Obtaining Visa

Obtaining a Study Visa or Residence Permit

The school is able to assist and advise students who require a study visa or a residence permit to study in Italy.
Students of EU countries do not require a visa or residence permit to study in Italy.

Non-EU citizens who intend to stay in Italy for a period longer than 90 days must apply for a study visa in their country of origin and then apply for a residence permit from the Questura di Firenze (Police Headquarters) within 8 days of arrival in Italy.

Obtaining a visa

You should inquire at the Ufficio Visti of the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country to determine exactly what is required for you to enter Italy as a foreign student.
Take with you a copy of your enrolment certificate (a certified document from the school to confirm that you will be attending the school on a specified date). The enrolment certificate will be issued once your enrolment has been processed and payment of fees received.

If your visa application is denied, you must inform the school before your planned start date, in any case no later than 17.00 (CET) on the last Friday before the planned start date in order to have all fees (minus the enrolment fee) refunded. Failure to notify the school in due time will result in the loss of your payment and the cancellation of your enrolment.

* Students from the following countries do not need a visa in order to study in Italy for periods of less than 90 days. A valid passport is sufficient: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Israel, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Obtaining a residence permit

If you intend to enrol in a language course for a period that is longer than 90 days, you need to apply for a residence permit (permesso di soggiorno).

The school staff can assist you with your application which must be made within 8 days of arrival in Italy.

For further information:

Ufficio Immigrazione (Immigration Office)
Via della Fortezza 17, Firenze. Tel. 055 49 77 057