University of Bath

Getting healthcare in the UK as an international student

Before you start university, make sure you can get healthcare while you are in the UK.

Before you come to the UK

Find out which vaccinations you need before coming to the UK.

Doctor's report

If you have a pre-existing health condition, talk to your doctor at home about whether you will be covered by the UK healthcare system. You may need to take out private health insurance for the length of time you are studying in the UK.

If you are having any medical treatment, you should bring a doctor's report in English with you to the UK. The report should give details of your illness, any medicines you are still taking and any future treatment needed.

If you are from Switzerland or a country in the EEA

If you are an EEA or Swiss national, you need to get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You should get the card from your own national health authority before leaving home. This means you can get medical treatment from the National Health Service. If you do not have this card, you will not be covered for illnesses you had before coming to the UK.

If you have a Tier 4 Visa

You may need to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge when you apply for your Tier 4 visa. This surcharge entitles you to National Health Service medical treatment while you are in the UK.