Students from non-EU/EEA countries can purchase their own international medical insurance prior to their arrival in Poland. Health insurance taken out with private insures is provided under terms and conditions specified in an appropriate agreement. Before you decide to take out such an insurance, find out more about the scope of medical services guaranteed under an agreement with a private insurer!
Otherwise they are required to sign a voluntary health insurance agreement with the National Health Fund (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia – NFZ) and pay their own insurance fees, which amount to about EUR 15 a month (PLN 55,80). Under this insurance scheme, students are entitled to free medical care.
NFZ insurance entitles you to free-of-charge health care provided by clinics/hospitals/doctors who have a contract with the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ). The facilities of these health care providers are marked with the NFZ logo.
To this end, students have to go to their local Voivodship branch of NFZ to submit the “Application for taking out voluntary health insurance” [Wniosek o objęcie dobrowolnym ubezpieczeniem zdrowotnym].
In order for a student to be covered under a voluntary health insurance with NFZ, they have to go to their local Voivodship branch of NFZ with the following documents:
- a copy of passport, visa, in the case of visa-free travel regime – a confirmation of the last arrival in the territory of the Republic of Poland;
- confirmation of a registered place of residence within the Republic of Poland;
- current certificate from the University to confirm the status of a student (to be obtained at the Dean’s Office).
The student has to take these documents to NFZ, in order to submit an application and conclude an agreement for voluntary health insurance.
The insurance coverage begins on the day specified in the agreements (not earlier than the date of submitting the application for voluntary health care insurance with NFZ).
The student is required to pay the contribution by the 15th day of the following month (e.g. the contribution for October is paid by November 15).
Additional information may be obtained at NFZ.
Also, all foreign students have the option of purchasing additional accident insurance (ask about the details at the Student Services).