Health Insurance Requirement

Students are required to have a health insurance plan valid in Italy throughout their course of study at Forum Music Academy. Students may obtain coverage through a U.S. based health care provider that includes an international policy, or through an Italian company/organization (such as the Istituto Nazionale delle Assicurazioni (INA)). For further information and assistance in determining a high quality health insurance plan that will fulfill your immigration requirements, please contact

Emergency Treatment

Emergency phone numbers are located in all student informational materials, posted in all housing facilities, and a card with all emergency numbers is provided to students upon arrival. If an emergency situation occurs it is critical that the appropriate emergency services be contacted first. Forum Music Academy emergency staff are also available 24/7 to assist students in the event of an emergency after-hours.

Under Italian law, emergency medical treatment is provided to Italian nationals and foreign nationals alike, regardless of insurance coverage. That said, any treatment received in Italian Emergency Rooms is subject to a fee. If follow-up care is required, the hospital will ask for proof of insurance. Policies on public hospital charges vary from region to region.


General Guidelines

  • Do not walk in unfamiliar areas of the city at night or accept rides from strangers.
  • Be careful with money and other expensive items in public.
  • Never leave your bags unattended. If anything is lost or stolen report it to the local police. It is also necessary to report the loss of travelers checks to the nearest issuing office, and passports to the local police and the U.S. Consulate.
  • Be sure your program director knows where you will be traveling and when, in case you must be contacted.

The academy is in frequent contact with both Italian law enforcement and Rome-based U.S. consular authorities, including the U.S. Regional Security Officer. The academy provides the U.S. Consulate in Rome with the names and U.S. phone numbers of all visiting students. We encourage all students to periodically to check the U.S. Department of State website for the latest advisories and travel warnings.

Compliance with Laws:
When you are in a foreign country you are subject to its laws and not protected by U.S. laws. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. It is important that you learn about local laws and regulations and obey them. You are responsible for obeying all host countries laws and regulations. If you become involved in a legal problem, please contact center staff immediately.