Studying abroad

If you're planning to study in another European Economic Area (EEA) country, you'll need to apply for a time-limited European Health Insurance Card, or 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 can't apply for a student EHIC online or over the phone.

If you have any dependants, you'll also need to include them on your application.

Your student EHIC will be valid for the duration of your course. 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're studying).

In those circumstances, you may need to register for state healthcare in the country where you're 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 a letter from your university or college confirming the:

  • name and address of the UK educational institution
  • address of where you're studying overseas
  • details of the qualification you're studying for
  • date your course started
  • date you're due to finish your course

The course dates must be for your entire university or college course (from the start of your first year to the end of your final year), not just the period you're studying abroad.

The course is not part of a UK university course

You're 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 a letter from your university or college confirming the:

  • address of where you're studying overseas
  • details of the qualification you're studying for
  • date your course started
  • date you're due to finish your course

The course dates must be for your entire university or college course (from the start of your first year to the end of your final year), not just the period you're studying abroad.

Page last reviewed: 06/12/2016
Next review due: 06/12/2019