Visa / Schengen Territory Information

Students who participate on the Cortona program do not need an Italian visa. Italian visas are required for persons staying in Italy or the Schengen area for more than 90 days total (every Cortona program is less than 90 days). The official reasons that visas are issued are very specific and only include:

Adoption, medical reasons, certain business trips, family reunion (with family member currently residing in that country), or research/study opportunities sponsored by a US or international institution (only on rare occasions will UGA be able to sponsor extended research/study: example - Students participating on two or more consecutive Cortona programs.). The consulate requires official documentation if you need a visa. Travel/tourism are not considered official reasons. These are the requirements of the Italian Consulate, not the Cortona program.

International students not holding a U.S. passport may be required to obtain a visa to enter Italy for the program. Please contact our office for details.

The member countries of the Schengen agreement are:

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
Switzerland

Non-Schengen countries are:

Bulgaria
Cyprus
Ireland
Romania
United Kingdom