student visa in Italy for PH passport

How to get a student visa in Italy for Philippine passport holders

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Trisha’s Notes: Recently, I received a lot of inquiries from readers asking about how I was able to obtain a student visa in Italy for Filipinos. It’s been 4 years since I went to Italy to study and upon checking, the Italian Embassy in the Philippines changed the rules last March 2013. I browsed the new application process and unfortunately, I am not familiar with it. Luckily, just last month, my cousin (Inna Santiago) got accepted to study abroad in Italy. Here’s how you can get a student visa in Italy for Filipinos.

P.S. I will also have notes in between to give you an idea of the difference of the application process when I did it in 2011.

Based on the Schengen agreement, your student visa in Italy also entitles you to enter members of the EU state.

Although you can enter these countries with your Schengen visa, your point of entry/exit should be the country that granted you the visa. For example, if the Italian Embassy granted you the student visa, your flights from and to the Philippines should be in Italy. From there, you can freely enter the 26 countries, whether it’s a tourist activity or visiting friends.

You should also know that there are no stamps in Europe. Once you have the Schengen visa, you can come in and out of all of these countries as long as you want. Here’s Inna’s short story:

To be able to have a chance to study abroad whether it is a short course or a long course, self-enrolled or a scholarship is a wonderful blessing. This will be my first time to get out of Asia, my first time to travel in my dream continent – Europe that is.  I remember years ago, I’ve had several chances to go there but unfortunately, it doesn’t always push through.  I told myself, ‘I’ll be there in the right time for a special purpose.’ And voila! This is it. This is that special purpose I’ve been waiting for.

The minimum is three months before your intended arrival in Italy. However, before applying, make sure that your enrolment has been finalized already. Tuition fees should be paid beforehand so that the school can send you proof of enrolment. Although there is no guarantee that the school will help you apply for the visa, your proof of enrolment will suffice. The Italian Embassy in the Philippines will confirm your enrolment by contacting the school in Italy before processing your visa.

Step 1: Prepare the documents you need in applying for a student visa in Italy for Filipinos.

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  • Duly filled Schengen Visa online application form. Please do not leave blanks in the form. Write N/A if the answer is not applicable.
  • One (1) recent passport-sized or 2×2 colored ICAO standard photo with white background (ears should be exposed and with collared shirt/blouse)
  • Old (if available) and current valid passports (with no less than 3 months validity over the visa expiration but please consider the 6 months validity as required by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration.
  • Photocopy of Biographical page and last page of the valid passport, previous visa and immigration stamps inall countries.
  • Proof that the applicant has a accommodation in Italy; hotel booking, declaration of hospitality
  • Proof that the applicant has sufficient means of subsistence for their stay in Italy
  • Health insurance, if the foreign national is not entitled to health care in Italy by virtue of agreements or conventions in force with their country.
  • Enrolment or pre-enrolment in the course to be followed in Italy.
  • NSO issued Birth Certificate

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  • Duly filled Schengen Visa online application form. Please do not leave blanks in the form. Write N/A if the answer is not applicable.
  • One (1) recent passport-sized or 2×2 colored ICAO standard photo with white background (ears should be exposed and with collared shirt/blouse)
  • Old (if available) and current valid passports (with no less than 3 months validity over the visa expiration but please consider the 6 months validity as required by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration.
  • Photocopy of Biographical page and last page of the valid passport, previous visa and immigration stamps inall countries.
  • Enrolment documentation pertaining to the training course the applicant wishes to attend (specifying the duration, the programme, gained certification etc). The course has to be organized by educational institutions that have obtained accreditation to manage vocational training courses (as per art. 142, par. 1, letter d, of Legislative Decree 112/1988; Ministerial Decree of the Ministry for Work no. 166 of 25/05/2001). The course cannot last more than 24 months and must be aimed at the recognition of qualification or at the certification of the skills acquired.
  • Training documentation acquired in the country of origin.
  • Proof that the applicant has sufficient means of subsistence of their stay in Italy, for an amount not lower than the specified in Table A annexed to the Directive of the Ministry of the Interior dated 1st March 2000.
  • Statement about the availability in Italy of suitable accommodation, as well as the sum needed for repatriation, which may be verified by submitting a return flight ticket.
  • Health insurance covers medical and hospital admissions that should not entail limitations or exceptions.
  • NSO Birth Certificate.

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  • Duly filled Schengen Visa online application form. Please do not leave blanks in the form. Write N/A if the answer is not applicable.
  • One (1) recent passport-sized or 2×2 colored ICAO standard photo with white background (ears should be exposed and with collared shirt/blouse)
  • Old (if available) and current valid passports (with no less than 3 months validity over the visa expiration but please consider the 6 months validity as required by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration.
  • Photocopy of Biographical page and last page of the valid passport, previous visa and immigration stamps in all countries.
  • Proof that the applicant has accommodation in Italy; hotel booking, declaration of hospitality.
  • Proof that the applicant has sufficient means of subsistence for their stay in Italy, for an amount not lower that the specified in Table A annexed to the Directive of the Ministry of the Interior dated last 1st March 2000.
  • Enrolment (according to the timetable established by the MIUR) in one or more individual courses of “internships”
    at a public or private University authorized to award qualifications having legal value.
  • Health insurance, if the foreign national is not entitled to health care in Italy by virtue of agreements or conventions in force with their country.
  • NSO Birth Certificate.

