In order to attend our programs, all non-EU students must obtain a student visa. European Union (EU) citizens do not need a visa. Please contact the Italian Consulate or Embassy in your jurisdiction to inquire about the necessary documents you must present when applying for a student visa. Students with a study visa may only stay in Italy for the period indicated on the study visa. (1 to a maximum of 12 months)
The Italian student visa is issued through your local Italian Consulate or the Italian Embassy. A list of Italian Consulates in your Country can be obtained by consulting the website:
Please be aware that not all Italian consulates are authorized to issue visas. If the consulate in your area does not have this authority, you will be given the location of the nearest consulate where you should submit your required documentation.
In addition to a visa application form (available at the consulate office or on the Italian Foreign Ministry web site - see the above link), the following documents are required for higher level educational studies (e.g., non-compulsory study for those over 18 years of age):
- Visa application form .
- Recent passport-style photo.
- Passport or travel document valid for at least three months after visa expiry date.
- Proof of enrolment or pre-enrolment in course of study, indicating number of hours of daily study and duration of course.
- Copy of your letter of acceptance. *
- Documentation of educational history in your country of origin.
- Proof of available means of support for the stay in Italy of an amount not less than that established in Table A annexed to Ministry of Interior Directive 1.3.2000
- Declaration of the availability of appropriate lodgings in Italy as well as the funds necessary for repatriation, possibly in the form of a return airline ticket.
- Insurance coverage for medical treatment and/or hospitalisation, to be demonstrated by means of: a) consular declaration attesting the applicant's right to health care in the presence of specific agreements between Italy and the applicant's country of origin; or b) foreign insurance policy or one underwritten with Italian bodies or firms that must not include limitations or exception to the fees established for emergency hospitalisation.
Please ensure upon picking up your visa that the Italian consulate issues a cover letter stating they have seen all your original documents. Also, it is important to remember that consulates do not abide by uniform regulations, so make sure you know what your area consulate requires in the form of necessary documentation from you, as specific requirements may vary. That said, it is important to allow ample time for the processing of your student visa application, and students should not wait until the last minute before requesting permission to study in Italy. Processing time varies from consulate to consulate and wait time may vary greatly.
* In order to receive the certificate of enrolment students must pay the entire tuition fee for the period of studies. Students who are unable to obtain the visa to enter Italy must notify us in writing before the course starting date, showing proof of rejection from the Italian Embassy. In this case, they are entitled to a full refund minus non-refundabe items and a 250 Euro cancellation fee. Should notification reach the School after the commencement of the course, no refund will be made.
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