If your academic program in Italy is 90 days or more, you are REQUIRED to obtain a student visa from the Italian Government.
You MUST apply for your student visa through the Italian Consulate with jurisdiction over your permanent state of residence (see link below). You should consult your Consulate General's website immediately to obtain a student visa application, a list of requirements, and to verify the application process and timetable. Most consulates require in person appearance. Some Consulates require appointments to be made and have limited spots
If you are not able to travel to your Consulate General in person, you may apply at one of the Honorary Vice Consulates operating in the consular district. To find their addresses go to your Consulate General's Home Page and click on "consular network".
Study visas are free of charge. For study more than 90 days you will then need to apply for a residency card (permesso di soggiorno) at the local police station (Questura) with in the first 8 days of arrival in Italy. This along with your visa will allow you to stay in Italy for the duration of your studies. There is a fee associated with the residency card and your on-site directors will assist you with this process.
As of September 1, 2010, students may enter Italy for academic program that are UNDER 90 days without the corresponding student visa.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need to check with your local embassy or consulate to verify entry requirements for Italy.
*You are ultimately responsible for securing your visa.
Note: Embassy and consulate contact information is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to verify information.
In order to find contact information for your specific consulate, please choose the state or region of your permanent residence from the dropdown box below, and click submit to continue.
The Embassy of the United States in Rome, and three U.S. Consulate Generals located in cities around Italy, provide consular services to American tourists, students and businessmen that visit Italy each year as well as to U.S. citizens residing in Italy.
Emergency Services (walk-in)
Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Non-emergency services (e.g. renewal of U.S. passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad and notarials) provided by the American Citizen Services Unit at Embassy of the United States in Rome are available through an online appointment system.
There is also a U.S. Consulate General located in in Florence which offers a full range of services for U.S. citizens in the regions of Tuscany, and Emilia-Romagna.