Insurance requirements for studying at University College Dublin

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University College Dublin (UCD) is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Ranked in the top 1% of institutions worldwide, in the overall 2019 QS World University Rankings, UCD was placed 185 in the world. For the third year in a row, UCD is ranked number one in Ireland for graduate employability by QS World University Rankings (ranking 78 in the world).

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Insurance information for Ireland

If you are going to study and live in Ireland, you want to be fully prepared before starting your adventure. Among other things, you want to make sure your insurance covers everything you need, without paying too much.

Students that are EU citizens should be in possession of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when going to Ireland. This is a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland or the United Kingdom under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country. Your EHIC can be issued by your national health insurance provider.

All non-EU students must have private health insurance for immigration purposes.  This must cover you from the date you arrive to Ireland until the date you leave. If you are studying in Ireland for more than 12 months, you might be considered ‘ordinarily resident’ and have access to a public health insurance plan with the HIA (Health Insurance Authority).

It is important to understand that the EHIC or an insurance plan with HIA is not always enough and that local mandatory health insurance will probably not cover:

  • Additional medical costs
  • Repatriation
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

Via our partner Aon, you can easily discover details that apply to your specific situation. To get advice and insight in the costs of insurance, you can freely request an instant quote.

About Ireland

Ireland is among the top countries in the world in terms of quality of life, peace, safety, and development. It represents an appealing blend of beautiful landscapes, English-speaking environments, and a strong, welcoming, and rich culture — of which the Irish people are very proud. International students also enjoy the full support of Irish universities, which hire and train staff that are able to help with accommodation, studies, visa details, or any other challenge.

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