Students who want to study in Italy for longer than three months have to apply for the Italy Student Visa. It depends on your nationality whether you need a visa or not, but everyone who is coming to Italy for study purposes that is more than three months will apply for an Italian residence permit. The student visa for Italy is known as a national or D-visa. It is a long-stay visa that allows you to enter Italy.
You can apply for a student visa at the Italian embassy or consulate. Italy has been an all-time favorite spot for international students. There are many Italian scholarships for international students are available (I have mentioned a few of them below). It is necessary to apply as early as possible. You can apply for an Italian student visa with a pre-enrollment letter. More details about the Italy student visa process and the list of the required documents are given below.
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Who Does Not Need an Italy Student Visa?
Only nationals from the following countries are exempt from holding an Italian Student Visa to enter Italy:
- EU (European Union) countries
Still, the citizens of the above-mentioned countries will apply for an Italian Residence Permit after three months of arriving in Italy. You can only apply for an Italian residence permit in Italy.
Who Needs an Italy Student Visa?
Citizens of all other countries that are not listed above will first apply for the student visa at the embassy/consulate/VFS. Then they will apply for a residence permit in Italy.
Why Long Stay (D Visa is Needed)?
Generally, if you are coming to Italy for higher education such as an undergrad, or post-grad program, and if the program length is longer than 90 days then you will need a long-stay visa.
A long stay (D Visa) is also required for an Italy Work Visa.
Requirements for Italy Student Visa
When you apply for the Italian student visa you must have the following documents to present in the embassy:
- The Italy Student Visa Application Form.
- You must have a Valid enrollement/admission offer from the Italain university.
- Passport size pictures.
- Proof of enrollment or pre-enrollment in an Italian university course.
- Police clearances from your home country.
- Proof of accommodation in Italy
- Adequate health insurance
- All previous educational documents
- Proof of some financial statements.
- Visa application fee
Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list. Different countries or Italian embassies may have different requirements.
How to Apply for the Italy Student Visa?
- You must fill out a visa application form, book an appointment from the VFS global website, or check the Italian embassy or consulate for the visa process.
- Bring all original documents on the day of your appointment.
- Pay the visa fee and submit the documents, along with your passport.
The application for an Italian student visa is around 50 Euros. The price may differ depending on your nationality.
How to Apply for the Italian Residence Permit in Italy?
You must apply for a residence permit within eight working days of your arrival Take your passport and travel documents.
Cost of a Residence Permit
- €40 for stays between 3 and 12 months
- €50 for stays between 12 and 24 months
- €100 for long-term residence permits
Work in Italy during Studies
You are allowed to work 20 hours per week, with a limit of 1040 working hours within 52 weeks.
Scholarships in Italy for Academic Year 2024/25
Here is a list of a few scholarships in Italy that are available:
- University of Pavia Tuition Fee Waiver Scholarship in Italy (2024-25)
- University of Macerata Scholarship 2024-25
- University of Camerino Scholarship 2024-25, Italy (Without IELTS)
- University of Trento Scholarship 2024, Italy (No IELTS)
- University of Genova Scholarship 2024-25, Italy (Without IELTS)