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Moving abroad: planning for your future healthcare

Studying abroad

All students planning to study in another European Economic Area (EEA) country as part of a UK university course, will have to apply for a time limited European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). To apply for a student EHIC, you will need to download the EHIC application form (PDF, 425kb) and return it to the NHS Business Services Authority. Online or phone applications are not possible for students. The EHIC issued for students will only be valid for the duration of the course. If you already have a regular EHIC then you’ll need to return it when you apply for a student EHIC. Any dependents you may have will also need to apply for an EHIC.

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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
  • 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

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
  • 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: 08/01/2016

Next review due: 08/01/2019

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