A foreign student who wants to study in Italy will have to avail the Italy student visa. If a student opts for a course or program that does not extend beyond 90 days, he or she will require a Schengen visa or short stay visa. However, if the student opts for a course or program that lasts for more than 90 days, he or she will have to obtain long term student visa or national visa (NV).
Study visas are free of charge. For study more than 90 days you will then need to apply for a residency card at the local post office within 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.

Benefits of Studying Italy

  • To study abroad in Europe brings the additional bonus of having access to several diverse cultures in relatively close proximity. Immersion in different environments offers fantastic opportunities to learn new languages, given the abundant chances to practice and improve
  • Applying language skills in daily life demonstrates that students can not only survive, but flourish in foreign countries. These sorts of intercultural skills breed confidence and adaptability, transferable to both personal and professional aspects throughout students’ lives.
  • Sometimes it’s easy for high school students to forget that there is "study" involved in studying abroad in high school. Aside from its aesthetics and culinary marvels, Italy also offers some of the oldest universities in the world and is the founder of the Bologna process (the standard in higher education in Europe and a growing in influence)
  • Providing high quality education is another area in which Italy has earned its sense of pride.
  • Needless to say, Italy has amazing food and wine throughout the country and often at a reasonable price.

Work Rights During Studies

Working in Italy while you pursue your education can ensure that you have some money to support your daily expenses.

  • European Union :
    International students originating from countries in the European Union are allowed to work in Italy without the need of a work permit. Their working hours however should not exceed more than 20 hours on a weekly basis during their term. They can choose to work full time during vacations if they wish to do so.
  • Non-European Union :
    International students originating from countries that are not within the European Union have a different set of rules applied on their working status. There is a restriction stamp on the passport of long term students.
  • This means that you cannot work for more than 20 hours on a weekly basis during your term and full time during vacations.You cannot engage in any kind of self-employment, business or cannot represent the country in any professional sport.
  • If a student pursues a course that is for less than 6 months, he would be given a prohibition stamp on his passport. This means he cannot work in Italy.If any student breaks these rules, he could be fined up to € 1,000.

Intakes in Year

Basically there are two intakes for Study in Italy :

  • First academic year is generally starts in the month of September and October while it ends in January or in February. However, the second semester starts in February and lasts in July
  • The accurate starting and ending dates of semester is different in various universities. Each semester ends up in twenty weeks in which 14 weeks are of teaching period and 6 weeks are of exams period.

Fee Structure

Application fees for Italy student visa – EUR 116 (INR 7,832.41)

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