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Italy Student Visa from Pakistan:

Italy Long Stay Study Visa D:
The main reasons for issuing this type of visa are:
Adoption; Self-employment; Salaried-Employment; Salaried-Employment/sport activities; Salaried-Employment/entertainment field (artists); Salaried-Employment/maritime; Mission; Family reunion; Religious reasons; Elective Residence; Research; Re-entry; Study; Study/University; Study-Apprenticeship.

You can find general information on the above indicated visas. In order to understand which is the visa category that better suits your need please visit the page Un visto per l’Italia

or for a long-term “Italian national visa” for stays over 90 days (D Visa). Follow link for more info;

Study in Italy:
Students from Pakistan can apply to Italian Universities only if they have an educational qualification that allows them to enroll. This qualification of secondary education has to be awarded after a study period of at least 12 years or intermediate level.

If the educational qualification has been awarded in less than 12 years, it has to be accompanied by the academic certification of the examinations taken or a post-secondary title to compensate for any missing years of secondary education (check Recognition of Qualifications)

The Italian Higher Education System includes:

  • Universities
  • The Higher Education for Fine Arts, Music and Dance sector (AFAM- acronym for Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale)
  • Higher Technical Institutes (ITS – acronym for Istituti Tecnici Superiori)
    Universities are also divided into private and publicly funded institutions. The quality of the education, however, is comparably high at all institutions of higher education.

Universities offer strong theoretical and academically-oriented degree programmes and a broad range of disciplines. Some universities are specialized in certain subject areas, such as Polytechnics.

The University sector is organized as follows:

  • Undergraduate Degree: Laurea
  • Graduate Degree: Laurea Magistrale
  • Postgraduate Degree (PhD): Dottorato di Ricerca
  • Specializing Masters and Continuing Education Programs

Undergraduate Degree – Laurea:

The Laurea, which is equivalent to a Bachelor of Science in the European university system, is an undergraduate degree obtained after a three-year programme of study. The requirement for admission to first cycle degree (laurea triennale/corso di laurea di primo livello) is the diploma awarded at the end of secondary school. Students are admitted if they have a high school diploma or another qualification taken abroad and recognized in Italy.

Entry to undergraduate degree programs can either be restricted or open, or can be subject to a motivational test or entry examination.

Once the student obtains the Laurea, he can either directly enter the job market or continue his studies applying to the Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) or to a 1st level university Master’s Degree.

Graduate Degree – Laurea Magistrale:

The Laurea Magistrale degree, which is equivalent to a Master of Science in the European university system, is obtained after two years of graduate studies and aims to provide rigorous, advanced training in specific sectors. A first cycle degree is required for admission. They offer training in specific sectors and have a focus on professional skills.

Those who already hold a Laurea in a different field and want to obtain a Laurea Magistrale certificate must first obtain the necessary credits. Students are admitted with a degree or a qualification taken abroad and recognized in Italy.

Once completed, the Laurea Magistrale program gives access to a Doctoral program.

The University sector also offers Lauree Magistrali a Ciclo Unico, they can be five or six year degree program.

Lauree Magistrali a Ciclo Unico are usually offered in the following fields of study: Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Architecture, Law. (see the complete list of lauree magistrali a ciclo unico available in Italy on this webite.

Postgraduate Degree (PhD) – Dottorato di Ricerca:

The PhD degree is the highest level of university education and requires that candidates pass a comprehensive examination and complete original research leading to a dissertation. The PhD academic qualification is obtained after a program of study and research lasting at least three years under the supervision of a Board of Professors. The aim of this course is to provide students with a high level of education in order to prepare students for college faculty and research scholar positions, or for other careers that require advanced knowledge and research skills.

Specializing Masters and Continuing Education Programs:

Some universities also offer a specialization or post-graduate degree course aimed at increasing students’ professional education (1st and 2nd level university Master’s Degrees).

These courses aim to provide the knowledge and skills required for carrying out the functions required by particular professional activities. They qualify people to work in such professions and aim to train specialists for certain professional sectors.

Please remember that this qualifications are not part of the European university system as defined in Bologna in 1999 and the qualifications are not always internationally recognized.


University studies are based on a system of university credits (Crediti Formativi Universitari) to evaluate and measure the workload teaching hours and the higher education effort of every single course.

Credits also measure the student workload.

