially withdraw from the college (or transfer to another institution), after the add/drop deadline, your health insurance coverage will not be terminated and fees will not be refunded. Your health insurance will expire on the date indicated on the card. Please refer to the health insurance coverage dates below and visit guard.me for more details on the insurance plan.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) health insurance coverage dates
|Year||Term||Insurance start date||Insurance end date|
|2016||Fall||Aug. 31||Oct. 26|
|2016||Fall||Oct. 27||Dec. 31|
|2017||Winter||Jan. 1||Feb. 28|
|2017||Winter||Mar. 1||May 2|
|2017||Summer||May 3||June 27|
|2017||Summer||June 28||Aug. 29|
Postsecondary health insurance coverage dates
Health insurance for postsecondary students will be renewed yearly beginning Sept. 1.
|First term||Insurance start date||Insurance end date|
|Fall 2016||Sept. 1, 2016||Aug. 31, 2017|
|Winter 2017||Jan. 1, 2017||Aug. 31, 2017|
|Summer 2017||May 1, 2017||Aug. 31, 2017|
If you arrive before the insurance start date, it is important that you purchase your own health insurance from the date of arrival in Canada up to the insurance start date listed above. Please visit guard.me International Insurance to apply for insurance coverage for additional days.
You will receive an email to your Georgian College email account at the start of each term (see EAP and postsecondary coverage dates above). To access your card, click on the print ID card link in the email.
Keep the ID card with you in your wallet for proof of health insurance coverage. You will also receive a temporary password you can use to log in your account at the guard.me website to allow you access to your ID card and view the status of any claims. Once you are registered into courses in an academic semester or you are registered for a work term/co-op term in Banner, your coverage for health insurance will begin for that term.
Postsecondary students will receive a new health card once per year. EAP students will receive a new health card at the start of each registered seven-week session.
If you do not receive an email from guard.me with your health insurance card, check to make sure you are registered on Banner. If you are registered in courses or co-op/work term and don’t have a health insurance card, please drop by the International Centre and let us know. If you are not registered in courses or co-op/work term, please register on Banner or visit the Office of the Registrar.
Guard.me health insurance is mandatory for all international students who are registered for courses or a co-op/work term in Banner. That means that if you’re currently in courses or on a co-op/work term, you can’t opt-out.
You will no longer be registered into academic courses or a co-op/work term on the Banner student information system and therefore will not receive health coverage.
You can purchase your own health insurance through guard.me International Insurance for a maximum time of six months.
You may be eligible for OHIP after working full-time in Canada for the required amount of time.
You are strongly encouraged to purchase your own health insurance after you graduate from Georgian College.
To find the clinic closest to your home, visit guard.me . Once you fill in your address, it will give you a list of the closest clinics. The clinics listed are all the direct billing locations.
You can still visit a clinic that isn’t on the list but you will have to pay for the service up front.
What is a claim?
If you visit the doctor’s office without your guard.me card or visit a health facility that does not do direct billing, you will be asked to pay up front for your medical expenses. Keep your receipt so you can make a claim with guard.me and be refunded.
How to make a claim
You can make a claim online if the receipt is under $1,000 by visiting guard.me and clicking on My Claim, then Making a claim. You will be asked to enter your policy number and date of birth. Click Submit and continue the steps through the claim process. On the last page you will be asked to fill in your address. Please ensure your address details are accurate as this is where the cheque will be sent. You will also be asked to scan and attach your receipt(s). If your receipt is over $1,000, you will have to submit your claim by mail.
Dermatologist: To visit a dermatologist you will likely have to be referred by a doctor which means you will need to visit the doctor’s office first. Remember, guard.me doesn’t cover any pre-existing conditions (including acne). If you are unsure whether your dermatologist visit will be covered, email email@example.com.
Dentist: guard.me insurance will only cover a dentist visit if it’s an emergency or immediate relief of pain or suffering.
Eye doctor: You will be covered for one non-emergency eye exam per year up to a maximum of $100. There is no insurance coverage for contacts or glasses.
