Health & Safety

Health Insurance

One of the most important documents for students to live safely abroad, as well as for visa purposes, is health insurance. There are several popular insurance brands that offer health insurance for international students:

Brand Type of insurance Price Website
Without paying extra
Without paying extra
Paying extra or without paying extra
Without paying extra

Emergency & Safety

112: Emergencies in Catalonia

080: Fire brigade

061: Catsalut: medical emergency due to an accident or physical condition

092: Barcelona Police

Medical Travel Insurance

All students must be covered by health insurance.

If you are normally entitled to public health care in a European country (i.e., you pay contributions to it), you must apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in your home country. This card will give you access to the Spanish public health system (Social Security). Once in Barcelona, you must locate the CAP (Primary Care Centre) closest to your home. Please note that:

⟶ You need to make sure that the validity of your EHIC is not less than the duration of your master's or postgraduate degree.
⟶ The EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance and does not cover private health care.
⟶ The EHIC does not guarantee that all medical services are free, nor does it allow the assignment of a family doctor. The card only gives access to a specific service.

If you are not entitled to public health in a European country, you must take out private insurance at your own expense. You will need it when you apply for the NIE (Foreigner Identity Number). At that time, the competent authorities will check that your insurance:

⟶ Provides coverage equivalent to that of the Spanish National Health System.
⟶ Is justified by a certificate issued in Spanish or Catalan (or translated by a sworn translator).

Students' welfare is one of the major concerns in our programme. Our student advisor is key in maintaining the strong relationship between students and ESDi, as well as obtaining a high level of student satisfaction. Therefore, if a student were to experience any of the following symptoms, our student advisor would readily offer them empathy, as well as advice and support to help them to overcome any tough moments during their stay at ESDi.

Homesickness usually occurs because of separation from people and places you are familiar with. It is a fairly common phenomenon that happens when you leave home to enrol into a university. Some of the most common symptoms of homesickness are:

⟶ Feeling lonely, moody.
⟶ Feeling insecure, overwhelmed and worried.
⟶ Lack of concentration.


How to deal with homesickness

⟶ Participate in social clubs and expat groups. You can easily meet lots of interesting people and find interesting activities through these apps:, Barcelona Expat groups.
⟶ Eat a healthy and balanced diet and exercise regularly.
⟶ Attend Spanish classes to know more about the language and culture.
⟶ Ask for support from the student advisor, your teachers and the International Relations Office.

Covid restrictions update

Before travelling to Spain, students should access this website to check the latest entry requirements for Spain.

Normally, students must fill in the form provided by Spanish Health Ministry. After that, you will get the Health QR Code displayed on the app or on paper, which you will have to show at the airport health control in order to continue your trip. Prepare your PCR test results if you come from a high risk country regarding SARS-CoV-2. The test must be done within 72h prior to your arrival. You can consult the list of countries at risk in this link:

When is it not necessary to provide the PCR test results

Spain will facilitate the entry to all travellers with a European digital green certificate or approved equivalents from third-world countries without the need for quarantine, PCR or antigen test on arrival. The same applies to those arriving from third-world countries with EU-approved certificates or passports.

The document will take the form of a free QR code. It will be available by the end of June, and will allow more people to arrive in the country more safely. It will be a digital and a physical document, allowing the country’s authorities to check three different pieces of information: whether the carrrier has been vaccinated, whether they have had coronavirus and whether they have undergone a test confirming they are not currently infected with the virus.