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Health and Medical Services

  • The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) states: "All non-EEA students are required to have private medical insurance when coming to and residing in Ireland for the purpose of study. The private medical insurance should provide cover for accident and/or disease and should cover the student for any period of hospitalisation."
  • Students from non-EU countries are not covered for any free medical attention off-campus and must therefore have their own private insurance.
  • Non-EU students are required to show proof of comprehensive medical insurance when registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. 
  • Proof of health insurance is also required when applying for a student visa.
  • For short-term students and newly arrived first year students, travel insurance may be sufficient in some circumstances. 
  • Some institutions include insurance in the fees they advise to students.
  • It is best to have a plan that is valid in Ireland.
  • There are different levels of private health insurance available. Basic plans cost €120 and are available from companies like O’Driscoll O’Neil Insurance Brokers.
  • More comprehensive plans are available from companies like VHI Healthcare, AVIVA and Quinn-Healthcare.
  • You would also need to wait for your coverage to begin which can be 26 weeks.
  • Some of these companies might have student discounts.
  • Please note that you will normally have to pay for all optical and dental services while in Ireland.
  • With regard to hospital services, if you have not obtained the necessary documentation entitling you to free or minimum-cost services, costs can be as much as €550 per day.
  • The major universities and institutes of technology have medical centres on campus, or arrangements with GPs based nearby.
  • Student health services can give you information about keeping healthy, dealing with sports injuries and any illness or health related problems you may have.
  • A Student Counsellor is also available if you need someone to talk to about any kind of problem you may have.
  • General Practitioners (GPs) are widely available in Ireland and their services can be obtained at most times of the day. They generally charge about €60 for a consultation.
  • Pharmacies are generally open from 9 am - 6 pm Monday to Saturday, although some in busy districts have late night hours and are also open on Sundays. They stock a wide range of prescription and non-prescription medicines.
  • For emergency medical care, DIAL 999 or 112 from any phone or go to the hospital accident and emergency department.
  • Under EU/EEA regulations students from other member states who are attending a course of study are entitled to medical services in Ireland.
  • In order to be eligible for any of these services, you will be required to provide the Irish health authorities with documentation from your home country that validates your entitlement.

    The Citizens Information website provides a range of health related guides.