Health Care Services and Insurance
Health Care Services
The first resort for students regarding their health and psychological problems is the Health and Guidance Center (HGC). Students apply with their Student ID Card to the Patient Reception Desk. The student's initial examination, tests, and treatment are carried out at the HGC within the capacity and in accordance with the regulations. In cases that call for further examination, tests and treatment, state and university or private hospitals are resorted to. There is a treatment fee as determined by the Council of Higher Education. This fee must be paid for each visit to a physician. For detailed information, you can see http://srm.metu.edu.tr/en/.
Students have to have valid health insurance during their stay in Turkey. Please pay attention to follow your insurance process in order not to face any problems or pay any debt later. Once your initial health insurance expires, you have to renew your health insurance inform Migration Office regarding your health insurance renewal. Please do not forget to renew your health insurance for it might produce unfortunate legal and health problems.
Governmental health insurance (General Health Insurance/GHI/GSS) available for international students is strongly recommended by the university or you can have private health insurance.
In order to have GSS, you need to apply to the Social Security City Directorate or to the Social Security Center of the district in which the student resides within 3 months following your registration (first registration to the university) and after receiving your foreign national ID number. (If you do not apply within this period, you will not have the chance to apply to GSS again) For the 2020 year, the annual GSS premium is 1400TL. The application unit address and the required documents are stated at the end of this page.
Students who do not apply for the GSS within the 3-month legal period for the application cannot benefit from this right afterward. Therefore, students are strongly advised not to ignore this procedure. If you change your program or your program level (e.g. from undergraduate to master’s) you have the right to apply again.
International students who have valid health insurance in Turkey through their parents or by bilateral agreements are to submit a document proving this to the Migration Management. Those, again, need to visit the Social Security Center.
Application Unit for GSS:
Ulucanlar Sosyal Güvenlik Merkezi (Ulucanlar Social Security Center):
Sosyal Güvenlik Bürosu, Ulucanlar Caddesi, No: 65
Phone: 0312 363 77 20
(You can go there by Ulus Dolmush, you can go to the final destination and then walk about 25 minutes, or you can go to the Dikimevi Station by subway and walk about 15 minutes).
- Student certificate
- Residence permit card
- Application form (you will be given this form in the related center)
- You will make the payment to PTT after application (annual fee)