Before arrival and during your studies, you may have some questions about living and studying in Viterbo.
Below, we have attempted to answer some of your FAQs but for general info only.
More details can be found on dedicated pages on our website.
Please note that information on this page is for guidance only, and should not be treated as a complete statement of the Law. Remember: if you need to know more, please always enquire about your personal circumstances, as law and regulation are subject to change.
For this reason you can make an appointment with the International Relations Office to further discuss the topic of your interest, by writing to → firstname.lastname@example.org
There is not a specific date for the beginning of the courses cause each Degree Programme has its own courses and exam timetable.
Lessons generally begin the last week of September or shortly afterwards, and may be annual or semestral.
The lesson timetables are set yearly, just before the start of the programme (September or January according to the semester).
The timetables are available on the Homepages of the specific Departments.
Exam sessions are held in January-February and June-July.
The academic calendar is the following:
When we talk about ‘enrollment’, we are referring to the process students complete after the PRE Enrollment procedure is completed, when they have handed in a number of mandatory documents to become a UNITUS student.
Among these documents, there is the Statement of Comparability of your degree, your Italian fiscal code, your visa and permit of stay (for non-EU students) and other documents as indicated to you upon confirmation of your admission. You will receive a comprehensive guide from the IRO.
The application for access for international students applying for visas and residing abroad, must take place through a prior university pre-enrollment procedure:
In order to start the university pre-enrolment procedures, candidates must create their account on the UNIVERSITALY portal in order to fill in the relative “pre-enrolment application” online.
The validation process via the Universitaly portal is in charge of the International relations office of the University of Tuscia.
Once your pre-enrolment application has been approved by the International Students Desk it becomes visible to the competent Italian Embassy/Consulate.
The acceptance letter (“Modello D”) will be uploaded by the International Students Desk on the Universitaly portal directly while validating your pre-enrolment application.
The deadline to pre enroll is September 1st of every academic year.
We recommend to schedule the appointment at the competent Italian Embassy/Consulate for the visa application only if your pre-enrolment application has been validated by the International Students Desk.
Upon admission, you have to start the process for obtaining the statement of comparability.
This document officially attests the validity of your degree in Italy and will enable you to enroll at Italian universities.
It can be obtained by requesting it to the Italian Embassy in your country or to CIMEA, Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence.
You can apply for it online by uploading your degree and transcripts and following their instructions.
We recommend that you start the procedure months in advance.
The tax code is a personal code which consists of letters and numbers, that uniquely identifies the subjects within the Italian State, in particular regarding tax and administrative matters; it is not an equivalent to an identity document, but it allows the exchange of information between different administrations.
Please note that the tax code issued by your registration in our student portal GOMP is not an official one.
You can request the official tax code at our Embassy or Consulate in your Country of residency, before your arrival in Italy (highly suggested).
In case you have already arrived in Italy and you need the tax code (to open a bank account or else) you have to go to the local Italian tax authority (Agenzia delle Entrate) via Ugo Ferroni,Viterbo.
Italian language skills are mandatory for enrolling at the University of Tuscia for all courses taught in Italian.
Every academic year the University Language Centre schedule a calendar of Italian language assessment tests aimed at:
Italian Language exams calendar for enrollment in the academic year 2021-2022 is scheduled as follows:
July 5th, 2021 14-18 p.m.
September 9th, 2021 14-18 p.m.
October 7th, 2021 14-18 p.m.
Language exams are not compulsory for those who:
Some Departments offer study programs in English. In these cases, an Italian language test is not required.
Only for programs held in English, a valid English language certificate is required.
NON-EU students will require a visa to study in Italy.
Visa application can be filed no earlier than 3 months before your intended arrival in Italy.
Students who start one of our masters in another country and hold a valid residence permit for that country, might not need to obtain a visa to enter Italy and continue their studies here. The IRO will advise you.
If your stay is longer than 90 days, together with your visa, you will need to have your original admission letter validated by stamp at the Consulate or Embassy. The stamped admission letter will be returned to you at the time your visa is granted.
Please ensure that you have received it when collecting your visa, as the original stamped document is required for the application of your permit of stay (residence permit for Italy) upon arrival in Viterbo.
Some Consulates or Embassies would return a copy of the letter. This is fine too, provided there is the Embassy/Consulate stamp.
The permit of stay is the residence permit for Italy.
All non-EU students who hold a D type visa (long stay) will need to apply for it within 8 days from the arrival in Italy.
The application form is available at the post offices or at the International relations office.
You will receive full guidance during an orientation session at arrival.
The student permit is granted according to the duration of your VISA, renewable for the duration of your studies in Italy.
Go to the Main Post Office and mail the Residency Permit Application Form (the main Post Office is in via Ascenzi 4, under the TownHall).
Please be aware that after sending the Application Form by mail, the Post Office clerk will give you a special Receipt and a fingerprinting appointment at the local Immigration Office.
The post office receipt, where you can find your Username and Password, is extremely important and should be kept safe as it proves that you have applied for a Residency Permit before you actually receive one.
You can check the progress of your application at http://questure.poliziadistato.it/stranieri/?mime=1&lang=EN.
Yes, you can work part time up to 20 hours per week. You can take up an internship with working hours not exceeding 40 hours per week.
In Italy only.
