You will need a valid passport to study in Rome. Italy requires your passport to be valid for three (3) months beyond your scheduled departure from the Schengen area.
Passport Submission Deadlines
A student visa is required for study in Italy for a semester or academic year. The visa application process can take many weeks (see below), and you must have a valid passport to apply for your student visa. Therefore, you must submit a scan of your valid passport by the following deadlines:
- Spring 2023 - October 15, 2022
- Terms beyond Spring 2023 - You are advised to get your passport immediately (dates will updated periodically, check back frequently)
A student visa is required for study in Italy for a semester or academic year. Specific instructions for the visa application are made available within the program application online by the program application deadline, and Education Abroad will assist you throughout the process. Gathering the required materials for the visa application may take several weeks. One requirement includes providing financial documentation that you have access to approximately $1,000 USD per month for the duration of your stay in Italy. You may need to visit your and/or your parent/guardian’s bank to obtain this financial documentation. You will also be required to submit enrollment verification from your home institution, which may require you to visit your registrar’s office. We strongly encourage you to start your program application early to gain access to the visa application instructions and leave sufficient time to gather the required materials by the following firm deadlines:
- Fall Semester/Academic Year: Third Thursday in May
- Spring Semester: Second Thursday in October
Requirements and processing times vary by student citizenship and consulate, and consulates base their processing times on the official program dates rather than individual travel plans. You will also need to submit your passport with your visa application and may not receive it back until shortly before the program start date. Therefore, we strongly discourage students from traveling outside of the U.S. between the program application deadline and the official program start date. If you must be abroad between the program application deadline and the official program start date, please contact Education Abroad immediately to discuss the feasibility of your plans.
Please note that some consulates require students to submit visa applications in person.