Healthcare for international students in Slovenia varies depending on the country of origin of the student:

EU Member States, EEA, Switzerland, and Australia: International students from these countries are entitled to emergency or necessary health service upon submission of relevant documents: the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a certificate, which replaces the EHIC, issued by a competent State. Students from Australia can exercise their right to emergency health services in Slovenia with the MEDICARE card, taken into account only upon presentation of their passport.

Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro: International students from countries with which Slovenia has concluded a bilateral agreement on social insurance have the right to emergency health care services upon presentation of documents (forms): RM/SI 3, BIH/SI 3, SRB/SI 03 in MNE/SI 03, issued in the country where the health insurance is established.

Other Countries: International students from countries not mentioned above may be included in compulsory health insurance in the Republic of Slovenia based on Article 15, Paragraph 14, of The Law on Health Care and Health Insurance, and under the condition that they have a valid certificate of enrolment at an educational institution in Slovenia or proof of training and are not included in compulsory health insurance in EU Member States, EEA, Switzerland, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, and Montenegro, or are included in compulsory health insurance but cannot receive the relevant documents for the exercise of emergency medical services in Slovenia, which they must demonstrate by relevant certificates.

International Exchange Students: International exchange students (not coming from EU, EEA, Switzerland, Austria, or countries with concluded bilateral agreements) must arrange their health insurance under the basis of insurance 43 themselves at the regional office of the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia at the place of stay. The monthly contribution for this insurance currently amounts to €126.33 (which is 8.2% of the average gross earnings in Slovenia for October of the previous year). The student is the person liable to pay the contribution, although it can be also covered by a legal entity. Since compulsory health insurance covers only a certain percentage of the cost of health care services, it is also recommended to take out commercial health insurance for the difference up to the full cost of medical services (Coris, Vzajemna, etc.). If the student does not have the additional insurance, he or she must pay the difference to the full price of the services.

Health Insurance for Study Programs that Include Practical Training: International students that have their health insurance established in other countries (EU, EEA, Switzerland, Austria, and countries with concluded bilateral agreements) or have compulsory health insurance in Slovenia may also be included in the insurance in accordance with Article 17 of The Law on Health Care and Health Insurance. The Article states that students in practical courses, in industry (production) or in work training and on expert excursions are also insured for the occupational injury and occupational disease. The entity where the student is carrying out this activity or is organizing an excursion is responsible for the registration.

For more detailed information, you can check the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia and the Health system for international students brochure.

Please note that the information provided is subject to change and it’s always a good idea to check the most recent guidelines from the official embassy or consulate website.