All students must have valid insurance before starting their RLUS course. UCL, Birmingham, St Andrews and Manchester will arrange the insurance for you and you need do nothing else. Endsleigh insurance have provided policies for students in the past. Their website is: www.endsleigh.co.uk .
Please note that if you have a pre-existing medical condition, you must inform the insurance company, otherwise you will not have cover. If you fail to do so, your insurance will not be valid and you may be asked to leave Russia, before you complete your course.
Manchester and UCL university insurance policies will cover pre-existing medical conditions. Students at Birmingham and St Andrews will need to check with their university liaison officer to see if they are covered.
Please note that if you are leaving for Russia from outside the United Kingdom, you will have to arrange insurance in the country where you are resident. All UK insurance companies insist on students departing from the UK for their course.
If you are applying for your visa outside the UK, you are advised to buy a local insurance policy, as most Russian consulates outside the UK will not accept a UK policy.
If your policy covers you for medical expenses, this will be acceptable to RLUS. You are advised to choose a policy that also covers your property and the cancellation or curtailment of your course. You must be covered for the official course dates. RLUS will need an insurance policy document that shows your name, insurance cover and the dates of the policy. If you are doing two RLUS courses, you may find it cheaper to have one policy covering both courses.
Visa invitations will only be sent to students for whom we have proof of insurance. Without an invitation, you will not be able to get a visa and attend your course. If you delay sending in your insurance policy, you may not get your invitation till shortly before departure, causing you extra expense and possibly delay in starting your course.
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