General information and questions

Student Visa In Italy

What You Need To Do An Internship In Italy



Here are some conditions required in order to do an internship:

  • You need to be more than 18 years old;

  • Be able to provide a Training Agreement that says that you are still a student in your home country;

  • Apply for a study VISA at the Embassy or Consulate from your home country before entering Italy;

  • Once you are in Italy you need to request the residence permit for study reasons within 8 days from your arrival in Italy. To get this you need to go to the Local Police who will help you to arrange the permit. The resident permit will be valid for the duration of the study;

  • You will also need a Codice Fiscale (a tax identification number). Register with the nearest Agenzia dell'Entrate and make sure you have your passport, residence, and the form from the Agenzia Delle Entrate website.



The internship cannot legally last longer than six months, and most of the regions have imposed a minimum term for internships. For example, the Lombardy region imposed a minimum of 3 months.

Italy imposes strict regulations on the number of interns allowed at one time in any one organization, although these differ from region to region. For example, in Lombardy, a company of 6-20 people is entitled to two interns while in Tuscany a company of 19 people or more can be made up of 10% interns.





  • Apply for a visa at the Italian embassy or consulate in your country.

  • Schedule a visa interview around 4 to 6 weeks in advance.

  • Apply for a student visa at least 3 months before your arrival in Italy, so book your appointment well in advance and start preparing all the needed documents.


Documents needed to request the Visa:
  • Application form duly filled up and signed. For short stay visas up to 90 days please download and fill up Schengen Visa application form (example: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/one-pager/italy/uk/london/pdf/2020_application_form.pdf); For long stay visas beyond 90 days please download and fill up Long term application form (example: http://conslondra.esteri.it/resource/2013/11/60400_f_cons57Application_national_visa.pdf)
  • Valid passport or travel document with at least two blank pages, valid for at least 3 months (original plus one photocopy). The passport will be kept and returned with the visa if approved;
  • Valid Own Nation Residence Permit (original plus one photocopy);
  • Passport-style photo, full front and white background and not older than 6 months;
  • Health insurance (Non-EU citizens need private health insurance and a consular declaration of its validity for Italy). Health insurance with a minimum coverage of €30,000 for emergency hospital and repatriation expenses. If your current insurance company does not provide such coverage, you are requested to find international insurance.
  • For Erasmus Mobility Programs, Erasmus Learning/Internship Agreement signed by the applicant, the company in Italy receiving the student and the University sending the student in Italy for the mobility program. If applicable, Erasmus Grant Agreement duly signed by relevant parties.     
    In case of another type of Internship: Documentation concerning the internship program: Internship programs are organized by authorized entities and are implemented according to a specific agreement between the promoting institution and the hosting employer. The visa can be requested by presenting a formal internship project duly stamped by the competent Italian Region.
  • Transcript of previous studies in the applicant’s home country
  • Round-trip travel ticket reservation. Please note:
    1. if travelling by plane, train or bus the ticket must be printed directly from the airline/train line/bus operator, showing passenger’s name, dates, from/to;
    2. if travelling by car, ferry tickets or Eurotunnel tickets are required, alongside car registration (original plus photocopy) car insurance (original plus photocopy) and driving licence If renting a car, the same documentation is required plus the car rental documents;
    3. if travelling to multiple Schengen countries, travel tickets between each country is mandatory.
    4. if using third parties services, such as travel agencies, note that they will be accepted only if based in your own country or in one of the Schengen countries. Travel tickets must always be issued from the airline/train line/bus operator themselves and any other paper will not be taken into account. This applies to letter a), b), c);
  • Proof of accommodation: hotel reservation that covers the entire period of staying. In case the applicant is staying with friends/family, a letter of invitation is along with the host's ID (valid permit of stay for non-European Union citizens) where the signature of the holder appears;
  • Proof of financial means of support in Italy as per Ministry of Interior Directive 1.3.2000. The availability can be proven through: personal last 3 months bank statements OR parents last 3 months’ bank statement alongside with original and 1 copy of the birth certificate and parents’ passport.
  • Keep in mind that the required documents can change depending on the Nation, so further information could be found here (https://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en; http://conslondra.esteri.it/consolato_londra/it/i_servizi/per_chi_si_reca_in_italia/study.html; https://visa.vfsglobal.com/one-pager/italy/uk/london/#Study)



Processing Time

The minimum processing time of a Visa application is 15 calendar days. It can take up to 45 days for Schengen Visa (Short Period) and up to 90 days for National Visa (Long Period, >90days)

Applicants can apply until 6 months before their travel dates with the exception of the seafarers, in the performance of their duties, no more than 9 months in advance of the intended travel date.

