Please note that you can only arrange health insurance with an Irish Health Insurance Provider when you are living in Ireland. Medicover (see below) can be purchased online before travelling to Ireland.
Details of Health Insurance Providers are below:
- VHI Healthcare: www.vhi.ie/students (10% discount for NUIG students - located on Eyre Sq.)
- Quinn Healthcare: http://www.quinn-healthcare.com/ (10% discount for NUIG students)
- Aviva Health Insurance http://www.avivahealth.ie/
The Health Insurance Authority is a statutory regulator of the private health insurance market in Ireland. The Authority also provides information to consumers regarding their rights and health insurance plans and benefits.
Health Insurance for Immigration Purposes
Non-EU students are required to show proof of comprehensive medical insurance when registering with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. Proof of medical insurance is also required when applying for a student visa.
Medicover 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. This can be purchased online before travelling to Ireland.
The policy provides cover for medical expenses incurred whilst in Ireland arising from any accident or any illness requiring hospitalisation to a limit of €2,500,000 during the period of insurance.
Medicover does not provide cover for any pre-existing illness known to the insured person at the time of purchase, nor does it cover pregnancy costs while in Ireland.
For more information, or to purchase Medicover, please visit www.odon.ie/nuigalway
Please see http://www.healthinsurancecomparison.ie/ or http://www.hia.ie/ for a comprehensive, impartial comparison of the various providers.
The International Affairs Office organises a comprehensive Orientation Programme for all new international students at NUI Galway.
International Students Orientation
Venue: Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn (Student Centre)
Day 1: Thursday, 9.30am, 29 August 2013 (All new International Students)
Day 2: Friday, 9.30am 30 August 2013 (Visiting Students - Study Abroad & Erasmus only)
Note 1: An additional Orientation programme for all new First Year Undergraduate Students (including International) will be held on the weekend of 7-8 September 2013.
Note 2: Graduate Students should contact their Course Director for academic information (timetables, electives etc.,)
Note 3: Visiting US students must attend at 9.00am on the Friday morning to collect their student ID.
Students will receive hard copies of these documents at orientation.
In addition to the main Orientation Programme, the University arranges other activities to help welcome you to the University and help you settle in to student life in Galway
Fáilte (Welcome!) Mornings
Students not in a position to attend the orientation programme have an opportunity to meet staff of the International Affairs Office the following week at our Fáilte (Welcome) mornings.
Walking tour of Galway
The International Affairs Office arranges a walking tour of Galway on the weekend after Orientation.
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Morning Walking Tour of Galway- Sunday, 1 September 2013 from 10:30 to 13:30 (IST)
Evening Ealking Tour of Galway- Sunday, 1 September 2013 from 16:00 to 19:00 (IST)
Library training and tour
Students can also book a place on a tour of the James Hardiman Library by registering at http://jhl.eventbrite.com/