Arriving at University of Insubria
If you are visiting our University, you will probably land at Milano Malpensa Airport.
The best way to reach Varese and Como is to take a train from the airport to the Saronno Railway Station. There you can catch the train to Varese and or Como.
From Milano Malpensa to Busto Arsizio: take the direct train from the Airport.
Other International Airports not far from our University are:
Varese and Como are a train ride away. The journey from Milano to Varese and from Milano to Como (and v.v.) takes approximately one hour.
From Varese to Busto Arsizio (and v.v.) there are trains which take approximately 30 minutes, at almost every half an hour from 5 am to 10 pm.
The only way to get to Como from Varese (and v.v.) is by bus.
You may stay in Italy for as long as you like: you only need a passport or ID card.
- You may enter Italy for study purposes if you have a valid Passport and an entry Visa issued by the Italian Embassy or a consulate in your home country. You cannot apply for a visa once in Italy. For information about getting a Visa-type D for Italy from your country, have a look at the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry website.
- You must apply for a Residence Permit, a card similar to a credit card; it has a microchip and a machine-readable magnetic strip containing the cardholder's personal details, photo and fingerprints in digital format. The Residence Permit for study purposes is issued by the Police Station (Questura) of the province where where you will live and entitles you to live temporarily in Italy. The validity of the Resident Permit is one year: under current regulations it will have to be renewed each year. Applications for Residence Permit for study purpose must be submitted within 8 working days from the arrival in Italy, by going to a “CAF Office” or by going to any Italian Post Office and asking for a “kit”. The “kit” consists of an envelope with a yellow stripe and contains two forms and a list of instructions.
- The "Codice fiscale" is a 16-character alphanumeric code issued free of charge by the Revenue Agency to identify Italian nationals and foreign residents. You need to have your own "codice fiscale" to enrol in any Italian university, open a bank account, sign any type of contract (rental, phone line, ...), register with the National Health Service (SSN). International students have to apply for a “codice fiscale” in person at the local tax office “Agenzia delle Entrate”.
Looking for accommodation? The University of Insubria offers accommodation for students and visitors in 3 University Residences, according to availability.
To take advantage of the accommodation service, students must meet the criteria established by a competitive examination announcement, also known as “Bando”, published annually during the summer. A detailed description of terms and conditions for the allocation of accommodation, according to a ranking or list of results (also known as “Graduatoria”), can be found in the “Bando”.
People living in Italy can receive their medical assistance through a mixed public/private system.
Eu citizens holding a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) can use Italian National Health Service (SSN) as they are covered by their home health insurance.
Foreign students have various options for health insurance:
- enrol with the Italian National Health Service (SSN)
- take out a private health insurance policy in their home country (check if you have an Home University insurance)
- take out a health policy with an Italian insurance company
NB: Non-EU students must have health insurance (a receipt for a health insurance premium) in order to apply for a residence permit. The health insurance will not be valid for longer than the period covered by residence permit.
Italian Language Course
The University of Insubria provides free of charge Italian language courses to incoming Erasmus and international students in Varese and Como.
Upon your arrival, you will be informed about the duration of the course itself.