Stay prepared during your time studying at SACI. We help you through the process of acquiring Italian Health Insurance.
The Italian government requires that all students with a student visa (Fall and Spring Semester, Academic Year, MFA, MA, and Post-Bac students) be covered by health insurance during their entire length of stay in Italy. You will be asked to provide proof of your insurance coverage when you apply for your visa pre-departure, and your Permit of Stay during Orientation.
It is required that you carry the minimum of 30,000 Euros, or $50,000, coverage with an insurance company that includes emergency medical and repatriation insurance in Italy and the Schengen region. If your current US insurance policy meets these requirements, you must bring with you to Italy proof of coverage, including your name, amounts of coverage, and valid dates (the expiration date is particularly important in proving that you are covered until the end of your stay in Italy).
Although not required, students attending Summer I, Summer II, Summer Venice, and Full Summer programs may also be interested in purchasing health insurance.
If you are not able to provide proof that your insurance meets these requirements, or you do not have insurance, SACI offers a few options.
SACI and iNext Insurance:
SACI has partnered with a health insurance company to provide students with the opportunity to enroll in the SACI & iNext insurance policy. This policy offers a comprehensive insurance plan that covers your basic medical needs while in Italy, standard natural disaster, and mental health support.
This plan is ideal for students who do not have health insurance through their home school or a personal provider, SACI highly recommends that students enroll in SACI’s iNext Insurance Policy prior to leaving the United States or Canada. Please note that students will not be eligible to participate in the program once they are overseas. This insurance policy is only available to students attending a US or Canadian Institutions, whether an international or domestic student. Enrollment is not mandatory, but recommended.
This policy meets all the requirement of the Italian government and is also accepted by the Italian Consulates in the U.S. when applying for your visa.
For more information, download the SACI and iNext Insurance Enrollment and Plan Detail Information.
Alternatively, students may purchase a policy through Eduassistance. This policy, which provides emergency and repatriation coverage from your arrival date in Italy, also meets the requirements of the Italian government and is also accepted by the Italian Consulates in the U.S. when applying for your visa. Please note that it is your responsibility to determine if Eduassistance insurance meets your personal needs regarding coverage and conditions. (Students attending for only Fall or Spring semesters would be covered by the 4-month option; MFA, Post-Bac, and Academic Year students by the 8-month option, and MA in Art History students by the 11-month option.)
In addition to the Eduassistance policy, we recommend you carry a basic medical insurance policy which covers you for basic medical care while in Florence.
Bring a copy of the insurance policy details with you to Florence (you can make a copy of what you presented to the Italian Consulate when applying for your Student Visa), and the SACI enrollment letter stamped by the Italian Consulate. They will be requested by the local police during the Permit of Stay application process.