Arrival in Rome

1.1 Visa and Customs
EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Italy. However, if your stay will be longer thanthree months,you will need to register at the Registry Office (Anagrafe) of the Town Council (Comune) where you live.
Non-EU citizens have to apply for a student visa at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their home country.
Student visas are free of charge. Please keep in mind that you can only apply for your visa after having received confirmation of your admission to the university.

The following documents are usually required for visa application:

  1. visa application form
  2. photo id (passport size)
  3. a valid passport (with at least six months validity)
  4. proof of economic independence for your stay in Italy: minimum 350 euros per month for the academic year. Such proof may be personal or family assets or proof of a scholarship (Erasmus Mundus; Science without Borders; etc.)
  5. proof of accommodation in Italy

Some countries also require medical insurance and/or additional documents. The full list of documents required for visa application is available on the Italian Embassies’websites and on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.esteri.it/MAE/EN

1.2 Passport Control
If you are travelling from a Schengen country, there is usually no passport control at the airport (in compliance with the Schengen agreement). If you are travelling from a non-Schengen country, you will undergo a passport and visa check. Please make sure you have all the required documents and keep the invitation letter from Unicusano with you.

Some countries also require medical insurance and/or additional documents. The full list of documents required for visa application is available on the Italian Embassies’websites and on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.esteri.it/MAE/EN

1.3 Airport Security
You may be stopped and asked some additional security questions. If you encounter any problems or if you have any concerns on arrival regarding your passage through immigration/passport control, ask the Immigration Officer to contact Unicusano International Office by telephone (see Contacts).

1.4 Documents you should have upon arrival
Make sure you keep the following documents/items with you when travelling:

  1. passport, travel documents and tickets;
  2. visa (if necessary);
  3. invitation/admission  letter from Unicusano;
  4. medical insurance certificate (if applicable);
  5. proof of accommodation (if applicable);
  6. other documents for immigration purposes (if applicable).

1.5 Getting to Rome
Fiumicino Airport
Train
The Rome Fiumicino “Leonardo da Vinci” Airport (FCO) is connected to the city centre via a direct train (Leonardo Express) and slower trains on the FR1 Regional Railway line. Leonardo Express trains take you directly to the city’s main train station,  Termini. They leave the airport every 30 minutes from 6.36 am-11.36 pm. The journey takes 30 minutes and
the tickets cost 14 euros.
FR1 trains (destination  Orte/Fara Sabina) make several stops. Tickets cost 8 euros and the journey is 30-60 minutes, depending on your destination. The service runs from
5.57 am - 11.27 pm with a train leaving every 15 minutes, except on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekend trains run every 30 minutes.
To reach the airport train station follow the indications in the airport arrivals hall. Train tickets are sold at the station counter and at automated machines. You can pay with cash
or by credit card. Alternatively, you can buy the tickets on-line. www.trenitalia.it

Bus
A number of bus companies provide transportation from the airport to the centre of Rome (Termini central train station or Piazza Cavour, Vatican Area). Tickets cost 4/6 euros one way and 8/12 euros return trip. The journey lasts approx. 1 hour, depending on traffic (especially during peak-hours). www.adr.it/pax-fco-autobus

The night bus 40N (4.50 euros) connects the airport with the train stations of Rome Tiburtina and Rome Termini.
Buses depart  at 1.15am, 2.15am, 3.30am and 5.00am. Tickets are sold on board.
www.adr.it/pax-fco-autobus

Taxi
The cost of a taxi ride from Fiumicino Airport to the city centre (within the Aurelian Walls) is about 50 euros.

Ciampino Airport
Bus and Train
To get to Rome city centre from Ciampino airport (CIA) you can catch a bus (Cotral) at the airport to the Underground (Metro) Line A station in Anagnina.  From there,  you can take the underground to Termini (about 30 minutes).
You can use the same ticket for buses and the underground. The ticket costs 1.50 euros (valid for one Metro ride or 75 minutes on all buses). Buses leave every 40 minutes from
6.00am-10.40pm.
Direct bus services from Ciampino to Termini station are also provided by several bus companies  (SIT, Terravision, Schiaffini). Tickets can be bought at the airport (4.00/4.50 euros). www.adr.it/pax-cia-autobus
Alternatively, you can catch the bus (1.50 euros) to Ciampino railway station and board a train (1.30 euros) to Termini station (15 minutes).

Taxi
The cost of a taxi ride from Ciampino to the city centre (within the Aurelian Walls) is about 30 euros.