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  • Duly filled Schengen Visa online application form. Please do not leave blanks in the form. Write N/A if the answer is not applicable.
  • One (1) recent passport-sized or 2×2 colored ICAO standard photo with white background (ears should be exposed and with collared shirt/blouse)
  • Old (if available) and current valid passports (with no less than 3 months validity over the visa expiration but please consider the 6 months validity as required by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration.
  • Photocopy of Biographical page and last page of the valid passport, previous visa and immigration stamps in all countries.
  • Proof that the applicant has adequate accommodation in Italy.
  • Proof that the applicant has sufficient means of subsistence of no less than €417.30 for each month of the academic
    year. This can be proven in one of the following ways: evidence of personal or financial resources; economic
    guarantees provided by Italian institutions and bodies of established credit, by local Governments, or by foreign institutions and bodies considered to be reliable by the Italian diplomatic mission.
  • Enrolment or pre-enrolment in the course to be followed in Italy.
  • The requirements and procedures for the issue of visa are indicated in a special provision, published annually by the MIUR, in agreement with MAECI and Ministry of the Interior.
  • NSO Birth Certificate.

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  • Duly filled Schengen Visa online application form. Please do not leave blanks in the form. Write N/A if the answer is not applicable.
  • One (1) recent passport-sized or 2×2 colored ICAO standard photo with white background (ears should be exposed and with collared shirt/blouse)
  • Old (if available) and current valid passports (with no less than 3 months validity over the visa expiration but please consider the 6 months validity as required by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration.
  • Photocopy of Biographical page and last page of the valid passport, previous visa and immigration stamps in all countries.
  • Proof that the applicant has accommodation in Italy; hotel booking, declaration of hospitality.
  • Proof that the applicant has sufficient means of subsistence for their stay in Italy, for an amount not lower than the specified in Table A annexed to the Directive of the Ministry of the Interior dated last 1st March 2000.
  • Health insurance, if the foreign national is not entitled to health care in Italy by virtue of agreements or conventions in force with their country.
  • Enrolment in postgraduate courses (master’s degrees, doctorates, specializations, training programmes) at Italian
    Universities, public or private, authorized to award qualifications having legal value.
  • NSO Birth Certificate.

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Step 2: Book your appointment

Effective 01 April 2016, interested applicants may contact VIA Center through its toll-free Call Center at (02) 845 9200 to book an appointment. Walk-in applicants may also go directly to our VIA Centers to lodge their applications. VIA Center is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM.

Step 3: Lodge your application

Submit all your application form and all required documents together with the enrollment of the applicant’s biometric data at the VIA Center.

  • Bring ORIGINALS and PHOTOCOPIES of ALL required documents.
  • Bring both your original old and most recently issued passport
    Photocopies of the first page and last page of both the old passport and most recently issued passport are required. Photocopies of previous visas and immigration stamps from countries previously visited are required.
  • Each applicant must have their own file. Please ensure that for Families with shared documents, you must provide individual copies of documents for each member.
  • Fill out your application form accurately. Indicate N/A for items that are not applicable. Do not forget to affix your signature on the last box of the application form.
  • Bring Originals and Photocopies of Bank certification(s) accompanied with account history in the form of either a passbook or statement of account

The short term visa fee for students is FREE. If you are applying for a visa longer than 90 days, then you will have to pay ₱3,034.00 PHP (€ 50).

VIA Centre charges ₱1,350 per application. Delivery is included in this price.

Step 4: Wait for the results of your visa application

Filipino student visa Italy

If the Embassy does not ask you for additional requirements, results will come out within 1-3 weeks. The travel agent will be responsible for delivering your passport to your home address. If you did not choose the delivery option, your travel agent will notify you when you can pick up your passport. Better follow up with VIA Centre to track the progress of your application.

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Have you tried applying for a student visa in Italy?

How was your experience? Were you granted a visa? Share your thoughts in the comment box below and help your fellow Filipinos get a student visa in Italy!

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Inna is a recent graduate of School of Fashion and the Arts in Manila, Philippines. She has travelled mostly Asia and she is currently pursuing a short course in the prestigious Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy. She is also a former intern of Louis Vuitton - Philippines.

Comments

  • August 26, 2015

    Hi Trisha and Inna,

    I think for Long Term Study Visa, it’s for free. However, the processing fee if you book an appointment through VIA is 1,400 via courier and no need for biometrics.
    My appointment for long term study visa is tomorrow! Hoping for the best!!

