Italian Visa Information
U.S. citizens are required to obtain a visa if their stay in Italy will exceed 90 days. St. Thomas will assist all students on the program in obtaining a visa (which is actually a stamp in your passport granting permission to remain in the country for a specified period of time). Upon acceptance to the program, St. Thomas will provide you with a visa application and the instructions to complete it properly.
Students must submit their completed visa application to St. Thomas by June 1st for fall or by November 1st for spring; St. Thomas will submit the application to the Italian Consulate on the student's behalf and the passport with visa will be returned to the IEC. The cost of the student visa is covered in the program fee.
Students are advised NOT to arrange any international travel plans during the period 90-days prior to departure for Rome since your passport needs to be submitted with your visa application. Any international travel plans (including January Term courses prior to a Spring Semester in Rome) may jeopardize your ability to obtain an Italian visa, and you will be required to apply for your visa without the help of St. Thomas.