International enrolment in degree programmes
University enrolment in Italy is regulated by ministerial provisions that establish different admission procedures for EU or EU-equivalent students and non-EU students residing abroad.
Italian, European or non-European citizens with residence permits shall apply directly to the University. They need not pass any Italian proficiency test and are admitted with no quotas.
On the contrary, non-EU students residing abroad are required to submit a pre-enrolment application on Universitaly website. If interested in a Bachelor’s or Single-cycle degree programme taught in Italian, they have also to pass an Italian proficiency test in order to be admitted
To enrol, it is necessary to apply for admission and take an admission test or a skills assessment. Admission and enrolment procedures are described at:
The pre-applications on Universitaly for non-EU students residing abroad are now open for the academic year 2021/22. The procedures for issuing study visas must be completed by 30 November 2021.
Besides the procedures required for all students, international students also have to follow these instructions:
There is a fixed number of places in each degree programme for non-EU students resident abroad. The information for all Italian Universities is published on the Ministry website. The number of places is also indicated in the degree programme information sheet in the "Education" section.
All non-EU students residing abroad are required to submit a pre-enrolment application on Universitaly website, attaching the documents listed here beside.
Pre - application may only be made for one university and one study programme.
Grades from other countries can be converted into the equivalent in the Italian system of assessment.
If your mark is numerical, you can use the following formula:
V - Vmin
Grade = ------------------------ * (Imax -Imin) + Imin
Vmax - Vmin
where V is the mark to convert
Vmin = minimum mark for a pass in the foreign institution
Vmax = maximum mark in the foreign institution
Imin = minimum mark for a pass in an Italian institution (60/100 for upper secondary school, 66/110 for academic degree)
Imax = maximum mark in an Italian school (100/100 for upper secondary school, 110/110 for academic degree)
Results with decimals should be rounded to the nearest integer.
If your mark is qualitative (judgements, letters and the like) conversion of the mark is assessed case by case.
Who must do the test
All non-EU students resident abroad interested in a Bachelor’s or Single-cycle degree programme taught in Italian have to pass an Italian language proficiency test.
The following students do not have to do the test:
- students graded B2 or higher in Italian, certified by the CLIQ quality certification system in line with the technical standards set by the Council of Europe;
- students who gained their higher school diploma in Italian schools abroad;
- students with one of the qualifications issued by the "Scuole di frontiera" (frontier schools) listed in annex 2 of the Ministerial provisions;
- students who graduated from lower secondary schools in Argentina and have complementary certificates demonstrating study of the Italian language for at least 5 years;
- students with a Diploma di lingua e cultura italiana from the Universities for Foreigners of Perugia or Siena.
Passing the language test is an essential requirement for enrolment: students who do not pass the test cannot enrol in the university in the coming academic year and must return to their country of residence.
When and where
For the academic year 2020/21 the Italian language test will take place online on 10th November 2020, starting from 9:30 a.m. Candidates must present for the test with a valid identity document.
Students who have to take the test will be invited by e-mail.
It is not necessary to register for the test: the International Students Office will acquire the names of the students directly from the Universitaly website.
The Italian language proficiency test results are published on this page.
Students who do not pass the test cannot enrol in any programme of this or other Italian universities.
Students who pass the test but are not awarded one of the available places for their programme can only enrol if a place becomes available; alternatively, they can apply to enrol in other degree programmes or be reassigned to other universities, provided places are available and subject to the conditions established by the appropriate academic authorities.
During online enrolment, students with qualifications obtained abroad have to submit electronically (thus, not in person) the following documents:
Enrolment in a Bachelor or Single-cycle degree programme:
- high school diploma, translated into Italian, legalized by the authorities of the Country issuing the degree;
- on-site Declaration of Value issued by the Italian Embassy in the country where the diploma has been obtained or Statement of comparability issued by CIMEA or validity certificate issued by ENIC-NARIC centers;
- University enrolment certificate with the list of exams taken or post-secondary qualification obtained in a non-university higher institute or foundation course certificate if the local system contemplates less than 12 years of schooling;
- academic suitability certificate if provided in the Country of origin;
- valid residence permit (only for non-EU citizens);
- fiscal code;
- identity document.
Enrolment in a two-year master's degree programme:
- receipt of the admission fee payment;
- high school diploma, translated into Italian, legalized by the authorities of the country issuing the degree;
- Degree (Bachelor Sc. or equivalent), translated into Italian by an official translator, legalized by the competent authorities of the Country issuing the degree;
- on-site Declaration of Value issued by the Italian Embassy in the country where the degree has been obtained or Statement of comparability issued by CIMEA or validity certificate issued by ENIC-NARIC centers;
- copy of valid residence permit (only for non-EU citizens);
- fiscal code;
- identity document.
The high school diploma and university degree/certificates are also accepted in French, English, German and Spanish (unless otherwise indicated for individual programmes). The certified translation of the university degree and the related on-site Declaration of Value/statement of validity can be replaced by the Diploma Supplement issued by the universities of countries belonging to the European Higher Education Area.
In addition to these documents, non-EU students residing abroad have to deliver also:
- receipt of the Universitaly pre-application;
- request for a residence permit;
- study Visa;
- any certificates of competence in Italian.
Verification of the validity of qualifications obtained abroad is made upon delivery of official documents. Until then, candidates are admitted to programmes with reservations and may be excluded from the courses if they do not meet the requirements.