Immunizations: You will be covered up to $100 for program/course required immunizations.
If the coverage date on your guard.me card is expiring and you will be coming back to study at Georgian College, you can purchase health insurance for the gap between programs.
Visit guard.me and follow the steps for “gap student.”
Please refer to the coverage dates above to be sure that you don’t purchase health insurance for longer then you need.
With the support of many generous donors, Georgian College offers its international students a variety of awards and scholarships to help offset the cost of their education and to reward learners for their dedication to their academic goals. Find out more about Georgian College scholarships and awards. To see all scholarships available to international students, check the table below or for the full list select International student from the list next to Includes at the bottom of the awards search page.
|Awards||International Education & Training Entrance Scholarships||EAP Graduate Awards||Study Abroad Scholarships||International Entrance Awards||Bruce Hill International Awards|
|Criteria||Presented to an international student entering any full-time program at any campus of Georgian College. The student must have demonstrated academic achievement in their home country or an accredited institute in Canada.||Presented to an international student entering any full-time program at any campus of Georgian College. The student must have demonstrated academic achievement in their home country or an accredited institute in Canada.||Student going for a semester abroad through one of our partner institutions would be eligible for up to $3500. Students have to write a cover letter indicating how this experience will enhance their educational goals and include a budget for the trip.||Presented to an international student entering his or her first year of study in any program at any campus of Georgian College. The student must have completed the English for Academic Purposes program at an ESL partner school in Canada (excluding Georgian College) and have demonstrated academic achievement (75 per cent or higher) in the program as well as excellent attendance. Cover letter must include why the applicant wants to study at Georgian College.||Presented to International students in either second or third year of study in any two or three year post secondary diploma program OR in their second or third semester of a graduate certificate program at Georgian College. The recipients have made an outstanding contribution to campus life through participation in college and/or community activities. Although these awards are based on non-academic criteria, the recipients must be in good academic standing.|
|Number available||10. Seven scholarships awarded in September for fall intake students; three scholarships awarded in January for winter intake students.||Seven. Five scholarships awarded in September for fall intake students; two scholarships awarded in January for winter intake students.||No limit||Five. Four scholarships awarded for fall intake; one scholarship for winter intake.||Two|
|Deadline||Oct. 31 – fall; March 31 – winter||Sept. 30 – fall; March 31 – winter||Ongoing||Oct. 31 – fall; March 31 – winter||March 31|
|Requirements||o Cover letter o Grade report||o Cover letter o Grade report||o Cover letter o Trip budget||o Cover letter o Grade report o Letter of reference from faculty member (ESL school)||o Cover letter o Letter of reference - general|
Contact: Jennifer Charbonneau
International student ambassadors
Our international student ambassadors are here to assist new and returning international students with any questions about getting involved on campus, available support resources and settling into Barrie.
Country of origin: El Salvador
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Japanese, French
Program: Advertising and marketing communications
Interesting fact: I always wear yellow, blue and purple accessories because of my favorite vocaloid. I love Japanese culture.
Office hours: Mondays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Joe Yu (Xiao Yu)
Country of origin: China
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin
Interesting fact: Embrace diversity, like self-challenge
Office hours: Monday noon to 2 p.m.
Country of origin: Canada
Languages spoken: English
Program: Business Marketing
Interesting fact: my favorite animal is a bull dog, I just love their squishiness
Office hours: Thursday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Country of origin: India
Languages spoken: English, Hindi, Gujarati
Program: Environmental Technology
Interesting fact: workaholic, and an avid soccer and Liverpool F.C. fan.
Office hours: Tuesday noon to 2 p.m.
Like to take photos? Enter Georgian’s International Centre Photo Contest
The contest is part of Come Together Week and is intended to showcase students’ experiences while travelling here or abroad. Submit photos you’ve taken abroad or in Canada that highlight your experiences with culture and diversity, along with a 50-word or less reflection on what the photo means to you. You could win some great prizes and have your photo displayed at Georgian!
