Study in Italy in 2020: How to Get a Student Visa for Italy? (+ Intakes, Universities, Eligibility, Documents & More!)

This article highlights the importance of how to study in Italian universities through a student visa.

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European countries are known for their higher education infrastructure. This is because of their uncompromised teaching facilities whilst also offering substantial financial support to international students. And Italy is one of them. 

Read on to know more about studying in Italy with a student visa.

Why Should You Choose Italy for Higher Education?

One of the main elements that have been alluring people from all over the world into this country is its top-notch quality of education. Some of the earliest universities were established in Italy, which reflects how progressive and welcoming to advancements the country is. 

Italy is one of the pioneering countries to sign the Sorbonne Declaration in the year 1998, thereby laying down the foundation of the "Bologna Reform"- an academic revolution that has changed the face of higher education in Europe

Besides the status of studies in Italy, other factors like healthcare facilities, transport services, infrastructure, accommodation, and university campuses are in their best condition here.

The Italian culture is as pure and beautiful as its people. Located in the southwestern part of Europe, Italy is one of the top destinations in every single person's bucket list when it comes to planning a vacation. 

Heritage sites like The Historic Centre of Florence, Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, Villa Romana del Casale, Botanical Garden in Padua, Amalfi Coast, etc. are a few names to list that make Italy the perfect place for spending your holiday.

Intakes in Italian Universities

Students studying in Italian universities and colleges can get admission through two intakes per year. 

  • The first one begins in September and lasts till January or February,
  • and, the second semester commences in February and ends in July. 

It is the most general pattern of intakes that the educational institutes in Italy generally follow. Some might differ by a few weeks or a month; hence it is better if the students are attentive to the important dates mentioned on the university websites and are up-to-date.

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Top Universities in Italy

Italy is an abode to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, making it one of the top choices of international students. Let's have a look at these educational institutions:

Some other prestigious universities are

  • John Cabot University
  • University of Padua
  • University of Milan
  • University of Pisa
  • University of Trento
  • University of Florence
  • University of Turin

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Documentation Required for a Student Visa

For gaining entry in the borders of Italy, you must have a valid passport and a visa as per your reason of stay and duration. For international students (non-EU/EFTA), there are two types of entry visa available:

  1. Visa Type C: it is a short-stay visa that lasts for not more than 90 days and can be used for more than one entry.
  2. Visa Type D: It is a long-stay visa whose validity exceeds 90 days.

To issue either of them, you will be required to have the following documents ready:

  • Visa application form (completed and without any faults)
  • Valid passport (whose validity exceeds that of the visa)
  • Passport-size photographs (recent)
  • Proof of accommodation in Italy
  • Health Insurance
  • University Offer Letter
  • Proof of Funds
  • Receipt of Application fee payment

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Application Process for a Student Visa

Follow the steps given below to issue a student visa for Italy:

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Cost of Living in Italy

Italy, compared to the USA, UK and other European countries, is inexpensive in terms of studying as well as the living. To have a rough idea regarding the living expenses in Italy, please refer to the following table:

Service or Item

Cost (per month) (in EUR)

Rent (shared flat)






Public Transportation



30 - 100


Therefore, your living costs per month will range between 500 EUR to 600 EUR, which is exceptionally cheaper when compared to other European countries. If you're not sharing the flat, the budget might increase by 200-350 EUR.

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Processing Time for Student Visa Application

The processing time of your application may take between 1–3 weeks and sometimes longer.

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