'You can only make the most of your UK study abroad experience if you keep healthy. Luckily, many international students are entitled to free and subsidised treatment on the NHS (National Health Service). If not, and you require international student health insurance, you can still make use of the UK’s world-renowned health services. '
- Before you travel to the UK
You need to bring your current prescriptions and a doctor’s report if:
• you're undergoing any medical treatment
• you’ve had any serious illnesses in the past
• you are registered as disabled.
Your documents should give details of your condition, all treatment and medication you require, plus any assistance you will need while you study in the UK.
When you arrive for UK study, you may be asked to produce health certificates detailing your vaccinations. It’s a good idea to carry these documents in your hand luggage, as you may have to show them before passing through UK immigration.
Health services for UK international students
You may be entitled to free or subsidised treatment in the UK under the National Health Service (NHS). Your UK course needs to be at least six months in duration to qualify, although free emergency treatment may be available if you are here for less time.
Keeping healthy while you study in the UK
You can keep healthy in the UK the same way you do at home:
• eat nutritious foods
• exercise regularly
• get enough sleep
While you’re meeting so many new people as an international student you’re more likely to catch colds and fevers, so take plenty of vitamin C. Herbal supplements such as Echinacea which you can buy from health shops, are also a safe and effective immune system booster. Of course, exercise always helps to strengthen your immune system, so why not join a college gym or sports team? You can meet new people at the same time as keeping in shape.
Remedies for minor illnesses such as headaches and colds are available from UK pharmacies (called "high street chemists"), most supermarkets and some other shops. They are available without a prescription from your doctor. If you are not sure what medication to take, rather than visiting your doctor, you can get advice from a qualified pharmacist at any chemist.