- Culture and people
Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, student number and a title/brief description of your photo.
- Contest opens Feb. 17, 2017 at 12 a.m. eastern standard time and ends March 5, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time
- Photo must be submitted by the deadline
- Maximum two entries per person
- Student must specify photo category with submission
- Winners will be notified before March 14, 2017
- Prizes are non-negotiable
The International Centre Photo Contest begins Feb. 17, 2017, 12 a.m. eastern standard time and ends March 5, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the contest rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the contest rules. This is a photo contest and is not a skill-based contest. Its intent is to bring awareness of experiences or reflections of diversity captured through photos. All levels of photography are welcome.
Contest is open to all students of Georgian College. International students are invited to submit pictures they have taken that tell a story of their new perspective in Canada, as well as photos taken abroad. Georgian College staff and faculty are not eligible to enter the contest.
- Students may submit up to two photos.
- Photo must be owned by the person submitting it in the contest.
- Photo must be original – we are unable to accept digitally enhanced or altered photos.
- The International Centre reserves the right to verify the originality and validity of all entries.
- The International Centre reserves the right to use photo once it has been entered into the contest, along with any or all statements.
- Students entering the contest should act in a manner that respects the rights, safety and wellbeing of others at all times.
- A selection of photos will be exhibited at the International Centre at the Barrie Campus.
- Photos must be submitted by the deadline to be eligible for judging.
- The International Centre reserves the right to alter or cancel the contest at any time.
- The International Centre is not responsible for any lost photo or incorrect submission of photos.
- Submitting your photo in the contest means that you have read all terms, contest rules and submission guidelines. The entrance is irrevocable and gives consent to the International Centre to publish or use the photo.
- The International Centre reserves the right to use the winners’ pictures and/or stories for future marketing campaigns for the International Centre.
- Winners MUST pick up gifts and prizes at the Barrie Campus.
Students and faculty will conduct judging. Judging will be held on March 7, 2017.
Celebrate the holiday season with Georgian community
Christmas is a very special time in Canada. Families and friends typically come together, share a large meal, participate in traditional activities and talk about what they did in their time apart.
The Home for the Holidays program aims to connect students staying in the area over the holidays with Georgian College staff or faculty who wish to host them for a family meal. This is a great way to connect with the Georgian College community and celebrate the holiday season!
With the Home for the Holiday program, we encourage faculty and staff from the Georgian College community to invite a student or a group of students into their home for a meal. Other participating schools have said that this program is a great success and that both students and staff have a great time.
If you’re interested in hosting a student, please fill out this form: Host application – Home for the Holidays
If you’re a student interested in participating, please fill out this form: Student application – Home for the Holidays
Please return all forms to Jennifer Charbonneau in the International Department, Room C279, Barrie Campus, or email to email@example.com. We are still accepting applications so get your forms in soon!
What happens after I register?
- Hosts and students will be paired based on availability and preferences
- Hosts and students will have the opportunity to meet at the college in a meet-and-greet event hosted by the International department
- Students will be contacted by their hosts to finalize arrangements via the email address they provided when registering
How are hosts and students paired?
- Both hosts and students will register with the student service co-ordinator in the International department
- Hosts will select the date of their event
- Students will select the date(s) they would be available
- Both hosts and students will provide information about themselves that will assist in appropriate pairing
- Preferences will be taken into consideration
What happens once hosts and students are paired?
- Once a host and a student are paired, the host will receive an email notification with the following information about their student(s):
- contact information
- country of origin
- dietary restrictions or requirements (vegan, halal, gluten free, etc.)
- allergies (to pets, nuts, shellfish, etc.)
- other preferences (fear of pets, etc.)
- Students will be contacted to let them know that we have made a match with the following information:
- contact information
- date of dinner
- Both host and student should make contact with each other to introduce themselves and make final arrangements
Contact Jennifer Charbonneau in the International Department, Room C279, Barrie Campus, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.