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Documents required for your stay

EU citizens do not need a VISA to enter Italy.
Non-EU students residing out of Italy may require a visa to study in Italy. If you need one, before your arrival  you must apply for a study visa (type D) at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.
The necessary documents for the application vary so you should check the required documentation.
To find out whether you need a visa, and what documentation you need follow this link.

Visa for Indian Students
The Embassy of Italy in New Delhi is happy to help facilitate the visa process for students to study in Italy.
Obtain a Declaration of Value
Visa Application / Visa Contact
Contact Dr. Valentina Ierna at or +91 11 26114355 for assistance with practices relating to pre-enrollment or study visas.

Codice Fiscale, Tax Identification number
The 'Codice Fiscale' is a tax identification number which is necessary for opening a bank account, renting privately, buying a SIM card, but most importantly it is necessary for applying for the permit of stay.

It is free of charge

In order to get it, enrolled Students must:
  • Write an email to with the following text:
"Gentilissimi, vi inoltro la mia richiesta di codice fiscale. Sono uno studente internazionale immatricolato presso l'Università di Pavia, numero di matricola xxxxx (specify your matriculation number). Allego il mio documento di identità , il modello AA4/8 compilato in lingua inglese. Molte grazie per l'attenzione, Cordiali saluti" 
Instructions on how to complete the form

You will be emailed the Tax code in 24-48 hours.

You can also collect the stamped and signed paper version at Welcome Office in Via S.Agostino 1/a on Tuesday.
Access authorized only by appointment to be booked on this platform, please contact first to check if the paper version is available.

For Exchange Students the Erasmus office will ask for the Tax Code directly to the Tax Office. Tax codes will be sent by mail to each student.

Health Insurance
Students have a few options for gaining health insurance in Italy,

For EU students the European Health Card gives access to immediate necessary care under the same conditions as nationals of that country.

For non-EU students a health insurance policy is necessary in order to gain the permit of stay.
  • Option 1: Register with the Italian National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale). Registration costs about €150 per year, running from January-December, so please note if you sign up in September you will need to renew your policy in January. The amount will need to be paid at the post office (Piazza della Posta, 1) by filling in the payment form called 'bollettino postale' with the following information.
    • C/C postale no: 379222, intestato a: Amministrazione P.T. Regione Lombardia, causale: iscrizione volontaria S.S.N.
    • Upon recieving the receipt of payment you may apply for the permit of stay as outlined below, and after this you will need to go to the ASL Healthcare Centre ATS Pavia Via Indipendenza, 3, to be assigned a doctor.
  • Option 2: Register for Posta Salute at Piazza della Posta, 1
  • Option 3: Source your own private health insurance.
What if you find yourself in any kind of medical emergency?
Call the Emergency Number 118 (toll free)

Permit of Stay:

WHO: Non-EU nationals who enter in Italy with a VISA and intend to stay for more than 3 months.

WHEN: within 8 days of the arrival in Pavia. 

1. Fill in the KIT/application (via UniPV HelpDesk)
2. Attach the documents (via UniPV HelpDesk)
3. Pay (around 140 EUR) and send it (via Post Office - Poste Italiane)
4. Photosignalling at the Police Station/Questura
5. Withdraw your document at the Police Station/Questura
The appointments at the Questura will be communicated by text message
Check our permit of stay application guide here for detailed instructions.

We provide assistance for the application process through our help desk:

Help Desk for International Students at the Pavia Police Station (Questura di Pavia, Salone Immigrazione)
Via Rismondo, 68
Open Thursdays 9AM - 1PM by appointment only.
Book your appointment here (click on the helpdesk, fill a form and confirm your appointment).
The status of your permit of stay can always be checked on the website of Portale Immigrazione (use the username and password that can be found on the post office receipt):
Remember to carry with you a photocopy of the application receipt of your permit of stay - this receipt has the value of a permit of stay until the document is ready.
Remember to send a copy of the application receipt or your new permit of stay to the Student's Administrative Office via Filo Diretto. Please note that once your permit of stay has expired, your profile in Student Portal will be blocked automatically.