Residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) for students enrolled in degree programmes or single course units

Non-EU students, enrolled in degree programmes or single course units, intending to stay in Italy for more than 90 days must apply for a residence permit. The application for a residence permit must be submitted within 8 days following their arrival in Italy.
International students

Applying for residence permits with the support of the University of Bologna

The University of Bologna collaborates with tutelage institutions, which offer free support service to international students domiciled in Bologna and the province.

If you are a non-EU student applying for admission in degree programmes in Italian language, you will receive during the Italian language test an appointment for the free support service. The officers will help you filling in the application for a residence permit.

If you need support for the first issue application on a date other than that set for the Italian language test, or for an application for renewal, you may contact internationaldesk@unibo.it and request an appointment for the free support service.

If you are domiciled in the provinces of Forlì-Cesena, Rimini and Ravenna you can contact the International Relations office in Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini for more information on the assistance services.

Remember to:

  • hand in a copy of the residence permit application receipt to the Student Administration office;
  • having collected the residence permit, hand in a copy and show the original document to the Student Administration office. If you forget it, after 150 days from the application date you won’t be allowed to sit exams and obtain certifications.

The residence permit cannot be renewed for longer than three years beyond the standard duration of the degree programme.

Carefully read the residence permit vademecum

Applying autonomously for a residence permit

If you wish so, you can apply directly for the residence permit for study reasons, obtaining a kit from any qualified post offices (Sportello Amico). The kit is an envelope containing the forms and instructions on how to fill them in.

Having correctly completed and signed the forms, you must go to a qualified post office (Sportello Amico) and deliver:

  • the forms in an unsealed envelope;
  • a duty stamp worth € 16;
  • your original passport, the copies of the pages containing your personal details and the entry visa and stamp and the copies of any other pages with visas and entry and exit stamps;
  • a copy of your registration to the National Health Service or of a health and accident insurance policy or of your registration with the National Health Service (SSN);
  • a copy of the documents proving you have the funds needed to cover living in Italy (minimum required for 2018: € 5,889.00 per year). You can submit the same documents you provided for the visa application or a bank account statement or, if you have been assigned a scholarship, an official letter detailing its amount, duration and issuing body;
  • documents proving your accommodation in Italy;
  • if you are applying for the first issue of the residence permit:
    a  copy of the Pre-enrolment Application (Form A). Moreover at the appointment assigned through the Post Office, you must hand to the Police station officers an enrolment certificate. After enrolling, you can obtain an enrollment certificate from the competent Student Administration office, or print a self-certification or a certificate with digital stamp from Studenti Online (the Police stations in Bologna and Ravenna accept self-certifications and certifications with digital stamps).
  • If you are applying for a renewal of their residence permit: an enrolment certificate confirming the passing of at least one exam for the first renewal and at least two exams for subsequent renewals, without prejudice to any cases of force majeure. Students can obtain an enrollment certificate from the competent Student Administration office, or print a self-certification from Studenti Online (the Police station in Bologna accepts self-certifications).

Moreover, when delivering the application to the post office, you must pay:

  • the Electronic Residence Permit (PSE) production cost (€ 30,46);
  • the Residence Permit fee (€ 40-50, according to the duration);
  • the service charge for submitting the application via registered mail (€ 30).

When delivering the kit to the post office, you will be given an appointment at the Immigration Office (Ufficio Immigrazione) of the Police station (Questura) for photographic registration. It is very important that you keep this appointment.

Eventually, you must:

  • provide a correct domicile address to the post office: the Police station (Questura) will send any notices or calls in the event of problems in issuing the residence permit to the indicated address. It is important that your name an surname are indicated correctly on the letterbox/door entry phone.
  • keep the receipt given by the post office: in case of police checks, it proves that you have applied for the residence permit.

To track the status of your application for issue/renewal, after the appointment at the Police station (Questura) you can enter the code allocated to the file during the appointment or the insured mail number (the password written on the receipt given by the post office) on the State Police website.

Only for the Police station (Questura) in Bologna, when the residence permit is available you can check the collection methods on a special website

Important: the Police station (Questura) in Bologna is not going to notify you when your permit is ready.

Remember to:

  • hand in a copy of the residence permit application receipt to the Student Administration office;
  • having collected the residence permit, hand in a copy and show the original document to the Student Administration office, as your enrolment is subject to the acquisition of the residence permit. If you forget it, after 150 days from the application date you won’t be allowed to sit exams and obtain certifications.

The residence permit cannot be renewed for longer than three years beyond the standard duration of degree programme.

Carefully read the residence permit vademecum