Before leaving home: entry visa

To enter Italy, non-EU students wishing to enrol in degree programmes or single course units must first apply for an entry visa for study purposes.

The entry visa for study purposes is usually issued after the pre-enrolment procedures at the Italian Embassy have been completed.

Where necessary, some embassies issue a short-term visa in order to allow students to take part in admission tests held in Italy. Subsequently, and only after verifying the successful outcome of the admission tests, they issue a visa for study purposes, called “studio – immatricolazione università” in Italian.

Read the information about the visa for Italy, selecting “study – university enrolment” (if you wish to enrol in a degree programme), “study – university single course” (if you wish to enrol in single course units), as the reason for your stay. Contact the relevant Italian Embassy well in advance and find out what the documents required are. Make an appointment if necessary.

Important: an entry visa for tourism cannot be used to enrol at the university or to obtain a residence permit for study purposes.

For more information about pre-enrolment procedures, please consult the sections concerning degree programme enrolment for non-EU students and registration to single course units, and contact your nearest Italian Embassy (or Consulate).