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Instructions on how to obtain a Declaration of Value (“Dichiarazione di Valore”) for High School Foreign Exchange Students.


Instructions on how to obtain a Declaration of Value (“Dichiarazione di Valore”) for High School Foreign Exchange Students.

To verify if your school is under the jurisdiction of the Consular Offices of Washington, DC, check the list of the Consulates’ jurisdiction in the US, by clicking here.

An Italian student who has finished a year at a local High School as an Exchange Student will need to submit the following documents to the corresponding Italian consular office in order to obtain a Dichiarazione di Valore prior to their departure from the United States:

  1. A letter addressed to the Student Office indicating the reasons for requesting the Dichiarazione di Valore and including the student's complete address and telephone number in Italy as well as that of their US host family;
  2. “Application form for verification of academic degrees and documents” properly filled out with the student’s information and signature; To download the application form, click here;
  3. Original attendance certificate issued by the school and bearing a notarized live signature and a raised school seal + Apostille; For information on how to obtain an apostille click here
  4. Official high school transcripts, bearing the “seal” of the school and the notarized original signature of the Registrar + Apostille;
  5. Official letter proving the student's participation in the exchange program + Apostille;
  6. A copy of the student’s passport or Italian national i.d. card.
  7. A pre-paid DHL, FedEx or UPS envelope to return the original documents back to the applicant once they’ve been processed. Please be advised that we cannot accept pre-paid envelopes from the U.S. postal service.

Transcripts must clearly state:

  • complete name of the student;
  • name of the school;
  • school year/s of reference;
  • last year of school completed;
  • final grades;
  • that the student has been "PROMOTED" or "GRADUATED".

All documents provided (diplomas, transcripts, letters, etc.), must be translated into Italian. The student may prepare the translations which will then be authenticated by the Consular office. It is the responsibility of the student to submit translations that are complete, accurate, and clearly typed.

DO NOT detach the original documents from the Apostille for any reason. Removing the staple from the Apostille will make the document null and void.

Please be advised that a fee is due for documents that are not for academic purposes.

Important: Declarations of value are usually issued in about a month. Please submit all the required documentation with ample time to ensure the declaration will be ready when needed.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Recognition of foreign educational qualifications in Washington, DC. For contact information, click here.