All students should have some form of medical coverage in order to participate in the program. If you are not insured yourself, through your college, or by a family policy, or if your insurance plan will not cover you while abroad, an Italian policy for foreign students that will cover you throughout your stay in Italy must be purchased upon your arrival. The Italian insurance plan costs 49 € and will only cover you for emergencies. You will need proof of valid insurance in order to obtain your study Visa from the consulate. If you do not have insurance and need to purchase insurance in Italy, you must sign a document at the consulate promising to purchase the insurance. In addition, you will need this proof of insurance in order to obtain your permit of stay when you arrive in Italy. Make sure that you and your family understand the terms of your policy before you leave the U.S. (the type of coverage you have, what you must do to be reimbursed, etc.).
Hospital and Medical Services.
In the case of an emergency, Siena Art Institute students have the same medical rights as Italian citizens. National Health Care will provide Emergency Room service, most of the time for free.
The Siena Art Institute has an informal agreement with a local doctor in Siena who will attend to minor health issues. In this case, students will pay approximately 50/100 € and be given a receipt that will entitle you to a reimbursement from your American insurance company (contingent on your Insurance Plan). However, if you are covered through an Italian policy, you will not be entitled to a reimbursement for the medical visit.