Summary: Visa Application Packet University of Georgia
Fall Semester, 2011 Cortona Studies Abroad Program
Visa Application Packet revised 2/24/11
NEW INFORMATION ON STUDENT VISAS
Due to recent regulation changes by the Italian Ministry of Interiors, American students studying in Italy
are no longer subject to the study visa obligation, if their stay in Italy does not exceed 90 days.
"Once entered in Italy, students who are staying for no more than 90 days are exempted from the
obligation to request the stay permit, but still have to follow the rules related to the declaration of
The University of Georgia Studies Abroad Summer 2011 Program in Cortona, Italy runs for 66 days.
If coming from a non-Schengen Country (for example: Atlanta directly to Rome or Naples), the stamp
on one's passport that is received from "Passport Control" when entering ITALY is adequate for the
"declaration of presence".
If, however, one arrives to Italy from another Country of the Schengen Area (example: Atlanta to Paris
to Rome or Naples), he or she will not receive a stamp upon arrival and must make a "declaration"
within 8 days of arrival. This "declaration" can be done once UGA's group arrives to Cortona with the
assistance of the program's administration.
The "declaration of presence" does not change the total maximum stay time allowed in Italy of 90 days.
The UGA summer program itself will be 66 days, leaving 24 days (90 days total) that students can
potentially travel within Italy on their own after the official end of the program on Wednesday August