Student Immigration Service

Immigration Health Surcharge

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a fee all international students need to pay as part of their visa application. Some European students may be able to get a refund.

The UK has a healthcare system which is paid for through taxes. This means that all UK nationals and most residents have equal access to the NHS without being charged each time they visit a doctor or hospital. 

When you come to the UK as an international student, paying the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) allows you to use the NHS in the same way as UK nationals and residents. 

Find out more about healthcare for students at the UKCISA website