Health Insurance & Medical Information
It is important to check with your medical provider and insurance company to ascertain what expenses incurred in Europe are covered. We highly recommend that you purchase short-term travel insurance to supplement your current medical plan. Travel insurance covers these four basic areas:
- Medical/health problems
- Property loss
- Trip cancellation/interruption
- Emergency evacuation
Local Italian Health Insurance
Students studying for semester programs are required to have health insurance coverage in Italy for the application of their Permit of Stay. Students should check their current health insurance plan to see if it includes travel abroad. If it doesn’t, they may purchase a travel insurance such as those described above or local Italian Health Insurance (valid all around the Schengen Area) through our partners at Eduassistance. This affordable plan covers students should they need to take a trip to the Italian emergency room (pronto soccorso) and may be used for minor issues as well as real emergencies.
Medications and Doctors Visits
Students requiring special medications should carry them in their original pharmacy containers as well as bring the written prescription itself. Do not have medicine shipped to Italy, as it will be promptly stopped in customs. If students are not able to bring enough medication to last their entire stay, they should have the written prescription to take to a doctor in Florence to process a local Italian prescription for additional medication.
There are 24-hour pharmacies in each section of the city and a nearby tourist clinic with English-speaking physicians. The normal charge is about 40-60 Euro per visit.