International students

The Saint Louis world is becoming more and more international!

Deciding to move to Italy is a life choice, not only from the point of view of education, but also of getting to know a different, historical, complex and vital culture.
The academy aims to provide all interested parties with an overview of the information they need to make the most important choice for their musical overview of the information they need to make the most important choice for their.


Applications for pre-academic courses, can be submitted each year starting January 1, no later than June 15.

Formal requirements for admission: EU or NON-EU Citizens holding a Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent), obtained in Italy or in their country of origin, may apply. The Pre-Academic Courses are valid for the purpose of offsetting the total years of study required (12 years) to happen to the 1st Level Academic Courses. Enrollment in Pre-Academic Courses for non-European students is valid for Visa purposes, as they are preparatory courses (Foundation Courses) for subsequent placement in Academic Level Courses.

The Degree must be submitted in original version (scanned copy), accompanied by certified translation and DOV (Declaration of Value). The DOV is a document certifying the validity of the degree and eligibility for academic and university level courses, and is issued by Italian Diplomatic Representations abroad (Embassies or Consulates). Alternatively, candidates may submit a Diplome certificate issued by CIMEA.

    Upon receipt of the form, you will be contacted by the education secretary or the international office who will inform you of the next steps.
    Enrollment: Amount between €240 and €290, depending on the month in which you enroll.
    Down payment: € 250, to be deducted later from the Annual Ration.
    Although the Pre-Academic Courses start from a basic education, some musical knowledge and inclinations are necessary to be eligible for attendance. These prerequisites are checked in a preliminary aptitude interview, to be conducted online or in person no later than June.
    The other scheduled tests (instrument, harmony, ear training, etc.) will take place online on customized dates and will be used to identify the most suitable year of attendance for each subject. In fact, it is possible to start, for example, from the 2nd year in one’s main instrument, and from the 1st in theoretical subjects.
    For Pre-academic Courses in Phonics and Electronic Music, there are no Entrance Tests, only the aptitude interview, which is also aimed at testing English (or Italian) language proficiency.


Applications for admission to academic courses, which must be sent complete with pre-selection links, are accepted each year starting January 1, no later than APRIL 30. Applications arriving late will be considered individually, at the discretion of management, on the basis of available places and possible waivers.

Formal requirements for admission:

Level I Academics: EU or NON-EU Citizens holding a Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent), obtained in Italy or in their home country, may apply for admission. Proof of a minimum of 12 years of schooling is also required.

Level II Academics: EU or NON-EU Citizens holding a Three-year University or Academic Diploma (or equivalent), obtained in Italy or in their home country, may apply for admission. Proof of a minimum of 15 years of schooling is also required.

The Degree must be submitted in original version (scanned copy), accompanied by certified translation and DOV (Declaration of Value). The DOV is a document certifying the validity of the degree and eligibility for academic and university level courses, and is issued by Italian Diplomatic Representations abroad (Embassies or Consulates). Alternatively, candidates may submit a Diplome certificate issued by CIMEA.

    Jazz/Pop/Songwriting/Classical Music: Record a video (by any medium/device) containing 4 songs you perform, at least 3 of which must be performed as a group (at least as a trio). Videos of live performances are accepted. At least 2 of the 4 pieces should be chosen from the given list, which can be found in the Course Catalog. Videos should be uploaded to youtube or other similar web portals and should be indicated as links in the application form.
    Composition/Electronic/Applied Music: Prepare a link containing Portfolio (video, audio, sheet music) of your most indicative and recent works.
    For the Sound Technician Course, there is no pre-selection but an aptitude interview.
    Applications for admission to academic courses can be sent each year starting January 1, no later than April 30.
    Candidates who pass the pre-selections will be admitted to the Admission Tests, which can be taken online between January and June, on dates to be agreed upon individually. If the candidate wishes to take the in-person tests, the Admission Session will be a single one, in June.
    If you are successful in the pre-selections, you will be contacted by the International Office to determine when you will take the admission tests. The contents of the tests can be found in the Course Catalog.

