Italian Student Visa Instructions
All students (except EU citizens) participating in the Florence program must get an Italian student visa prior to departure.
You can either:
- Option A: Have Syracuse Abroad submit your visa application to the Italian Consulate
- Option B: Apply for your visa independently
Option A: Have Syracuse Abroad Submit Your Visa Application
Spring 2019 Visa Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2018
This option is the most popular and is recommended for all students, with the exception of students who need their passport prior to the start of the program. Essentially, Syracuse Abroad acts as a “middleman” between you and the Italian Consulate. Students submit their passport and visa application materials to Syracuse Abroad and we will review them for accuracy. Once we have collected and reviewed everyone’s visa application, we will submit one large group of applications to 9 of the 10 Italian consulates in the U.S.
It is important to understand that this process takes several weeks (typically 8-10 weeks), but we ensure that students have their passport by the program start date/group flight departure date. If you have travel plans that require your passport before the program start date, it may affect your ability to be included in our group submission. Contact Syracuse Abroad to discuss your options.
To be included in our group submission, you must submit your visa application materials to Syracuse Abroad by the visa deadline. It will take between one and three weeks for you to prepare your visa application materials and mail them to Syracuse Abroad. Plan accordingly to ensure your materials are submitted on time!
International students: You may apply through the group submissions for Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Please submit a copy of your I-20 or Green Card with your other paperwork. If you are on an F1 visa, make sure it is valid at least three months after your Florence program ends. The Italian consulate in New York will not allow you to join the group submission and the Italian Embassy in Washington DC does not currently offer group submission, so for these consulates, you will need to apply independently. Please follow instructions for independent visa applicants (below) and contact Courtney Eppel for more information.
If there is any chance that you may stay a second semester on our program, please get a visa to cover both semesters. Contact Courtney Eppel for more information.
Italian Consulate Assignments for Italian Visas
Syracuse University Students: All SU students (US citizens only) applying with the group should follow the instructions for the NY consulate, regardless of home jurisdiction. When your application materials are complete and ready to be submitted, please schedule an appointment online (choose Visa Appointments – Italy from the drop-down menu) for an individual drop off time.
All applications must be submitted as a complete application – any applications with missing documents will not be accepted. If you miss the October 15 deadline, you will be required to make an appointment at the Italian consulate in New York City and apply independently.
Visiting students will be assigned a consulate based on your home (or school) zip code from your Syracuse Abroad application. You will receive information regarding the consulate you have been assigned via email from your visa coordinator, Courtney Eppel.
If you are going to submit your visa application as part of the group submission, please do not, under any circumstance, contact your consulate directly regarding your paperwork. The consulates require that all communication regarding the group submission come through Syracuse Abroad.
Jurisdiction: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Jurisdiction: Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Jurisdiction: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee
Jurisdiction: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
Jurisdiction: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada
It also provides services for a portion of California (Counties of Imperial Valley, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura)
Jurisdiction: Alabama, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Florida, Georgia, Island of Saba, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, South Carolina, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands
Jurisdiction: New York State, Connecticut, the British Territories of Bermuda Islands
It also provides services for a portion of New Jersey (Counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren)
Jurisdiction: Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina, West Virginia
It also provides services for a portion of New Jersey (Counties of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem. The remaining counties are under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General in New York).
It also provides services for a portion of Maryland (except for the counties of Montgomery and Prince George which fall under the jurisdiction of the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC).
It also provides services for a portion of Virginia (except for the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and the City of Alexandria, which fall also under the jurisdiction of the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC).
Jurisdiction: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Hawaii
It also provides services for a portion of California (except the counties of Imperial Valley, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura, which fall under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General in Los Angeles)
Also, the American territories of: Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Samoa, Wake Island, Midway Islands, Johnston Atoll.
As of March 2018, the embassy in Washington, D.C. does not offer group submissions. If you fall under this jurisdiction, you must follow Option B and apply independently for your Italian visa.
Jurisdiction: District of Columbia.
It also provides services for a portion of Maryland (Counties of Montgomery and Prince George).
It also provides services for a portion of Virginia (Counties of Arlington and Fairfax, and the city of Alexandria).
To apply for your visa independently, you must appear in person at the Italian Consulate (note that this may involve traveling a great distance). This option is recommended for students unable to participate in the Syracuse Abroad group visa submission (i.e., international students or students who need their passport prior to the start of the program).
If you apply independently for your visa, you are responsible for preparing and submitting your visa materials to the Consulate accurately. Syracuse Abroad is unable to work with the Consulates on behalf of independent visa applicants, so you must be able to handle the process on your own! Independent applicants should proceed as follows:
- Notify Syracuse Abroad that you will be applying independently for your visa
- Review the Italian consulate website you will be getting your visa through (location is based upon your home or school jurisdiction). Follow instructions for a long stay student visa.
- Schedule an appointment in April/May at that consulate for sometime in October/November (for Spring 2019 students, the earliest you can apply is October 15th). Appointments fill up fast during peak times, so schedule your appointment early and in plenty of time. We will not be able to assist if there are no longer any appointments available. NOTE: The Italian consulate cannot issue your visa more than 90 days before the start of the program. Therefore, when scheduling your appointment, please make sure that it is for sometime within this 90 day window.
Syracuse Abroad recommends preparing your application at least two weeks in advance of your appointment to ensure time to gather the required documents.
What you need to bring to Florence
Once you arrive in Florence, you will apply for a Permesso di Soggiorno (Permit of Stay). This process is required by Italian law and will make you a legal resident of Italy for the semester. The Syracuse Florence staff will assist you with your application during orientation. Please read the Permesso di Soggiorno Spring 2019 information sheet, which details what you need to prepare and bring to Florence with you for this process.
Information for EU Passport Holders
If you are an EU passport holder, and your EU passport is valid for at least six months past the program end date, then you are not required to obtain an Italian student visa in order to participate in the Florence program.
EU citizens who choose to travel on their EU passport must notify Courtney Eppel at Syracuse Abroad of their citizenship prior to the visa application deadline.
Traveling on an EU Passport
You must present your EU passport to customs official upon entry into the EU so that your citizenship is properly recorded. You should only present your U.S. passport to customs officials if they specifically request to see it, and only in addition to your EU passport. Customs officials should stamp your EU passport at the time of entry.