The credits represent the total student workload which is required to pass the examination and include class attendance, classwork, laboratory work and individual study (It is also possible to obtain credits for other training courses, or project works or theses, internships, foreign languages, basic computing skills, training in communication and public relations and group work).
One credit corresponds to a workload of about 25 hours and the yearly workload for an average study course corresponds to about 60 credits which is equivalent to 1500 hours.
Each subject is assigned a number of credits which the student can obtain after passing the final examination. Exams are graded using a grading scale of 30, where 18 is the minimum passing grade and 30 cum laude the highest grade.
It is strictly necessary to obtain 180 credits (CFU) to accomplish the Undergraduate Degree (Laurea Triennale) and subsequently you must achieve other 120 credits (CFU) to accomplish the Graduate Degree (Laurea Magistrale). Lauree Magistrali a Ciclo Unico require 300 or 360 credits (CFU) to accomplish the Graduate Degree.


AFAM institutions offer a wide range of courses in the artistic field such as visual arts, musical, dance, drama and design.

AFAM institutions are divided as following:

  • Academies of Fine Arts (State and legally recognized)
  • Higher Schools of Design (ISIA)
  • State Music Conservatories
  • Higher Institutes for Musical Studies
  • National Dance Academy
  • National Academy of Drama
  • The AFAM system is organized in three cycles:

First Cycle:

It includes courses of the “Diploma accademico di primo livello” (“First level academic degree”) which have the aim of guaranteeing to students a sufficient command of artistic methods and techniques and the acquisition of specific professional competences.

The minimum requirement is the “Diploma di Maturità” or an equivalent foreign qualification and admission is dependent upon passing eventual entry tests designed to verify a sufficient initial competence.

Classification: Bologna process first cycle qualification/EQF level 6

Workload: 180 ECTS

Duration: 3 years

Further studies: admission to Diploma accademico di secondo livello; Diploma accademico di specializzazione (I) and Diploma di perfezionamento or Master (I).

Second Cycle:

It is composed of “Diploma accademico di secondo livello” (“Second level academic degree”) courses which offer the student an advanced level of education for the full command of artistic methods and techniques and for the acquisition of highly qualified professional competences. Access to these courses is subsequent to the First level academic degree or a comparable foreign qualification and admission is regulated by specific requirements.

Classification: Bologna process second cycle qualification/EQF level 7

Workload: 120 ECTS

Duration: 2 years

Further studies: admission to Diploma accademico di formazione alla ricerca; Diploma accademico di specializzazione (II) and Diploma di perfezionamento or Master (II).

Third Cycle:

It comprises “Diploma accademico di formazione alla ricerca” courses which have the aim of supplying the necessary competences for research activities.

Access: by a Second level academic degree or a comparable foreign degree.

Duration: minimum 3 years.


Higher Technical Institutes are strongly practice-oriented. Programs provide theoretical background and prepare students for the real-world requirements of professional life. Internships and practical semesters form an integral part of the course: students are asked to work in a private company for at least 30% of the course or to apply for an internship abroad. This requirement creates a strong linkage between students and firms in order to develop innovation skills. At least 50% of teachers come from companies and firms to share their expertise with students.

The courses cover 6 main technological areas:

Energy efficiency
Sustainable Mobility
New Technologies for Life
Innovation Technologies for Cultural activities and Tourism
Information and Communication Technologies
New Technologies for Made in Italy
At the end of the courses, students are evaluated with a final test; frequency of at least 80% of the course is a mandatory requirement.

Students obtain a “Diploma di Tecnico Superiore”, together with the EUROPASS diploma supplement – which facilitate the Diploma circulation in both Italy and the European Union.

Classification: Diploma of Higher Education/EQF level 5.

Duration: 2/3 years.  || Source ||


Italy is a fascinating country whether you come to study or simply visit, but as an international student you can do both. Home to one of the oldest universities in the world, University of Bologna that also initiated the university system that we know today, you can’t go wrong with choosing to study in Italy. Before you start applying for a university, check some useful information.

1. Choose the right degree subject in Italy:
There are plenty of disciplines you can pick from to study in English in Italy. Here are just of few of the most popular options to consider:

Master degrees in Industrial Design in Italy;
Master degrees in Visual Arts in Italy;
Master degrees in Communication Sciences in Italy;
Master degrees in Health Sciences in Italy;
Master degrees in Economics in Italy.

