Unlike most programs through The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, students attending programs in New Zealand are automatically enrolled in health insurance through the New Zealand government's mandated insurance plan, rather than Arcadia’s health plan with GeoBlue.
You should plan ahead and budget for medical treatment and doctor appointments. While most treatments require cash payments, we recommend extending your credit card limits to ensure you have the ability to cover any required expenses.
The Arcadia New Zealand office has a list of contacts for local physician services to handle non-emergency situations such as colds, fevers, ongoing treatments, etc. Please check with your program manager (before departing for New Zealand) or with the Arcadia New Zealand office to address arrangements that can/should be made prior to departure.
When receiving medical care, you must ask for an original receipt to submit to Studentsafe for reimbursement. Copies of receipts should be made and kept for your personal records. While Studentsafe will cover most doctor visits, the policy wording should be referenced for more information.
For emergency situations, there are major hospitals throughout New Zealand. You will be given a comprehensive list of emergency numbers and more details about health and safety during orientation when you arrive.
For students that take prescription medication for a chronic ailment, we strongly suggest you bring enough medication to last your entire stay. The New Zealand government allows visitors to bring a three-month supply of some, but not all prescription medications. Your program manager will contact you individually with specific guidelines outlined by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Each prescription medication brought to New Zealand must be accompanied by:
It is crucial that you provide both the Arcadia domestic and New Zealand staff with all information that would help them in assisting you in an emergency. Information you provide will remain confidential and will only be disclosed in emergencies or where necessary for your treatment.
If you have any medical or psychological conditions that may require attention from a physician or psychiatrist during your stay in New Zealand, please be sure to have your physician/psychiatrist prepare a detailed summary of the condition to ensure proper treatment. One copy should be carried with you to New Zealand; one copy should be left with a parent or guardian.
You should also inform us of any special needs; including dietary restrictions and/or preferences, physical concerns or learning disabilities, allergies and strict religious observances in advance of your arrival. This will help us prepare for your special needs ahead of time.
If you are currently undergoing treatment for physical or mental health diagnoses and wish to have access to similar services in New Zealand, contact your Program Manager to discuss options.
Mobility International has a useful checklist for students with chronic health conditions, as well as other disability and health-related travel materials: http://www.miusa.org/.
New Zealand Embassy in the US: http://newzealand.usembassy.gov/
New Zealand Consular Information Sheet provides the US State Department's updated travel information details, visa requirements and medical care news: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/new-zealand.html