Medical Services

Prescription Medications

Most over-the-counter medications are available in Italy, although they may be called by their generic name or have a different commercial name. Prescription medication, however, is a different matter. If you regularly take prescribed medication, you should bring enough from home to last the entire semester. The medication should be accompanied by a doctor’s prescription and breakdown of the generic composition of the drug. If the drug is available in Italy, our school doctor can prescribe the Italian equivalent of the medication, however, the cost may be considerably high and certain drugs may not be available at all.

For example, medications to treat ADD/ADHD (ex. Ritalin) cannot be filled in Italy. Again, either bring enough for the duration of your stay, or have someone bring the medication over mid-semester, accompanied by a doctor’s letter of authorization. 

IMPORTANT: In Italy it is highly illegal to send any prescription medication through the mail (including private courier), regardless of availability in Italy or not. Any pharmaceutical will get stopped in customs and will only be cleared, if at all, after lengthy paperwork has been completed and custom fees have been paid.

Note: Our doctor can give regular allergy shots, as well as any other periodic injections (such as birth control). Her office has a refrigerator where these serums can be stored.

Medical Services

During the fall and spring semesters, SUF employs an English-speaking doctor who visits the campus twice a week. Students can make an appointment with Dr. Linari in the Student Life Office. The visit is a service provided by the university and is, therefore, free of charge.

Every Monday and Wednesday from 2-4pm in the Annex Building.

Additional Medical Services

If you are unable to visit our in-house doctor or need a specialized physician, there are other options from which you may obtain service. Please note that you are responsible for payment.

Tourist Medical Service:
English-speaking general practitioners and specialists
Via Roma, 4
Tel: 055-475411

Open clinic: Monday through Friday, 11-12 am, 1-3pm,  5-6pm; Saturday 11-12am, 1-3pm
24-hour service by appointment (call office number for cell phone number of doctor on duty - there is a recorded message on office number in both Italian and English)


Antonella Curcio, M.D.-Gynecologist:
Speaks English
Via Lamarmora, 26
Tel: 055-575329
Appointments available Tuesday-Friday
All charges payable in cash at time of appointment


Dott. Bindi, D.D.S.-Dentist:
Speaks English
Via G. Carducci, 16
Tel: 055-2638544
All major credit cards excepted


Santa Maria Nuova-Public Emergency Hospital:
The nearest public emergency hospital to the Syracuse University in Florence campus is Santa Maria Nuova. Usually there is an English-speaking physician on duty.
Piazza Santa Maria Nuova (near the Duomo)


Villa Donatello-Private Clinic and Laboratory:
Villa Donatello is a private hospital and laboratory in Piazza Donatello (5 minute walk from the Villa Rossa). The clinic does not admit emergencies, and lab tests must have a request from a doctor.


International SOS Card

Syracuse University is an institutional member of International SOS, a program that gives students studying abroad access to a full range of medical information and emergency services, including evacuation.

An ISOS membership card will be sent to you by SU Abroad before your semester abroad begins. Please use the SU membership number on the front of the card to access the ISOS website before you go abroad. Students should sign and carry the card with them at all times. Parents should record the membership number and website address so they also have access.

Here is a brief overview of the most important program features:

• As a member, you have access to ISOS information services at no charge
These information services range from the website information provided (including country risk ratings, State Department postings, medical travel recommendations and immunization requirements) to access to medical doctors via phone consultation, referrals to English-speaking doctors, to care assessment and translation services in case of hospitalization.

• We do strongly recommend that you use another feature of ISOS membership: the personal information record
Students can input medical history, blood type, recent surgeries, allergies, etc., and this confidential information will only accessed by ISOS medical staff in an emergency situation where the student is not able to communicate. Travel plans and contact information (destination, dates, flights, hotels) can also be logged on the website, and will not be accessed unless the information is needed in an emergency.

Note: The use of actual medical services (beyond information services) is not free. While members have access to ISOS clinics and doctors around the world, delivery of such services must be covered by the member and/or the member's health insurance policy. The ISOS program and membership is not an insurance plan! Students are still required to have health insurance that covers them abroad.