STUDENT VISA PROCESS
Process to obtain Italian Student Visa for international students
Every Foreign student intending the study in Italy
must obtain a Italian student visa before entering
into the Italy.
In order to assure
a timely processing of visas, the student (or
his/her parents on their child’s behalf)
should begin the visa application as early as possible
but no sooner than three months prior to the program's
initiation.We strongly recommend that
students mustn't wait until the holiday period to go
to the Consulate. Not only can the wait be lengthy,
but it also makes the turnaround time for visa
issuance longer than usual.
Students should contact your nearest Italian consulate and
follow the directions for obtaining a student visa.
The visa will not be issued the same day; the
process can take up to 60 days.
Italian institutions will provide the necessary Letter
of Acceptance, Letter of Enrollment, Insurance Letter
and Course Schedule to complete your visa application
Student visas will be issued only for the
length of time you are enrolled in the program.
Only a visa issued for study purposes is valid for
your final enrollment at an H.Ed. institution in
No other type of visa will be accepted. Therefore
you have to apply to the competent Italian diplomatic
authority and ask for a study visa in your name. The
competent Italian Embassy/ Consulate is the authority
responsible for accepting your pre-application and
checking if you meet the requirements for the visa.
The study visa will be issued only against
demonstration that you:
- Have a suitable accommodation in Italy.
- May dispose of enough financial means to support
- are entitled to medical care in Italy.
- Possess the amount of money necessary to travel
back to your country, or have already purchased a
Stay Permits (non- Eu citizens)
Within 8 days from arrival, all non-Eu citizens who
hold a study visa for Italy must apply for a stay
permit for study purposes.
The stay permit is issued by the local police
station (Questura - Ufficio Stranieri) of the
applicant's place of residence in Italy against
- a valid passport bearing a study visa for Italy.
- proof of enough financial means to support
- a document giving evidence of her/his right to
medical care in Italy.
- When candidates to matriculation decide to move,
even if temporarily, to another Italian city (e.g.
to attend programs in the Italian language), within
15 days they will have to apply to the competent
police station (Questura) to report their change of
- Those students who leave the Italian territory
are allowed to enter again only if they already hold
a stay permit.
After matriculation, and at least 30 days before
the expiration of their stay permits, all non-Eu
students coming from abroad have to apply to the
Questura for such permits to be extended for the whole
year. On the occasion, each student must demonstrate
to have the necessary financial resources to support
herself/himself, a certificate of enrollment issued
by an Italian H.Ed. institution, as well as to meet
all the other requirements needed for the issuing of
the stay permit.
Both study visa and stay permits are renewed to the
students who have passed one exam in the first year of
their degree programmes, and two exams at least in the
following years for the earning of such a credit
number as determined by the institutions.
The stay permit may be renewed also to a student
who has passed only one exam against documentary
evidence of a state of very poor health or of other
serious reasons. All that without prejudice of the
dispositions concerning the global number of possible
renewals; in fact, stay permits cannot be issued for
more than 3 years beyond the legal length of the
degree course concerned (Art. 46, § 4 of the
Presidential Decree No. 394 of 31st August 1999).
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