International students: before you arrive

Find out what you should do before you join us as an international student, so you don't have to worry about healthcare when you arrive.

You will need to:

  • Find out whether you need to pay an immigration surcharge to access healthcare. Most international students will do this as part of applying for their visa. The UKCISA website has information about eligibility and medical costs.
  • Get yourself immunised against measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and meningitis ACWY before you leave if you can. We offer some catch-up immunisations including HPV - read more in the immunisations section.
  • Bring a full record of past immunisations, in English.
  • If you are an EEA national, apply for a Global Health Insurancee (GHIC) card 

If you have a physical or mental medical condition

If you are on regular medication

  • Find out whether you can get your medicine in the UK. If you cannot get your medicine in the UK, bring enough for the duration of your stay.
  • If your medication is available in the UK, bring enough with you to last at least two months, as you may not be able to see a doctor straight away.
  • Bring a letter of explanation from your doctor for any medication you bring with you. 
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