Health and insurance

Travel and medical insurance for studying in New Zealand

Ara requires all international students to have comprehensive travel and medical insurance. This is a legal requirement under the NZ Ministry of Education Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

Ara's preferred insurance provider is Studentsafe, who have specifically tailored their policy to meet the needs of Ara students. You can purchase the Studentsafe policy at Information and Enrolments or email intladmissions@ara.ac.nz

Duration of insurance policy

Period of Cover

Cover under this plan applies while you are enrolled at Ara.

Commencement of Cover

For students travelling to New Zealand cover starts 31 days before the commencement date of your course. For students already resident in New Zealand, the period of insurance starts on the later of 16 days before you start your course of study or on the day your existing compliant insurance expires.

End of Cover

Returning students:

Your cover ends on the earliest of the following:

  • the date you arrive in your Country of Origin;
  • 150 days after the completion of your course;
  • the expiry date of your Student Visa;
  • the date you withdraw from your course of study and leave New Zealand;
  • the date when you are being repatriated under this policy to your Country of Origin; or
  • any date that we have otherwise agreed or notified in writing; provided the annual premium has been paid in your final year of study.

All other students:

Your cover ends on the earliest of the following:

  • the date you arrive in your Country of Origin;
  • the expiry date of your Student Visa;
  • the date you withdraw from your course of study and leave New Zealand;
  • the date when you are being repatriated under this policy to your Country of Origin; or
  • any date that we have otherwise agreed or notified in writing;
    provided the appropriate premium has been paid.

Further information about travel and medical insurance can be found on the Insurance Safe NZ website.

Please note: Students previously covered through policies with Interglobal will have their policies remain valid until the expiry date. All new student enrolments from 1 January will be covered by Allianz and billed accordingly. Students who paid for insurance prior to 31 December 2015 will be covered by Interglobal.

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