Non-European students: Visa and Residence Permit
Visa for Non-European exchange students
We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the rules regulating your arrival and stay in Italy and the documents needed. Students from non-EU Countries generally need an entry visa for study purposes. The visa request must be submitted to the Italian diplomatic representative (Italian Embassy or Consulate) in your Country of residence. The visa can be obtained from Italian Embassies and Consulates upon production of an Acceptance/Invitation Letter (or a similar official document stating that you have been accepted as an exchange student) issued by the University of Parma.
Exchange students who need a visa letter must contact the Erasmus and International Home at firstname.lastname@example.org in due time (at least two months before arrival) and send all the necessary data (by using the specific chart.xls).
You can check if you need a visa to enter Italy on the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Further information is available here.
Please note: whilst requesting your visa, you should also ask for your Italian Tax Code (Codice Fiscale) from the Embassy/Consulate. Once you receive the Tax Code certificate, you must send a copy of it to email@example.com before your arrival.
If you come from a non-EU Country and you are spending more than 90 days in Italy, you must apply to the Italian authorities for a Residence Permit for study purposes within 8 working days from the date of your arrival in Italy. The whole procedure will cost around €120.
In order to apply for the Residence Permit you will have to fill in a specific application and attach the following documents:
- a copy of your passport;
- declaration of hospitality (suitability of accommodation) and an official document certifying your enrolment at the Italian University you are going to attend (e.g., for exchange students, a copy of our acceptance letter for visa, approved and stamped by the Italian Embassy/Consulate of your Country of residence);
- a copy of your Accident and Health insurance policy, which must be valid in Italy and cover the whole duration of your stay;
- proof that you have sufficient financial coverage for your stay in Italy and your journey (e.g. copy of your bank statement or awarding of study grant with monthly amount).
Upon your arrival, the Erasmus and International Home staff can help you prepare your Residence Permit application.
Once you have submitted your application, you must bring a copy of the receipt to the Erasmus and International Home and then a copy of the Residence Permit card as soon as you get it.