2. Choose the right Italian university:
Here are some top Italian universities you should consider for your study abroad adventure:

University of Padova;
University of Torino;
Milano Fashion Institute; – Milan;
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore;
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice;
European School of Economics.

3. Prepare to apply:
Before applying to a university in Italy, first, you will need to check if your qualifications are considered eligible for higher education studies in Italy.

Contact the university you are interested in and ask for a prior assessment.
The university will give you a feedback regarding your eligibility; if you meet the qualifications/standards, then you will have to submit a pre-application request to the Italian embassy or consulate in your area.
The Italian embassy or consulate will submit your application and documents to the Italian higher education institution you chose to apply.
The Italian embassy or consulate publishes a list of admitted candidates usually at the end of August.
Check for scholarship opportunities in Italy.

4. University application tips:
Admitted students are usually ranked based on their grade point average from their previous studies. Check with the chosen universities and see the minimum grade point you need to obtain in order to qualify for the degree you wish to study.

You may have to attend specific admission exams for certain specialised fields of study, such as:

Students from countries where admission to university is possible after 10 or 11 years of study must prove that they have passed all necessary examinations for two years or one year, in order to reach the total of twelve years of study.

5. Language requirements for Italian university application
Italian universities offer study programmes taught both in Italian and English. However, most English study programmes are available for postgraduate level, Master’s and PhD courses. Within some Italian universities, you may have the option to apply for degrees taught in Italian, but take the assignments and exams in English.

Language tests accepted by universities in Italy:

CILS – exam may be taken in Italy and at Italian Institutes of Culture worldwide
CELI – take the exam at certified centres in partnership with the University of Perugia
If you apply for a degree taught in English, you will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency. Accepted English certificates are:

C1 Advanced
Students who can prove that English was the medium of instruction of their Bachelor degree (at least for three years) are exempted from providing any English language certification.

6. Required application documents:
Identity document
Passport type photograph
Academic transcript
University application form
Detailed study programmes/course description (must contain the number of hours of the courses or training activities that you have completed according to your academic curriculum)
Letter of recommendation
Letter of motivation
Language proficiency (English or Italian)
Portfolio (only for applicants to architecture, urban planning, or any design programme)
Official score SAT or ACT

7. University application deadlines for Italy
Mid-April to mid-May: contact the Italian embassy/consulate to receive a Letter of Academic Eligibility and Suitability (Dichiarazione di Valoro in Loco (DV)).

Deadline for applications may vary according to each institution, so always check with the institution you are interested in and try to apply as early as possible.

Embassy Fee: EUR 60 / PKR 9500  || Source||
Service Fee: Please note that applicants will also be charged a service fee of Euro 30 per application (charged in local currency) which must be paid in cash when you attend the visa application centre.
Bio-metric Fee: National/Long Term Study Visa Fee – Euro 50 ( in case biomatric is needed )
To accept your offer from an education provider, you may be asked to pay full year or first semester fee and some deposit to confirm your study place. Most reliable payment method is paying through either Telegraphic Transfer (TT) but it can also be paid through Direct Debit (DD). Fee is paid directly to the university. Upon receiving fee university will issue you with the Letter of Enrollment, proof of accommodation & letter regarding declaration of value.
Health Insurance is mandatory requirement of the embassy. Student need to show health insurance and it can be purchased from insurance company in Italy or from any international insurance company in the respective country.

Italy Student Visa Process:

It is recommended to submit the applications well in advance (at least three months) before the departure date. All applicants are recommended to confirm their travel plans only after obtaining the visa. It takes at least 15 working days for issuing the decision on the visa applications from the day applications reach the visa Office. There may be changes according to the type of the requested visa.
This term refers exclusively to Schengen visas. For long-term national visas the time of issuing may be longer.

For any information please write to For study visa please write to:
For Documents Translation in Italian Language:
Click Authorized Translators List Known to the Embassy of Italy, Islamabad for your documents translation in Italian Language.

Important Notice: The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs will only attest documents in Urdu and/or English. Documents or its translated version in any other language other than English will not be attested. Applicants may get their attested documents translated from Translation Centers, recognized by concerned diplomatic Mission, in Islamabad and submit directly to the Embassy.

