health insurance

Anyone from outside the EU needs to have private medical insurance for the duration of their stay.  Proof of this is necessary to obtain both your visa and a residency permit (permesso). There are many student travel agencies that sell these policies. Proof of health insurance will also be required for those needing to obtain a student visa.

Some Italian Consultes, (specifically in the US and Mexico) require students to purchase insurance plans issued by Insurance companies based in Italy.

FIDI GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE

The premium cost : 150€ per student for 12 months of basic coverage. The Florence Institute offers a Health insurance planc though The Generali Insurance Company. This plan covers hospital emergencies only (no hospital visits/routine checks, etc.). Contact us for information on how to purchased the plan. The plan in particular it covers:

- Expenses maintained by the insured for emergency hospital treatment made necessary by emergency room sickness or accident;
- Emergency hospital treatment, i.e. any and all services rendered by a hospital (with or without hospitalization) and required as a result of a diagnosis made by a doctor at the hospital emergency room.

If you are already in Italy we recommend a basic plan from the Post Office/ POSTA Italiana. The price Is very convenient at 49,00 Euro for 6 months or 12 months at 98,00 Euro.

To buy an Generali Italia S.p.A. policy from an Italian post office make a deposit to the following:
Account Number: 71270003
Generali Italia S.p.A.
Causale: polizza sanitaria stranieri

Some possible Non Italian health insurance plans that are sold online are below. Be sure to ask the Italian Consulate if they are acceptable:
International Health Insurance.com
BETINS.com
AXA
ihi.com


eu citizens

Anyone who is citizen or resident in an EU country (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) is entitled to a  European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which allows access to medical services that are necessary during the stay in Italy.
The European Health Insurance Card is recognizable in all EU countries as Member States use the same design, bearing a European symbol. The aim is to ensure that the European Health Insurance Card is immediately recognized by doctors or health centers.  The European Health Insurance Card contains a certain amount of obligatory information, presented in a standardized way so that the European Health Insurance Card can be read whatever the holder's language. It is important to apply for one of these cards before you travel to Italy. You can do this by contacting your local health service or by searching online for an application form relevant to your country. Information on EHIC.org: