VISA AND RESIDENCE PERMIT
Students who come from EU member States (European Union), EEA States (European Economic Area) and Switzerland are required to carry proof of a valid passport (or valid ID card) when entering Italy. A stay that lasts less than three months does not require any formalities.
EU students staying in Italy for a period exceeding three months must register with the Registry Office/Vital Statistics Office (Ufficio Anagrafe) at the city hall where they intend to reside. They must register within three months of their arrival in Italy and obtain a residence certificate (certificato di residenza).
Students who are not citizens of EU/EEA or of any countries with which Italy has not a Visa Waiver Programme agreement, need to obtain a visa from an Italian embassy or consulate before entering Italy.
For further information about applying for a visa, the validity periods of visas, and visa application fees, as well as the list of countries whose citizens do not need visas, see the website at Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Italy.
Non-EU students staying in Italy for a period exceeding three months must apply for a residence permit at any authorised post office within eight working days upon arrival.
Students from EU/EEA countries have access to health insurance with the European Health Insurance Card European card.
This card entitles the holder to any medical assistance that might become necessary during a temporary stay (but cannot be used for private sector health care providers). The treatment cost will be the same of any Italian citizen.
Non-EU students can apply for voluntary registration with the SSN (National Health Service) and obtain an European Health Insurance Card that has the same duration as the residence permit. To register with the Italian National Health Service, non-EU students must apply to the ASL office, Viale Tre Martiri, 89, Rovigo, presenting a personal identity document, residence permit and self-certification of residence.