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Visa Information

The Visa Application Process

Students of all Accademia programs 90 days in length or longer (Semester Programs and MFA Program) must obtain a study visa from their local Italian Consulate. Your local Italian Consulate is the Consulate that has jurisdiction over the area of your permanent residence or the address of your home school. It is the responsibility of each student of a semester program (or any program longer than 90 days) to obtain a visa.

The Accademia will provide letters of support, which students will present to the Consulate with their application and accompanying materials.

Additional materials you will most likely need to provide to your local Italian Consulate include: Your passport which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your return to the U.S., bank statements, passport photos, proof of airline reservation, proof of health insurance valid in Italy, home school enrollment verification letter and an official home school transcript.

Before you get started, we recommend that you check with your study abroad department at your home institution to find out whether they handle Visa processing directly at your school.

When to apply for a Visa

You may apply for a student visa up to 90 days prior to your departure date for Italy. You cannot apply for a student visa earlier than 90 days. Students studying at the Accademia in the fall semester typically should apply for their visa in June. Students studying at the Accademia in the spring semester should typically apply for their visa in October.

*Please note: Even though you may only apply for a student visa in the 90 day timeframe prior to your departure, you must schedule an appointment to do so. You should contact your embassy or consulate as early as possible to make sure you can schedule an appointment during the appropriate 90 day timeframe.


Our Admissions office can provide support and materials to aid you in your visa application process, but please note, requirements of local Consulates may differ, and the Accademia dell’Arte is not responsible for student visas.

Please email with any questions you may have about the visa application process, or to receive a template and supporting materials to aid you in your visa application.

Travel Before/After your Accademia Program

The Visa office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has alerted us that students may travel up to 90 days in Italy without a visa (meaning you may travel in Italy before or after your program, not totaling more than 90 days outside of the start and end date of your visa).

The Accademia is not responsible for student’s travel, safety, visa/passport status, etc. outside of the Program dates.

If traveling outside of Italy, you must verify the rules of travel in that country.


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