1. Grants and Scholarships
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), which has an education budget of about $1 million, awards scholarships and grants to outstanding students in the summer for the following academic year. The awards are based on academic merit and go to two categories of students: 1) Italian-American students; 2) students of any ethnicity who are studying the Italian language, Italian studies, Italian-American studies or a related field. http://www.niaf.org/scholarships/
- International students are treated the same as Italian students with regard to scholarships, student loans, housing assistance, refectory meal tickets and fee waiver. Assistance is provided according to financial need and/or merit. The Diritto allo studio universitario (DSU office) manages all these services. The office at your intended university will be able to inform you of which specific services are available to you. http://www.study-in-italy.it/studying/scholarships.html
2. Helpful websites for studying or working
- Studying: For studying in English and also information on living in Italy http://www.study-in-italy.it/.
- General: Italian Embassy in D.C. http://www.ambwashingtondc.esteri.it/Ambasciata_Washington
3. General Application Deadlines
- General application deadlines for the fall semester at any Italian university are as follows::
- Mid April to mid May:You should contact the Italian consulate in your home consulate to obtain a Letter of Acadmic Eligibility and Suitability(Dichiaracion di Valoro in Loco (DV)) which you will need to pre-apply for your program.
- August: You will receive notification of admittance to your program. Your university will inform you of exact dates to take the Italian language exam an any additional admission exams in the case of competitive programs.
- September: You will take the Italian language exam and any additional exam that is required.
4. Student Visa Process and Deadlines
- This site offers helpful information about getting a study visa, cost and everything else. Working in Italy could be possible with a Schengen visa. http://www.esteri.it/visti/home_eng.asp
- Necessary documents for a student visa application:
- visa application form
- recent passport-style photo
- passport or travel document valid for at least three months after visa expiry date
- proof of financial support, either from grants or scholarships awarded by recognized institutions, from personal or family resources, or a combination of the two
- You must show the availiability of appropriate lodging in Italy as well as your financial ability to repatriate (return airline ticket)declaration of the availability in Italy of appropriate lodgings as well as the funds necessary for repatriation, possibly to be demonstrated in the form of a return airline ticket
- Medical insurance