Based on the test results, the teaching committee will form a merit ranking.
The acceptance letter, which is required to obtain a Student Visa, is usually sent after the entire process is completed. The entire admission process is free of charge; however, the Registration Fee Payment (€ 240/290) is non-refundable.
Students whose incoming preparation is NOT CONSIDERED SUITABLE for direct entry into Academic Level Courses will be eligible for more appropriate Pre-Academic Level Courses.

Studying at Saint Louis for international students from countries outside the EU, the procedures, deadlines and regulations for being able to apply for Saint Louis academic courses are set by the Italian Ministry of Education. For more information about this visit: Studying in Italy. Updates to enrollment procedures are usually published in May for enrollment in the following academic year (beginning in September).

Non-EU students must simultaneously follow a dual enrollment procedure:

  • official pre-registration must be done through Italian Diplomatic Representations Abroad (Italian Embassy/Consulate) of one’s home country. It is therefore necessary to contact the nearest Italian embassy or consulate in your city to get all the information about it and to start your own pre-registration procedure, which is mainly aimed at issuing the Student Visa (D type). Visa procedures can also be very lengthy, involving the preparation of many documents by the student applicant. Therefore, it is recommended to start these procedures no later than January/February in order to arrive in Italy in September for the start of the Courses. Official pre-registration normally closes in July each year and does not allow for extensions.
  • At the same time, starting January 1, each student must follow the St. Louis enrollment procedure, following the same Admission steps (submission of the admission or enrollment application form, pre-selection, Admission practice test, etc.) provided for all other students for the purpose of assessing the entry level in the subjects provided by the chosen Course. These procedures can be accessed within from the “Teaching” section by entering the desired department and level course.

Official pre-registrations made through Italian Diplomatic Representations Abroad will take place through the Universitaly Portal.

marzia bagli

Marzia Bagli
International Relations Coordinator / Head of International Admissions

The Saint Louis International Coordinator is available for general orientation video calls, every day of the week, Monday through Friday, by appointment to be arranged by filling out the form.

In addition, a dynamic team of faculty is also available to international students for video calls for inbound orientation, tutoring, as well as online admissions testing.

Giovanni Candia

Pop and Jazz

Manuele La Puca

Composition and Film Music

Davide Prestanicola

Sound Technician

sergio bachelet

Electronic and Applied Music


Students from other European Union countries do not need to apply for an Entry Visa and do not need a Residence Permit, but for stays longer than 3 months it is mandatory to register their residence at the Registry Office, within 90 days of arrival in Italy.

Students from outside Europe must apply for an entry visa (TYPE D, specific for multi-year studies) at the Italian Diplomatic Representation (Embassy/Consulate) in their country before traveling to Italy. Once in Italy, the Visa must be converted into a Permit of Stay, to be renewed annually.

EU citizens who hold a European Health Insurance Card (TEAM Card) are eligible for free medical benefits in Italy and all EU countries. The card, which must be physically carried and have an expiration date after the date of departure from Italy, provides free access to primary care physician, hospital facilities and emergency room services (including surgical services).

Non-EU citizens must have health insurance prior to arrival in Italy. The insurance is in fact required by the Consulate/Embassy issuing the visa and must be approved by them for the purpose of obtaining an entry visa to Italy. Once in Italy, the student must renew insurance, which can be private, or he or she can enroll in the Italian National Health Service (SSN).

The Tax Code constitutes the instrument of personal identification in all dealings with government agencies and administrations. The only valid one is the one issued by theInternal Revenue Service. In Italy it is required to perform many tasks, such as renting an apartment, opening a bank account, having a phone contract or installing internet at home. It is possible to apply for a Fiscal Code at the Italian Consulate or Embassy in your country prior to arrival in Italy (strongly recommended). Alternatively, the CF can be requested upon arrival in Italy, at the Revenue Office.

