Understanding the Visa Process

Nearly all students going to Rome need to secure a visa

The only exceptions are summer students AND any student with a valid EU or UK passport. Summer students with non-U.S. passports may in some cases need visas and should check with the Italian consulate.

A visa is applied for through the foreign country consular offices located here in the United States.  The visa is a consular stamp that is affixed to a blank page in your passport, giving the holder the right to remain in a country for an extended period of time.

 The visa process can be overwhelming at first glance, but simply follow the step by step instructions provided, and everything will work out in the end. It is important to know that, although we make every effort to provide detailed guidance, Trinity does not have any control over the regulations or processes of the Italian Consulates.

There are two separate visa processes for students. Depending on the semester and your location, you may apply either as an individual, or as a member of a group through Trinity College. Whether you apply individually or through the group depends on two things: whether you need your passport to travel internationally in the several months prior to studying in Italy (group visa applicants must give up their passports for three or more months for processing and may not have them back until a week before the program start date); and where your permanent residence is. 

You will be notified in your acceptance to the program as which group you fall into, based on the permanent residence that you indicated in your application, and will be asked to let us know if you need to travel between the time that we will need to collect your passport and the time you will receive it back from the consulate. All students who need to travel during this period MUST apply for a visa individually to avoid having to cancel travel plans in the case that the visa and passport aren't returned in time.