Student health insurance is one of the obligatory requirements for obtaining a residence permit for studies in Finland. Your health insurance must be valid upon entry to Finland. Additionally, when applying for an extension of your residence permit, you need a valid health insurance.

  • Insurance

    What kind of insurance will I need?

    If you are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country and arrive in Finland for the purpose of studying, you must have a valid health insurance if your studies last for more than three months.

    • If you are studying in Finland less than two years, you must have a private health insurance that covers the cost of medical expenses up to 120 000 EUR.
    • If you are studying in Finland for two years and more, you must have a private health insurance that covers the cost of pharmaceutical expenses up to 40 000 EUR.
    • The insurance excess or deductible must not exceed 300 EUR. This means that the amount of money you pay for covered health care services before your insurance plan starts to pay cannot be more than 300 EUR.

     

    When you are applying for a residence permit, the health insurance needs to be valid for one year. The insurance must be valid on the day that you plan to travel to Finland, e.g. 15 days before the start of the study program. Be sure to renew your insurance policy prior to expiry, because you will need the insurance for your the entire stay in Finland.

    The inpatient and outpatient coverage must be the same amount. Make sure that there are no restrictions to the number of days within the period of validity.

    In the residence permit application, attach a certificate of health insurance that indicates the following information:

    • Your personal details
    • Period of validity of insurance
    • Geographical area in which your insurance is valid
    • Insurance coverage
    • Insured amounts
    • Amount of excess (the deductible), or a mention that there is no excess

     

    More information about what kind of an insurance you need is available on the Finnish Immigration Service’s (Migri) website.

    Migri recommends a number of private insurance solutions. One of these trusted insurance companies are Swisscare and Aon.Image result for swisscareSwisscare offers various solution to in the area of international student health and travel insurance.

    Swisscare Student Insurance plans come in three levels, providing you with the choices and coverage you need.

     

    Standard (max. annual benefits: 50 000 €)

    • Medical protection
    • In patient treatments
    • Outpatient treatments
    • Dental up to 300 €
    • Luggage up to 2000 €
    • Third party liability
    • Repatriation to home country
    • Repatriation mortal remains
    • Assistance 24/7

    Comfort (max. annual benefits: 150 000 €)

    • Medical protection
    • In patient treatments
    • Outpatient treatments
    • Dental up to 500 €
    • Luggage up to 2500 €
    • Third party liability
    • Repatriation to home country
    • Repatriation mortal remains
    • Assistance 24/7

    Premium (max. annual benefits: 500 000 €)

    • Medical protection
    • In patient treatments
    • Outpatient treatments
    • Dental up to 1000 €
    • Luggage up to 3500 e
    • Third party liability
    • Repatriation to home country
    • Repatriation mortal remains
    • Assistance 24/7

    Unique benefits

      • Recommended by The Finnish Immigration Services
      • Instant certificate delivery by email
      • Acute medical treatments in Finland
      • Sickness and accident
      • Third party liability
      • Worldwide cover
      • Travel benefits
      • 3 insurance sums 50K, 150K and 500K
      • Assistance 24/7

     

    Payment

    You only pay for the total of insured days. In other words, no hidden costs.

    Rates Daily Monthly
    Standard 0.58 € 17.28 €
    Comfort 0.64 € 19.20 €
    Premium 0.91 € 27.36 €

     

    Apply online

    If you are looking for an insurance, or wish to change your existing policy, e.g. to extend your cover, go to Swisscare’s website.

    For any additional questions, please visit the Contact us section on the Swisscare’s Student Insurance website.

     

    Aon student incurance company logo

    The only international student insurance provider with offices in Finland is Aon Student InsuranceAon Student Insurance is comprehensive, has worldwide coverage and has a competitive price. It provides you with unrivaled international health and personal insurance abroad.

    Aon Student Insurance plans comes in two packages, providing you with the choices you need.

    Complete

    The Complete package gives you all the insurance you need during your stay abroad, including a primary coverage for medical expenses made on the grounds of medical necessity. This is the cover that meets the requirements of the Immigration Authorities.

