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) often require students to purchase insurance plans issued by Insurance companies based in Italy.


OPTION 1: The most complete is known as ATLAS with a cost of approx. 365 USD. See here for the ATLAS PLAN. Students can cancel the plan and apply for a refund as long as they cancel before the plan starts.

- OPTION2: Wai Italy Welcome association Italy - Wai Italy - is the website where to subscribe to the Welcome Association Italy insurance. The health coverage is an Italian based pl an for foreign students.

WAI Italy

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

medical care in florence


See the Map of Florence for options on medical centers in the city of Florence