Practical information on visa, enrolment procedure, accommodation, how to reach us...
Academic Calendar & Term dates
23 December - 6 January
Semester 1 examinations
16 January - 24 February
27 February - 9 June
6 - 11 April
Semester 2 examinations
12 June - 28 July
Re-sit examination period
4 - 15 September
1 November, 8 December, 6 April, 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 10 June, 15 August
Applying for an Italian study visa
Please notice that, before joining our programmes, you will only need to apply for one visa only at an Italian Embassy/Consulate, as Italy is the location for your first semester/year. Afterwards, while you're spending your semester(s) in Italy, you will have the chance to apply for another visa, e.g. a German one if you're spending your Semester 2 in Hamburg, at the Germany Consulate based in Rome.
Web-based visa application on Universitaly.it
Starting from Academic year 2020-2021, the visa application procedure is completely web-based. Non-EU students not living in Italy are requested to pre-enrol using the online platform called UNIVERSITALY. Once your pre-enrolment request on Universitaly.it has been approved by the University of L'Aquila, you will receive a confirmation email. After that, you will have to get in contact with the local Italian Diplomatic-consular mission for the visa request process. Please note that the university confirmation email does not automatically imply the issue of a study visa for you, which is all up to the Diplomatic mission you're in contact with, instead.
Documents required (to be submitted via Universitaly.it)
Italian Residence Permit
The InterMaths team will assist you with preparing all the required documentation, which includes a couple of forms to be filled in and, among others:
A full copy of your passport (every single page, cover included)
A copy of your health insurance card
All you need to do is visit any Italian post office and withdraw the required form known as "kit permesso di soggiorno" ("soggiorno" sounds like "sojjorno"). Then, bring it to campus and we'll fill it in together!
Then, put all the required documents (including blank forms) back in the envelope, visit any Italian post office once again and complete the submission process (including payment of the required fees) with the post office clerks. After that, your application will be submitted to the L'Aquila police station ("questura" sounds like "kuestura") via the post office itself. Note that you may withdraw and drop your application form at any Italian post office, not necessarily the ones in L'Aquila, but the envelope must be addressed to the L'Aquila Questura, as it's the one in charge of the place where you're going to live and study.
At the end of the submission process, the clerk at the post office will hand you out three receipts, which will be considered as your temporary residence permit (always carry a copy with you whenever you're around and drop one to our Registrar's Office to confirm your enrolment).
On such receipts you'll also find the date and time of the appointment fixed for you at the L'Aquila police station (Questura) to complete the rest of the required procedures, which includes an interview for fingerprints (carry with you passport & ID photos). Eventually, you'll be summoned for another appointment to collect your final (plastic) permit card - the one you can see on this page.
The whole process will be complete in approximately 2 months (but it might even take longer) and will cost you around 120 euros.
To finalize your enrolment, you'll then have to submit your translated and legalized qualifications, which include, depending on the case, ONE of the following:
Declaration of Value (DoV)
All our students, doesn't matter if they are EU or not, must hold valid insurance covering risks related to health, accidents, death, permanent invalidity, civil responsibility (including travel assistance) while they are outside their home country.
Personal medical cover is required in most European countries, even in those that have a public health system. An insurance card will also be required by local authorities in order to obtain a residence permit.
For all the Erasmus Mundus (EMJMD) students: a mandatory insurance coverage, covering risks related to health, accidents, death, permanent invalidity, civil responsibility, is provided to all students (whether they're scholarship holders or not) by the InterMaths Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Consortium.
Such insurance complies with the minimum requirements set out by EACEA
To all the other students (Double Degree programmes, for instance). If you are non-EU, note that you will have to purchase a valid insurance policy that complies with some minimum requirements established by the consortium and that will allow you to obtain a visa and a residence permit. You may refer to these links if you wish. All the below-listed companies offer insurance that comply with the minimum requirements to obtain an Italian residence permit:
[AON 24/7 emergency assistance: # +31 10 448 8260]
- Expat & Co
- Protrip-World by DrWalter
- Waitaly (cheapest option. Not EACEA compliant (thus, not valid for Erasmus Mundus students, but still valid for an Italian residence permit to attend other programmes, like RealMaths for instance)
[Waitaly 24/7 emergency assistance via Europ Assistance # 800046421 (toll free from Italian phones only)
or # +39 0258286966]
Housing options in L'Aquila
Temporary accommodation in L'Aquila & Useful links
How to get to L'Aquila
Another coach service (operated by T.U.A., aka as A.R.P.A.) is available from the "Tiburtina train station" (Stazione Tiburtina in Italian) located in East Rome. But this means you'll have to firstly get on a train/bus/undeground from the airport to get to the "Tiburtina train station", which will take you one hour at least. So, we strongly suggest you use the other option, as such buses will be departing right from inside the aiport parking area.
A bunch of European cities are also connected to the Abruzzo Airport in Pescara, located at about 100 km to the east of L'Aquila.
Coaches departing from the two Rome airports: Fiumicino or Ciampino
Coaches departing from Tiburtina station in East Rome
L'Aquila can also be reached by train. However, the whole journey from Rome may take you even 4 hours or more, and you'll have to change trains at least two times, whereas a bus will take you there in an hour or so. Thus, we strongly recommend using coaches, instead, unless you wish to visit historical towns in the Abruzzo region.
Getting to campus
Our programmes are coordinated and hosted by D.I.S.I.M. (Department of Information Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics) located on the Coppito campus in via Vetoio - West L'Aquila. The Coppito campus also hosts other departments (biology, chemistry, physics, medicine) and, most notably, the main city hospital (in Italian ospedale). Keep that in mind whenever you will be asking for directions, as everybody knows where the hospital is.Local buses are operated by A.M.A. For more information and timetable see here
The webpage is in Italian, but all you need to do is enter the word "ospedale" or "coppito" in the search box.
Number 1 or 2U Bus are very likely the ones you'll need most, as they connect our campus to the bus station at the Hotel Amiternum, the "L'Aquilone" shopping centre, as well as the main coach station (known as Collemaggio) in the old city centre. But there are several other buses that might take you there - just check out the link above.