The Australian government requires that all international students and their families pay for health insurance in Australia through the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. The University-preferred provider of OSHC is OSHC Worldcare.
You will need evidence that you have OSHC before you can obtain your visa for Australia. Membership of a health insurance scheme in your home country does not exempt you from paying OSHC. Only Swedish students covered by SKANDIA and Norwegian students covered by the National Norwegian Insurance Scheme are exempt from paying the Australian Overseas Student Health Cover as a result of special inter-governmental arrangements. If you insure with OSHC Worldcare through the University, then in so doing, you consent to the University disclosing your relevant personal details (for example, your family name, given name, sex, date of birth, start date and campus code) to OSHC Worldcare so that your OSHC can be registered. You should enquire at the OSHC Worldcare website www.oshcworldcare.com.auabout your OSHC membership card after you arrive in Sydney.
When you are issued with an offer for a place on the CEMS exchange program at the University of Sydney you will be required to make an online payment via the International Office for the compulsory OSHC Worldcare. OSHC provides free access to the University health service and public hospitals. Higher level coverage (e.g. access to private hospitals, or coverage for spouse and family) is your responsibility. Waiting periods apply for some health treatments.
Worldcare Assist OSHC Fees (from 01 Jan 2011)
Single student: $210 up to 6 months / $420 up to 12 months
For further details and to access the latest regulations students must access the following website:
All international students MUST APPLY for an Australian Student Visa to study at the University of Sydney.
Depending on the Assessment Level of your home country (Assessment Level 1 represents the lowest immigration risk and Assessment Level 5 the highest) students doing a term abroad at the University of Sydney may need to provide an English language Test result.