How to Get a Student Visa for Italy

Are you considering a study abroad experience and want to apply to a university in Italy? Well, complimenti! Italian universities are among the most prestigious in the world and you will not only experience excellent teaching, but you will also have the chance to enjoy famous cuisine, magnificent architecture and get to see numerous breath-taking attractions.

If you decided to study abroad in Italy and come from an EU/EEA country, good news! You won’t need an Italian student visa.

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Otherwise, follow the next steps and prepare to apply for your student visa:

1. Choose the Italian university you want to apply to

If you’re still not sure where you want to study in Italy, you will have to decide before you can start your student visa application process. After being accepted at an Italian university, you’ll get a letter of acceptance required for the visa application.

Find the right universities depending on the discipline you want to study:

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2. Find out what type of visa you need to study in Italy

Depending on how long you plan to stay in Italy and what you will study, you need to apply for one of the following visa types:

  • Short stay visa – type C – if you apply for a language course that lasts u to 90 days
  • Long stay (national) visa – type D, for study purposes – if you apply for any degree course that has at least 20 hours of courses per week (or 80 hours a month)

3. Conditions you have to meet to apply for visa

  • You must have a valid passport with at least two blank visa pages
  • You must provide a copy of your flight itinerary
  • You must not have a criminal record
  • You must not have been refused entry into Italy previously

4. When and where to apply for the student visa in Italy

  • Apply for visa at the Italian embassy or consulate in your country.
  • Schedule a visa interview around four to six weeks in advance.
  • Apply for a student visa at least three months before your arrival in Italy. The processing time of your application may take between 1 – 3 weeks.

5. Tips about my visa application

If you missed scheduling an appointment at least four weeks in advance, check with the consulate for cancellations and try to schedule the appointment date earlier.

If you are not able to reach the consulate for the visa interview, you may schedule an appointment at an Honorary Consulate, if it is closer to your home. However, first check with the consulate in your area if this option is available.

Student visa for Italy 6. Language requirements for my study in Italy

In order to obtain a study visa for Italy, there are no specific language requirements. Since this is one of the mandatory conditions for admission in an Italian university, consulates don’t consider applicants should present any proof of language proficiency as well.

However, visa officers will be more impressed and will appreciate if you speak Italian at least on a conversational level. You can say hi and introduce yourself by speaking in Italian, for example.

7. Documents for a student visa in Italy

  • Entry visa application form
  • Recent passport-size photograph
  • Valid travel document (the expiry date should be three months longer than that of the visa requested)
  • Proof that you have arranged accommodation in Italy (for the whole period of your studies)
  • Prove you have sufficient financial means to support your studies (900 EUR/month)
  • Paid health insurance of 150 EUR for the first year of studies
  • Copy of the diploma of a previous education
  • Acceptance letter from an Italian University
  • Receipt of the visa application fee (50 EUR)

8. How to apply for the Italian visa depending on your country of origin 

Want to go directly to exact details about the Italian visa requirements for your nationality? Pick one below:

9. Apply for a work permit in Italy

If you are from the European Union, you are allowed to work in Italy without the need for a work permit. Working hours should not exceed more than 20 hours a week basis during the semester.

If you would like to work full time, you can only do so during the holidays between semesters.

Foreign students from outside EU will need to apply for a work permit at a local immigration office in Italy. However, first, you need to have a signed employment contract and show a copy at the immigration office.

With a part-time job, you could not earn enough money to pay for your tuition fee. However, getting a student job is not that difficult, especially if you speak a little Italian as well. You can even find job opportunities within your university and work as a library assistant or office attendant throughout the academic year.

Regional job portals, newspapers, and the international office helpdesk are the best places to check for job listings.

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10. Conditions to apply for a residence permit

Non-EU citizens

If you come from outside the EU, you should apply for your residence permit in Italy (permesso di soggiorno) within eight days of your arrival at any post office.

The main required documents to submit are:

  • Copy of passport
  • A copy of your health insurance plan
  • National study visa for Italy
  • A copy of the statement certifying the studies you will be taking place in Italy
  • Four recent passport size photos

EU citizens 

You'll just need to apply for a declaration of presence (dichiarazione di presenza) at the police headquarters (Questura) within eight days of arriving in Italy.

Now that you know how to get a student visa for Italy, go ahead and apply for your dream Bachelor's or Master's degree. After being accepted by an Italian university and completing the visa application process in your home country, you can already start to pack your bags and make the travel arrangements. Sunny Italy is waiting for you!

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