Italian student visa – the complete guide in 5 steps

By Go! Go! Italia staff
25 Sep 2023
Reading Time: 3 minutes
photo of teacher explaining visa requirements in a language school

If you hold a non-EU passport and intend to pursue studies in a language school in Italy for a duration exceeding 90 days, you will need to secure an Italian student visa, type D, which can last for a maximum of 1 year.

In this article we have condensed all the necessary steps for you.

photo of student on an Italian student visa

Step 1: Apply for a language school

Before you can apply for an Italian student visa, you need to select a language school in Italy that is recognized by government organs or language schools associations, submit your application to the school for at least 20 weeks of course with 20 hours of class per week, pay the full tuition fee and obtain an Acceptance Letter which includes information about the duration of your studies such as start and end dates of your course. 

Go! Go! Italia can help you choose the language school that best suits your needs and guide you through the whole process, do not hesitate to contact us

Step 2: Obtain health insurance

Before applying for a student visa, you will need to obtain health insurance that meets the requirements of the Italian government. We recommend WorldTrips, their insurance package provides coverage for both medical and emergency travel expenses, offering you peace of mind as you pursue your studies.

Step 3: Secure accommodation

You will be required to show proof of reserved accommodation. This can be a copy of reservation, payment etc. Go! Go! Italia help you find accommodation, more on this here.

Step 4: Apply for a student visa

To apply for an Italian student visa, you will need to submit the following documents to the Italian embassy or consulate in your home country:

  • A completed visa application form (downloadable from here
  • A valid passport (must be valid at least 3 months after the intended day of departure from Italy)
  • A recent passport-size photo
  • An acceptance letter from the chosen Italian language school (for at least 20 weeks of course, 20 classes per week)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of secured accommodation 
  • Proof of financial resources (for more info check out our visa financial requirements article)
  • A letter of motivation 
  • Copy of residence certificate 
  • Proof of flight reservation 
  • You will also be requested to pay the visa application fee, which has a cost of 50€.

The student visa issuing might take from a few weeks to 3 months, you will not be able to access your passport for a while, so it is recommended to avoid booking any abroad trip within 3 months from your departure for Italy.

You may also be required to attend an in-person interview at the Italian embassy or consulate. That depends on the country. 

Step 5: Receive your Italian student visa

Once your application has been processed, you will receive your Italian student visa. Make sure to carefully review the details of your visa, including the start and end dates of your stay, and any restrictions on your activities while in Italy.

Within 8 days of your arrival to Italy you need to make sure to register with the local authorities, by applying for Permesso di Soggiorno ( Residence permit).
For more information about how to proceed please check our article. 

With the student visa type D you are also allowed to work up to 20 hours per work or do an internship in Italy. 

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