Qualifications to obtain a student VISA in Italy

VISA Requirements to Study Italian in Italy

​Information Regarding a Student VISA in Italy

Parola Italian language school provides information and assistance with VISA requirements in Italy to study Italian.

Our language institute in Florence provides the certification necessary to request a student VISA at the student’s home country embassy.

A Study Period That Goes From 90 days to 360 Days

The Student Visa can be issued for a period of time from 90 – 360 days to study Italian in Italy.

Non-European Union students who would like to remain in Italy longer than 3 months to learn Italian must inquire with the embassy or Italian consulate in their own home countries for clarification.

What to Know Before Requesting a Student VISA

Each nation has its own rules concerning the Study VISA issuance process; therefore, the student must obtain information directly from the embassy of their own country before requesting Parola school’s certification.

For students attending Italian language courses at Parola school, our institute can help lessen the bureaucratic process to get the study VISA needed for an extended stay in Italy.

Study Requirements For The Student VISA

For the STUDY VISA, students who want to enroll in Parola school’s courses MUST:

  • Follow an obligatory attendance policy for the Italian lessons at the school;
  • Enroll in at least 20 hours of language instruction per week;
  • Provide payment for the language course to be completed in the same year.

Please note: Parola school DOES NOT guarantee the VISA will be granted.

Please note: if the student has already attended an Italian language course or knows some Italian, that would be a condition of preference to obtain the study VISA.

All of the information regarding the acquisition of a Study VISA has been thoroughly investigated by Parola Italian language school; however, the rules to obtain the Permit of Stay in Italy are subject to frequent changes.

We strive to keep the information current and up to date, but Parola can not be responsible if the information regarding the VISA acquisition process changes.

For further information, please contact our language school in Florence.

Students Who do Not Require a VISA to Study in Italy

The citizens of the following countries do not need a passport or “permit to stay” to remain in Italy longer than 3 months for study.

For further information about VISA, see the VISA rules for some major countries in the world.

These students must simply present an alternative document of identification:


  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • San Marin
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Czech Republic
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Documents and Requirements For The Student VISA application

The following are the standard documents needed to request a student VISA in Italy:

  • Completed VISA application form
  • 1 Passport-size photograph
  • At least 1 entirely-blank page available in the student’s valid passport
  • Declaration of sufficient funds to cover the entire stay in Italy

Additional Documents Required For The Student VISA:

  1. Proof of medical insurance covering the entire length of stay in Italy;
  2. Letter from an Italian educational institution addressed to the Italian Consulate General of the student’s home country confirming enrollment in the language program;
  3. Letter of certification from the educational institution confirming the school’s credentials and outlining the details of the language course, including the basic grammar programs;
  4. Certification of payment in full for the language program to the educational institution;
  5. Proof of accommodation for the student’s lodging including local address in Italy.

Note: presentation of the requested documents does not ensure the student VISA for Italy will be granted.

Important: the final decision is made solely by the consulate of the student’s home country and depends upon many other factors such as frequency of visits in the country, type of educational program, as well as form of payment.

Time to Issue The Student VISA For Italy

The time required to issue a VISA to study in Italy varies from a few days to several weeks, depending on the country of origin.

Please inquire directly with the consulate in your home country.

Other Source For VISA information

Please, you can also read this website, which contains exhaustive information on the VISA rules in Europe: http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/italy-visa/

Further Information On Acquiring a Visa For Study in Italy

Please, contact Parola school in Florence for further information on obtaining the Permit to Stay to study at our Italian language school in Italy.