Healthcare coverage for study abroad students

A safe return to Florence and Tuscany

Editorial Staff
June 16, 2020 - 10:05

An agreement has been signed to guarantee healthcare coverage for North American and Australian students in Tuscany.


AACUPI, the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy, and the Regional Federation of the Misericordia signed the deal on June 15. Returning and future students will be entitled to healthcare provided by the regional medical network.


“Thanks to this agreement, we will provide healthcare coverage to American students who come to Florence and Tuscany. It’s our way of welcoming them back,” commented Fabrizio Ricciadelli, director of the Kent State University Florence Center.



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Between 12,000 and 15,000 students from North American and Australian universities and colleges attend study abroad programs in Tuscany every day. These students returned home at the end of February with the outbreak of the pandemic in northern Italy. This move by AACUPI and the Misericordia provides further guarantees to the students and their families as they consider resuming their study abroad experience in Tuscany.


The European Union is planning a gradual lifting of the international travel ban in July. European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said, “Following the lifting of all internal border checks inside the Union, we are proposing a clear and flexible approach towards removing restrictions on travel to the EU starting on 1 July.”

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