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Admission and Application Process to Study in Italy

The application process for studying in Italy varies based on whether you are an EU or non-EU student and whether you plan to undertake undergraduate (first cycle) or graduate courses (second and third cycle). As an Indian student, you can follow the below procedure for the application submission for university and for applying to student visa. Before you begin applying to top Italian universities, review some helpful admissions information from our Italy Education experts.

Application process for Italy Universities

Find the Best University

Before starting the search for universities, decide the course you want to study and search which colleges has that course. Verify the curriculum whether the course you have chosen, covers the topics you need for your dream career. Then narrow down the universities list in Italy as per your preferences.

Checklist Before Submitting Applications

Here is a checklist of things to be verified before applying to the Italian universities.

  • Verify the living costs in the city where the universities you selected are and also check the tuition fees. Italy is an expensive country to live in.
  • Check the eligibility before applying Student visa for Italy as some universities have a preliminary test to provide admission. So, make sure of eligibility to avoid rejections. If you contact university for prior assessment, they will send the feedback on your eligibility.
  • If you meet the admission requirements, you must submit a pre-application request to the Italian embassy or consulate in your area
  • Your application and supporting papers will be forwarded by the Italian embassy or consulate to the Italian higher education institution to which you have chosen to apply.
  • Typically, the Italian embassy or consulate releases a list of accepted candidates around the end of August.

Applying to Universities

Eligible students are frequently ranked according to their past grade point average (GPA). Check with your favorite institution to find out what the minimum GPA is for the degree you wish to pursue.

You may be required to take one-of-a-kind admission examinations for specific specialized fields of study, such as Medicine, Architecture, Engineering, etc.

Fulfill the language requirements

Italian universities offer study programs that are taught in both Italian and English. Most English study programs, however, are only offered at the postgraduate level (Master's degrees and PhD programs).Some Italian universities may allow you to apply for degrees taught in Italian while doing coursework and exams in English. The language tests permitted by Italian universities are, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and C1.

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Documents checklist for Italy Universities

  • ID
  • Passport size photographs
  • Detailed academic transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation
  • CV
  • SOP
  • Language proficiency test scores
  • Architecture students must submit their portfolio
  • SAT or ACT score report
  • University application form

Don’t wait till Deadlines

Application deadlines dates vary by institution, so check with the university you are interested to apply and apply as soon as possible. In general, the deadline for applications for Italian universities would be from Mid-April to Mid-May.

Wait for the acceptance letter

Once you receive the acceptance letter, proceed with applying the student visa and then proceed with the health insurance and residence permit.

[Read More: How to Write a Perfect SOP for Italy Universities?]

Top FAQs Asked by Students Travelling to Italy

Italy government offers two different kinds of visas for international students.

  • Visa Type C for Short stays visa - Valid for a period of 90 or fewer days.
  • Visa Type D for Long-stay visa - Valid for a period longer than 90 days

Application Process for Italy Student Visa

  • You can apply for an Italy student visa online by downloading the application form from the Visa Application Centers (VAC) website.
  • Make an appointment with the nearest VAC.
  • Bring your paperwork to the VAC and have your biometrics taken.
  • When you arrive in Italy after your visa application has been approved, you must apply for a residence permit.

1-3 weeks. Itlian student visa takes approximately three weeks for processing.

Here is the semester wise deadlines for the applications for Italian universities

Semester Call for Applications Application deadlines
1st Semester 1st Call for Application September to November
2st Call for Application January-March
2nd Semester 1st Call for Application May-July

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