Ask the health authorities in your home country about the treatment that will be covered for you in the UK. If you are not entitled to treatment through the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, it is highly recommended that you take out medical insurance before you leave home, or as soon as possible after you arrive.
For a list of the UK's health agreements with other countries, visit the Department of Health website.
For more useful information, download the British Council's free guide Studying and living in the UK.
English UK recommends all students think about insurance when planning their trip to the UK. You should insure your luggage and personal possessions while you're travelling and during your stay.
Endsleigh, in association with English UK, has produced a travel insurance policy specifically designed for international students who come to the UK to study English.
Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited was originally formed in 1965 by the National Union of Students (NUS). Endsleigh is the largest student insurance company in the UK, and their International Student policy is the only insurance policy specifically endorsed by English UK.
You should consider purchasing travel insurance to protect yourself and belongings. You should make sure you have adequate medical insurance to cover medical costs if you fall ill, and also to cover any additional costs resulting from illness. These can be substantial and include:
Even if you are entitled to free NHS treatment whilst in the UK, (this would depend on your country of origin and the duration of your stay) you should consider taking out insurance to cover the above additional costs.
Below is a summary of the benefits of Endsleigh's International Student policy:
Limit of Cover
What am I covered for if I have a medical problem?
What if I take the private medical option?
What cover do I have if I have an accident or I am attacked or mugged?
GBP 30,000 (subject to age)
What cover do I have while travelling to and from home at the beginning or end of term?
What if I need some legal help?
Are my course fees covered?
Endsleigh provides this service in conjunction with the majority of English UK member centres. To purchase a policy contact the admission office at the institution where you will be studying prior to your departure to the UK and they will be able to arrange this for you.
If the institution where you will be studying does not offer this service please contact Endsleigh direct and inform them of the name of the centre via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To purchase a policy direct from Endsleigh you will need the following information:
To arrange instant cover and access documents online click here.