Healthcare & Wellbeing

Healthcare

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) provides healthcare services that are free (with the exception of some services such as prescriptions, optical services and dental services) at the point of use for all UK residents.

If you are a Tier 4 visa student (studying at Ulster for 6 months or more) you will be asked when applying for your visa to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge.  You will then be able to use the NHS but you will still need to pay for some services, such as dental treatment, eye tests or prescriptions.  You will need to bring your Biometric Residence Permit with you when you access healthcare in the UK.

If you are coming to Ulster from the European Economic Area (EEA) then you must apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in your country of residence before you travel as this will be required to prove that you are entitled to free treatment.  Please Note: not all NHS treatments are free to EEA nationals so we strongly advise that all students purchase their own medical insurance before they travel for the duration of their stay.

If you are coming to Ulster from a country outside the EEA and will be studying for a period of six months or less, you will be expected to pay for some NHS treatments, including doctor appointments, prescriptions, minor procedures, dental and optical services. We strongly advise that all students purchase their own medical insurance before they travel for the duration of their stay.

Further information can be found here.

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