For work or internships in other EU countries you will need to obtain a relevant visa.
Yes, students with a valid study visa type D can travel throughout Italy and the Schengen Area
A permit of stay allows you to stay in Italy for the period covered by your permit and travel in all countries within the Schengen Area.
On your Italian permit of stay, you can stay in another Schengen country for a maximum of 90 days every 6 months, for tourism only.
If your studies are longer than the duration of your permit, you will need to renew it.
No, you may not. With the receipt of your application for renewal of your permit of stay and your expired permit you may not travel in the Schengen area.
If you need to extend your study permit, you need to provide evidence of availability of around 6.000 euros. You will need to organize your funds accordingly.
When applying for permit renewal, you will be required to show that you have enough funds for your stay.
Your permit of stay will be granted for a duration as covered by your funds and health insurance. If you have funds, and health insurance, for 6 months only, you will obtain a permit extension for 6 months.
Please note: private health insurance is required to obtain an entry visa in Italy and/or the residence permit.
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Extra EU Students registration to the National Health service is not compulsory but on a voluntary base.
The Italian National public Health System (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale – SSN) works at a regional level under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.
The local health authorities (Aziende Sanitarie Locali) are in charge of the services for free or upon the payment of a fee (ticket), according to your income/revenue.
The Italian SSN provides:
The Italian Law recognises the right to health as a fundamental human right.
Legal foreign residents are fully entitled to the same treatment and civil rights as Italian citizens, if registered with the National Health Service.
If you are already in Italy, as an international (non-EU) student, you can do a yearly volunteer registration to the Italian National Health Service.
Sign up periods are for the calendar year: Registration for the SSN is valid from 1 January to 31 December.
That means that you will pay the same for coverage regardless of whether if you sign up on January 1st or November 1st. If you are considering registering late in the year, you might want to consider if you can wait until the start of the next calendar year.
The registration cost for the current year IN THE LAZIO REGION is € 149,77 (ONLY FOR STUDENTS) and is valid until Dec/31st of each year regardless of the registration date. Please keep in mind that the registration needs to be renewed every year. Payment of the registration fee must be made by postal (money) order (available at any post office) to the following account number c/c postale 370007 intestato a: Tesoreria Provinciale dello Stato, Regione Lazio; “. Under the “Causale” heading, specify the reason for payment of the current year and write in: “”iscrizione al Servizio Sanitario Nazionale anno 20__ STUDENTE Straniero”.
The receipt of payment will allow you to go to the Health District (cup) in Via Enrico Fermi, 15, 01100 Viterbo, to choose a family doctor and have the Italian health card. Once you obtain this card, you will have access to all the services with either no charge or with ticket payment.
Please note: the registration to the Italian National Health Service ensures that foreigners receive an equal treatment and full equality regarding rights and duties compared to Italian citizens with regard to health care provided in Italy. Should you be in a situation in which you need health assistance or/and emergency care either provided by public or private health staff (contracted by the SSN) and you do not have the Italian health card (or its provisional replacement certificate), you will need to pay for all the medical expenses.
The University of Tuscia has activated an accident policy for the benefit of University students, including exchange programme students. It is a broad insurance plan that covers accidents and social liability.
Under this policy, the list of those covered is very broad, and includes: students, undergraduates, foreign exchange students, PhD students, research assistants, interns, postgraduates, specializing students, students with scholarships, master’s students, those on traineeship courses, refresher courses and the like, representatives who carry out work for the benefit of disabled students, experts and visitors, and in any case all those engaged on behalf of or with the University of Tuscia for an academic or research activity, at university facilities and at third party institutions.
Given that it is an accident policy, you are only covered for the following damages that result from an accident and thus, for example not those caused by illness.
Those who fall into the student category are automatically covered by insurance:
All other activities elsewhere (other universities, research organizations, companies etc., worldwide) are covered by insurance if:
*in this case, it means the director of the department of reference, the president of the course of studies, and so on.
University Library Services comprise online resources and several libraries located in the different Campuses. Santa Maria in Gradi hosts a two-floor library open Monday to Sunday from 08:00 am. Enrolled students are automatically enabled to use library services. You can access the Online resources at
with your UNITUS credentials.
We have two canteens, one at the Riello campus, close to scientific departments, and the other in the city Centre in P.zza San Sisto, close to the rectorate and other departments. The price for a meal is € 4.50.
LAZIODISCO (Regional body for the right to study and the promotion of knowledge) gives exchange students the opportunity to apply for a room at the University Student Hostel, located via Cardarelli, 77 -Viterbo.
The Residence has only 58 rooms available for Erasmus students and they will be assigned to the first applicants. Accommodation at the Students’ Hostel is not guaranteed.
The Accommodation Form is mandatory to apply for the reservation of the room and it is a compulsory attachment to the Application Form you will receive after your official nomination.
Rooms are available from 25th of September for full Academic Year and for first Semester students, and from 26th of February for second semester students.
Students who are coming at the first semester will have to give back the rooms at the end of the exam session, usually on 20th February. The Mobility Cooperation and International Office will provide you with a list of private accommodations before your arrival, in case you were not assigned a room at the dorm.
The standard cost for an individual room in a shared flat with other students is 200/230 Euro per month, bills excluded.
The standard living cost in Viterbo, accommodation excluded, is 400/500 euro per month.