Useful information

How to reach us
The International Relations Unit is located in via Consolato del Mare, 41  - “Palazzo Mariani” - one of the oldest buildings in the city centre  of Messina, close to the Cathedral (see the map below)

Stay  permit

Within 8 working  days of arrival, all NON-EU enrolled in degree programmes or single course units, intending to stay in Italy for more than 90 days must apply for a stay permit for study purposes (Permesso di soggiorno per motivi di studio). The permit of stay is issued by the local Police Department- “Questura - Ufficio Stranieri”- of the applicant’s place of residence in Italy. You can apply directly for the residence permit for study reasons, obtaining a kit from any qualified post Offices (Poste Italiane - Sportello Amico). The kit is an envelope containing the forms and instructions on how to fill them in.

Having correctly completed and signed the forms, you must go to a qualified post office (Sportello Amico) and deliver:

  • the forms in an unsealed envelope;
  • a duty stamp worth € 16;
  • your original passport, the copies of the pages containing your personal details and the entry visa and stamp and the copies of any other pages with visas and entry and exit stamps;
  • a copy of your registration to the National Health Service or of a health and accident insurance policy or of your registration with the National Health Service (SSN);
  • a copy of the documents proving you have the funds needed to cover living in Italy (minimum required for 2018: € 5,889.00 per year). You can submit the same documents you provided for the visa application or a bank account statement or, if you have been assigned a scholarship, an official letter detailing its amount, duration and issuing body;
  • documents proving your accommodation in Italy;

Tax code
The Tax Code (“codice fiscale”) is a card with a personal code that identifies each person within the Italian State. It could be useful to open a bank account, to buy an Italian cell. phone sim card or  to rent a flat.

Information on how to obtain tax code can be found at :

If you prefer to obtain the tax code at your arrive in Messina, you have to fill in a request form and apply to the Agenzia delle Entrate and hand in a copy of the Passport or identity Card,  of the “Declaration of Presence” and the Certificate issued by the Municipality of Messina. Non-EU Erasmus students should also bring the valid residence permit. The codice fiscale is usually issued immediately.

The office of Agenzia delle Entrate is located in Via  Santa Cecilia IS.104, 45/C – Messina, tel.: 090/6512053 or 090/2933711

Health insurance
EU citizens
EU students must be sure to have made arrangements for health cover before arriving in Italy. They need to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from the local Health Authority, which enables them to register freely with the Italian National Health Service. Enrolment with the Italian Health Service also entitles to register with a family doctor and have special discounts. Alternatively, EU citizens may be covered by a private health insurance policy. In this case, they need to bring an official Italian translation of the policy, issued at the Italian Consulate or Embassy in their country, along with a declaration that the insurance will provide complete cover while in Italy.
Non-EU citizens 
Health insurance coverage is required in order to obtain your stay permit in Italy.
Non EU  students can voluntarily register with the National Health System (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale - S.S.N.)  by paying a fee per year. Students will be guaranteed all the services enjoyed by Italian nationals.
In order to register with the S.S.N. Non-EU students need to go to the nearest Local Health Unit (Azienda Sanitaria Locale –ASL) with the following documents:

  • passport or identity card
  • stay permit (or postal receipt) if required
  • the tax code.
  • After registering with the S.S.N., non-EU students will be given a Personal Healthcare Card entitling holders to receive medical assistance either without payment or by paying a contribution, which in Italian is called “ticket”. 

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