Apply to the Seminary

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Pontifical North American College. In order to submit your application, please follow the steps below. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Admissions:

Rev. Michael Romano
Director of Admissions


STEP 1:Consult the Admissions Timeline for the current year in order to familiarize yourself with applicable deadlines and arrival dates.
[2020 Admissions Timeline – Word | PDF]
STEP 2:You complete the following forms:
[2020 Student Application- Word | PDF]
[2020 Student Forms – Word | PDF]
As part of the application material, you can sign up for early arrival in Italy and summer Italian study. In consultation with your Director of Vocations/Seminarians, review the program information provided for Italian study opportunities and indicate your choice on the form provided. The link below provides helpful information for this decision. If you are not participating in early language study, you will still need to fill out the form in order to indicate your arrival date.
[2020 Summer Italian Programs – PDF]
Your Director of Vocations/Seminarians completes the following forms:
[2020 Director of Vocations/Seminarians Forms – Word | PDF]
STEP 3:Ship the entire admissions application including all of the above forms from both you and your Director of Vocations/Seminarians by express courier ONLY (e.g. FedEx, DHL, UPS) by the admissions deadline. (Make sure you indicate that you are shipping documents and indicate that they have no value. Otherwise, customs charges will be applied.)

Email the tracking number for the application packet to the Director of Admissions at the address listed above.

It is understandable that some of the required documents may not be available by the admissions deadline (e.g. Letter of Recommendation from Rectors, Final Transcripts, etc.). However, please ensure that the admissions packet is as complete as possible when sent. If we do not have the letters from the Bishop and the Vocations Director as well as an updated Psychological Evaluation and as up-to-date transcripts as possible, we will not be able to process the application.
STEP 4:You must apply for an Italian residence visa. This process can only be fully completed after acceptance and the flight to Italy has been determined, but you can begin the process as soon as the application is sent by making an appointment with the Italian Consulate assigned to your region. There are two timing dynamics of which you should be aware:

First, appointments are usually not secured less than a month in advance and processing after the appointment can take some weeks. Waiting to set the appointment until after acceptance, especially later in the spring, can lead to the danger of not getting a visa in time for your departure for Italy. If we have adequate information in the application packet, we hope to be able to be able to complete the process and have all necessary acceptance material to you within 3–4 weeks. If you set the appointment for over a month in advance from the sending of your application, you should have plenty of time to obtain the material necessary for you visa appointment and for your visa to be processed by the consulate. These materials are outlined in the instructions below.
Second, please note that you cannot apply for a visa at a consulate prior to 90 days before your arrival in Italy/Rome. Keep this in mind as you make your appointment.
 Upon acceptance you will receive a specific official letter written in Italian from the Rector that allows you to apply for a visa. WITHOUT THIS LETTER YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUBMIT A VISA APPLICATION AT YOUR CONSULATE APPOINTMENT. BE SURE THAT THE TYPE OF VISA REQUESTED IS A “TYPE D: STUDY” VISA. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of Admissions or the Vice Rector for Seminary Life.
[2020 Visa Application Instructions – Word | PDF]
STEP 5:When you receive your acceptance to the College, you or the diocese must confirm your acceptance within a week. You should then make your travel arrangements for a one-way flight to Rome. The travel information form below indicates which flights to Rome you can choose. In order to transport the new seminarians from the airport to the seminary in one group, only the listed flights from the United States to Rome are acceptable. Please note that your departure date from the United States will be one day prior to your arrival date as it is an overnight flight. Due to strict immigration requirements, it is only permissible to arrive in Rome on July 22 for early orientation or August 20 for regular orientation. If you are traveling from Australia, you should be in contact with the Director of Admissions prior to arranging your flight.
[2020 Travel Information – Check Back Later]

Once you have been officially accepted by the North American College and completed these steps, please proceed to the Orientation Page of our website prepared by our students to view the information they have prepared for you this year.