• Step 5: The Italian Consulate

    San Francisco consulate

    *Cue Jaws Music* Okay the Italian Consulate isn’t that scary. I will admit that the whole experience was fairly intimidating, but my entire appointment lasted 10 minutes and I got my visa in 4 days. My appointment was on a Thursday and I received my passport in the mail on Monday afternoon. I definitely do not recommend making […]

  • Step 4: Italian Study Visa Paperwork Guide

    passport

    Enthusiastic photo with your Passport encouraged but not required The process for getting an Italian Study Visa may seem daunting, but hopefully this paperwork guide puts your mind at ease. Disclaimer: Make sure you are checking the website for the Italian consulate in your jurisdiction and not relying completely on this guide as the guidelines […]

  • Step 3: Finding Housing

    Finding housing for your entire stay is a crucial component of the Italian study visa. Between looking for an apartment, communicating with hosts, and getting the necessary documents for the study visa, it took me almost an entire month to get everything in order. In the next article (Step 4: Italian Study Visa Paperwork Guide), […]

  • Step 2: Picking a Language School

    Via Santo Stefano

    Via Santo Stefano, home of the beautiful Italian language and cultural school, Academya Lingue! Choosing which city you want to live in is a very important part of the visa process, but don’t underestimate the importance of choosing a language school. This is arguably the most important part of your journey because you will be spending […]

  • Step 1: Picking a City to Live In

    So you want to teach in Italy? Congratulazioni! Soon you may be living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. You might be asking yourself, “How am I supposed to pick one place out of almost 8,000 cities, towns, and villages?” This is a fair question that I am afraid no one can […]

  • Overview and FAQs

    Below are some common questions I see regarding visas, living in Italy, and general questions about bureaucracy (you’re on your own with that one!). Only kidding, but does anyone actually have any consistent advice for how to navigate the Italian bureaucracy? Asking for a friend. If you have a question that I haven’t answered, feel […]

  • About Me

    About Me                Welcome travelers, teachers, expats, and anyone else who may have stumbled upon my blog! My name is Alexa and I am an expat living and teaching English in Bologna, Italy. Just months before graduate school I dropped out of my doctorate program, moved back home, and […]