Non-EU citizens must apply for a student visa at the Italian Consulate of their jurisdiction.
- Entry visa application form;
- Recent passport-size photograph;
- Travel document valid for at least three months after visa;
- Enrollment or pre-enrollment in a university course;
- Proof that you have an accommodation in Italy;
- Proof that you have financial support (at least € 448,07 per month for the academic year, a total of € 5824,91 per year);
- Adequate insurance coverage for medical treatment and hospitalisation;
- Proof of the availability of the financial means needed for repatriation;
- Proof of adequate knowledge of Italian or English according to the language of the program;
- If the student is a minor, they must have the consent of expatriation signed by each of the parental authorities, or in their absence, by the legal guardian;
For further information, please consult the Visa portal on the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en) or specific websites of Diplomatic/Consular delegations in your country.
Submission of the required documentation does not automatically guarantee visa issuance. Upon entering Italy and the Schengen Area, even if you have a visa, Border Authorities are authorized once again to check the documents required for issuance of the visa.
If you are a non-EU citizen, once in Italy you must apply for the residence permit in the city where you’ll be living within 8 working days after your arrival.
You can apply at the post office of your city of residence in Italy.
At the post office you will be provided with a kit containing the application form (Modulo 1 - https://www.portaleimmigrazione.it/docs/italiano/Modulo_1.pdf; check the examples:
https://www.portaleimmigrazione.it/Download_Italiano.aspx) and instructions.
In addition to the application, you must also submit the following documentation:
- Copy of your passport with visa and personal data page.
- A copy of your health insurance policy; health insurance bought abroad must be validated by the Italian Embassy in your country (if not already in English). You can also buy health insurance upon your arrival in Italy.
- University Letter of acceptance. For Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) students: FORM A/Modello A filled in at the Embassy or self-certification of enrollment; For Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) students: copy of the admission letter or FORM A/Modello A filled in at the Embassy or self-certification of enrollment. For NON-Eu Exchange students: a letter of acceptance to the exchange programme.
You can find the FORM A/Modello A at this website link (in italian):
At the Post Office you will receive a receipt that certifies your residence permit request.
Once the registration procedure is completed, applicants must submit a request for a residence permit for “Study – University” at the police headquarters (Questura) in the city where they intend to stay. In order to verify if your residence permit is ready to be collected, you can check either the website of the Police or the Immigration portal.
In addition to the notice displayed by this system on the status of your application, you’ll be informed via SMS about the day, time and place where you can collect your residence permit.
International students with a valid permit of stay are allowed to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week and 1,040 hours per year, but in order to obtain a residence permit renewal, they must pass the exams yearly.
MORE INFORMATION ON RESIDENCE PERMITS AND ON OFFICES AUTHORISED TO PROVIDE THEM MAY BE OBTAINED AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS (QUESTURA), ON THE TOLL-FREE NUMBER 803.160 OR BY CONSULTING THE WEBSITE WWW.PORTALEIMMIGRAZIONE.IT
If you are an EU citizen or come from EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), you must not apply for a residence permit. However, if you are going to stay in Italy for over a 3 months period, you should register with the Anagrafe (Register office) of your municipality of residence, by choosing one of the following registration options:
Students who DO NOT intend to set their permanent residence in Italy
In this case, you will register as a temporary resident at the main Anagrafe office of your municipality. Registration must be renewed every year, following the same procedure.
The following documents are required to complete your registration:
- Copy of ID card;
- Copy of “Codice Fiscale”;
- University enrollment certificate (to be collected at the Registrar’s Office of your campus upon submission of 2 “marche da bollo”/duty stamps of 16 euro each);
- Proof of health insurance (European health insurance card/ S1 form/private health insurance with 1 year validity/voluntary registration to the Italian national health system);
- Proof of sufficient resources (minimum € 5825), provided through “Modello EURO 1” self-certification.
Students who intend to transfer their permanent residence to Italy
Please, first verify with your country of origin which are the implications of transferring your residence permanently.
Register with the Anagrafe office sending an email, attaching the following documents:
- Copy of ID card;
- Copy of “Codice Fiscale”;
- University enrollment certificate (to be collected at the Registrar’s office of your campus upon submission of 2 “marche da bollo”/duty stamps of 16 euro each);
- Proof of health insurance (S1 form/private health insurance with 1 year validity/voluntary registration to the Italian national health system. The European health insurance card is not sufficient);
- Proof of sufficient resources (minimum € 5.825 for students with no family members to support), provided through modello EURO 1 self-certification (fill out point “b” only if with family members to support);
- Statement of residence, provided through Dichiarazione di residenza self-certification.
For filling in the first paragraph on page 4 it is necessary to contact the apartment owner.
Students who are renting a room/flat must fill their rental contract data at point 2, page 4.
Residence permit costs
- € 16,00 “marca da bollo” (a stamp that can be purchased at any tobacconist with a “T” sign out of the shop) to be put on the residence permit application;
- € 30 to be paid at the second step of the procedure, when handing in the Kit to the Post Office;
- € 30,46 to be paid at the Post Office to get the Electronic Residence Permit.
Residence permit renewal
In case of renewal of the residence permit, you will be asked to fill out the kit to apply for a residence permit (Module 1 only - https://www.portaleimmigrazione.it/docs/italiano/Modulo_1.pdf), which is available at the Post Office. The Kit must be handed in at the Post Office together with the following documents:
- A valid passport with visa + copy of the page with personal data and dates of validity and expiration of the document;
- A copy of your stay permit;
- Copy of the documentation certifying the availability of adequate financial resources: about € 5.825 (e.g. scholarship certification and print out of your bank account);
- Your transcript of records with proof of 1 exam successfully passed in case of the 1st renewal and 2 exams successfully passed for each following renewal. If you are asking for a renewal after having completed all your exams, you should include, in the notes of your certificate, which are the final degree presentation sessions you can take advantage of (usually, April, July, October, December);
- Your health insurance.