Students outside the EU/EEA

When you are a full-time student outside of the EU/EEA, you might be entitled to reimbursement for expenses for healthcare services.

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Who is entitled to reimbursement for healthcare services?

When you are a full-time student at a college or university outside of the EU/EEA and are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, you are entitled to reimbursement for expenses for health care services.

​To ensure you are a member, read more about this at NAV's website (in Norwegian).

You are not considered a full-time student if you intend to study for the examen philosophicum or examen facultatum overseas and take the exam in Norway, or if you intend to study at a Norwegian educational institution via the Internet. Therefore, the same rules that apply for tourists also apply for you.

Confirmation of healthcare entitlements

In many cases, the documentation from Helfo confirming your health care entitlements outside of Norway will be approved by the institution, and you will be exempt from having to take out health insurance through them. However, approval is discretionary on the part of the institution. At certain institutions, you may be required to take out separate health insurance.

If you are a Norwegian citizen and receive support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) to study abroad, you will automatically receive a document/letter from Helfo confirming your healthcare entitlements outside of Norway. The document will be sent to your address that is registered in the Norwegian National Registry. It takes approximately 15 working days from when the support is approved until you receive confirmation. During certain periods it may take somewhat longer before you receive confirmation.

If you are not a Norwegian citizen or do not receive support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund and intend to study abroad for more than one year, you have to apply for voluntary membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme to be entitled to coverage of expenses for healthcare services. Read more about this at NAV's website.

If you do not receive support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund and intend to study abroad for less than one year, and if you receive support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund  without having a Norwegian citizenship, you have to send the following information to Helfo:

  • Study documentation issued by the educational institution. The documentation must clearly state that you are undertaking organised studies abroad, the period of time in which you study/will study at the educational institution and the scope of the studies (full-time/number of hours per week).

  • If you are an exchange student: written confirmation from the university/school in Norway that the planned period of study abroad will be undertaken in connection with studies in Norway.

Do this by sending us a digital form:

If you need a confirmation of entitlement to healthcare services both for you and dependent family members, or if you for other reasons are unable to use our digital form, you can complete the following form instead:

Send the form together with the necessary documentation to Helfo, Postboks 2415, 3104 Tønsberg.

Do you have dependent family members?

Benefits from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) are intended to support one person. As a student with a loan from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, you are therefore considered to be the provider for your own children, but not your spouse.

Spouses and own children who, pursuant to the Norwegian National Insurance Act, do not have independent rights to benefits for health care services abroad, can apply to NAV for voluntary membership  in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. With voluntary membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, family members also receive the right to coverage of expenses for healthcare services abroad.

A spouse is considered to be

  • a person who has entered into marriage pursuant to the Norwegian Marriage Act or has entered into marriage abroad that is recognised in Norway
  • a cohabitant where the cohabiting couple have or have had joint children, or were previously married to one another (children refers to people under the age of 18)

If the stay is intended to be for less than one year and the accompanying spouse is not working, the spouse shall retain membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme and will be considered a tourist. This means that the accompanying spouse is not entitled to coverage of expenses for health care services in the country of study and has to take out private insurance. The spouse is still entitled to health care services in Norway.

If you work

If you do any form of work while studying abroad, it might affect your membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, and thereby in your right to subsidisation for healthcare expenses from Helfo. You should contact NAV Social Insurance and Contributions to find out if you keep your membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

Student in the USA and Quebec

If you intend to study in the USA or Quebec in Canada, there are a few things you should be aware of. 

Example

The cohabiting couple, Anders and Annette, are each studying for their bachelor's degrees in Australia. Both are full-time students and members of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. They have their nine-year-old daughter Sara with them who has the same rights as her parents. Neither Anders nor Annette work while they are studying. They therefore retain their membership in the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

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You have to pay for the treatment yourself

If you require healthcare services during your period of study, you have to pay for the treatment yourself and then afterwards apply to Helfo for reimbursement.

Example

Anders and Annette's daughter develops appendicitis while they are staying in Australia. They see a doctor and Sara is sent to a hospital. Anders and Annette pay for all consultations and treatments.​

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What can you be covered for?

For students outside the EU/EEA, the rules on extended benefits apply.

Read about what extended subsidisation cover during residence abroad.

Expenses for necessary hospital stays and hospital treatment are fully covered.