    Ps: I’m happy to read this blog since you’ve always been an inspiration to me 🙂 I ALWAYS read your blogs 🙂

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    • August 27, 2015

      Hey Mia! Thanks a lot! That could be true also. I am not really sure. Inna is taking a short course (1-3 months) and I did a long-term study that’s why I think you have a point — maybe it really depends on what program you are enrolled in. I hope you’ll get your visa and good luck! Let me know how it goes. 🙂

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  • Mia Tiongson
    September 3, 2015

    Hello Trisha!

    I have lodged my application already and confirmed, for long-term study visa is for free 🙂
    By the way, since I have no connection to Inna, I just want to know if the Embassy asked her for an Interview? I just got a letter from them to report at their office for visa clarifications.
    It just made me anxious since for what I know there’s no visa interviews for this Embassy. i just thought maybe I can have insights from you and Inna in case you were also asked for an appearance. 🙂

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    • September 5, 2015

      Hey Mia! I was also called for an interview. Maybe because (like you), I also applied for long-term studies. I don’t think they interviewed Inna though. She is only going for a short course so an interview is not necessary. Tips? Well, I was very young and didn’t remember much about my interview though I do remember that the consul liked me because I was totally confident and wasn’t scared of rejection. I told them I don’t really care if they reject my application. I didn’t looked too eager to go to Italy before because I was young and most of my best friends are back home. I think you should just talk when you are asked and be direct to the point/brief about your answers. 🙂 They don’t need to know your whole life story as I believe you’ve already stated that in the application requirements. Were you asked to make an essay? It will be also helpful if you know a bit of basic Italian greetings! Good luck and feel free to e-mail me anytime if you have more questions!

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      • Brichi Balao
        June 23, 2017

        I was also called for an interview. Do I need to prepare anything other than the submitted documents in Via? Thanks.

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  • Vincent Tadena
    November 12, 2015

    hi trisha. Thanks for these tips you gave us. I will be applying for a student visa tomorrow at the italian embassy. It is my first time to go abroad and I’m quiet nervous. Can you give me some more tips? thanks. God bless 🙂

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  • Nichole
    July 1, 2016

    Hi I was just wondering what travel insurance you got? I will be studying for a specializing masters in Milan, Italy. Was just wondering what did you get that was cheap and affordable? :))

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  • Mia
    July 27, 2016

    Hi! Bank statements taken from bpiexpressonline are ok? or do they have to be bank certifications? Pls. let me know asap. Thanks!

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  • Alex
    August 16, 2016

    Hi Trisha,

    My girlfriend and I are planning to take a Master’s course next school year either in Italy or Spain. However, we are very anxious about the VISA application since we have to pay first for our tuition then we need to get approved for VISA. We’re putting all of our savings on this opportunity (we have enough money saved, for tuition and living costs), so we fear that if we get rejected, all of our money will be put to waste. Would you know the chances of being rejected, or know someone who has been rejected? I’ve read from your blog to be confident and to not be afraid of rejection. However, that’s quite impossible in our case.

    Hope you can provide some insights.

    Thank you!

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  • Danna
    November 10, 2016

    Hi Inna! Do you think it’s okay to schedule for an appointment on February 2017 even if it’s still November 2016? My classes in Rome will start on April 3 but the school can only confirm by end of January if they have completed the minimum number of students per class. So maybe, that’s the only time we can wire transfer the payment, for them to give us the neccessary documents for Student Visa application.

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  • Christine
    February 12, 2017

    Hi! I also applied for long term study visa and lodge my application last dec 2016. However, after 3 embassy appearances (for submission of supporting docs) I still don’t have the visa. And im already worried because my flight and start of classes is on the 2nd week of March.

    Can you share your experiences on visa application? Or if you have the same experience?

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    • May
      June 17, 2017

      Hi Christine! Were you able to get your visa? Where did you file, sa VIA or sa Embassy?

      I’m going to file an application soon. I have questions sana sa documentary requirements. Hope to hear from you!

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  • Karisa
    August 3, 2017

    Hi Inna, I’m wondering how long it took from when you submitted your documents to when you received your student visa?

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  • dana
    October 4, 2017

    as for the affidavit of support, would they consider it if the sponsor were a local in Italy?

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  • Glenda
    January 23, 2019

    Hi Trisha! I just want to ask about the long term study visa. You have mentioned here that its free.? Does Philippines passport holder could take an italian language there in italy?And could you please update me the requirements? What if my mother is not capable of sponsoring me?And do i really need to ask a letter from the university where i graduated? And my problem is that i dont have that much money in my bank account and i just opened it . But my friend is willing to lend me money so i can afford to study in Italy.Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

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  • Rachel
    September 25, 2019

    Hi Trisha! Just want to know how much do I need to present for the bank certificate for Short term student Visa. Thanks!

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