    Start

    The Start Package does not cover medical or dental expenses. However, as with the Complete package, the Start Package covers accident insurance, additional costs and emergency assistance, third-party liability, legal aid, home contents, and travel and baggage. If you have an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), or other private medical insurance admitted by the Finnish Immigration Authorities this is a cover you could consider.

     

    Unique benefits

    • Recommended by The Finnish Immigration Services
    • Medical insurance, without any deductible or co-payment
    • Worldwide coverage
    • Eight weeks holiday cover in home country for medical costs
    • International internships are also covered
    • Multilingual customer service
    • 24/7 emergency assistance
    • In house claims handling
    • Online claims

    Payment

    You only pay for the total of insured days. In other words, no hidden costs.

    Premium rates Daily Monthly
    Complete 1.31 € 39.30 €
    Start 0.53 € 15.90 €

     

    About Aon Student Insurance

    A dedicated Customer Service Team offers insurance each year to tens of thousands of international students all over the globe. We communicate with international students every day. After more than 30 years of listening to universities and students, Aon has learned what is considered important in an insurance plan for international students.

    Apply online

    If you are looking for an insurance, or wish to change your existing policy, e.g. to extend your cover, go to Aon’s website.

    For any additional questions, please visit the FAQ section on the Aon Student Insurance website or email info@aonstudentinsurance.com.

    About Aon

    Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.

     

    Why do I need an insurance?

    While Finland is an extremely safe country, accidents do happen. You may unexpectedly injure yourself while participating in sports, for instance, and dealing with the aftermath can be very costly. It is very important to have a valid health insurance policy.

    It is recommended that you buy an insurance that not only covers your stay in Finland but also during trips to and from the country. If you plan on traveling, it is advisable that you make sure you are covered by your insurance during your trips, too.

    In case of any urgent medical attention, you are guaranteed access to medical treatment under the Finnish legislation, regardless of your nationality. However, if Finland does not have a social security agreement with your home country, the health care provider has the right to charge you the full cost of the treatment.

    Normally, only permanent Finnish residents are covered under the National Health Insurance scheme by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela). International students with a temporary student residence permit are not. Unless you are covered by a corresponding scheme from your own home country or have a European Health Service Card, you are strongly advised to obtain a medical insurance from a private insurance company before your arrival to Finland.

    Please refer to the Social Insurance Institution of Finland for detailed information about coverage under the Finnish social security system.

  • Student Health Services

    Student health services are offered by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS), and are available for all students studying on a bachelor’s or master’s level at universities and have paid their student union membership fee to a student union that is affiliated with the FSHS.

    Those studying for a licentiate of medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine degree are also entitled to use the FSHS’s services. The health services are not available for doctoral students, so if you are admitted to doctoral level studies, please contact your university for advice and options on local health care.

    If you are studying at a university of applied sciences (UAS), the health care services are usually provided through municipal health care providers. You can find more information on your health care arrangements from your UAS directly.

    Please note that even when your student status makes you eligible to access the student health care services, this does not replace the need for a valid insurance.

  • Vaccination

    Finland is among the best in the world in terms of health and hygiene, thus no vaccination is required prior to arrival. However, some vaccinations are part of the national vaccination program. All adults should ensure that they have received at least a basic series of three vaccination doses each for tetanus, diphtheria, and polio.

    Vaccine

    For whom and when?

    Diphtheria and tetanus vaccine, dT People who have received the basic series are given a booster every 10 years
    Polio vaccine, IPV The basic series generally requires no boosters in adult age.
    A booster is recommended for people arriving from or departing for at-risk areas and for their families.
    Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, MMR In order to ensure coverage, every adult must be protected against measles, mumps, and rubella, either by having had the diseases or by having had two doses of MMR vaccine. If an adult has insufficient MMR vaccination coverage, it will be augmented

     

    More information about vaccinations can be found at the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare website.

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