International citizens who find themselves in Italy must have health insurance.
For foreign nationals, whether or not they are European citizens, registration with the SSN (National Health Service) guarantees total healthcare and the same standard of care given to Italian citizens. Upon registration one can choose a family doctor or a pediatrician for the children who can give you certificates, prescriptions and so on since foreign prescriptions will not be accepted in Italy. Registration is on annual basis and must be done at the ASL (Azienda Sanitaria Locale: www.asl.milano.it) nearest to you.
The EHIC: European Health Insurance Card, is for EU residents. It allows access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the country you are visiting and entitles the holder to the same treatment at the same cost of a citizen of that country.
Make sure you know exactly how to use your card before coming to Italy and that you know what is covered in your home country and what coverage you will get in Italy.
A private Health Insurance can also be used provided it covers you whilst in Italy and that you know who to call when it is needed. A good option for students is the Aon student insurance complete (private insurance). Check out the AON website at Aon Student Insurance
Please note that foreign health insurances to not entitle you to a family practitioner of the Italian National Health Service! Although we understand you may have an international Health insurance, we do suggest that you consider registering to the NHS (in Italian Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) all the same.
Italian Language Lessons
UniSR offers an Italian Language course for all foreign students enrolled to its degree programs. Students are divided into classes according to their level and learn basic Italian which they will need for their daily life in Milan and in the University!
In order to activate a SIM card (mobile phone card) and get an Italian phone number you must give proof of residence in Italy, an Identity Card and your Italian Codice Fiscale.
There are many suppliers from which to choose offering competitive options and all providers offer rechargeable or long-term contracts.
Just to name a few and so you can compare the offers and choose your preferred one, you may find: TIM, Vodafone, Iliad, Kena, etc.
Milan is a safe city but you should always take care when walking in certain areas at dark.
We advise you not to walk around with all your money and documents at the same time and keep a watch for pick pockets on public transport.
Should you ever be in any kind of emergency and are in need of police, ambulance or firemen, dial 112 !
Theft and Lost Items
If you are victim of a crime or a theft, the first thing to do is to file a police report. To report stolen items or crimes, you can go to the main police station of Milan (Questura), located at Via Fatebenefratelli 11, or any nearby Carabinieri or Polizia station (the nearest one is in Via Maniago - MM2 green line stop Udine). You can also file a report online by using denuncia via web at www.carabinieri.it/multilingua/en or www.poliziadistato.it.
The Italian law enforcement is divided into two general categories: Polizia and Carabinieri. Polizia is the state police force and Carabinieri is Italy’s national military police.
Both Polizia and Carabinieri can be approached for general crime, such as theft or assault. There are also in-country organizations, which provide counselling, medical, and legal assistance to certain crime victims. In your police report (denuncia) you are asked for a listing of the stolen items. This report can be used for insurance claims and to obtain passport and traveler’s check replacements. Filing a police report is your personal responsibility. You should take your passport and any other identification you possess with you when you file the report.
If you lose your credit card, report it immediately to the emergency numbers you have been given!
Here are Italy’s National Holidays when University offices are closed and no lessons are held.
- New Year’s day: 1st January
- Epiphany: 6th January
- Easter Monday: Monday after Easter
- Liberation Day: 25th April
- Labour Day: 1st May
- Anniversary of the Founding of the Republic: 2nd June
- Assumption (Ferragosto): 15th August
- All Saints’ Day: 1st November
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 8th December
- Christmas: 25th December
- St. Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day): 26th December
- St. Ambrogio (Patron of Milan):7th December
Once you have enrolled you will receive a calender and timetable where you will find all these holidays and breaks you have during the year.
Where to Worship
Being a multicultural city, in Milan you will easily find where to go for Worshipping.
Here a just a few indications to facilitate your research.
- Catholic Church: Chiesa Santa Maria del Carmine
- Protestant Church: International Church Milan, or the Milan Bible Church
- Anglican Church in Milan: Allsaints Anglican Church of Milan
- Methodist Church in Milan: Methodist Church of Milan
- Synagogue: The Central Synagogue is in Via Guastalla 19, Milano.
- Mosque: Mosque al-Rahmàn: Via F.lli Cervi, Segrate, Milano.