International Office - Living and Studying at DCU

International Office

Health Services

All students coming to Ireland must be covered by valid health insurance for the duration of their stay.

A Guide to the Irish Health System For International Students (208K PDF)

Students from EU Member States

Students from EU Member States should apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in their own country before travelling to Ireland. This card will grant students the same access to Irish medical services as is the case for Irish citizens. Please keep in mind that the Irish health care system might differ from the health care system in your own country, and you may be liable for certain payments you would not be expected to cover at home. Students may also choose additional private cover, though this is not a requirement.

Students from outside the EU

Students from outside the EU are required to have private health insurance in place prior to entering Ireland. Students may arrange private health insurance in their own country or through an Irish health insurance company. We would advise all students to review existing schemes offered in their own country for suitability. If this is not an option, please see details of an arrangement DCU has negotiated below.

  1. The insurance system is operated by an insurance broker called O'Driscoll O'Neill in Ireland on behalf of Medicover. Medicover Medical Expenses Insurance costs €120 for Third level students, which is good value. The policy is underwritten by ACE Europe.
  2. The company can send you an insurance certificate once you pay the amount of €120 by credit card. You must have a valid Mastercard or Visa to operate this system.
  3. Click on:
    Confirm the quote of €120, then continue.
  4. Please choose Dublin City University (DCU) on the drop down menu.
  5. Make sure you provide your correct email address as your certificate will be sent to this.
  6. Make your payment by credit card and you will receive the certificate shortly which you can then submit to the Visa Office (for visa requiring countries) and retain for evidence with immigration authorities on arrival in Ireland.

Please note that while DCU has negotiated this arrangement for its students, the University does not accept responsibility for the purchase of health insurance on behalf of a student. Students are advised to read the information carefully to allow them make an informed choice and to contact the company directly should any queries arise.

Health Services on Campus

The DCU Student Health Service has prepared a guide to the Irish Health Service for international students. To find out more about the health service on campus, click here

Emergency Service

The student health service only operates during working hours and does not provide full 24-hour cover. Students are advised to register with a general practitioner (GP) on arrival, who is entitled to charge you if you do not have a medical card or a European Health Insurance card.