IMPORTANT: This information provides guidelines about the visa process. Visa regulations often change, and procedures can vary by Consulate and/or Embassy. Students should verify the current visa application procedures with the appropriate Consulate or Embassy before initiating the process. While every effort is made to ensure these guidelines are updated and as accurate as possible, the Office of Global Education and High Point University cannot guarantee that the visa information posted is the most current. The information included only applies to US citizens.
Students studying in Italy are required to have a student visa.
As a guide, the following are the visa requirements from the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Please turn in 2 sets of documents: 1 original and 1 copy of:
- Application form: filled out completely, signed, and presented personally by the applicant with one recent passport-size photograph glued to the form (some consulates require students to sign the application in the presence of the consular officer);
- Passport: valid at least three months beyond the applicant’s planned stay in Italy;
- Driver’s license or State I.D.: as proof of residence in the consulate’s jurisdiction. Submit the requested document in original and photocopy;
- Official Letter of Acceptance: from your host institution indicating that you have been admitted. The letter must be original, on the official letterhead of the institution, stamped with the official seal of the institution, and signed. The letter must contain the following information:
- Name of the student, and complete name and address of the host institution;
- Exact period of study (day/month/year) and weekly hours;
- The indication that tuition, room and board, and health insurance are covered or that you have made arrangements with the host institution for the same;
- Affidavit of Financial Support: Your parent or guardian must complete this form to provide financial guarantees during your stay in Italy. The person responsible for the student must provide proof of adequate financial means, attaching his/her recent bank statement or a letter from the bank with the balance of the account(s). Students who are financially self-sufficient should provide a notarized original letter addressed to the Italian Consulate stating that they own private means of support. If the applicant is a recipient of financial aid, the amount given for the semester should be indicated (from Financial Aid)
- Affidavit of Health Insurance: Proof of health insurance must be shown. This insurance MUST include medical evacuation and repatriation coverage.
- Letter of Acceptance: From HPU
- Proof of suitable lodging
- Copy of flight itinerary (including return flight)
Permesso Di Soggiorno
When you arrive in Italy, and obtain housing, you will be required to register within eight days with the police to obtain a permesso di soggiorno (residence permit). You will need two copies of your passport photograph and proof of insurance.