Medical Assistance for Foreign Students

Useful information for using the healthcare services in Italy.

The Italian national health system is called "Servizio Sanitario Nazionale" (SSN), and is divided into local Healthcare Boards ("Aziende Unità Sanitarie Locali - AUSL").

Consult the information on the AUSL in Bologna and on the Romagna Campuses.

Students with EU citizenship (EU students)

  • With official residence in Italy for at least 5 years, may apply to their Municipality of residence for an "Attestato di Soggiorno Permanente"- (Certificate of Permanent Residence) which entitles them to registration with the National Health Service (SSN) and with a General Practitioner (GP) for an indefinite period.
  • With the E106/E109/S1 form issued in their home country, they can register with the SSN and with a GP for the length of time indicated in the form.
  • Anyone who is not entitled to register with a GP but has a valid European health insurance card (TEAM) issued in their home country is entitled to any necessary healthcare, such as occasional visits to a GP or Specialist Clinical services.
  • Anyone who does not have such entitlement may take out private health insurance for the duration of the study programme, covering all risks, which does not include registration with the SSN or with a GP. Alternatively students may apply for voluntary registration with the National Health Service, providing a self-certification of their student status.

Important! Private health insurances usually require the student first to pay for all the expenses and later to ask for a reimbursement to the insurance company. When you purchase a policy, please read carefully how to obtain the refund and the limits applied to reimbursement. Be aware that medical services cost to be payed may be high, in case you need hospitalisation for instance.

Students with non-EU citizenship

  • Non EU Students may apply for voluntary registration with the National Health Service and with a General Practitioner, by paying an annual lump sum fee;. The policy is valid for a calendar year (expiring on 31 December); otherwise they may maintain the right to compulsory registration, where provided for by law.
  • They may also take out private health insurance for the duration of the study programme, covering all risks, and have a certificate of conformity to Italian law signed by the insurance company, which does not include registration with the SSN or with a GP.

Important! Private health insurances usually require the student first to pay for all the expenses and later to ask for a reimbursement to the insurance company. When you purchase a policy, please read carefully how to obtain the refund and the limits applied to reimbursement. Be aware that medical services cost to be payed may be high, in case you need hospitalisation for instance.

How to register voluntarily with the National Health Service as a student

To register you must go to a "Sportello Unico Distrettuale" office. Take with you:

  • your passport with visa (only for non UE students);
  • the certificate of registration at the University, the arrival statement if you are an exchange or visiting student, the declaration of the head of department if you are a visiting scholar;
  • the receipt from the post office confirming the submission of your application for first issue or renewal of your residence permit, or a valid residence permit (only for non UE students).

Voluntary registration with the SSN by students is subject to an annual lump sum fee of 149.77 EUR, payable in one single instalment at a post office.

Important: registration with the SSN is based on a calendar year, from 1 January to 31 December, and it is not possible to register in advance for the subsequent year. If for example you arrive in September, you must assess whether it is worthwhile for you, as the registration is valid only until 31 December but you must in any case pay the whole annual fee.

Read what ensures a right to registration with the SSN.

Consult the list of "Sportelli Unici Distrettuali" in Bologna, Cesena (Sportello Unico), Forlì (Sportello Unico Anagrafe Sanitaria), Ravenna (Sportello Unico) and Rimini (Dipartimento di Cure Primarie).