HEALTH INSURANCE (obtained in country of residence):
- Health insurance coverage in Italy is not mandatory. As an EU citizen you are covered for emergencies by the national health system by showing your European Health Insurance Card.
If you choose to seek internationally valid health care coverage, a number of private providers offer qualifying coverage for Italy that can be applied for and obtained in your home country.
- You can transfer your national health insurance coverage to Italian Health Service (SSN) for the period of your stay, by going to the "ATS - Ufficio scelta e revoca" (office for the choice of the general practictioner) competent on your area of residence in Milan, bringing the S1 form, issued and completed by your home town competent authority, a valid ID and your Tax identification number - Codice Fiscale. You will choose a general practictioner near to you in Milan and obtain access to public or certified health facilities and hospitals, and emergency care at the same conditions as Italian citizens. Make sure you notify the same office when you leave.
- In case you don’t have a S1 form along with you, you can still obtain health insurance in Italy, including the Italian National Health Service by voluntary subscription - "iscrizione volontaria al SSN". Voluntary subscription for students costs € 149.77 per calendar year (January to December).
Private providers offer supplemental insurance, including Welcome Association Italy (“WAI”), which primarily covers emergency care. WAI cost: €71 for six months/ €120.00 for one year (non-EU students); €142 for six months/ €202 for one year (EU nationals under 40); €222 for six months/ €322 for one year (EU nationals 40-64). Prices as of June 2019 and might be subject to change.
- You must bring proof of internationally valid health insurance coverage, effective for the same duration as your Visa term, to the Italian Embassy or Consulate when applying for your Student Visa.
If you do not have existing internationally valid health insurance, a number of private providers offer qualifying coverage for Italy that can be applied for and obtained in your home country.
You may optionally seek supplemental coverage upon arrival in Milano. Options for supplemental health insurance obtained in Italy include the Italian National Health Service (“Servizio Sanitario Nazionale,” aka “SSN”).
The SSN covers choice of a general practitioner, admission to public or certified private hospitals, and emergency care. SSN cost for students: € 149.77 per calendar year (January to December).
- Other private providers that offer supplemental insurance include Welcome Association Italy (“WAI”), which primarily covers emergency care. WAI cost: € 71 for six months/ € 120.00 for one year (non-EU students); € 142 for six months/ € 202 for one year (EU nationals under 40); € 222 for six months/ € 322 for one year (EU nationals 40-64).