Practical information

Italian Academic Calendar

The academic year in Italy is made up of two semesters. The first semester starts in September/October and ends in January/February. The second semester starts in February and ends in July. The actual start and finish dates will vary in the different universities but each semester lasts around 20 weeks and is made up of a teaching period lasting around 14 weeks and an exam period lasting around 6 weeks.


EU citizens may enter Italy with a passport or ID card and are entitled to stay for study or work as long as like.
Under Legislative Decree no.32 of 28 February 2008  EU citizens who wish to stay in Italy for periods not exceeding 3 months should report their presence on Italian territory to the local Police authorities filling out the relevant form ( If they fail to comply with the obligation to report they will be deemed to stay in Italy for a period exceeding 3 months.
EU citizens who wish to stay in Italy for a period exceeding 3 months should register with the local “Anagrafe” (Registry Office) for the district they reside in.
Documents needed for the registration should attest that they work, study or attend vocational training courses.
Non EU Citizens are required to apply for a study visa prior to leaving. Applications should be made at the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate. It is suggested to start these procedures well in advance before the planned visit to Italy. These procedures are subject to change so it is recommended to contact the embassy and/or checking the website to get  information before going personally to the visa office.
Holding a valid visa is not enough to grant a stay permit. Within eight (8) days from the arrival, all non-EU citizens who hold a study visa,  and will stay in Italy for Italy for a period exceeding three months (90 days), must apply for a “stay permit” for study purposes. The stay permit is issued by the local Questura Centrale (Central Police Station) for the place of residence in Italy
In order to obtain the issue of a residence permit students must:

  • collect the “Kit” at a Post Office characterized by the logo “Sportello amico”. The kit is a large white envelope with a yellow band containing two forms (called “istanze”);
  • follow the instructions in order to fill the forms and remember to include the requested documents in A4 size inside the envelope. If you have some difficulties and need assistance, you can come to the Welcome Service (“Servizio Accoglienza”) of the Università per Stranieri di Siena and complete it with us;
  • deliver the completed Kit to a Post Office (not to the University). The envelope with the required documentation must be left open;
  • the clerk at the Post Office will check data and documents, and will verify your identity by your Passport. If everything is in order, the completed Kit will be sent to the Central Postal Administrative Service, and the clerk will give you a receipt with date and time of your first appointment at the Questura (the local police station). On that day, the police will take your fingerprints and you will have to show the original documents that you inserted in copy into the envelope.

The “Permesso di Soggiorno” will be issued approximately two months after your request.

Costs of obtaining a Permesso di Soggiorno
€ 107,50 for the issuing of the Permesso di Soggiorno
€ 14,62 for a “marca da bollo” (tax stamp), to attach to the application
€ 30,00 for the expedition of the envelope.

Useful contacts:
Immigration Portal:
Call Center: 800 309 309

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