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Getting healthcare in the UK as an international student

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

What you need to check before you arrive

It is important to find out which vaccinations you need before coming to the UK.

If you have a health condition

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 here.

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

If you are from Switzerland or a country in the EEA

If you are an EEA or Swiss national you must get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your own national health authority before you leave home. This will allow you to receive 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.

Students who are EU nationals and are living in the UK before 31 December 2020 can still access healthcare through EHIC for visits that begin after 1 January 2021 up until the end of your course. If you are arriving after 31 December you will be subject to the new immigration system, Student Route, and will need to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge to access NHS healthcare. If you have concerns following the EU referendum, further information and advice is available.

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 will entitle you to National Health Service medical treatment while you are in the UK.