One cannot apply if there are less than 15 days before their travel date, meaning that they cannot apply if there are less than 15 calendar days between the application day and their travel date. Please kindly note that this rule is totally independent of the processing time which depends on applicants’ nationalities and, in case of incomplete documents submitted, starts only when the Consulate receives all the necessary documents if considered correct.

Please be aware that it is not possible to rush processing time because the system is completely automated.


Residence Permit

If you are a non-EU citizen, once in Italy you must apply for the residence permit in the city where you’ll be living within 8 working days after your arrival. You can apply at the post office of your city of residence in Italy. At the post office, you will be provided with a kit containing the application form.

In addition to the application, you must also submit the following documentation:

  • Copy of your passport with visa and personal data page.
  • A copy of your health insurance policy; health insurance bought abroad must be validated by the Italian Embassy in your country.
  • Letter of acceptance to the exchange program.
  • Once the registration procedure is completed, applicants must submit a request for a residence permit for study at the police headquarters (Questura) in the city where they intend to stay.

Residence permit costs

  • € 16,00 “marca da bollo” (a stamp that can be purchased at any tobacconist with a “T” sign out of the shop) to be put on the residence permit application;
  • € 30 to be paid at the second step of the procedure when handing in the Kit to the Post Office;
  • € 30,46 to be paid at the Post Office to get the Electronic Residence Permit.



Countries that do require a VISA

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central Africa, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoro Islands, Congo, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican (Republic), Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India,Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya,Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger,Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian National Authority, Papua-New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Solomon,Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania,Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries that do not require a Visa for a stay of max 90 days for study reasons are:

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominica, El Salvador, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Guatemala, Grenada, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Macao, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Northern Marianas, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, Santa Lucia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, St, Vincent e Granadine, Taiwan, Timor Est, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay, Vanatu, Venezuela.


Additional countries information:
  • People with a Taiwanese passport are immune to VISA obligations (i.e. holders of passports with an identity card number).
  • Citizens of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Serbia do not need a visa.
  • Nevertheless, citizens from Serbia need to have a passport that was not issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate (“Koordinaciona uprava”), otherwise, this does not apply to them.
  • Citizens of San Marino, the Holy See and Switzerland are not required to hold a VISA.
  • Countries that do require a VISA FOR TRANSIT (Airport Transit Visa – ATV) as per Art. 3, EC Reg. no. 810/2009:
    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Syria. However, if one of the people from those countries satisfies one of the following conditions they are released from needing an ATV Visa:
  • Possession of a Uniform Visa (Type C) or a national visa for long-term sojourn (Type D) or a residency permit issued by a Member State.
  • Hold a valid residency permit issued by an EU Member State that does not participate in the adoption of EC Regulation no. 810/2009 (e.g. United Kingdom) or from a Member State that does not yet fully apply the provisions of the Schengen Acquis (e.g. Romania), or the citizens of third countries with one of the residency permits (valid) mentioned in Annex V of EC Reg. 810/2009 issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the United States of America guaranteeing the unconditional return of its holder.
  • Hold a valid visa issued by an EU Member State that does not participate in the adoption of EC Regulation no. 810/2009 (e.g. United Kingdom) or from a Member State that does not yet fully apply the provisions of the Schengen Acquis (e.g. Romania), or are the citizens of third countries with one of the residency permits (valid) mentioned in Annex V of EC Reg. 810/2009 issued by Canada, Japan or the United States of America when entering the country that issued it or another third country or when, after using this visa, return from the country that issued it.
  • Have a family member who is a European Union citizen.
  • Holder of a diplomatic passport.
  • Member of an airline crew and citizen of a country party to the Chicago Convention on international civil aviation.