Visas for Studying in Italy
The Italian government requires all students staying longer than three months to obtain a student visa before arriving in Italy. Smith's Office for International Study will facilitate a group visa application for students who are accepted on the Smith in Florence program. Students should not make international travel plans in the summer preceeding the year in Italy.
Students must have a passport that is valid six months after the end of the program and submit a copy of their passport with their Smith program application form on February 1. Proof of passport application or renewal is acceptable.
Things to Consider
The Italian visa process is complicated and requires submission of passports to the Italian consulate in Boston for a period of two to four weeks. The specific date of Smith's visa appointment and length of time required depends upon the Italian consulate's availability, and can't be set until mid-May at the earliest. Once the consulate issues the visas and returns the passports to Smith, the Office for International Study will send each student her passport with visa via courier service. Thus, students who wish to study in Italy should not make international travel plans in the summer preceeding their year in Italy.
Please note that students who stay in Italy during the summer are responsible for all living expenses, visa requirements, medical insurance, etc.