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Moving abroad: planning for your future healthcare

Studying abroad

If you're planning to study in another European Economic Area (EEA) country, you will need to apply for a time limited European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – a "student EHIC". To apply, you'll need to download the EHIC application form (PDF, 435kb) and return it to the NHS Business Services Authority – you cannot apply for a student EHIC online or over the phone.

If you have any dependents, you'll also need to include them on your application. Your student EHIC will be valid for the duration of your course, and if you already have a regular EHIC you'll need to return it when you apply for a student EHIC.

You may lose your entitlement to a UK EHIC if your circumstances change, for example if you start working in the EEA country where you are studying. In those circumstances you may need to register for state healthcare in the country where you are studying or obtain private healthcare insurance.

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The course is part of a UK university course

Make sure that when you submit your student EHIC application, you include copies of the following documentation:

  • name and address of the UK educational institution
  • address of where you are studying overseas
  • start and end dates of your course
  • details of the qualification you are studying for

The documentation for your course must be official university letters.

The course is not part of a UK university course

You are entitled to a student EHIC as long as you intend to return to the UK at the end of the course.

Make sure that when you submit your student EHIC application, you include copies of the following documentation:

  • address of where you are studying overseas
  • start and end dates of your course
  • details of the qualification you're studying for

The documentation for your course must be official university letters.

Page last reviewed: 06/12/2016

Next review due: 06/12/2019

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