Coverage is provided for 75% of necessary expenses for:

Example

In connection with their daughter's hospital stay, Anders and Annette have incurred expenses for medical assistance and the hospital treatment. Coverage is provided for 75 percent of the expenses for medical assistance and the hospital expenses are covered in full.

Are you entitled to reimbursement of your Covid-19 test/vaccination expenses incurred abroad?

You may be entitled to reimbursement regarding your Covid-19 test expenses performed by healthcare professionals. Coronavirus self-tests are however not covered.

The same criteria applies to reimbursement of vaccines as for other healthcare treatments. This means that you will only be entitled to reimbursement if you had been eligible for the vaccine in Norway. Read more about vaccination and priority groups here (fhi.no)

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Remember documentation!

When the treatment is completed, you have to take home with you:

  • ​the necessary documentation of your state of health, examinations and any treatment
  • original receipts for all expenses
  • documentation that the expenses have been paid ​

All documentation must be in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or English. You should therefore try to get the documentation issued in one of these languages. If the original documents are in another language, Helfo may, if necessary, ask you to have them translated. You must pay for the translation yourself. If you enclose a translation, you must also enclose the original.  

Example

Anders and Annette make sure that they look after the documentation of the examinations and treatments carried out, as well as the discharge report, original receipts and documentation that the expenses have been paid. These must be sent to Helfo together with the application for reimbursement.

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If you have any questions, please call Veiledning helsenorge.no (user service): +47 23 32 70 00

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Travel expenses may be covered

Travel expenses are reimbursable under the same rules that apply in Norway.

As in Norway, the main rule is that your travel expenses are reimbursed at a standard rate per kilometre regardless of which means of transport you use. You must travel to the geographically closest location at which the health service can be provided.

If appropriate healthcare is not available where you are staying, this must be confirmed by a doctor at that location in order for travel and accommodation expenses connected with your treatment to be reimbursed. The confirmation must include information on the medical necessity of travelling to another town or another country, and the location of the nearest available appropriate healthcare.

If a companion is necessary for medical or treatment-related reasons, this person's travel expenses will also be reimbursable.

Children under the age of 18 have the right to have a travel companion with them when they are to receive treatment. The travel companion receives coverage for his/her travel expenses when travelling to and from the place of treatment. Other travel while the child is in hospital is not covered.

In order to be reimbursed, the journey must be longer than ten kilometres each way and cost more than the local minimum fare by scheduled public transport. You will have to pay a user fee per journey.

If you are applying for reimbursement of travel costs, use the same form as for claiming your healthcare expenses. The form is available at step 6.

Example

Anders and Annette rent an apartment on the outskirts of Melbourne. Their daughter Sara has received treatment at a private hospital in the centre of the city. This is the nearest place she can receive appropriate healthcare. They enter the travel expenses for Sara and a companion in the digital form that they use for claiming reimbursement for Sara's treatment. Sara's and the companion's travel expenses to the hospital are reimbursed.

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Submit your application digitally

Remember to send the application form together with the necessary documentation within 6 months.

 

For details regarding documentation requirements, see under «Remember documentation». The application form and documentation must be sent to Helfo within six months from each treatment date.

Separate rules apply for students and exemption cards.

Paper form

If you are unable to use our digital form, you can complete the following form instead:

Send the application to: Helfo, Postboks 2415, 3104 Tønsberg.

Example

Anders and Annette fill out the application form and send this together with all relevant documentation to Helfo within six months of the treatment date.​

Send the application to: Helfo, Postboks 2415, 3104 Tønsberg, Norway

Veiledning helsenorge.no

If you have any questions, please call Veiledning helsenorge.no (user service): +47 23 32 70 00

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Power of attorney in connection with enquiries to Helfo

If you contact Helfo on behalf of anyone else, you must have power of attorney for them.

Parents/guardians must also have power of attorney from any children aged 18 or over. In the case of health information, you must have power of attorney from any children aged 16 or over. This is because the age of majority under health law is 16.

Health information is sensitive information and should not be sent by e-mail. You should therefore send the power of attorney to Helfo as an attachment to a digital form, or by letter post to Helfo, Postboks 2415, 3104 Tønsberg. Remember to enclose a copy of valid identification.  

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Last updated Tuesday, April 5, 2022

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