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Study in Italy in 2024: 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.

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:

Being one of the leading universities when it comes to engineering, architecture and design, Politecnico di Milano is located in the city of Milan, Italy. It was established in the year 1863 and had many pronounced alumni. 

Being one of the members of the IDEA League, the university introduces extra-curricular activities for talented aspiring engineers.

Ranked 160 in the QS World University Rankings 2021, it is one of the oldest universities to be established in Europe, in the year 1088. It offers a wide variety of courses, around 200, categorized into 32 departments and five schools. Its splendid graduate employability ranking (#84) reflects the quality of education it offers.

Being one of the earliest universities globally, Sapienza University of Rome is prominent not only in the field of education but also in the history and culture of the country. It has continuously contributed to the societal, economic, political, and cultural changes that have shaped the country what it is today.

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

It is a short-stay visa that lasts for not more than 90 days and can be used for more than one entry.

It is a long-stay visa whose validity exceeds 90 days.

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 visas available:

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:

Apply for a visa at the Italian embassy or consulate in your country.

Get the application form and fill it correctly, without any errors. Make sure all the information you fill in is right and not old. Submit the form with all the required documents and make sure you have a couple of copies of all the original documents with you. Please complete the necessary payment for fees and do not forget to print it as well.

Schedule a visa interview around 4 to 6 weeks in advance

The next step is to schedule an appointment for the visa interview. Do not stress over it. The basic questions asked in such interviews are related to your reason for travel, the motivation of learning your course, future goals, etc. 

It is also vital that you prepare and take a language test (English or Italian) to prove your proficiency. Without it, you will not be able to apply for a visa.

Apply for a student visa at least 3 months before your arrival in Italy

Once you get approval, collect your visa and get ready for departure.mWithin eight days of your arrival in Italy, remember to apply for the residence permit to legalise your stay. Carry all the required documents for the same with you.

As soon as you receive your offer letter, you must begin the application process for a student visa so that you can arrive in Italy before the semester starts and can take your time to settle and adjust in the new environment. Therefore, make sure you apply for the university as soon as the application opens.

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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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