Checklist for admitted students


1.Check carefully the rules for entering Italy. Entry conditions from abroad are defined by the Italian Government. Obligations upon arrival are different according to where you come from (home or transit country)


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More information here

2.Obtain the Student Visa for studying in Italy through UNIVERSITALY. Find also more info here and the guidelines for the pre-enrollment here

3.Find an accommodation. After the admission, you will be contacted by the Student Assistance Centre ( which will support you to find an accommodation in one of the Unipv Dormitories. If you have not found a room via our Student Assistance Centre, try to find an accommodation in Pavia before your arrival.

4.Organize your trip to Pavia. Do not book your flight until you have obtained your visa. Airports with regular trains or coaches directed to Pavia are Milano Malpensa, Milano Bergamo, Milano Linate airports. IMPORTANT: If you are subjected to mandatory self-isolation, it is forbidden for you to take public transportation. You must take private means of transportation, such as taxis.

5.Pay your tuition fees.  Payment instructions have been provided together with the admission letter. The first installment is 1500 euros due within ten days of receiving the admission letter. The deadline for the payment of the second installment is 31st August 2021, while for the third one is 15th September 2021.

6.TAX CODE – Codice Fiscale
Codice fiscale (Tax code) is a tax identification number which is necessary to open a bank account, rent privately, buy a SIM card and apply for residence permit.

In order to get it, you must:

A- Request it to the Italian embassy during the visa application process or during the DoV request processor 


B- After enrollment, write an email to with the following text:

“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”

As well as attach to the email:

You will be emailed the Tax code in 24-48 hours.

7. Health insurance:  All International students must cover the whole length of their studies in Italy with a Health Insurance.

EU students (including students from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland): remember to bring with you your European Health Insurance Card (“EHIC”), which gives you access to immediate necessary care under the same conditions as Italian citizens. 

In case of need, you can choose a general practitioner (“Medico di Base”) registered in this list. In the section “Cerca medico” (“Search for a doctor”) click on “Comune” (“Municipality”) and choose “Pavia”. Once the doctor has been identified, an appointment must be made by calling the indicated phone number. 

Non-EU students: being covered by a Health Insurance is compulsory in order to apply for the Residence Permit. You have three options:

A- Register with the Italian National Health Service (“Servizio Sanitario Nazionale-SSN”) to get the Health Card (“Tessera Sanitaria”) and rely on public Healthcare. The SSN will give you access to a general practitioner and reduced prices for medical examinations and treatments.The registration runs from January to December, therefore in January of the following year it must be renewed. In order to register, you must go to the Post Office (Piazza della Posta 1, Pavia) and pay a 149,77€ payment form (“bollettino”) to be filled in with the following information: “C/C postale n. 379222 – Intestato a: Amministrazione P.T. Regione Lombardia – Causale: iscrizione volontaria S.S.N.” Upon receiving the receipt of payment, you will be able to apply for the Residence Permit, as outlined below. Then, after submitting the application for the Residence Permit, you will need to book an appointment at ASST Pavia Healthcare Centre (Via Indipendenza 3, Pavia) to finalize your registration and be assigned a doctor (“Medico di Base”). 

Required documents:

      • Passport
      • Tax code
      • Receipt of the Residence Permit application
      • Receipt of the payment for registration with the Italian National Health Service (“SSN”)
      • Self certification of enrolment at the Foundation Year Program (to download from the Student Portal)
      • Self-certification of accommodation (this form will be available directly at ASST)    


B- Register with Poste Salute, the Post Office Health Insurance, at Poste Italiane (Piazza della Posta 1, Pavia).

C- Purchase a private Health Insurance.

Please note that private insurances mainly cover expenses only if you are hospitalized by ambulance or through the Emergency Room: if you choose this option, make sure to check all the contract conditions.

If you want to get the Covid-19 vaccine while you are in Pavia, please follow these instructions.

8.Email your arrival date, your flight ticket and your study VISA by the 15th of September 2021, while your address in Pavia and the Declaration of Value of your study title by the 31st October 2021 at the latest.

9.Consider Pavia living costs to make a budget. Before you arrive, you should look at the cost of living in Pavia and make your own budget. See Costs


  • Passport with student visa and ID cards, if applicable
  • Declaration of Value of your Study Title
  • European currency
  • Travel insurance and personal insurance documents
  • Evidence of your finances – a bank statement or sponsor’s letter
  • The address of your accommodation in Pavia, a contact name and phone number in case of any problems or questions


Residence permit – All Non-EU students staying in Italy for longer than three months must request the Residence Permit within 8 days from their arrival in Italy.

In order to be assisted in filling out the Residence Permit application (“KIT”), book an appointment at the International Student Helpdesk, located at the Police Station (Questura, Via Rismondo 68, Pavia).

The International Student Helpdesk is open Thursdays 9AM – 1PM by appointment only available from 21 Sept 2020: (click on the helpdesk, fill a form and confirm your appointment).

Students in quarantine can start anticipating their documents to, attaching their passport with the study visa or (in case of renewal) their permit of stay.

Get more detailed information here.

In case of quarantine upon arrival, book an appointment at the end of your quarantine (in this specific case, the 8 days deadline is waived).

Required documents: 

  • Photocopy of your passport (without blank pages)
  • Photocopy of a health insurance policy (public or private)/receipt of the payment of SSN registration
  • Proof of enrolment at the Foundation Year Program
  • Proof of accomodation: photocopy of your house lease or, if guest in one of the residences, a letter signed by the rector or the bursar of the residence
  • Proof of economic support: photocopy of scholarship/bank account details/front and back of your credit card
  • A 16€ revenue stamp (“marca da bollo”), to buy at the tobacco shop

Once the KIT has been filled in, you must take it to the Post Office (Piazza della Posta 1, Pavia) in order to send it to the Immigration Authorities. Postal and shipping fees will cost 146,92 €.

After sending the KIT you will receive a receipt of your application, which will have the same value as the Residence Permit until the document is ready, so remember to always carry it with you.

Lastly you will receive a letter or text message with an appointment date for photo signalling and taking your fingerprints at Questura di Pavia. When going to the appointment, do not forget to bring the originals of all the above-mentioned documents, the Post Office receipt and 4 passport photos (with white background).

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).

United Kingdom citizens: please note that you do not have to book an appointment at the International Student Helpdesk, but you must send an email to attaching the following documents:

  • If you arrived in Italy before 31/12/2020: ID/Passport and a proof of your arrival before this date;
  • If you arrived/arrive after 31/12/2020: Passport with Visa.

Personal accident insurance (COMPULSORY) All foreign students at the University of Pavia are covered by a Third-Party Liability Insurance which covers damages caused by the students while studying in the University buildings. Please note that the University of Pavia provides this Third-Party Liability cover free of charge.  All foreign students must also be covered by a Personal Accident insurance covering damages caused to him/her while studying at the University of Pavia. You must purchase it upon your arrival in Pavia, paying 2  per year by following these instructions.