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Health & Medical

There are two components to Health Coverage for International students at the University of Windsor;  BASIC HEALTH INSURANCE & DRUG AND DENTAL COVERAGE


The University’s Green Shield OHIP Equivalent Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP), is equivalent to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. This comprehensive coverage is mandatory for all undergraduate and graduate international students here on a study permit.

The GSHIP premium is charged to your account (once per academic year) and paid with your tuition. It appears on the financial screen as “Health Insurance fees”. Students may purchase coverage for a spouse and children who are living in Ontario with them. 

Students who provide proof of coverage under one of the following programs may apply for consideration to opt out:

  • Canadian International Development Agency Health Care Plan
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education Health Care Plan
  • Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
  • International Council for Canadian Studies Plan
  • National Insurance Office for Social Insurance Abroad (Norway)
  • World University Service of Canada Plan
  • Embassy of Kuwait
  • Interim Federal Health Care Plan
  • Health Economic Administration, HELFO Abroad
  • Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau - GWL
  • Libyan Plan
  • Schlumberger Plan
  • Fletcher Allen
All other students will be required to join the plan provided by the University of Windsor.
Should you require any clarification and/or would like to discuss this further, please contact Ms. Marisa Bonasso ( in the International Student Centre.  Health Cards are available for pick up at the ISC approximately 2 weeks after classes start.
For Green Shield Health Insurance Plan (OHIP equivalent) coverage click below:
The University cannot assume financial responsibility for students who incur medical expenses and who are not covered by GSHIP.
Health Care for ELIP students

Students in the ELIP program are covered by Guardme.


This type of coverage is in addition to the Basic Health Insurance, GSHIP. The student governments have also negotiated with Green Shield Canada and Industrial-Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company to provide extra health coverage for dental, prescription drug and vision expenses. This fee appears on the financial screen (SIS) as ‘Drug/Dental Plan’.

Questions?  email:

For a list of recommended medical clinics, dentists and optometrists please click here.

For further information Health & Medical Services on-campus visit Student Health Services at /health

ISC Nurse: Resources to keep you healthy

The ISC hosts fourth year Nursing students every semester. Their mandate is to increase awareness of health related matters among the international student population. This website contains valuable health tips, upcoming events and information.

Support Services for Students

On Campus:

  • Student Counselling Centre – 519-253-3000, ext. 4616; room 293, CAW Student Centre
    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • Student Health Services – 519-253-3000, ext. 7002; room 242, CAW Student Centre
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • Peer Support Centre – room 208, CAW Student Centre, 12 to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday

After Hours Resources:

  • Good2Talk – 1-866-925-5454 (Post-Secondary Student Helpline): 24-hour-crisis line, staffed by trained mental health professionals.
  • Community Crisis Centre – 519-973-4435: 24-hour crisis line
  • 24-hour Walk-in Service at Windsor Regional Hospital - Ouellette Campus Emergency Department, 1030 Ouellette Avenue