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For enrollments in university Masters and doctoral courses, the entire procedure is managed by the university or institute that organizes the course, without the intervention of the Consulate or the Italian Cultural Institute. The organizing body will communicate to the student what it takes to enroll in the course or master (for example, the declaration of value of the foreign qualification) and what are the terms for concluding the procedure. It will then send a confirmation letter of admission to the student and the consulate. If the organizer requests it, the person concerned must present his qualification “apostilled” and translated (see here: APOSTILLE AND TRANSLATION OF FOREIGN DOCUMENTS) and the “declaration of value” of the qualification. In this case both documents must be submitted to the Visa Center for the visa application. The student who has received the letter of admission will therefore apply for a D visa for “postgraduate study” with the following documents in duplicate:

• D visa application form (For details: “Forms”);
• letter of admission to the doctorate or master and any descriptive document of the course;
• copy of the qualification that gives access to the doctorate or master’s degree (e.g. apostilled and translated diploma according to the request of the organizing body);
• Declaration of value (original + copy), if requested by the organizing body as a requirement to access the course;
• financial guarantees For details or declaration on assignment of scholarship of equivalent value to the economic resources requested;) or declaration of assignment of a scholarship of equivalent value to the economic resources requested;
proof of accommodation For details;
Health insurance. This must be: 1. valid in Italy and cover the risk of illness, accident, maternity; 2. registered to the applicant; 3. cover the period between one’s arrival in Italy and his voluntary registration with the Italian National Health Service or the activation of other complete insurance coverage valid for the entire period of stay in Italy and in the Schengen area;

• passport valid for foreign countries plus a copy of the main page For details;

• national passport plus a copy of the main page and the one with the registration;

• 1 color passport-size photograph (link) – For details 

• air ticket or reservation;

• consent to the processing of one’s personal data – For details