Health & Travel Insurance

EU Nationals

Students from EU Member States in possession of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to public health services in Ireland. The EHIC card is available from the health authorities in your home country. For further information and information on your entitlements to healthcare while in Ireland, please see the European Health Insurance Card website.

Non-EU Nationals

Due to regulations of the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) non-EU students (staying in Ireland for more than 90 days) will need to obtain Health or Hospital Insurance cover to provide for their stay in Ireland. DCU offers ‘Hospital Insurance’ to students which meet with the requirements of GNIB. Please select ‘ Hospital Insurance’ on the online application form to avail of this Insurance Cover. The cost for Hospital Insurance (covers up to 8 months) is €125 per student.

Alternatively, you can purchase insurance in your home country, however you will need to ensure that it is valid in Ireland and in any other countries you plan to travel to. There are different levels of private health insurance available. Students are advised to read their policy documents carefully. The GNIB require that, if you have health insurance from your own country it must cover you up to €25,000 for in-hospital treatment.

Hospital Insurance for Students - Arranged by Dublin City University

Students can arrange Hospital Insurance through DCU at time of booking their English course. Hospital Insurance provides insurance for medical expenses incurred while students are staying in Ireland. The cost of Hospital Insurance is €125, and is valid for up to 8 months. Our Hospital Insurance policy is valid for the purposes of Student visa requirements for Ireland (for further information click here).
Hospital Insurance is provided by GuardMe International Insurance   GuardMe International Insurance

GuardMe International Insurance is a medical expenses insurance policy available exclusively to students travelling to Ireland from overseas to undertake a course of study at an approved educational establishment. The policy provides cover for medical expenses incurred whilst in Ireland arising from any accident or any illness requiring hospitalisation to a limit of €1,000,000 during the period of insurance. The premium is €125 for up to 8 months. GuardMe does not provide cover for any pre-existing illness known to the insured person at the time of purchase.

1. For a copy of the certificate of insurance which will be sent to you outlining the benefits in place please click here.

2. Full Policy Wording:  

3. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about GuardMe Insurance, click here.

4. To see video tutorials showing you how to claim online, click here.

5. To make a claim online, click here.

6. For more information about your policy, please see GuardMe's introduction video here (available in 13 languages).  

You can add ‘Hospital Insurance’ to your programme when you are applying for English Course. Apply online at: