Your trip to Italy

In this page you will find useful information to better plan your trip to Italy and your stay in Pavia. 

  • Do not book your flight before having received your visa
  • Trains or buses to Pavia regularly depart from the following airports:  Milan- Malpensa, Milan- Bergamo (Orio al Serio), Milan- Linate. 
  • Check here the average cost of life in Pavia
  • Purchase a travel insurance
  • Communicate the date of your arrival, information pertaining to your flight and visa, as well as your address in Italy to by September 30, 2024
  • Submit a "Declaration of Value" or "Statement of Comparability" relative to your diploma by October 31, 2024

Do not forget:

Check off the items on this list as a reminder of what to bring: 

  • Passport with student visa and ID card
  • European currency (Euro)
  • Travel and health insurance documents
  • Your address in Pavia, the name and telephone number of a person you can contact in case you encounter any issues or have any questions
Upon your arrival

You will find below a list of what is required upon your arrival: 

For the entire duration of their stay in Italy, all international students must be covered by health insurance.

If you are an EU student (including students from Iceland, Liechtestein, Norway and Switzerland), you can use the European Health Insurance Card to access urgent care under the same conditions as Italian citizens.

If you are Non-EU students, you will need a health insurance plan and you must register with the "National Health Service" (“Servizio Sanitario Nazionale-SSN”) to obtain the Health Card (“Tessera Sanitaria”) to access public health. The National Health Service will assign you to a general practitioner and you will enjoy reduced prices for examinations and medical  treatments. Registration stays open all year round, so you can register anytime, but you must renew your registration at the beginning of the new calendar year.

Following the financial law no.213 voted and approved by the Italian government on 30 Dec.2023, from 1st January 2024 the SSN insurance price for international students has been increased from 149 euros/year to 700 euros/year

In order to register with SSN, students must pay via your own bank account choosing the F24 model inserting:

  • regional code 10
  • contribution code 8846

and specifying that the contribution is for year 2024. 

After receiving the payment receipt,  you will have to book an appointment with the ASST Pavia Healthcare Centre (Via Indipendenza 3,Pavia) to finalize your registration, to be assigned a general practitioner (“Medico di Base”) and receive a provisional health card. Once you have received your  Residence Permit, you must book another appointment with the ASST Pavia Healthcare Centre  to get the final tessera sanitaria (Health Card)

Required documents:

  • Passport
  • Fiscal code
  • Receipt of the Residence Permit application (first appointment) / Residence Permit (second appointment)
  • Receipt of the payment made for registering with the National Health Service (“SSN”)
  • A proof of enrollment in the Foundation Year Program 
  • A form in which the student states where he/ she lives in Pavia (this form can be found directly at the ASST center) 

Tax code (Codice fiscale) is required to open a bank account, rent an apartment (or a room in an apartment), buy a SIM card and apply for a residence permit.

There are two ways to obtain a fiscal code:

A- You can submit a request to the Italian embassy when applying for your visa or when requesting the Declaration of Value. 

B- After having enrolled in the Program, send an email to with the following script:

“Gentilissimi, vi inoltro la mia richiesta di codice fiscale. Sono uno studente internazionale immatricolato presso l’Università di Pavia, numero di matricola xxxxx (specify your matriculation number). Allego il mio documento di identità, il modello AA4/8 compilato in lingua inglese. Molte grazie per l’attenzione, Cordiali saluti”

Please note that you will have to attach the following documents to your email:

The fiscal code will be emailed to you within 24-48 hours.

Non-EU students must request the Residence Permit (“Permesso di soggiorno”) within 8 days from their arrival in Italy.

1) In order to be assisted in filling out the Residence Permit application (“KIT” which will be provided by the help desk), check the office opening hours and book an appointment with:

Help Desk Permit of Stay
Questura, Via Rismondo 68, Pavia

whatsapp 0039 3312312544

2) You should bring with you:

  • Photocopy of your passport (without blank pages)
  • Old residence permit in case of renewal
  • Proof of enrolment at the University of Pavia: self-certification of enrolment at the University or self-certification of enrolment with passed exams at the University in case of renewal (downloadable from the Student Portal)
  • Proof of residence (eg. house contract, hospitality document)
  • Proof of financial support (eg. copy of credit card, bank statement)
  • A 16€ revenue stamp (”marca da bollo”), to buy at the tabacco shop

3)Once the KIT has been filled in, you must hand it in to the Post Office in order to send it to the Immigration Authorities. Fees will cost 118,46 €.

4)After sending the KIT you will be given a receipt of your application (ricevuta). On your recept you will see the date of your fingerprints appointment in the Police Station (Questura).

5) When going to the appointment with the Immigration Office in Via Rismondo 68 Pavia, do not forget to bring the following documents and wait in the waiting area until your name is called by an officer:

  • Receipt
  • Passport
  • Old residence permit in case of renewal
  • new health insurance that covers 1 year from the day of the appointment, min.coverage 30.000€

6)The status of your Residence Permit can always be checked on Portale Immigrazione (use the username and password that can be found on the Post Office receipt). When your residence permit is ready, you will receive a notification SMS. This usually takes about 40 days. On the date of collection, you should bring your passport, receipt and the old residence permit in case of renewal.

If you still have doubts about the residence permit, check the FAQ

All international students of University of Pavia must have a Third-Party Liability Insurance which covers damages caused by the students while studying in the University premises. Please note that University of Pavia provides this coverage free of charge. All students must have a Personal Accident Insurance that covers the damages the may cause while attending the Foundation Year Program at UNIPV.

This insurance plan must be purchased upon your arrival in Pavia, at the cost of € 2 per year, by following these instructions

Carefully check the rules for entering Italy. The rules for entrering our country are estabilished by the Italian Government and may vary depending on what country you come from 


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