Italian Student Visas

Please note that, due to COVID-19, student visa requirements and procedures are constantly changing. We are doing our best to keep our information up to date, but students are asked to confirm all information via the Consulate website (contact information on the checklists below).

In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 91 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. It is not necessary for US students studying for 90 days or less to obtain a visa. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

If you need to apply for a new passport or renew a passport set to expire within 3 months of your program end date, please plan accordingly.

Currently, US passport processing can take up to 4-6 months according to the US Passport Agency. SAI highly encourages expedited passport processing to ensure your new passport is received 3 months prior to your program start date if your program requires a student visa. If your program does not require a visa please ensure you receive your passport at least 1 month prior to your program start.

Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate or one of their representatives to present their student visa application. Our student visa office is available to assist all students in getting ready for their appointment, and we provide simple step-by-step instructions for the application process to students after they are accepted.

NOTE: SAI is able to offer an optional service to process visa applications with the Boston, Chicago, Detroit, and San Francisco Italian Consulates for those students who are in those jurisdictions. The deadline for all Fall visa applications to be submitted is June 21. Please contact our visa department for more information.

For visa-related questions please contact our Student Visa Director at

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