All students and faculty who study or teach in Italy for more than 90 days must obtain both an Italian visa before departure and apply for an Italian stay permit (permesso di soggiorno) upon arrival.

Those who do not need a visa or permesso di soggiorno are:

  • European citizens (passport required)
  • U.S. citizens who stay in Italy and the Schenghen region for less than 90 days
  • Citizens of certain other countries who stay in Italy and the Schenghen region for less than 90 days


Students will be given instructions on obtaining an Italian student visa from the CUAbroad office when they are accepted into the program.

Permesso di soggiorno

Students will obtain the permesso di soggiorno in Rome in five steps

  • Step 1: Gathering supplies

    • The application kit. As a courtesy, this can be obtained from the Student Affairs office.
    • Passport with the student visa inside and one photocopyof the passport - the front page (with your photo) and the page with the Italian visa on it.
    • Proof of insurance and 1 photocopy of it.
    • The letter from CUA attesting to study in Rome, stamped by the Italian consulate in the U.S., along with 1 photocopy of it.
    • A marca da bollo for 16,00, purchased with cash from a tabaccheria.
    • 31.76 euro cash to pay for the shipping costs.
    • 40.00 euro cash to pay for processing costs.
    • 30 euro cash to pay for the application fee.
  • Step 2: Application completion

    • Students will fill out the application at a designated session during orientation.
    • Needed supplies: a black, ball-point pen and the things listed in step 1.
  • Step 3: Application submission

    • The completed application, along with the necessary photocopies and the original passport, should be filed at a local post office. Upon arrival, students should select the option Sportello amico (usually "P") from the number-dispensing machine. When one's number comes up, go to the window indicated and submit the application.
    • At the point of application, students will need to show their original passport, university letter, and proof of insurance. They will submit with the application 1 set of photocopies of these three, along with the application itself, the marca da bollo, and the 101.76 cash. Students should take care to turn in only photocopies; never any original documents.
    • The student will receive a receipt, which is their temporary legal proof of legal immigration status.
    • Students must submit their applications within a week of their arrival in Rome.
    • Students will need to give a copy of the receipts to the Rome campus staff for the university's records (this must be turned in within a week of the start of classes).
  • Step 4: Fingerprinting

    • Upon submission of the application, the student will receive an appointment for fingerprinting. This is an obligatory appointment at the main immigration office.
    • At the time of the appointment, the student will be asked to show their original passport, the receipts from the application process, the university letter, the proof of insurance, and turn in 2 identical passport photos and a second set of photocopies of the above-mentioned documents.
  • Step 5: Picking up the permesso di soggiorno

    • At the fingerprinting appointment, the student will be given an estimate on when the permesso will be ready. This will be picked up at the local police station in Trastevere.

NOTE: The money required to submit to the government is to obtain legal status in Italy, not for the plastic proof of one's Permesso di Soggiorno, which may or may not be receive before leaving Italy. To be in line with the law, all that is required of is to submit the completed application during the first week, show up with the required documents to be fingerprinted when summoned, and pick up the permesso when and if it is ready. The receipt is the legal document that one is in Italy legally until one receives the permesso di soggiorno. The permesso or the receipt should be turned in at the passport control point at the Rome airport when leaving Italy at the end of the program. Students are required to submit the completed application on time and attend the fingerprint appointment. Failure to follow these steps is grounds for expulsion from the program and the Italian authorities may fine both the student and the university 5000 euro each.

Because of tightened immigration restrictions, students will not be able to travel outside the Schengen area and return after the 90th day of the program until they receive their permesso di soggiorno cards.