Non EU students applying for one-year programs are required by the Italian government to obtain a student visa. Students must apply for their visa at the Italian Consulate having jurisdiction over their place of residence. In order to assure a timely processing of visas, the student should go to the Consulate as early as possible. Some consulates will not accept visa applications more than three months prior to the start of the program. Many nationalities can be granted their visa in a week; for some nationalities however a three/four week period is required for processing
The Florence Institute will provide the necessary letter of acceptance for the student in order to complete the visa application process. The letter of acceptance will be issued only when the enrollment fee is paid and your visa will be issued only for the length of time you are enrolled at the school. Other documents needed will include a current passport, photos, proof of health insurance and proof of financial support.
IMPORTANT: After your visa is issued be sure to bring photocopies and originals of all these documents with you to Italy.
For more information about the Italian Consulate in your jurisdiction please check the Italian Consulate web page.
Costs: Visa costs varry but will be aprox 150 Euro. In addition students will need to apply for a 'Resident Permit' upon arrival in Florence. This is a separate cost at aprox 75 Euro.