Pre-enrolment and visa application

The procedures described below apply only to international students who require a visa for long-term stay in Italy.

These procedures do not concern:

  • citizens of countries in the European Union, as well as from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the Swiss Confederation, the Republic of San Marino and the Holy See, even if they hold a foreign academic qualification;
  • foreign citizens already living legally in Italy as expressly indicated in Art. 39, paragraph 5 of Legislative Decree 2864 of 25 July 1998.

The admission process for non-EU students who require a visa to finalize the enrolment procedures follows the directives published annually by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI) and the Ministry of the Interior.

These guidelines also establish the procedures and deadlines for pre-enrolment with Italian agencies abroad and the application for a study visa.

All details and information regarding deadlines are available in the document “Procedures for entry, residency and enrolment at higher education institutions for students requiring visas for higher education courses in Italy, for the academic year 2022-2023” on the international students page of the Ministry [ITA].

The updated version for the 2022-2023 academic year was published on 15 March 2022 and outlines the procedures subject to the current and future emergency provisions of the Italian Government and the European Union regarding the containment of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Pre-enrolment procedure on the Universitaly portal

Since last year the pre-enrolment procedure was digitized with the launch of the Universitaly portal. This online portal is now the only means of completing the pre-enrolment procedure.

Non-EU candidates who receive the letter of eligibility for enrolment in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program must complete the pre-enrolment procedure by logging in to the Universitaly portal and filling in the application online.

Candidates who receive a letter of eligibility for enrolment are reminded that this document: 

  • does not replace the pre-enrolment procedure, which nonetheless needs to be completed on the Universitaly portal; 
  • does not imply any guarantee of or automatic right to the issuing of the relative study visa, which is the exclusive responsibility of the competent embassy or consulate; 
  • neither replaces nor implies any claim regarding the relative enrolment procedures for the chosen course of study; these procedures will only be finalised following the completion of the online pre-enrolment procedure and the granting of a study visa, and are subject to the verification of the authenticity of the documentation produced and the provision of all the elements necessary for successful enrolment.

Registration and submission of the application on the Universitaly portal

Go to the Universitaly portal in order to start your pre-enrolment application. 

Download our vademecum for more information about how to start the procedure.

After sending the pre-enrolment application, the university staff will check the applications received via the Universitaly portal in order to indicate the final result of the pre-evaluation process carried out previously on the university’s online application portal, specifying whether they have been accepted or conditionally accepted.

Once the university staff has completed its check, the pre-enrolment applications will be forwarded by the system to the competent Embassies/Consulates, where they will be processed according to the relative methods and time frames.
Applications from candidates with conditional offers may be accepted by the embassies/consulates subject to these conditions being fulfilled.

Should pre-enrolment applications be received from candidates who have failed to complete the pre-evaluation procedure on within the established deadlines, the staff in charge will be unable to approve the application.

Visa application procedure

Once the pre-enrolment application has been approved by the university and the agencies, candidates can start the visa application. The procedure may vary according to the regulations issued by the individual Italian embassies and consulates abroad.
The general deadline has been set for 30 November 2022, but it is the candidate's responsibility to inquire about specific procedures and deadlines.

Read the list of Italian embassies and consulates abroad [ITA].

For general information about the requirements for obtaining a visa, please refer to the ministerial procedures (Part IV: incoming visa for study purposes, residency permit & subsequent measures) attached to the ministerial website.

The embassy or consulate is exclusively responsible for the final decision on the issue of a study visa
The documentation produced by the higher education institutions in relation to a candidate’s application for a visa is considered as supporting information in the evaluation procedures carried out by these agencies, and does not automatically imply the issue of a visa.


Enrolment procedures for students requiring a study visa are currently being adapted in response to the new regulations.

Updated information will be published on the Enrolment for non-EU students who require a visa page as soon as it is available.

Requirements upon arrival in Italy

You must apply for a permit of stay within 8 days of your arrival in Italy.
Thanks to the collaboration with the Italian Postal Service and the  Immigration Office of the Venice Police Headquarters, the International Office’s Counseling and Welcome Unit offers support in applying for permits of stay.
Go to Your stay, insurance, transport for more information.

Last update: 05/12/2022