Entry Visa - Visa application NON EU students
Depending on your citizenship, your country of residence, the length and the reason of your stay, you may need to obtain a visa before coming to Italy.
To request a STUDY visa you must fall within one of the following groups:
- Enrolment in an Italian university
- Study grants
- Religious novitiate/training
- Technical and vocational training after compulsory education.
For periods of study under 90 days
Since the 1st September 2010, students from many Third countries no longer have to request a visa to enter Italy for study purposes.
These countries are: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, South Korea, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Japan, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Czech Rep., Romania, San Marino, Holy See, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, Switzerland, Hungary, Uruguay, Venezuela plus some administrative regions of other countries.
In order to help you find out whether or not you need an entry visa, please check the official database of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
By selecting your nationality, place of residence, length of stay in Italy and the reason for your visit the database will provide you with all the information you need for your application. If you do need to apply for a visa follow the advice given under the following section ‘For periods of study over 90 days’.
For periods of study over 90 days, Study Visa type "D"
How do I apply for a visa
Before applying for a visa for study purposes, we advise you check the documentation required on the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
You may use the following list as a general indication of the documents requested:
- Visa application form (see the template)
- Valid passport or travel document (valid for at least three months after visa expiry date)
- Passport-sized photo
- Proof of sufficient income
- Travel tickets
- Health insurance*
- Declaration of the availability of suitable accommodation in Italy as well as the funds necessary for repatriation, possibly supported by a return airline ticket.
The Italian institution where you will study will provide you with an official invitation letter, which you must take with you to the Italian Diplomatic Offices in your home country, or in the country of your permanent residence.
This letter must contain the declaration regarding your accommodation in Italy.
* The private health insurance (valid for the full period of stay) must:
- cover expenses in the event of emergency treatments and/or urgent hospitalisation (admission via the hospital casualty ward);
- cover the entire duration of your stay in Italy;
- be valid for the territory of all Member States that fully implement the Schengen Treaty;
- ensure the policy-holder's repatriation in case of serious illness;
- be translated into Italian and authenticated by the Italian Embassy/Consulate.
Please check that the Italian Embassy has put a stamp on your invitation letter or pre-enrolment form. Once stamped either of these documents can be used to apply for the permit of stay once you are in Italy!
Where you can apply for a visa?
Please check the list of Italian Embassies and Consulates on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
How much does it cost?
There is no visa fee for students.
After having checked the papers requested for a visa in the database provided by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, contact your local Italian Embassy or Consulates and double check their requirements.
Further relevant information
Remember to bring with you a bank statement proving that you have sufficient means of income, as this is one of the documents required for the permit of stay once you arrive.
If you do not have a document indicating a scholarship or similar, you must show a bank statement of your current account giving your personal details and the details of the Bank. If you share an account with your parents, they need to attach a declaration to their bank statement, stating that they consent to your use of their current account (affidavit). The bank statement must be original. For any further information see the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
New! Schengen Area* travel
If you have a Long Stay Visa (Visa Type D, i.e. valid for more than 90 days) and a residence permit, you can travel freely for a period of max 3 months in any 6-month period to the other Schengen states*.
You are reminded to report your presence to the police authorities in the other Schengen territory within 3 working days of entry.
*Schengen States: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Malta.