Insurance waivers

Information about insurance waiver applications

Insurance waivers for onshore students

International students may be eligible for an insurance waiver if you already have a compliant alternative insurance policy. See below for instructions.

Application deadlines

You must submit your insurance waiver application before the deadline. The below due dates are for students who are in New Zealand only. 

Term Deadline
Summer School
12 January 2024
Semester One
8 March 2024
Semester Two 26 July 2024
Quarter One
19 January 2024
Quarter Two
19 April 2024
Quarter Three 12 July 2024
Quarter Four 4 October 2024
Doctoral year
The 2nd Friday of the month after enrolment starts
Late year 6 December 2024
Approved late enrolment The same week enrolment was finalised

Note: You must apply for a new insurance waiver every semester, quarter or for doctoral students every year. You will be notified via email if your application is unsuccessful.

Incomplete applications are not processed unless all required documentations are submitted before the deadline. Only submit your waiver application when you are enrolled.

If you do not submit your insurance waiver application before or by the specified deadlines, you will be required to pay for the Studentsafe Inbound University policy.

Late applications will not be accepted.

What if I already have my own insurance policy?

Check the following requirements to see if you are eligible for an insurance waiver:

  • Is your policy on the approved or compliant policy list?
  • Is your policy valid for the length of your enrolment and student visa OR until you return to your home country (whichever comes first)?
  • Your insurance certificate states your name, policy number and policy start and end dates
  • Your insurance certificate must be in English
  • If you meet the above requirements then you may apply for an insurance waiver.

Non-approved or non-compliant insurance policies

You are not eligible for an insurance waiver if your policy is on the University's list of non-compliant insurance policies. Your application will not be accepted and you will be required to pay for the Studentsafe Inbound University policy.

Alternative policy assessment

You can request an alternative policy assessment if you have an insurance policy that is neither on the compliant or non-compliant policy lists.
Your policy must be assessed by the University's independent broker to ensure you meet the insurance requirements outlined in the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021.

Policy assessment requirements:

  • You must apply for an alternative policy assessment at least four weeks prior to the semester, quarter, or doctoral programme start date.
  • Email the following documents in English to
    • Full insurance policy wording (pdf format)
    • Policy benefit summary specifying each benefit amount (pdf format)
    • Insurance policy checklist (download below)
  • You will be required to pay for the Studentsafe University Inbound policy if you submit your assessment after the specified deadlines.
  • Assessments can only be done in English. Your policy will be declined if the required documents are not in English.


All required insurance components must be covered under a single policy. Combinations of multiple policies are not accepted. You must also provide the insurance certificate in English (pdf format) if you have already purchased the policy. Your insurance certificate must also show your name, policy information and insurance start and end date.

Insurance waiver application process

If you are a full fee paying student or an Exchange student enrolled at the University of Auckland and meet the criteria under "What if I already have my own insurance policy?", you can apply for an insurance waiver by the relevant deadline.

Note: To complete your application you may be required to upload visa or return travel itinerary documents if your policy expires before your visa end date.