Frequently Asked Questions

What is the start date of the Academy?

The first day of class will be on 25th September 2023. We recommend that you are settled into the city at least a week in advance. This will ensure that your accommodation is all set and that you have a comfortable first day. You will be asked to book one of the slots that will be made available for kit delivery and setup on Sept 20 and 21. 

When are we going to sign the contracts?

The contract will be signed in presence at your arrival in September. It states your obligations with regards to the kit that will be provided and to the other devices you might have access to, the rules to obtain the scholarship, the norms linked to your presence in the spaces during the activities for a safe and fruitful stay in our Campus. 

Is the Academy a remote or an in-presence experience?

The Academy is an in-presence learning experience. The course will take place in presence at the Apple Developer Academy, University of Naples Federico II, Campus of San Giovanni a Teduccio, Corso Nicolangelo Protopisani 70, Naples, Italy. In presence class attendance is mandatory. Participants are required to respect the minimum limit of attendance which is 80% of the scheduled hours. 

How to get to The the Apple Developer Academy

The easiest way to get the Campus is by Metropolitan Train (Linea 2) and get off at “Napoli San Giovanni Barra” or taking any regional train from Pozzuoli/Campi Flegrei/Stazione Centrale southbound to Salerno. There are also two tram lines from Piazza Municipio (line 4) and from Poggioreale/Corso Garibaldi (Line 2) stopping at less than 200 mt from our Campus. The bus from the city center that comes closest to the academy is No. 154.

Where and how do I get the equipment?

Equipment is loaned to students at the beginning of the academic year when they arrive at the Academy. Students are required to properly care for the devices that are assigned to them. Your student kit includes an iPhone and a MacBook. This year we have planned kit delivery & set up sessions on Sept. 20 and 21. You will be invited to pick one of the available slots.   In addition during the academic year there will be opportunities to gain access to short term loans of other test equipment from our centralised loan pool process.

How will the Academy communicate important information? Via e-mail, official website or other means?

Official and administrative information will always be communicated via either e-mail (developeracademy@unina.it) or the official website (https://www.developeracademy.unina.it), or both. Other specific means of communication will be set for the admitted students during the pre-academy time-frame to share practical information about the program.

I am a non-EU student. Will I be able to get a VISA?

You will need to have a signed certificate of admission as proof of enrolment in our program in order to obtain your VISA. However, we strongly suggest getting in touch in advance with an Italian Consulate near you in order to get detailed information about the VISA procedures.

Is there any health-care support for international students?

Italy has a public health care system called Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN) which is divided into local units called Aziende Sanitarie Locali (ASL). The City of Naples has 3 local units: ASL Napoli 1 (Center); ASL Napoli 2 (North); ASL Napoli 3 (South) For EU Students: If you possess the EHIC card (Tessera Sanitaria Europea – TEAM). If you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your home EU country, you can receive all medically necessary health care services. To get the services, you can go directly to a doctor or a public or contracted health facility and show the EHIC. The assistance is in a direct form and therefore nothing is due, except the payment of any contribution (“ticket”), which is your responsibility and non-refundable. If you hold an Entitlement Certificate (e.g., E106, E109, etc.) different from EHIC card. If you hold a certificate of entitlement other than the EHIC, as a rule, in order to be eligible for health care, you must first present this certificate to one of the local ASL’s Single Points of Contact (CUP), which verifies whether you can be enrolled in the National Health Service (SSN), and if so, you will be entitled to full health care under the same conditions as for Italian citizens. For Non-EU Students: Non-EU students must register with the Italian National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) or have valid health insurance in Italy. Health insurance coverage (against illness, accident, maternity) is required to obtain a residence permit. The duration of the residence permit for study is a maximum of one year. Find out more at the following page: https://www.agenziaentrate.gov.it/portale/web/guest/italian-health-insurance-card-and-foreign-citizens As an alternative to register with the SSN to apply for a residence permit, you can demonstrate that you have a private health insurance valid in Italy. The insurance must be: in your name; cover illness, accident, maternity; valid in Italy for the duration of the course of study or mobility.

Bank Account

Payment will be made by bank transfer to the account necessarily owned by the attending student. The account can either be a foreign account already owned by the student or the student can open a new bank account at an Italian bank after obtaining the required documentation requested by the bank (e.g. tax code, residence permit, visa). Most popular banks: INTESA SAN PAOLO Banco di Napoli Spa, Via Toledo, 396, 80132 Napoli NA. We are arranging to have a special desk for the Academy Students in their branch located a few hundred meters from our campus.  UNICREDIT Piazza Giovanni Bovio, 22, Napoli UFFICIO POSTALE (IF YOU ARE OPTING FOR A POSTEPAY CARD) – Corso S. Giovanni a Teduccio, 285, 80146 Napoli NA  REVOLUT it’s a virtual bank from Intesa San Paolo. 

