Students are not automatically covered by health insurance in the event of illness or injury. It is recommended that they take out a health insurance policy. Citizens of the European Union have the right to free medical treatment in Italy provided that they are in possession of the European Health Insurance Card, which can be obtained from the health service in their own country before they leave for Italy. Students from outside the European Union must verify with the authorities in their country whether or not insurance cover exists for the duration of their stay in Italy. If it does not, they should take out a health insurance policy themselves. No insurance cover is provided for any damage, injury or accidents which take place outside the school.