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.


The Regulations on the recognition of foreign degrees and transfer of credits earned abroad is available in appendix 2 of the new Student regulations. Please read them carefully before applying.

Preliminary test for the recognition of the foreign degree in Medicine and Surgery

The preliminary test for the recognition of Medicine degrees obtained abroad will be held on Wednesday, 15 September 2021 at 8.30 am in room 208 of the Teaching Sector in via Festa del Perdono 3.

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 June of each year (only for Medicine and Surgery the deadline is 30 July).

Non-European citizens residing abroad have to access the Universitaly portal in order to fill in the relative "pre-enrolment application" online. The subsequent pre-enrolment phases must be completed at the relevant Diplomatic-consular missions for the purpose of obtaining the study visa. 

Special cases

Medicine and Dental Medicine

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


The tests for the recognition of degrees in Dental Medicine are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday 13 October 2021, 9:30 a.m. (Aula Magna, Clinica Odontoiatrica “G Vogel”, Via Beldiletto 1) written test
  • Monday 18 October 2021, 9:30 a.m. (Aula Peduzzi, Clinica Odontoiatrica “G Vogel”, Via Beldiletto 1) practical test
  • Monday 18 October 2021, 11:00 a.m. (Aula Peduzzi, Clinica Odontoiatrica “G Vogel”, Via Beldiletto 1) oral test

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).

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.

Admission to years subsequent to the first into a programme with limited access is conditional upon the availability of places in the programme.

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. legalized University degree, translated officially in italian and with Dichiarazione di Valore or Statement of comparability issued by CIMEA (for recognition of a Master's Degree, attach also the first cycle Degree);
  3. official certificate issued by the foreign university listing the exams taken with corresponding marks, credits/hours and exam dates, translated and certified (for recognition of a Master's Degree, attach also the transcript related to the first cycle Degree);
  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 that has to be made through the online service Gestione pagamenti by selecting Contributi per prestazioni d'ufficio > Contributo riconoscimento titolo estero;
  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.

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 (also known as “equipollence”), following which the equivalent Italian qualification will be issued. It will only be granted where the foreign educational pathway is entirely congruent with the one needed to earn the equivalent Italian degree.
  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.
Recognition of the student’s academic career at a foreign institution

Students who matriculate into the University of Milan holding a degree from a foreign university, or who attended a foreign university, and wish to receive transfer credit must submit an application for their prior university career to be reviewed. The following documents must be included with the application:

  1. Official transcript issued by the foreign university, translated and certified;
  2. Relevant excerpts from the course catalogue printed on university letterhead, embossed with the university’s seal, translated.

The application for a review of the student’s prior academic career completed abroad may only be submitted at the matriculation stage.

Students who do not submit such application at that stage waive the right to submit one thereafter.