Embassy of Italy in Islamabad:
Consulate of Italy in Karachi Information for residents of Islamabad Capital Territory, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab who can apply at the visa application centres in Islamabad or Lahore.

Consulate of Italy in Karachi:
Information for residents of Sindh and Baluchistan who must apply at the visa application centre in Karachi.

NOTE: Visa applicants are hereby informed that applications cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the start of the intended journey. Therefore duly completed applications may be submitted three months onward prior to the confirmed travel date.

Schedule an Appointment:
You can apply for a visa or legalization directly at the Embassy of Italy (with an appointment) or at the visa application centres in Islamabad and Lahore.

With effect from 23 April 2018 all applicants for legalization will require an appointment when applying at one of the visa application centres. Additionally, applicants and third party representatives may only submit one file at a time, per appointment.

Click here to book your appointment to the Islamabad Visa Application Centre.

Click here to book your appointment to the Lahore Visa Application Centre.

List of Translators Known to the Embassy of Italy, Islamabad

Italian Embassy Islamabad:

Embassy of Italy
Diplomatic Enclave, G-5

Italian Embassy Islamabad Contact Number:

Tel. +92 – 51/2833183-90
Fax +92-51/2833180
Italian embassy official website Islamabad

Study visa of Italy will only be issued against demonstration:
You have a suitable housing in Italy.
You may have sufficient funds to support yourself in Italy.
You are eligible to health care in Italy.
You have sufficient amount of money which is needed to go back to your country or you have already purchased a valid return ticket.

The second most important thing which takes a lot of time is the preparation of DOV (Declaration of Equal value). Here I am sharing the modern and advance requirements of DOC for (Jan 2012). However, there is a little chance of modification in the coming year, so before start you’re working on it does confirm it from Embassy.

Original along with three photo copies of candidate’s Bachelor’s degree or of Postgraduate degree which is verified by Higher Examination Commission (HEC) and ministry of foreign matters and also translated it into Italian language
Original records with three photo copies verified by Higher Examination Commission and ministry of foreign affairs (Translation in Italian language is just not required).
Original and three photo copies of HSSC (Higher Secondary School Certificate) verified by IBCC and ministry of foreign affairs and translate it into Italian language.
Original and Photo copy of Domicile Certificate
Three photo copies of passport which are signed by the holder and permitted by Public Notary

Three photo copies of detailed program of your last degree delivered on university letter head bearing certified signature and seal of the university and college.


You must provide the official letter of acceptance issued by an Italian university confirming your admission to the course
You must have a valid passport with at least two blank visa pages
Your passport must have a validity that exceeds the duration of the visa you are applying for by at least 3 months
Your passport must have been issued within the previous 10 years
You must have a copy of your completed and signed visa application form
You must provide proof of your financial ability so as to support yourself financially during your entire period of study in Italy. For study permit you are required to show sufficient balance in your or sponsor bank account to cover your study and living expense. You must provide a recent statement of your financial situation from your bank, duly signed by a bank official.
You must provide a copy of your flight itinerary. This is required to confirm the details of your return tickets to your home country as one-way tickets are unacceptable
All documents must be duly attested by Higher Education Commission & Ministry of External Affairs.
You must provide proof of having obtained valid health and medical insurance that covers the entire duration of your stay in Italy.
Visit Authorized Translators Known to the Embassy of Italy, Islamabad for your documents translation in Italian Language.
You must not have a criminal record
English language certificate / IELTS (level B2 of the CEFR)
You must not have been refused entry into Italy previously
You intend to leave Italy at the end of your authorized stay
Make sure that you provide your recent colour photograph for the student visa application. Your photograph must match or correspond to all the specifications required for student visa photographs. In any case, your photograph must not be more than 6 months old.

Important Notice: Starting from Monday, January 14th, 2019, Applicants for VISAS and LEGALIZATIONS will be RECEIVED EXCLUSIVELY ON APPOINTMENT BASIS. Walk-in applicants WILL NO LONGER BE RECEIVED. Appointments will be given by Gerry’s.


Italian Embassy in Pakistan Official Website
Long-stay visas (national D visas) Official Page
VFS Global in Pakistan for Italy Visa
Forms – DOV Application
Forms – Form A
Check List – Declaration of Value
Check List – Documents for Study Visa
Visa Application form for Long stay visa