Health For International Students

Medical Requirements prior to entering the UK can vary depending on your nationality. We advise that you check what is required for your area on the UK Visas website

Immigration Health Surcharge From April 2015 most Tier 4 applicants who are applying for more than six months leave are subject to an additional charge as part of the application process, known as the Immigration Health Surcharge or IHS.

Paying this charge as part of your application will mean that you are entitled to receive health services from the National Health Services (NHS) while you are in the UK.

Changes to the Immigration Health Surcharge

The way in which you pay for the IHS is changing. As of the 4th July the Immigration Health Surcharge system will be integrated with the visa application system. This will make it easier to apply as you will pay for the IHS as part of the visa application process as opposed to paying separately. The new integrated system means applications are quicker and errors less likely.

How will this affect me?

If you have paid for the IHS but do not submit your online visa application form before the 4th July, the immigration application system will not recognise that you have already paid the surcharge and you will be asked to pay it again. To avoid this happening, if you have already paid the surcharge, you must have completed your immigration application no later than:

  • Applying from Overseas: 17:59 (BST) on the 4th July 2015
  • Applying from UK: 06:59 (BST) on the 4th July 2015 (N.B in addition if you do not submit your form by this date, you will need to complete a brand new application form)

I have paid the surcharge twice. How do I get a refund?

  • Customers who think they may have paid the surcharge twice should first check to see if they have two separate payment confirmations. For applications made from within the UK customers should log on to the health surcharge payment web site and request a refund.
  • For applications made overseas please notify the visa application centre when you attend your biometric appointment and they will process your refund.

For further information, including how to calculate the immigration health surcharge, please gsee the UKCISA website

If you are undergoing any medical treatment or you have had any serious illnesses in the past, please bring a Doctor’s report with you in English. This should give details of your condition and any treatment / medication you may require. Failure to provide this information could cause delays and/or problems with treatment. Contact the University Health Service for further advice.

For your own protection you should be up to date with the following immunisations before arrival in the UK:

  • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio
  • Meningitis C
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • BCG

If you are from a TB high risk area: On registration with the University Health Service you will be given information on TB and the symptoms to look out for.

If you have a disability or medical condition for which you may need support in your studies please contact the Disability and Dyslexia Service early in your application process to discuss support requirements.

During your stay

The University has a purpose built Health Centre on the Treforest campus that provides an open access nurse led walk in service Monday to Friday. Regular GP clinics are held at the Health Centre and ATRium.

Students are strongly advised to register both with the University Health Service and a local GP practice.

Please see Unilife for detailed information on how to access healthcare depending on whether you live in the Treforest or Cardiff areas.