Thursday, June 28, 2012

Visas and health insurance

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As the title of this post suggests, today we'll tackle visa and health insurance --important matters for students coming from outside the European Union.

Non-E.U. citizens should have received a visa request letter from the Bologna or the Washington Admissions Offices. If you have not received your letter yet, please send us a note at - we'll make sure you get a copy as soon as possible.

Visa applications are fairly straightforward. You can find information on the website of the Italian embassy of your home country. However, some embassies require information that may not be in the letter we provide. Is this your case? If yes, please get in touch with us as soon as you can. We'll be happy to help.

Upon completion of your application, you should be granted a type-D visa for study purposes (visto per motivi di studio). You should ensure that you receive a multiple-entry visa to Italy and the Schengen area for the duration of your stay. If this is not the case, please contact us.

Health insurance is another important matter for non-E.U. citizens. Even if you feel as healthy as a fiddle, you should make sure you come to Bologna with a good health insurance plan. This will help you save money in case you need medical assistance.

We strongly recommend that you also sign up for the Italian emergency health insurance, which will be useful in the event you are taken to hospital. The Registrar’s Office will provide the application form when you get to Bologna.

E.U. citizens are not required to get health insurance. However, they will need to apply for a European health insurance card to have access to healthcare. In most cases you are asked to complete a form, which you can find online.

Got any questions? You know where to find us.

Amina Abdiuahab

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