What is the tax code and how to apply for it

The tax code is an alphanumeric code uniquely associated with a person, and is issued to all citizens residing in Italy. This code consists of 16 characters (9 letters and 7 numbers): each of these characters goes to indicate specific information about the holder. The codice fiscale is important because it is required in various contexts, and is an indispensable component for initiating a real estate purchase or sale, opening a bank account, filling out a contract, but also for everything related to paying taxes to the state. Foreigners who reside in Italy and have a regular residence permit can proceed with the application for a tax code, at the Revenue Agency that takes care of generating the code. In order to apply for the tax code, the foreign person can go to an office of the Internal Revenue Service, presenting some documents to identify him or her (identity document, residence permit, passport or other valid identification document issued by the Embassy) and proceed to fill out Form AA4/8 (easily found at the official online portal).

Mobile Phone Companies

 If you have a European SIM card you can use it with the price plan of your country (“Roam like at home”). This means that there are no roaming charges. However, it’s not meant to be used for permanent roaming. Mobile phone companies apply a rule called “fair use policy”, which changes basing on the contract that you have. If you are considering instead to get an Italian SIM card, there are 3 Main Network Operators (MNO): Vodafone, TIM, Wind 3. There are also some other Operators available like Ho, Kena Mobile and Iliad. The difference between MNOs and MVNOs is that while MNOs use their repeaters, MVNOs do not have their connection infrastructure and use instead the one of the MNOs. 

Travelling to Naples

From Naples airport to the city center If you arrive directley to the Naples Airport, there is a dedicated bus named Alibus (http://www.anm.it/index.php? option=com_content&task=view&id=1314&Itemid=373), which makes the airport-train station route in around 20 min depending on the traffic.  The ticket costs €5.00. From Roma Fiumicino Airport to Naples City Center if you arrive at Fiumicino airport you can get to Naples central train station either via “Leonardo express” which takes you to railway station in Rome in 45 min from where you will have to take an additional train to Naples station or by bus which is called “fiumicino express” which brings you from Fiumicino airport directly to Naples central train station. The ticket costs around 30 euros. The “fiumicino express” is also usable for those arriving at rome ciampino airport. You can book your train using the following websites: http://www.trenitalia.com http://www.italotreno.it You can book the bus using the following website: HOME PAGE – FIUMICINOEXPRESS.COM

Public Transportation

You can buy the annual student train pass (Unico Campania: http:// unicocampania.it/). The pass is Valid 12 consecutive calendar months from the first day of the month of validity until midnight on the last day of the last month of validity. This pass will let you use every Metro route (both Linea 1 and 2) and some buses and trains. The service is available online but you’ll have to give them the address where to ship it or it ‘s possible to buy it at UNICO Info points. The cost depends on students finance conditions (e.g. earnings, residence, trip destinations).

Isu Services

International Students Union (ISU) is the only company that officially coopes with the University. It’s an outsourcing company that provides management consulting and services across all the welcome services for international students. Its aims to provide top-quality services for international students. The service, offered on behalf of the University of Naples Federico II, is free of charge. https://isu-services.it/en/services The students have to register themselfes on this website and ask for support on the main issues about:
  • Private Accommodation Service
  • Italian Fiscal code
  • Request your Permit of stay
  • Open a new Bank account
  • Renew your Permit of stay
  • Accommodation Certificate for VISA Application

In particular in the section of the website dedicated to our University –  https://www.isu-services.it/en/universities/universita-degli-studi-di-napoli-federico-ii – you can write to our International Welcome Desk (IWD) for general inquiries or require assistance: Email: internationalwelcomedesk@unina.it For housing-related inquiries, including accommodation requests, please get in touch with our Housing Services team: Email: accomodation@unina.it If you prefer a face-to-face interaction, we also offer the option to schedule a meeting with us through the Zoom application. Simply search for “napoli@internationalwelcomedesk.it” on Microsoft TEAMS International Welcome Desk (IWD)  Here are our details: Address: Largo Santa Maria La Nova, 12 – 80134 Napoli First Stairs on the Left Our opening hours are as follows Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Main Line: 081 0482669 Accommodation: +39 324 59 477 19 Immigration and General Information: +39 388 09 871 38


The students has several options for their stay in Naples:
  • they can decide to share a private flat with other students – the best channel could be Facebook with some communities such as: Affitti Studenti Napoli”, “Camere Studenti Federico II Sede San Giovanni a Teduccio iOS Apple Academy”, Affitti camere studenti università Napoli”
  • they can contact the following contact: e-mail accomodation@unina.it  – phone: +39 324 59 477 19 to check the availability in approved residences.

Personal Safety 

  • Stay away from small betting tables in the middle of the streets and from people who try to sell you a computer, a tablet or smartphone for about 50€, they will give you a brick in the original box!
  • There are few districts where you could bump into robbers OR pickpockets, especially on the buses. Avoid showing your gadgets like your phone or your watch , try to don’t look disoriented!
  • Don’t use unlicensed taxi, they are more expensive. 
  • Pay EXTRA attention when you cross the streets. Drivers have their own (bad) rules.

Enjoy the Historical center, castles, sea (don’t swim nearby the port! there are astonishing beaches in the Posillipo) our islands, pizza, coffee and pastries!