How To Get A Student Visa In Italy For Philippine ...

How To Get A Student Visa In Italy For Philippine Passport Holders

Editor’s Note: Recently, I received a lot of inquiries from Philippine readers asking about how I was able to obtain a student visa in Italy. It’s been 4 years since I went to Italy to study and upon checking, the Italian Embassy in the Philippines changed the rules last March 2013. I browsed the new application process and unfortunately, I am not familiar with it. Luckily, just last month, my cousin (Inna Santiago) got accepted to study abroad in Italy. Here’s how you can get a student visa in Italy if you are a Philippine passport holder. 

P.S. I will also have notes in between to give you an idea of the difference of the application process when I did it in 2011. 

Student Visa In Italy

Based on the Schengen agreement, your student visa in Italy also entitles you to enter 26 European countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein

Although you can enter these countries with your Schengen visa, your point of entry/exit should be the country that granted you the visa. For example, if the Italian Embassy granted you the student visa, your flights from and to the Philippines should be in Italy. From there, you can freely enter the 26 countries, whether it’s a tourist activity or visiting friends.

You should also know that there are no stamps in Europe. Once you have the Schengen visa, you can come in and out of all of these countries as long as you want. Here’s Inna’s story:

To be able to have a chance to study abroad whether it is a short course or a long course, self-enrolled or a scholarship is a wonderful blessing. This will be my first time to get out of Asia, my first time to travel in my dream continent – Europe that is.  I remember years ago, I’ve had several chances to go there but unfortunately it doesn’t always push through.  I told myself, ‘I’ll be there in the right time for a special purpose.’ And voila! This is it. This is that special purpose I’ve been waiting for.


When is the best time to apply for a student visa?

The minimum is three months before your intended arrival in Italy. However, before applying, make sure that your enrolment has been finalised already. Tuition fees should be paid beforehand so that the school can send you a proof of enrolment. Although there is no guarantee that the school will help you apply for the visa, your proof of enrolment will suffice. The Italian Embassy in the Philippines will confirm your enrolment by contacting the school in Italy before processing your visa.



  • Current passport (passport must be valid at least six months) and old passports
  • A photocopy of your current passport (front page with all your details, back page and every page with stamps)
  • A photocopy of all your old passports (front page with all your details, back page and every page with stamps)
  • NSO Authenticate Birth Certificate (original and a photocopy)
  • 2pcs passport size pictures with white background (if unsure, you can tell the photographer that it is for a Schengen visa)
  • A copy of flight reservations (Round-trip)
  • A copy of hotel confirmation
  • Proof of financial means
  • A photocopy of your credit card – front and back
  • Bank statements for the last 6 months – your own bank statements and your parents’
  • Affidavit of Support from your parents
  • A letter from your home university verifying your enrollment at home country
  • A letter from overseas institution verifying enrollment in Italy (2 original copies)
  • Verification of travel insurance (validity must be from the day of departure until your flight back + 10 days extension)
  •  A photocopy of your parents’ passport (front and back; if only one parent will support you, then submit one photocopy only)
  • Letter of Introduction addressed to the Consul of the embassy (Introduce yourself, tell your story about your studies, countries you’ve been to, family background and why you want to study in Italy. Please don’t write a 4-5 page letter, make it short as possible, but not too short to the point of leaving out important details)
  • Filled out form of Schengen Visa Application
  • You may also show supporting documents like diploma, transcript of records, university/college certificates


Booking for an appointment

After gathering all the documents stated above, you may make an appointment through VFS Global through telephone. You may also visit them on the 3rd floor, Ecoplaza Building,  Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City. Once your appointment is booked, be early as possible as you would have to get a number for the queue, as there are lots of applicants inside.  After they organized your documents in order, they will ask you to take biometrics as well and get your fingerprints, then after that you would only have to pay and then you are done!

Editor’s Note: I believe you can also book your appointments through VIA.


How much is the student visa fee?

Please prepare about Php5,000 – Php6,000 for the processing fee as I don’t remember the exact amount we have paid.

Editor’s Note: In my experience, the student visa in Italy was for free. I did not pay for anything.


How long will I wait for my visa?

The visa processing takes about 10-15 days and will be delivered to your home. However, if they asked you for more supporting documents, they will give everything back to you and you would have to book another appointment by the guard and make sure to complete everything by then especially if you are in a hurry.

Don’t be nervous, stay positive and always smile!  Smile because you will go to Europe, and smile because you are blessed.


