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 immigration support services, which offer free support to international students domiciled in Bologna and the surrounding area. The officers will help you fill in the application for the issue or renewal of the residence permit.

In order to book an appointment with an immigration support service, please write to diri.bolognapermit@unibo.it (mailbox active from June to October) or internationaldesk@unibo.it (in the other months of the year).

If you are a non-EU student enrolling in the first year of a degree programme in the Italian language, during the Italian language test you receive information on how to request the support of the immigration services via diri.bolognapermit@unibo.it and the list of documents needed.

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 support services.

Remember to:

  • submit a copy of the residence permit application receipt to the Student Administration Office. If you matriculated by submitting only the entry visa for study purposes, your (conditional) enrolment will be activated only after the receipt has been recorded. You can also send it via e-mail from your account @studio.unibo.it;
  • having collected your residence permit, submit a copy to the Student Administration Office, as your enrolment is subject to the acquisition of the residence permit. If you forget it, after 180 days from the application date you will no longer be allowed to sit for exams or request certificates.

The residence permit cannot be renewed for more 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 with the Italian National Health Service (SSN) or health insurance policy;
  • a copy of the documents proving you have the funds needed to cover living in Italy (minimum required for 2019: € 5,954.00 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 and you have not enrolled yet:
    a  copy of the Pre-enrolment Application (Form A). At matriculation request an enrolment certificate from the competent Student Administration office. Subsequently complete you residence permit application by sending your enrolment certificate by PEC (certified e-mail) to the police (Questura). Contact the International Desk for further details on PEC (certified e-mail) submission;
  • if you are applying for the first issue of the residence permit and you have already enrolled:
    a copy of an enrolment certificate. At matriculation request an enrolment certificate from the competent Student Administration office. Do not submit self-certifications.
  • If you are applying for a renewal of your residence permit: a copy of an enrolment certificate confirming that you passed at least one exam in the first year and at least two exams from subsequent years, without prejudice to any cases of force majeure. You can obtain an enrolment certificate from the competent Student Administration office, or print a certificate with digital stamp from Studenti Online. Do not submit 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 are 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) sends any notices or calls in the event of problems in issuing the residence permit to the indicated address. It is important that your name and 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 does not notify you when your permit is ready.

Remember to:

  • submit a copy of the residence permit application receipt to the Student Administration Office. If you matriculated by submitting only the entry visa for study purposes, your (conditional) enrolment will be activated only after the receipt has been recorded. You can also send it via e-mail from your account @studio.unibo.it;
  • having collected your residence permit, submit a copy to the Student Administration Office, as your enrolment is subject to the acquisition of the residence permit. If you forget it, after 180 days from the application date you will no longer be allowed to sit for exams or request certificates.

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

Carefully read the residence permit vademecum