All students holding Turkish citizenship may benefit from the coverage of their custodians (such as their parents) during their period of study unless they are above 25 years old. This is also applicable for those completing their required internships or working part time for the university, those holding blue cards, and those holding dual nationality one of which is of the Republic of Turkey.
Such students are recommended to visit the Provincial Directorates of Social Security /Social Security Offices at the beginning of each academic year along with their student certificates to update their registrations.
The Social Security Institution (SGK) may ask the students who take a leave of absence from their studies to pay their contributions for their universal health insurance plan during the semesters for which you have taken a leave of absence. For more information, you must contact the Social Security Institution in person.
International students studying at Turkish universities are covered by the universal health insurance plan provided that they submit an application within three months as of their enrollment in university as per Article 60, Paragraph 7 of Law No:5510 on Social Security and Universal Health Insurance, as well as Law No:6486 on Amendment to Social Security and Universal Health Insurance Law and Certain Laws promulgated on May 21, 2013; and Law No:2547 on Higher Education. Students who fail to submit their applications within the allocated period cannot benefit from the universal health insurance plan. The universal health insurance plan remains effective during the student’s period of study.
International students who plan to apply for universal health plan coverage are required to personally visit the Provincial Directorate of Social Security affiliated with the university or the Social Security Offices thereof, submitting their foreign identification numbers and student certificates.
Students must have paid all their overdue Universal Health Plan contributions, if any, relating to past periods before enrollment. Students whose universal health plan contributions are paid can benefit from health services by providing their foreign identification numbers during the coverage period.
The following students are not required to personally apply for the universal health plan coverage:
Students who are already covered by a universal health insurance plan (for instance, through their parents)
Students who come from the countries that signed a social security agreement with Turkey, and therefore are entitled to benefit from health services in Turkey according to the legislations of their country, provided that they obtain the “Right to Medical Assistance” document from SGK by presenting the necessary documentation .
Countries Awarded A Social Security Agreement with Turkey and Their Formularies:
Germany - T/A 11, T/A 9, T/A 20 The Netherlands - N/TUR 106, N/TUR 111, N/TUR 121 Belgium - B.T.8, BT 16 Austria - A/TR 3, A/TR 4 France- SE 208-01 FT, SE 208-02 FT SE 208-30 FT, SE 208-06 A FT, SE 208-28 FT, SE 208-09 FT T.R.N.C. - K.K.T.C/T.C. 3, K.K.T.C/T.C. 6 Romania - R/TR 3, R/TR5, R/TR 6 Bosnia-Herzegovina - BH/TR 4, BH/TR 6, BH/TR 7 The Czech Republic - CZ/TR 111 Macedonia - MC/TR 4, TR/MC 6