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Moving abroad: planning for your future healthcare

Studying abroad

If you're going to another European Economic Area (EEA) country to study as part of a UK university course, you will need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You will also need one for any dependants you may have. Your cover will last the duration of your course. 

You cannot apply online or via phone for an EHIC to study in another European Economic Area (EEA) country. You will need to download the EHIC application form (PDF, 425kb) and return it to the NHS Business Services Authority, which processes all applications.

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Make sure that when you submit your EHIC application, you include copies of the documentation listed below.

  • name and address of the UK educational institution
  • address where you are studying overseas
  • period of study
  • details of the qualification you are studying for

The course is not part of a UK university course

If you're going to another EEA country to study a course that is not part of a UK university course, you are entitled to a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for the duration of your course, as long as you intend to return to the UK at the end of the course.

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 insurance.

Your EHIC application will need to include:

  • address of where you will be studying abroad
  • period of study
  • details of the qualification you're studying for

 

Page last reviewed: 08/01/2016

Next review due: 08/01/2017

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