All Courses at Saint Louis are offered in English or Italian, depending on the student’s preference.

Although knowledge of Italian is therefore NOT a mandatory prerequisite for entering Saint Louis courses, we strongly recommend that international students acquire the basics of Italian before beginning their studies, equivalent to a standard A2 level.

Following admission to their chosen course, international students will have the opportunity to take a weekly Italian language course, which is included in regular fees.

In addition, international students benefit from special language support through many initiatives organized by the international office such as: Buddy System, extra study materials in English provided by the teachers, tutoring by the International Office and the reference teachers of the chosen course to ensure that the student can attend each subject with ease.

For students who wish to follow a more intensive Italian language study program, either starting from scratch or simply to improve their proficiency, The Saint Louis has established a partnership with a well-known Italian language school based in Rome, in close proximity to the Saint Louis Locations, and Milan: LEONARDO DA VINCI SCHOOL.

Saint Louis is officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education among the Institutes AFAM (High Artistic, Musical and Choreographic Education) Italians, and is authorized to confer Level I and II Academic Diplomas also officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, and having the same value as university degrees of the same level. Degrees awarded by Saint Louis are legally valid and recognizable worldwide.
More information on the Worldwide Recognition of Higher Education Degrees can be found on theENIC-NARIC Website. The Italian body officially in charge of evaluating both Foreign and Italian Degrees is CIMEA . More information on the value of Italian Qualifications of Higher Level, is available, in English and Italian on the Website
Framework of Italian Degrees.

Saint Louis adopts and applies the CFA (Academic Training Credits) system, according to which each credit is equivalent to 25 hours of work, and each academic year corresponds to 60 credits (1,500 hours of work). The methodology for the validity and value of titles is applied to establish the workload associated with each module, was developed by a team of experienced educational coordinators of the Institute. Coordinators took into consideration the learning objectives of each subject, adding up the hours of instruction and hours of study deemed necessary to fully achieve the level in question. The CFA System is equivalent to the European Credit Transfer System ( ECTS ), which is used for the international recognition of educational credits earned: 1 CFA = 1 ECTS.
The awarding of credits to international and Erasmus students is dictated by a policy of transparency and impartiality, basing credit recognition on actual learning outcomes and workload. Each individual student will be individually supervised by the International Office in the possible transfer of credits obtained from previous courses of study, in the preparation of the study plan, in obtaining and completing all final recognition certifications, and will also support them at every stage of their journey at Saint Louis.

The Italian grading system involves an expression in thirtieths: the minimum grade is 18 and the maximum grade is 30. Students can obtain “honors” (grade 30 cum laude) if the quality of their examination is deemed excellent. Since 2017, Saint Louis has joined the Egracons system for automatic grade conversion.

Finding a room or house in a large city like Rome or Milan may prove to be a not-so-easy task… Since Saint Louis does not have in-house housing reserved for its students, it has developed partnerships with Agencies dedicated to finding housing for off-campus students. These are reliable and effective services, both of which work through dedicated Web sites.

For more information visit the Living and Lodging in Rome and Milan section of the site.

We know how difficult it is to decide to study in a country other than your own; we know the challenges of cultural adaptation that this requires. That is why we have created a network of services in support of international students, so that they never feel alone and always have firm and practical points of reference.

The International Office staff is young, dynamic and always helpful, and is made up of former students, both Italian and international, from Saint Louis itself, with extensive experience in the international arena.

Support systems include first and foremost the buddy system, a program through which each new international student can be paired with an experienced Saint Louis student who, after being specially trained by the International Office, serves as a mentor to the assigned student to foster his or her integration within the Institute and the student community.

Saint Louis provides a service for students with disabilities and those with DSA in order to foster learning and assessment modes that are as flexible as possible to ensure full learning in terms of knowledge and skills.