All researchers and post-doctorate fellows must have adequate medical insurance for the duration of their stay at the EUI.
New EUI members who are already covered by a private or state/national insurance will be informed upon registration whether the insurance scheme is adequate in Italy. If it is, they are requested to sign a declaration form.
For anyone who is not already covered by a national or private insurance scheme, there are the following options:
The EUI has taken out a group medical insurance policy with Cigna to which the following EUI active members are eligible to register:
- Ph.D. or LL.M researchers;
- Visiting researchers;
- Post-doc fellows;
- Part-time professors;
- Dependents of the aforementioned members of the Policyholder’s community and dependents of the Policyholder’s statutory members that are not eligible for JSIS (Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme of the European Institutions) or for an equivalent other insurance cover provided by the funding authorities.
Researchers in receipt of grants from Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom are insured against sickness via this group medical policy at the expense of their grant-awarding authority.
For more information, please visit the Cigna Medical Health Insurance page.
Registration with Voluntary Contribution to the Italian NHS
Foreign citizens temporary living in Italy for study purposes, without dependents, and funded by a maintenance grant (*), are entitled to subscribe to the Italian National Health Service paying a voluntary contribution, i.e. a flat rate currently fixed at 149,77 EUR per calendar year. Under this special regulation (applying to students only), it is not required to be officially resident in Italy. If the student is accompanied by his/her dependents (unemployed spouse and/or dependent children under the age of 18), the whole family unit can subscribe to the Italian NHS paying an overall contribution of 387,34 EUR per calendar year.
To register, you must provide the local NHS Office with the following set of documents:
- national ID,
- EUI certificate in Italian proving your enrolment as “student” or “research student”,
- proof of the payment of the voluntary contribution,
- registration form (PDF).
See below where to register.
(*) Students who have subscribed a work contract with their national funding authorities, and therefore receive a salary rather than a grant, do not fall under this regulation. Before applying to the Italian NHS or any other insurance scheme, they should ask the respective employers about their health insurance coverage in Italy. Normally, contract-holders are entitled to register to the Italian NHS without paying a fee, but this requires a preliminary procedure to be carried out with the public health system in their country of origin.
In other cases not falling under the above regulation, it is also possible to register to the Italian NHS paying a voluntary contribution which is calculated on a percentage of income, and cannot be less than Euro 387,34. The payment of the contribution also covers dependents.
To register, the following documents are required:
See below where to register.
(**) in this case, it is necessary to be officially resident in Italy. It should be also stressed that this contribution is calculated on a percentage of income which is rather high. It might be cheaper in some cases to subscribe to the EUI-Cigna group medical insurance scheme.
- The right to health care starts from the day of registration, has the duration of a calendar year, is not divisible and has no retroactive effect.
- You can register at any Local NHS office. We recommend the office at Via Gabriele D'Annunzio, 29 - Firenze - Tel. 055 6934901).
- For further details, please consult the relevant web page of the Florence branch of the NHS (only in Italian).