Recognition of foreign academic qualifications and exams

Recognition of foreign qualifications

Qualifications obtained abroad are not automatically valid in Italy, but are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Each university decides whether to recognise exams taken in foreign universities or foreign qualifications, for the purposes of admission, furthering studies and achieving Italian qualifications.

The recognition of foreign academic qualifications for other purposes, such as participation in public competitions or access to regulated professions, shall be obtained from other public administrations.

For more information on the recognition procedure, please visit the website of Cimea, the national information centre for the recognition of qualifications obtained abroad.

Preliminary tests for the recognition of degrees in Medicine and Dental Medicine

Medicine: the preliminary test for the recognition of Medicine degrees obtained abroad will be held on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 8.30 am in room 201 of the Teaching Sector on via Festa del Perdono 3.

Preliminary tests for the recognition of degrees in Dental Medicine

Preliminary test calendar for the recognition of degrees in Dental Medicine:

  • Monday 21 October 2019 at 9.30 am (Passamonti room, at the "G Vogel" Dental Clinic, Via Beldiletto 1), written test
  • Monday 4 November 2019 at 9.00 am (Peduzzi room, at the "G Vogel" Dental Clinic, Via Beldiletto 1), practical test
  • Monday 4 November 2019 at 11.00 am (Biagi room, at the "G Vogel" Dental Clinic, Via Beldiletto 1), oral exam
How to claim recognition

If you want to enrol with the University of Milan, you need not submit a special application for recognition: your university degree will be assessed during the admission procedure. The recognition of any exams taken abroad may be requested during the enrolment procedure.

If you wish to have your university degree assessed to obtain the same Italian qualification, you have to submit an Application for recognition, together with the documents listed below from 1 March to 30 July of each year.

Non-European citizens residing abroad are also required to submit a pre-enrolment application (for the recognition of foreign qualifications) to the competent Italian Diplomatic Mission, within the deadlines established annually by the Ministry.

Health professions

Recognition of health professions degrees is subject to admission. To register for the admission test, see the procedures and deadlines in the call for applications. Qualifications obtained more than 3 or 5 years ago cannot be recognized (for more information see the Study Programme).

Medicine and Dental Medicine

The recognition of degrees in Medicine and Dental Medicine is subject to an ad hoc test.

Economics & Management and International Relations

The recognition of degrees in Economics & Management and in International Relations is subject to admission. To register for the admission test, see the procedures and deadlines in the call for applications.

Documents to be submitted

The application for recognition of a foreign qualification addressed to the University of Milan must state the degree programme for which you claim recognition. Please attach the following documents:

  1. high school diploma;
  2. university degree, with certified Italian translation and statement of validity (Dichiarazione di valore in loco) or certificate of validity issued by ENIC-NARIC centres;
  3. a statement issued by the foreign university listing the exams taken (with corresponding marks, credits/hours and exam dates), translated and certified;
  4. detailed syllabuses for exams taken, on headed paper and with a stamp of the university of origin, with translations (not required for Medicine, Dental Medicine and Law);
  5. receipt of payment for recognition (form code 42);
  6. valid identity document;
  7. tax code;
  8. residence permit (ONLY for non-EU citizens).

The high school diploma, university statement and syllabuses (points 1, 3, 4) 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 statement of validity can be replaced by the Diploma Supplement issued by the universities of countries belonging to the European Higher Education Area.

The same documents (except for the qualification) shall be submitted during enrolment by applicants who have not completed their studies abroad but wish to claim recognition of  exams taken. 

How we assess foreign qualifications

If there are bilateral agreements for the mutual recognition of academic qualifications (eg Italy/Austria), the equivalence of qualifications is automatically recognized upon completing administrative checks of documents submitted.

Failing bilateral or specific agreements, the competent academic authority will assess the exams taken abroad and, if there are no substantial differences, may approve, within 90 days from the date of receipt of the application:

  1.  the total recognition of the qualification, following which the equivalent Italian qualification will be issued;
  2.  the partial recognition of the qualification, resulting in the possibility of enrolling in a given year of the corresponding Italian programme (shorter programme). In this case, you can enrol in the chosen programme according to the deadlines and requirements for the current academic year, take pending exams and obtain your degree.