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Disclaimer: This post is written based on experience. Information and requirements about different student visa types may vary. For more information, visit the Italian Embassy in Manila: 3rd floor, Ecoplaza Building,  Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City.

4 years ago, I made a fashion column in one of the magazines in the Philippines about my experiences in studying in Italy. Next month, Inna will be having her own column on this blog so keep it here! I can’t wait to see the difference and I am really excited for my cousin! 🙂

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Inna is a recent graduate of School of Fashion and the Arts in Manila, Philippines. She has travelled mostly Asia and she is currently pursuing a short course in the prestigious Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy. She is also a former intern of Louis Vuitton - Philippines.

  1. Mia Tiongson

    26 August

    Hi Trisha and Inna,

    I think for Long Term Study Visa, it’s for free. However, the processing fee if you book an appointment through VIA is 1,400 via courier and no need for biometrics.
    My appointment for long term study visa is tomorrow! Hoping for the best!!

    Ps: I’m happy to read this blog since you’ve always been an inspiration to me 🙂 I ALWAYS read your blogs 🙂

    • Hey Mia! Thanks a lot! That could be true also. I am not really sure. Inna is taking a short course (1-3 months) and I did a long-term study that’s why I think you have a point — maybe it really depends on what program you are enrolled in. I hope you’ll get your visa and good luck! Let me know how it goes. 🙂

  2. Mia Tiongson

    3 September

    Hello Trisha!

    I have lodged my application already and confirmed, for long-term study visa is for free 🙂
    By the way, since I have no connection to Inna, I just want to know if the Embassy asked her for an Interview? I just got a letter from them to report at their office for visa clarifications.
    It just made me anxious since for what I know there’s no visa interviews for this Embassy. i just thought maybe I can have insights from you and Inna in case you were also asked for an appearance. 🙂

    • Trisha Velarmino

      5 September

      Hey Mia! I was also called for an interview. Maybe because (like you), I also applied for long-term studies. I don’t think they interviewed Inna though. She is only going for a short course so an interview is not necessary. Tips? Well, I was very young and didn’t remember much about my interview though I do remember that the consul liked me because I was totally confident and wasn’t scared of rejection. I told them I don’t really care if they reject my application. I didn’t looked too eager to go to Italy before because I was young and most of my best friends are back home. I think you should just talk when you are asked and be direct to the point/brief about your answers. 🙂 They don’t need to know your whole life story as I believe you’ve already stated that in the application requirements. Were you asked to make an essay? It will be also helpful if you know a bit of basic Italian greetings! Good luck and feel free to e-mail me anytime if you have more questions!

  3. Vincent Tadena

    12 November

    hi trisha. Thanks for these tips you gave us. I will be applying for a student visa tomorrow at the italian embassy. It is my first time to go abroad and I’m quiet nervous. Can you give me some more tips? thanks. God bless 🙂

  4. Nichole

    1 July

    Hi I was just wondering what travel insurance you got? I will be studying for a specializing masters in Milan, Italy. Was just wondering what did you get that was cheap and affordable? :))

  5. Mia

    27 July

    Hi! Bank statements taken from bpiexpressonline are ok? or do they have to be bank certifications? Pls. let me know asap. Thanks!

  6. Alex

    16 August

    Hi Trisha,

    My girlfriend and I are planning to take a Master’s course next school year either in Italy or Spain. However, we are very anxious about the VISA application since we have to pay first for our tuition then we need to get approved for VISA. We’re putting all of our savings on this opportunity (we have enough money saved, for tuition and living costs), so we fear that if we get rejected, all of our money will be put to waste. Would you know the chances of being rejected, or know someone who has been rejected? I’ve read from your blog to be confident and to not be afraid of rejection. However, that’s quite impossible in our case.

    Hope you can provide some insights.

    Thank you!

  7. Danna

    10 November

    Hi Inna! Do you think it’s okay to schedule for an appointment on February 2017 even if it’s still November 2016? My classes in Rome will start on April 3 but the school can only confirm by end of January if they have completed the minimum number of students per class. So maybe, that’s the only time we can wire transfer the payment, for them to give us the neccessary documents for Student Visa application.

  8. Christine

    12 February

    Hi! I also applied for long term study visa and lodge my application last dec 2016. However, after 3 embassy appearances (for submission of supporting docs) I still don’t have the visa. And im already worried because my flight and start of classes is on the 2nd week of March.

    Can you share your experiences on visa application? Or if you have the same experience?

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