Before leaving home: entry visa

Non-EU exchange students, wishing to stay in Italy for longer than 90 days, must apply for an entry visa for study purposes.

If you stay for less than 90 days, you may need an entry visa or not according to your nationality.

Check if you need an entry visa and the documents required on MAECI Visa for Italy (select Study – EXCHANGE AND MOBILITY PROGRAMME as reasons for your stay).

To apply for a visa you must:

  • pre-enrol online via the Universitaly portal. In the application you must indicate that you want to carry out a mobility period and select the University of Bologna. You will also need to specify the Embassy / Consulate where you will apply for an entry visa to Italy. The pre-enrolment application will be verified by the University of Bologna and forwarded to the Embassy / Consulate you have specified. The University of Bologna also issues you an invitation letter, when you have completed the online registration on AlmaRM and uploaded a copy of your passport;
  • contact the Embassy / Consulate to find out the requirements to obtain an entry visa for "Study – EXCHANGE AND MOBILITY PROGRAMME" and make an appointment if necessary.

You must apply well in advance for the visa, as the visa process can take several months.