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Insurance UiT

General information

It is your responsibility to have adequate insurance coverage against theft, loss, illness and liability before you leave home. We strongly advise you to buy travel insurance and to insure coverage of emergency travel home in the event of serious illness or death in your family during your period of study.

NB! UiT The Arctic University of Norway does not issue any insurance to cover expenses related to theft, loss, illness, etc.

It is your responsibility to have adequate insurance coverage against theft, loss, illness and liability before you leave home.

We strongly advise you to buy travel insurance and to insure coverage of emergency travel home in the event of serious illness or death in your family during your period of study.

NB! UiT The Arctic University of Norway does not issue any insurance to cover expenses related to theft, loss, illness, etc.

  • Non EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens

    • Studying in Norway for 3 MONTHS or LESS? Students staying for less than 3 months CANNOT become members of the National Insurance scheme and should have private or public social security coverage from their home country.
    • Students staying in Norway between 3-12 MONTHS? If you are staying in Norway between 3 and 12 months, you can apply for voluntary membership in the National Insurance Scheme. Please note that students who do not apply for voluntary membership should have a social security coverage from their home country.
    • Studying in Norway for more than 1 YEAR? You should apply for membership of the Norwegian National Health Scheme (NNHS) at the local insurance office in the municipality in which you are staying while studying at UiT (NB: Applications can take 4-6 weeks to process). When you have registered your move to Norway and received a Norwegian identity number, you will automatically become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. Until you receive your Norwegian identity number, please be sure that you have valid health insurance issued from abroad.

      NB please note that you are only covered in Norway, not while travelling to and from Norway, or on travels abroad. The membership entitles you to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare under the same conditions and at the same cost as Norwegian citizens. Dental care and medicine or treatment of illnesses contracted before arrival in Norway are not covered.
  • EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens

    • Bring an E-111 or E-128 form or European Health Insurance Card from your home country. The card entitles you to medical treatment in Norway.
    • If you are not entitled to a European Health Insurance Card from your home country, you must have other private insurance to cover any medical expenses you might incur in Norway.
  • Nordic Citizens

    You are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme if you are registered in the National Population Register in Norway. If you are not a member, you are nevertheless entitled to health services under the National Insurance Act and you do not have to verify it with a European Health Insurance Card.

TUBERCULOSIS TEST

Norwegian law requires some foreign nationals who will be residing in Norway more than three months to take a tuberculosis test and chest x-ray within two weeks of arrival. A letter with more information will be sent to your address in Norway. The health check is free of charge.

Routine screening for tuberculosis (TB)

Information note about tuberculosis testing

Countries with high occurrence of tuberculosis

VACCINATION CENTERS

Vaccination center - Tromsø

Vaccination center - Alta

Vaccination center - Harstad

Vaccination center - Narvik

All exchange students participating in clinical practice at the University Hospital of Northern Norway or other health care institutions must take an MRSA test. We recommend that you take this test prior to leaving your home country. However, the test must not be more than two weeks old prior to arrival in Norway.

NB! you must stay clear of entering any hospital in your home country after having been negatively tested for MRSA until your arrival to Norway.

You may also take the test immediately upon arrival in Norway, but it may take up to two weeks to receive the results and you will not be able to begin your clinical practice before receiving a negative result.

If you have any questions concerning the MRSA test, please contact Elin Holm, International Advisor at the Faculty of Health Sciences: elin.holm@uit.no

The Student Counselling Centre, administered by the Arctic Student Welfare Organisation, provides a counselling service for Norwegian and international students on campus.

Experienced professionals are available to help students cope with the personal and practical challenges of student life. Studying far from home in a foreign country can be particularly challenging. You will be required to adapt to a new culture and different social behaviours and expectations.

Furthermore, structural systems, such as health and education, may be fundamentally different from what you are used to back home. You may face challenges that are difficult to cope with far from family and friends.

International students can also ask for assistance regarding information about life in Norway, e.g.:

  • Family reunification

  • Economic benefits for families with children

  • Child care places

THE STUDENT COUNSELLING CENTRE

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Last changed: 12.09.2019 10.23
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