Visa/Passport InformationYou do not need a visa for the Italy Intensive program as all of our programs are intentionally planned for less than 90 days.
You may not travel anywhere in the Schengen territory more than 90 days without a visa. The Schengen area includes: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Visas can only be issued at the office of the Italian Consulate in the states. If you wish to stay in Italy or any of the Schengen territories longer than 90 days you must have a specific reason that can be documented and approved by the consulate prior to the program. ECU cannot help you get a visa. Travel and tourism is not considered an official reason.
You will need a passport so be sure and apply for that well before your departure date.
If you already have a passport, check the dates. It must not expire for 90 days until after you return to the states. Apply for your passport as early as possible (it can take over six weeks to obtain) and have it with you at all times while traveling. Keep it in a safe place. You will always be asked for your passport when you check into a hostel or hotel and sometimes will need to show it when you use a debit or credit card.
A scan of the front page of each student's passport should be sent via e-mail to the program Assistant Director, Stuart Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org
) at least one month prior to your departure. This is so we can register you for your lodgings with the Certaldo Police Department.
Make one or two copies of your passport to leave with someone you trust (family/friends). This will enable you to get another one quickly if it is lost or stolen. It is a good idea to pack one copy in your suitcase as well.
You should also bring a driver's license and student ID with a picture as these will work at many places if you don't have your passport with you when you are shopping.
Helpful hint: Get a folder or zipped case for all of your important documents. Keeping all of your documents in a folder will save you endless time looking for your important information. You should keep a copy of your passport, health insurance information, credit card, contact info, flight itinerary, class syllabi, etc. in this folder or plastic zip-lock bag.