International Office - Living and Studying at DCU

Health Services

Private Medical Health Insurance

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

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/ EEA

Students from outside the EU/ EEA are required to have private medical health insurance 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.

DCU has negotiated a cheap insurance policy which satisfies immigration requirements.

  1. The insurance system is operated by an Irish insurance broker called Study and Protect. Medicover Standard Insurance cover costs €160 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 €160 by credit card. You must have a valid Mastercard or Visa to operate this system.
  3. Click on:
  4. Fill in the Quick Quote Form and select your preferred Insurance Product. 
  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.

DCU Student Health Services on Campus

The DCU Student Health Service provides compehensive care to all DCU students.  There is a Student Health Centre on DCU Glasnevin Campus and DCU St Patrick's Campus. 

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 family doctor/ general practitioner (GP) on arrival. You will be charged for this service if you do not have a medical card or a European Health Insurance card.