The NYU Student Health Center and the Department of Public Safety work closely with program staff to plan for safe, healthy, and enriching opportunities long before you arrive. You will be introduced to many of these services in the months leading up to your program abroad while others will be explained in detail during the mandatory on-site orientation.
Get a head start on familiarizing yourself with global health and wellness resources by visiting the NYU Student Health Center website. Click here for information specifically about Florence Health & Wellness.
Health & Safety FAQs
Yes, all students studying away on an NYU Global Program are automatically enrolled in international health insurance. This will occur shortly before departure.
You MUST maintain your domestic health insurance when studying away with NYU. The International Health Insurance provided by NYU covers you ONLY outside the U.S. while participating in the program, so if for any reason you needed to go home for care you want to make sure there are no gaps in your coverage.
While studying abroad is an incredible experience, it often takes time to adjust to a new culture, living arrangements, food, language and submersion into the unfamiliar. Some students feel overwhelmed, others homesick. Some afraid, others depressed. You may periodically feel out of sorts. The attitudes toward counseling, or therapy, vary from one country to another.
NYU Florence has a full-time Wellness Counselor, Dr. Silvia Fiammenghi, on staff should you ever wish to check in. The NYU staff at your study abroad site can also refer you to a local counselor if you wish. Your GeoBlue Global Health Insurance should cover the cost for your mental health care needs so that you do not have to pay out of pocket for counseling services. Call the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help making connections to mental health professionals abroad.
If you are presently taking prescribed psychotropic medication you must meet with your prescribing physician to discuss:
- Receiving enough medication to last until you return. (Note: For some conditions and some medications, this is not possible)
- Getting a referral to a psychiatrist or medical doctor abroad who will follow you and write prescription refills. Note that prescriptions from doctors outside of Australia cannot be filled abroad.
- Having the prescription and the generic make up available and translated into the language of the country where you are studying abroad.
- If you know you will need medication, get it before you leave, or contact NYU’s the Wellness Exchange at (212) 443-9999. Counselors will be able to put you in contact with the appropriate NYU site staff NOW to get a referral to a psychiatrist or medical doctor.
While it’s not mandatory that you purchase personal property insurance for your semester abroad, we strongly recommend that you consider it before your semester begins, particularly if you are bringing electronics with you or if you plan on traveling.
Information on the CSI Insurance Agency, a company that provides personal property/effects insurance for you while abroad if you select to undertake coverage, is included here. This is the same company that offers a similar policy for students personal items on the NYU campus in New York.
Questions about this coverage should be directed to CSI Insurance Agency directly.