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The Italian student visa allows you to enter Italy for study purposes. Find out below all the conditions that have to be met in order to obtain it.
If you would like to study in Italy, you will need an Italian student visa. In this article we will explain the requirements to obtain a study visa, in what cases it can be granted, the documents needed to apply for it, all the steps you need to follow to obtain it, the costs and other facts that is useful to know before applying.
1. What type of visa is the Italian student visa?
The Italian Student Visa allows you to enter Italy for study activities. Based on the duration of the study period, you can apply for a C or D Type of Visa.
1.1. C Visa for short-term study period in Italy
The C Visa is a short-term visa that allows you to enter Italy for stays of less than 90 days. In this case, all you have to do upon arrival in Italy is fill in a declaration of presence in order to legally stay in the country.
1.2. D Visa for long-term study period in Italy
The D Visa allows to stay in Italy for more than 90 days. Like the C type, this Visa is valid exclusively to enter Italy.
However, in this case you will have to apply for a residence permit in order to legally stay in Italy. The Italian residence permit must be applied for once you get the Student Visa and within 8 days from your arrival in Italy.
2. How to get an Italian Student VISA
To get an Italian student visa, applicants must:
If you need help to find the relevant Italian Institution, you can search here the one competent for your country.
2.1. List of documents to file the application
The following is a full list of the necessary documents to apply for the student visa in Italy:
3. Requirements to obtain an Italian student VISA
Pursuant to the provisions of Article 39-bis of the Consolidated Act 286/1998 as amended and supplemented, and Article 44-bis of Presidential Decree 394/1999, a short or long term student visa for Italy is granted to foreign students who belong to one of the following categories:
4. The cost of an Italian Student Visa
The cost for basic Visa application ranges between €80 and €120, depending on whether you need a National or Uniform Schengen Visa (find more on paragraph 9 of this article).
However, if you are planning to stay in Italy for more than 90 days, you must also consider costs for the residence permit. Prices range between €40 and €100 for stays between 3-12 months, 12-24 months or more.
Lastly, applicants need to consider administrative costs of around €80. These costs usually include stamp duties, postal kits and issuance costs.
Please note: costs presented above refer to basic Visa application and are not inclusive of professional support of third-parties. For a dedicated quotation of your case, you can contact us through the form below.
5. Study in Italy without IELTS
You do not need a language proficiency certificate such as IELTS if you followed courses in English in your previous education.
Students who have completed their previous education at an English-speaking high school or institution of higher education can fulfill the study requirements without a language certification.
The student must provide an official statement or certificate printed on letterhead and stamped as proof that the previous education was in English.
If, on the other hand, you did not follow courses in English in your previous education, proof of English language proficiency such as IELTS must be presented at some universities, but not all. However, it is still mandatory to take an English proficiency test.
6. Can I bring my spouse with an Italian student VISA?
Even those who hold a student visa in Italy can apply for visas for accompanying family members. Visas for accompanying family members (familiari al seguito) allow non-EU citizens to enter Italy accompanied by their family members.
Here you can find our guide to obtain a family reunion VISA
7. Can I work with an Italian student visa?
You can work a maximum of 20 hours per week. Overall, there is a limit of 1040 working hours within 52 weeks.
8. How long does it take to get a student visa in Italy?
According to Italian Law, processing time for visa application can take up to 90 days, depending on the applicant’s nationality.
9. Can you visit the Schengen countries with an Italian student visa?
Yes, you can visit Schengen countries with one of these two types of visas:
10. Regulatory framework
First-level local legislation
Directive of the Ministry of the Interior of 1st of March, 2000 
Legislative decree No. 286 of July 25, 1998
Presidential Decree 394/1999
Law 49/1987
Law 212/1992 
Law 84/2001

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