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EU/EFTA citizens who hold the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to receive free health care services. Using your EHIC card you can go directly to a General Practitioner.

Citizens of the EU/EFTA who are not insured in their country of origin or students from countries outside the EU/EFTA should purchase insurance before they arrive in Poland.

All students may purchase insurance in the Polish National Health Fund (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia - NFZ). The monthly cost of such insurance for students is around 40 PLN (9 EUR). Foreigners insured in NFZ, are treated equally to Polish citizens and have the same access to health care benefits and the financing of these benefits.

All students who hold the Card of the Pole or have documented adherence to the Polish nation may be insured free of charge at the Jagiellonian University. These persons need to contact the Office for Student Affairs. The Card of the Pole entitles its holder to benefit from free treatment in the facilities of the National Health Fund only in cases of emergency.

Insurance

Students/PhD candidates – foreigners

A foreign student/PhD candidate who is a citizen of an European Union member state or an European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member state, may be beneficiary of health care services using a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), issued in the country of origin. If a student/PhD candidate is not entitled to be covered by health insurance in their country of origin, they may apply for being covered by health insurance in Polish National Health Fund (NFZ) at the University.
 
A foreign student/PhD candidate who is not a citizen of an European Union member state or an European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member state, who studies in Poland and who is recognized as a person of Polish origin in accordance with the regulations on repatriation and who is not obliged to be insured due to: being in an employment relationship or being a spouse of an insured person, may be covered by health insurance in Polish National Health Fund (NFZ). Health insurance contributions are paid by the University.
 
A foreign student/PhD candidate who is not a citizen of an European Union member state or an European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member state and who is not recognized as a person of Polish origin in accordance with the regulations on repatriation, may be covered by health insurance by signing an agreement with the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ) and paying the health insurance contributions. The agreement shall be signed in the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ) branch in Kraków, Batorego 24 (www.nfz-krakow.pl).
 
Application for health insurance at the University

A foreign student/PhD candidate may apply for health insurance at the University by filling out the application form.

The application form is available for students in the International Student Affairs Office (Czapskich 4, room No. 8), and for doctoral students in the Association of the JU Doctoral Students Office (ul. Czapskich 4, room No. 14).

Mandatory documents:

  • A foreign student/PhD candidate who is a citizen of an European Union member state or an European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member state:
  • Passport or identity card,
  • Student/PhD candidate ID card, 
  • PESEL number (if applies).

A foreign student/PhD candidate who is not a citizen of an European Union member state or an European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member state, who studies in Poland and who is recognized as a person of Polish origin in accordance with the regulations on repatriation:

  • Passport,
  • Polish Card or other document confirming the Polish origin,
  • Student/PhD candidate ID card,
  • Agreement with the Polish National Health Fund (NFZ),
  • PESEL number (if applies).

Detailed information about health insurance for students and PhD candidates may be found in the Rector’s circular No. 8 of 27 June 2018 regarding the rules of health insurance for students and PhD candidates of the Jagiellonian University.
An insured student (excluding the students insured by signing the voluntary agreement with the Polish National Health Fund in accordance with the regulations on repatriation) may apply for health insurance coverage for their family member (unemployed spouse and/or children).

Mandatory documents:

  • Identity card of the spouse,
  • Marriage certificate,
  • Birth certificate of the child,
  • PESEL number of the child.

The Students Affairs Office is in charge of the health insurance related matters. The Office is located in Czapskich 4, room nr 8 (students) and room nr 14 (PhD candidates) and is open from 9 AM to 2 PM.
Useful information
Pursuant to the 5. of art. 67 Of the Act of 27 August 2004 on health care benefits financed from public funds, the student/PhD candidate’s right to be covered by health insurance expires after 4 months after finishing the studies (30 days in case of students/PhD candidates who signed the agreement with the Polish National Health Fund). During this time no contributions are paid and healthcare services may only be granted if a ZUS ZWUA  document and a confirmation of end of studies is handed in. The ZUS ZWUA document may be collected in the Students Affairs Office.
The students who had applied for health insurance at the University and finished the first-cycle programme lose their right to be insured and are deregistered on the day of the end of their studies.
The first-cycle programme graduates who continue their studies on a second-cycle programme and want to continue being insured at the University should apply for health insurance coverage in the Students Affairs Office after 1st October.
The above-mentioned regulations apply also for non-Polish citizens, who additionally should renew the agreement with the Polish National Health Fund.
 
Legal basis

Rector’s circular No. 8 of 27 June 2018 regarding the rules of health insurance for students and PhD candidates of the Jagiellonian University.