An entry visa is the authorization which enables you to enter Italy and is generally mandatory for NON-EU citizens. It is a printed visa sticker which is put on your passport or another valid travel document.
Students from a NON-EU Country generally need an entry visa for Italy for study purposes, especially if their stay in Italy exceeds 90 days.
Check for all the details and correct application procedure on the website of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Additional checks of the documents required should be done directly by the Italian authorities in the country of origin.
The visa request must be submitted to the closest Italian diplomatic representative (Italian Embassy, Consulate, etc.) in your country of residence. The visa can be obtained from Italian Embassies and Consulates upon production of a Letter of Acceptance or an official document from the University of Parma stating that you have been accepted as an exchange student or as an international degree-seeking student enrolling at the University.
If you need either of the abovementioned documents:
- for Exchange students: email a request to the Erasmus and International Home at firstname.lastname@example.org in due time (at least two months before arrival) and include all the necessary data by using the specific chart (see the page dedicated to incoming students)
- for International Degree-seeking students: submit the original copy of your pre-application for the degree course you have chosen to the Italian Embassy/Consulate of your Country of residence (see Guidelines for enrolment - NON-EU students)
We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the rules regarding your arrival and stay in Italy. Have all the documents required ready well ahead of your arrival date, since the visa must be obtained before coming to Italy.
Do you need a visa?
Check if you need a visa for Italy on the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and enter your details.
For the type of visa (reasons of your stay), select:
- study - EXCHANGE AND MOBILITY PROGRAM if you are an Exchange student
- study - UNIVERSITY ENROLMENT if you are an International Degree-seeking student
The website will give you all the necessary information on documents needed, fees and address of the Italian Embassy/Consulate where you must apply for the visa.
You may not need to apply for a visa if you are from specific countries (including some NON-EU ones) and are staying in Italy for less than 90 days from arrival.
If you need to obtain the entry visa for study purposes you generally need:
- valid passport or travel document whose expiry date is at least three months longer than the expiry date of the visa requested;
- two recent passport-size photographs;
- proof of having been accepted as either an Exchange student (= Letter of Acceptance) or an International Degree-seeking student enrolling at the University/ admitted to take the admission test, if required by the course you are enrolling on (= original copy of the pre-application);
- proof that the applicant has sufficient means of sustenance in Italy of no less than € 448.52 for each month of the academic year (thus at least € 5,830.76 for one year). Means can be proven through one of these options:
- evidence of personal or family resources;
- guarantee of financial resources by accredited Italian institutions or agencies (including Universities), local governments, or foreign institutions or agencies considered reliable by the Italian Diplomatic Representation;
- bank or insurance warranty, or equivalent credit instrument (bank letter of credit valid in Italy), or traveller's cheques or other documentation proving the availability of sources of income in Italy (by means of bank transfer or deposit from abroad);
- proof that the applicant has sufficient expense coverage for returning to the home country (this may be proven by showing the return ticket);
- proof that the applicant has adequate accommodation in Italy;
- proof of adequate health and accident insurance coverage for medical care and hospitalisation (to be proved when applying for the residence permit) by means of one of the following options:
- confirmation from the relevant Consulate that the applicant has right to medical care and hospitalization in Italy thanks to specific agreements between Italy and the applicant's country of origin;
- foreign health insurance or policy - with a declaration from the relevant Consulate confirming its validity in Italy, its duration and forms of assistance - with no limitation or exception to the fees for any emergency hospitalisation;
- health insurance or policy taken out with Italian bodies or companies - confirmed by a declaration from the same body/company - with no limitation or exception to the fees for any emergency hospitalisation.
For any further information regarding the necessary documents for Visa application, please visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs .
Visa exemption and special cases
- EU and EU-equated students
- Students having dual citizenship, one of which Italian: Italian citizenship prevails, so visa is not required.
- If your citizenship does not coincide with your residence, you might be asked to apply for your visa at the Italian Embassy/Consulate of your country of origin, since not every country issues visas for foreign residents.
- If your country of residence (and/or of origin) does not have an Italian Embassy/Consulate, you will need to apply to the Italian Embassy/Consulate of the nearest country. We strongly recommend you get all the necessary information in due time in order to submit your visa request to the relevant Italian Embassy/Consulate.
Short-stay Shenghen visa
Non-EU students who are taking the admission test to access a course but still need to obtain their diploma to finalize their pre-application can enter Italy with a Short-stay Shenghen visa (for the reasons of your stay select: "tourism") valid for less then 90 days.
Upon positive result of the admission test, these students must complete their pre-application and ask for the long-stay visa for University Enrolment valid for more than 90 days.
Further information on www.studiare-in-italia.it/studentistranieri and on the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.