Once you are admitted to the graduate program, you will receive a letter of acceptance from the Queens, New York campus. Once you register for courses with your Assistant Dean in Rome, you will be sent a group of acceptance letters from the Rome Campus. These letters, together with the acceptance letter from New York, are needed for your student visa application. After receiving your letters, contact your local Italian Embassy or Consulate.
Please note that you must attend the semester to which you have been granted admission. Failure to do so will be reported to the local immigration office.
The time will vary depending on your local Italian consulate. We suggest that you allow between two to four weeks for the processing of your student visa. You should make the appointment with your consulate well in advance, since some have a waiting period of a few months.
A permit to stay in Italy is granted to foreign nationals who enter Italian territory legally (with a passport or equivalent identity document stamped with an entry visa). During the orientation program in Rome, we will explain how to obtain a permit of stay and the documents required for the application packet. Unless you are an Italian or European Union citizen, you must apply for a student visa, and then apply for the permit of stay once you arrive in Italy. You must submit the application within eight working days of the date issued on your student visa, which is usually the first day of the semester.
Yes, the SJU Rome Campus offers on-campus dormitory housing to graduate students, although they are used predominantly for our undergraduate programs. They are located on the top two floors of the campus, in the same building as our classrooms and administrative offices. Once you are accepted to the program, you will receive our housing guide describing both on-campus and off-campus housing options.
A room in a shared apartment in Rome typically costs between 500 – 700€ per month (this may or may not include bills). If you prefer to live alone, expect to spend approximately 800 – 1200€ per month. In general, we suggest you budget at least 1100 – 1500€ per month for rent, bills, registration fees, text books, and social activities.
Yes, you are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week with your student visa/permit of stay. However, keep in mind that for the majority of jobs in Rome, you must speak Italian at an intermediate level or above. Outside of internships, many of our students teach English or work in tourism for extra money.
Italian courses are not offered at the graduate level. However, there are many private language schools in Rome that specialize in teaching Italian to English-speakers. St. John’s University also offers a free online Italian language course.
Yes, there is career counseling available for résumé preparation and for internship / job searches. You will have are several opportunities to apply for internships, particularly with international organizations, where English proficiency is required. You will also have full access to all of the resources available at the Career Services office on the Queens campus.