Practicalities for the USI community

Health insurance for students

The information on this page is intended for:

  • foreign students enrolled in Bachelor's and Master's degrees;
  • foreign PhD students without an employment contract.


Every person residing in Switzerland is required to have a health and accident insurance or to obtain the relevant exemption (see below) within three months of entry into Switzerland. Compulsory health insurance covers the costs of the medical care in case of illness or accident.

If the terms are not met, or exemption is not obtained, an insurance will be assigned as a matter of course at the discretion of the respective authorities.



Detailed information:

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  • Exemption

    Foreign students with a residence permit (B or L permit) for study purposes may be exempted from contracting compulsory health insurance in Switzerland.

    This applies in particular to:

    • students coming from EU/EFTA countries who have a European Health Insurance Card (which is issued by the insurance institution / company in the country of origin). These students are not normally required to be insured in Switzerland, but they must nonetheless apply for and obtain confirmation of non-subjection by completing the relevant form (TI 6.1 form, see below);   
    • students with private insurance in EU/EFTA countries who can prove that it complies with Swiss standards, i.e. that it is unlimited. These students must apply for and obtain an exemption by completing the relevant form (TI 6.2, see below);
    • students from extra-EU/EFTA countries who can prove that their health insurance complies with Swiss standards, i.e. that it is unlimited. These students must apply for and obtain an exemption by completing the relevant form (TI 6.3, see below).


    All students who do not fall under the above cases will in principle be obliged to undersign a health and accident insurance policy in Switzerland. Please note that USI offers an affordable insurance policy called Swisscare: click here for details


    Forms for exemption request:

    The completed form, together with the required documents, shall be sent to the following address:

    Istituto delle assicurazioni sociali
    Ufficio dei contributi
    Settore obbligo assicurativo
    Via Ghiringhelli 15a
    tel       +41 91 821 93 16/19/20, or 91 55 or 92 92 
    fax      +41 91 821 92 99
    Web page (in Italian) 


    Advance payment of fees in case of exemption

    In the event of an accident or a health problem, the student that has been exempted from the Swiss insurance will be required to pay the expenses in advance (cash or credit card). Reimbursement - with the appropriate deductions - may be requested by sending a copy of the invoice and the European Health Insurance Card to the following address:

    Istituzione Comune LAMal (Gemeinsame Einrichtung KVG)
    Industriestrasse 78
    CH-4600 Olten

    For information:



  • Students maintaining their residence abroad

    Students who maintain their residence in their home country (residence abroad) - e.g. Italian students living in the border area and returning home every day - and who therefore do not hold a residence permit in Switzerland (B or L) are required to be duly informed on the regulations in their country.

    These students may receive emergency treatment in Switzerland, but must then, if they are unable to pay the necessary deposit or if they are not sufficiently covered in their home country, return home to undergo further treatment.



  • Buying insurance

    Compulsory health insurance benefits (as defined by law) are the same for all insurers. Students are free to choose their own insurance company. Monthly premiums vary between CHF 200 and CHF 450 depending on age, place of residence and premium.

    It is recommended to compare offers ( before signing an insurance contract. Some insurance companies offer special packages for foreign students.



  • Special offer for USI students

    In order to provide its foreign students with a more affordable mandatory insurance coverage, USI has agreed a collective insurance policy named Swisscare with the insurer Europäische Reiseversicherung AG.

    It offers basic illness, accident and maternity health care benefits similar to the compulsory benefits under the Swiss Federal Law on Compulsory Health Care (KVG-LAMal), but at a much lower cost.


    More information:


  • Reduced premiums

    Foreign students applying for a reduction on the compulsory health insurance premiums, according to the legislation concerning foreign individuals must be aware that, by doing so, they automatically show that they lack the financial means required to support themselves in Switzerland during their studies, and therefore their permit B or L may be revoked or negated by the relevant Cantonal authority.






Updated on: 23/12/2020