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IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca - Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca - Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca

IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca - Scuola IMT Alti Studi Lucca


Nestled in the picturesque region of Tuscany, the IMT School stands out as a premier post-graduate institution in Europe. Interdisciplinary research, cutting-edge technologies, and internationalization form the cornerstone of the IMT School's identity.

In addition to doctoral training, the IMT School also offers executive courses and master's degrees conducted in collaboration with prestigious universities and research institutes. Facilitating a conducive environment for learning and growth, the IMT School provides an array of facilities and benefits, including a well-stocked library, state-of-the-art laboratories, complimentary on-campus accommodation, and canteen services.

Additionally, PhD students can enjoy fitness and relaxation amenities, leisure rooms for socialization, and opportunities to immerse themselves in the Italian language and culture through dedicated courses.

In essence, the IMT School provides not only a platform for academic achievement but also a holistic educational experience that embraces cultural diversity and fosters personal growth, all within the captivating ambiance of Tuscany.

The Accreditation of the IMT School

The on-site assessment took place between November 25th and November 29th, 2019.

The Ministry of University and Research granted the initial accreditation to the IMT School on August 10th, 2020 with Decree No. 438.

Campus Features

San Francesco complex and its history

Meditation, study, hospitality: this is the historic identity of the Convent of San Francesco, ably interpreted and re-proposed in an architectural restoration of great aesthetic value but even more admirable for its living witness to history. The place of Franciscan theological and philosophical studies has today become the center for the university institute IMT Alti Studi. This result has been achieved in eight years of work thanks to the fruitful synergy between the Comune, the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca, and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici.

Residential Campus

The IMT School's Campus is made up of several, state-of-the-art buildings all located minutes from each other within Lucca's historic periphery Renaissance-era walls. Advanced training and research at the School are fully integrated, thanks to the high quality of its services and underlying scientific infrastructure.

Presently, the Campus stretches over 12,000 m2 and is located in three different complexes, the San Ponziano Complex, the San Francesco Complex, and the Brunero Paoli Residence, both leased to the IMT School free of charge from Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca, within which the library, the classrooms, the laboratories, and the study rooms can be found.

The Campus houses various internal and external areas used for study and socializing. Without a doubt, the residential Campus offers students and researchers of the IMT School the chance to experience full interaction and multidisciplinary integration.

    Visa Requirements

    If you are a non-EU citizen, do not live in Italy, and do not have a stay permit/permanent residence card in Italy, you must have an entry visa. Upon your arrival in Italy, you shall also submit a request for a stay permit for study reasons.

    The stay permit ("Permesso di soggiorno") is issued by the Police Headquarters in the town of residence in Italy, allowing temporary residence in the country. Non-EU citizens must apply for a stay permit within 8 working days of arrival in Italy, through authorized Post Offices.

    IMT Campus Management and Front Office or the Post Office provide a kit (an envelope with a yellow band) containing necessary forms and instructions, though they are in Italian.

    • Required documents for the application include:
      • Form 1 ("Modulo 1") with duty stamp ("marca da bollo") of 16.00 euros
      • Copy of all passport pages
      • Copy of invitation letter or enrollment certificate from IMT
      • Copy of valid health insurance policy
      • Receipt of postal bulletin for 70.46 euros
    • Submit the documents at a Post Office providing "Sportello Amico" service, pay a 30 euro post charge, and receive a receipt.
    • Track application status using the provided user ID and password on the receipt via the Immigration Website or Polizia di Stato website.
    • Receive a letter from the Post Office indicating appointment date and time at the Immigration Office of Police Headquarters (Questura) in Lucca.
    • Required for the appointment:
      • Letter stating the appointment
      • Original documents sent to the Questura
      • 4 passport-sized photographs with light-colored background

    Visit the Immigration Office of Police Headquarters a second time to pick up the electronic stay permit. IMT Campus Management and Front Office may assist during the application at the Post Office and first appointment at the Questura.

    Campus Life & Facilities

    The School is equipped with advanced laboratories.

    • IT Facilities
    • MUSAM-Lab
    • Neuroscience Lab of Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center
    • Open Lab
    • GAME Science Research Center


    • Lucca

      Piazza S. Ponziano, 6, 55100, Lucca

    • Lucca

      Piazza S.Francesco, 19, 55100, Lucca