If you are a prospective student coming from a non-Schengen country and wishing to study in Italy, you must obtain a student entry visa (visto di ingresso per motivi di studio) from the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country.
Under the provisions issued by the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Vatican Secretariat of State, the documents supporting your application for a student visa must bear the stamp of the Vatican Secretariat of State.
To obtain this stamp, please submit the following documents:
If you need a student visa for entry into Italy, you can obtain the certificate of pre-enrolment from the General Registrar’s Office of the Athenaeum on a free-of-charge basis.
In Italy, you are not allowed to change a tourist visa into a student visa.
To obtain your certificate of pre-enrolment, please attach the following material to your admission application:
Prospective lay students
All the material must be:
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The letter of presentation by the religious authority and the declaration of financial means of support must be delivered in original copy, as required by the Holy See. You may hand in these documents through a person acting on your behalf in Italy or send them by mail to the following address:
Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum
Segreteria Facoltà (inserire nome) o Istituto (inserire nome) – Registrar’s Office of the Faculty (enter the name) or of the Institute (enter the name)
Via degli Aldobrandeschi, 190
00163 Roma – ITALIA
If you send these documents by mail, attach a cover page specifying Documenti per la preiscrizione (documents for pre-enrolment), the name of the cycle/course that you wish to attend, and your full name.
If your documents are satisfactory, the Dean of the Faculty or the Director of the Institute will ask the General Registrar’s Office to issue a pre-enrolment certificate; this certificate will have to be certified by the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Vatican Secretariat of State.
You or the person acting on your behalf in Italy will be responsible for having the certificate certified (vidimazione) by the Holy See and for subsequently delivering it. You may ask the Athenaeum to handle the procedure for you by specifying the exact address for delivery and paying the charge for this service to the Bursar’s Office.
If you live abroad, you may pay by bank transfer (see bank details below). In the reason-for-payment field, please specify: Autenticazione e/o spedizione internaz.le di cert. preiscrizione (inserire Nome e Cognome del candidato) – certification and/or international shipping of pre-enrolment certificate (enter the applicant’s full name).
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Once you are in Italy, hand your original material (after sending it by e-mail) and the other documents required for enrolment to the Faculty/Institute Registrar’s Office and then to the General Registrar’s Office.
If you are a foreigner and you wish to stay in Italy for over three months, you need a residence permit (permesso di soggiorno – PDS). If it is your first time in Italy, you must apply for the permit within eight days of your arrival.
To apply for a first-time residence permit, please file the following documents (using the postal “application kit”*) with the local police authorities (Questura):
* Italian post offices make available an “application kit” that you will have to return together with the above-mentioned attachments. When doing so, you will have to present your passport or an equivalent document.
Subsequently, you will called to appear before the authorities of Questura – Ufficio Immigrazione (police headquarters – immigration office) for photographic identification and subsequent issuance of the residence permit. The notice to appear will specify the documents to be produced.
If you are already in Italy and your residence permit is going to expire, you must apply for renewal at least thirty days before and no later than sixty days after its expiry. The validity of the residence permit is the same as that of the entry visa; if you have a residence permit for studies (permesso di soggiorno per motivi di studio), its validity will be for up to one year.
To renew your residence permit, you must submit the postal “application kit” required for your first-time residence permit to the local police authorities (Questura). You must provide a photocopy of your certificate of enrolment in the subsequent year; the certificate must specify that you passed at least one exam for your first renewal and at least two exams for subsequent renewals.
After enforcement of Legislative Decree 154/2007, you may renew your residence permit for studies even when you change your course or the location of your course (telegram of the Ministry of the Interior of 7 December 2006).
You may convert your residence permit for studies (permesso di soggiorno per motivi di studio) into a residence permit for work (permesso di lavoro) at the end your studies under a recent immigration decree (decreto flussi), by filing an appropriate application within the deadlines set in the decree.
If you have obtained an academic degree, a professional master certificate or diploma, a PhD, or a specialist diploma or certificate in Italy, you legally reside in Italy, and you have come of age, you may convert your residence permit for studies into a residence permit for work. To do so, you may at any time submit a specific application – application form V2 – to be called to appear before the local One-Stop Shop for Immigration (Sportello Unico Immigrazione) with a view to signing a contract of residence/work. After obtaining this document, attach it to your application for converting your permit and send it using the postal “application kit” to the local Questura.
If you hold a residence permit for studies, you may: