Module 3: Italy Visa

Do you need a visa to study in Italy?

For the January in Florence, Summer Italy programs and internships under 90 days, you WILL NOT need to obtain a visa. Please make sure you have a valid passport for your travels, meaning valid for 6 months AFTER your program end date.

For all semester-long study programs in Italy, you WILL need to obtain a long term Student visa. It’s extremely important that you continue to check your email regularly, as your Program Coordinator will be emailing you a visa instructions packet which contains important information regarding how and when to apply for your student visa.

Please read through this information carefully, as visa instructions can be complicated, and materials can take weeks or months to obtain.

IMPORTANT: CIS Abroad will advise students on visa procedures for travel requirements for your CIS Abroad program only. CIS Abroad is not responsible for advising students on visa issues if they plan to travel internationally before or after the program dates.

These instructions are intended for US passport holders. International students must also be aware of additional documentation and/or processing time needed for their visas. Please contact your Program Coordinator to discuss your visa.

Please note that all consulates have varying visa processing times and/or requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of their assigned consulate’s visa processing period and to send in their complete visa application well enough in advance to allow adequate time for processing. Each consulate lists the visa processing period on their website. Note: Required documents for your visa are always subject to change at the discretion of the consulate.

Comprehensive visa guidelines are located in your student portal, and are also linked here.

Reminder for Semester Students: Please make sure to bring your passport with you in your carry-on bag as well as the stamped letters the consulate returned to you with your visa. You’ll need these for your Permit to Stay process on-site!