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Programs abroad in Italy
Information for American students
Info for student in Italy
Passports & Visas
Study abroad in Italy students will receive detailed visa acquisition information upon their acceptance into an Accademia Italiana program. The following information is provided as a guide to get you started but it is the responsibility of each student to carefully review the visa application instructions on the website of the consulate general servicing your jurisdiction.
PassportsIf you do not already have a valid passport, you should apply for one immediately as acquiring a new passport can take up to 8 weeks. If you already have a passport, check the expiration date to make sure that your passport will be valid at least 6 months beyond the date on which you plan to return to the U.S. If this is not the case for you, or your passport is expired, you should apply for a new passport immediately.
For more information on how to apply for a passport and to obtain an application, visit:
NOTE: Be sure to sign your passport upon receipt.
Visas for ItalyThe visa application process can seem daunting at first. After reading through the application instructions on the website of the consulate general’s office in your jurisdiction, though, you’ll find that the process is not as complicated as it initially appeared to be. The two most important things to keep in mind are to read all of the procedural details very carefully – they vary among jurisdictions and are subject to frequent change – and to be prepared to negotiate the process with patience. AI’s staff in the US and Italy are here to support you along the way.
Every American citizen planning to study in Italy must have a valid student visa per Italian law. Each student is responsible for obtaining his/her own visa. AI staff in the US are happy to help answer your questions, but AI staff cannot apply for a student’s visa on the student’s behalf.
Please read the following information about the visa application process very carefully.
The Italian visa process is administered by 9 consulate general offices throughout the country. Each consulate office oversees the visa process for residents of a specific jurisdiction of states. Each consulate office has a slightly different application procedure. For example, some consulates require applications to be submitted in-person while others require submissions by mail. Please visit the following link for the websites and contact information for the consulate general offices in the U.S:
It is crucial that you read very carefully all information on your consulate general’s website. It is each student’s responsibility to apply for his or her own visa in a timely manner.
Important Note: Visa application procedures are not uniform among consulate general offices and are due to change at any time. The information below is intended to serve as a guideline for students, but for the most accurate visa application information, students should visit the website for his/her jurisdiction and carefully read the instructions provided therein.
- Acquire a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date on which you plan to return to the U.S.
- Determine with which Italian consulate general office you will apply for your student visa. You must apply through the office which covers the state in which you are a resident or, with some consulates, the state in which you are a registered student. Note that you cannot apply for a visa through a vice consulate office, only a consulate general office. For more information, visit the Italian consulate general and vice consulate office page.
- Complete the application linked to the website of the consulate with which you will apply. Note that applications vary among consulates. Note the specific forms which you are required to submit to the consulate in addition to the application itself.
- Make photocopies of all application documents being submitted – always one set for you. Also make one set for the consulate, should this be an application requirement.
- Note the visa application submission process for your consulate office. Must you submit the application in-person, schedule an appointment, or submit the application by mail? It is crucial for you to follow the submission instructions so that you obtain your visa in a timely manner.
*** REMEMBER: Make photocopies of all application materials and, if application is to be submitted by mail, include a pre-paid, self-addressed envelope when appropriate.
*** Bring all documents returned to you by the consulate to Italy.