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If you are coming to the UK for more than 6 months then you are entitled to free health care in the UK.
If you are coming for less than 6 months you are not entitled to free NHS treatment, you should make sure you have adequate medical insurance to cover medical costs if you fall ill and also to cover additional possible costs resulting from illness.
These can be substantial and include:
Even if you are entitled to free NHS treatment whilst in the UK, you should consider taking out insurance which covers the above additional costs because you are not entitled to free health care for illnesses that existed before you arrived in the UK or anything that happened on the way to the UK.
Even if you are covered by the NHS for medical treatment, you may find that there are long waiting times of several months for services. An insurance policy which gives you access to private medical care could give you much quicker access to the treatment you need.
If you already have medical insurance in your home country, check whether you can extend it to cover your stay in the UK, as well as looking at options available from UK insurers.
Endsleigh insurance in association with UKCISA has produced a special health insurance policy for international students, which also covers refund of tuition fees in the event of illness and damage to your possessions when travelling to and from your home country to Cardiff. For more information see www.endsleigh.co.uk
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Guide for International Students 2013
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