Upon arrival in London, you will attend a detailed orientation that covers important tips and instructions about staying safe and healthy while living in England. London has a number of high-quality medical facilities and the BCA Study Abroad staff will provide you with a full list of clinic names and phone numbers during orientation. The University of Roehampton also has a campus health center that you can visit. Our on-site resident director is available to you whenever you need medical or any other type of assistance.
Health Insurance and Travel Risk Management Program
BCA provides international health insurance and emergency evacuation services for all summer, semester and year students through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). CISI has chosen top-notch assistance providers who can offer unmatched global expertise and highly skilled multilingual staff to ensure our students have access to immediate high quality support in the event of a medical or security emergency. CISI has doctors and translators on staff, providing toll-free, 24/7 worldwide access to benefits, providers, and emergency assistance for everything from a lost passport to an emergency evacuation.
Obtaining Medical Services in London
The Medical Center is in Old Court, Froebel College. This is a full NHS General Practice service for all Roehampton students. You should expect that an office visit will cost about 30 GBP, which may be reimbursed by your major medical coverage. It is a nurse-led service, which means you will be seen initially by a nurse who will be able to provide you with treatment or refer you to a general practitioner or other service. The Medical Center is open between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday during term-time only. It is closed during university holidays, but students can attend Putneymead Medical Center during this time.
While you are abroad it’s important to follow the same common-sense safety precautions that you follow at home: never walk alone at night, keep doors locked, don’t allow strangers into your housing, and never leave bags or backpacks unattended.