Insurance and medical
Health insurance for international students
If you’re enrolling on a course which lasts for less than six months you must make sure that you have medical and health insurance before arriving in the UK to cover any expenses which may arise.
Although the NHS service is free, there are supplementary charges associated with eye tests, dental care and prescriptions.
It is also worth considering private medical insurance in the unlikely event that you become seriously ill. This could cover the costs of you returning home, or if a member of your family travels to the UK to help in the event of an emergency.
Health care is provided under the NHS by doctors (General Practitioners or GPs), located in surgeries close to where you are living. It is important that you register with a doctor soon after you arrive in the UK.
Our Student Services team can put you in touch with a local GP surgery which offers comprehensive medical care at our City Centre and City South Campus medical rooms.
Meningitis outbreaks occur all over the world and the Chief Medical Officer for Health in England has recommended that all new students are vaccinated against Group C Meningitis.
You should contact your own doctor about this or speak to our own Healthcare Services team when you arrive at Birmingham City University.
Health care surcharge
For courses lasting more than six months you will have paid a health care surcharge as part of your visa application which will enable you to use the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
It is essential that you obtain travel insurance for your journey to Birmingham. This should cover any delays, medical emergencies, or the cost of replacing any lost belongings while travelling.
You should also insure your personal property as soon as possible after arriving.
Pulmonary Tuberculosis Certificate
Students applying for a UK visa which is longer than six months will be required to obtain a certificate showing they are free from infectious pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) if they are from the following countries:
Central African Republic
Congo Democratic Republic
Hong Kong or Macau
Korea Democratic Republic of
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe