To apply to a Laurea (equivalent to bachelor degree) program, you must hold a secondary school qualification released after a minimum of 12 years of schooling (overall).
It verifies the validity of it and can allow access to first cycle programs if:
- It is the official final secondary school leaving certificate/ the first and second cycle university qualifications from the relevant foreign system;
- qualification that allows entry to comparable first cycle program (ex. academic) in the relevant foreign system; qualification that allows entry to comparable second or third cycle program in the relevant foreign higher education syste
- qualification obtained after an itinerary of at least 12 years of schooling;
Universities and Higher Education Institutions are entitled to officially recognize international qualifications.
Please remember that this procedure does not transform a foreign secondary school diploma into an Italian qualification.
For further information on the recognition of qualification follow the link below:
Students with less than 12 years of schooling
Qualifications obtained after 11 or 10 years of global schooling do not allow access to Italian universities, unless you satisfy one of the following additional conditions:
- you attended one (in case of 11 years) or two (in case of 10 years) years of university studies and took all the exams foreseen by the study program;
- you obtained a post-secondary title to compensate for any missing years of secondary education;
- you attended a preparatory program (foundation) at an Italian or foreign institution, to compensate the missing years of schooling and to acquire the competences and skills necessary to be accepted to the degree program you wish to access at University.
- Students who have attended multiple secondary education institutions:
- Secondary school qualifications will be considered valid if achieved after at least 2 years of attendance of the same education system.
PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTS
In order to complete the enrollment procedures you need to prepare the following documents in the country where the educational system of the school issuing your diploma belongs to. The original documents must be delivered upon official enrollment.
Final diploma of secondary studies (at least 12 years): accompanied by a translation in Italian language officially legalized by the Italian competent Consulate.
"Declaration of value” (Dichiarazione di Valore) issued by the Italian Diplomatic Representative related to the high school degree. The Declaration of Value is a document, released by the Italian competent Authority in the Country to which the educational system of your school refers, attesting the validity of your Diploma and in particular attesting you are entitled to enter University.
For more information visit the following websites:
Recognition and equivalence of foreign qualifications
Certificate proving the completion of 1 or 2 years of academic studies or a post-secondary title for those countries where the educational system lasts only 11 or 10 years. A transcript of the exams translated into Italian legalized by the Italian competent Consulate if not issued by the university directly in English, French or Spanish.
Certificate attesting that the University entrance examination in the country of origin has been passed if required by law (e.g. Vestibular for Brazil, Selectividad for Spain, Prova de Aferição or Prova Geral de Acesso ao Ensino Superior for Portugal, etc.). It is necessary for Chinese students to take the GAO KAO examination in order to apply
Italian Language Certificate for programs held in Italian and English Certificate for programs held in English
Documents at point 1, 3 and 4 must be duly apostilled (only if the country where the diploma has been achieved is part of the Hague Convention abolishing requirement for legalization of foreign public documents). Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents, so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are parties of the Convention. Please view the list of countries that have signed the Convention (1) and the authority in charge of Apostille (2).
If your country is not part of the list, documents at point 1, 3, and 4 must be legalized by the Italian Diplomatic representatives.
SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE FORESEEN FOR THE FOLLOWING SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMAS
American High School Diploma
Students holding an American High School Diploma must have passed at least three "Advanced Placements" (APs) with a score of 3 to 5 in order to access a Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) program.
An AP in Italian will be compulsorily required to students with foreign citizenship who apply to a program held in Italian language. The AP in Italian cannot be counted among the 3 Aps in case of students with Italian citizenship or in the case of enrollment in courses delivered entirely in English.
In the absence of the required APs, you can access a Laurea program if:
- You have completed one full year of college and have taken four Aps
- You have completed two full years of college and can be admitted to the third year
Students holding a British High School Diploma must have passed at least three A levels in order to access a Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) program.
An A level in Italian will be compulsorily required to students with foreign citizenship who apply to a program held in Italian language. The A level in Italian cannot be counted among the 3 A levels in case of students with Italian citizenship or in the case of enrollment in courses delivered entirely in English.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma will be accepted for enrollment without any additional documentation only if issued from one of the schools present in this list (http://www.studiare-in-italia.it/studentistranieri/moduli/2017/Allegato2.pdf). In case the diploma was issued by a school not present in the list, you will have to provide the usual set of documents required for enrollment, prepared by the Italian Embassy in Geneva.
If you hold and IB and are a Non EU citizens, you can be admitted to the test outside of the specific places reserved for non-EU candidates residing abroad, only if you have passed an Italian language course in your curriculum.
MARCO POLO – TURANDOT: Project for Chinese students
The Marco Polo- Turandot program is designed for Chinese students residing in their home country who wish to attend a Laurea (equivalent to a bachelor degree) program at an Italian University. Students are required to complete an Italian language course of 10/11 months in Italy before entering the University of their choice. Application to the Marco Polo program takes place between April and August, at the Italian embassy in China, where students fill out a pre-application, deciding both the University program they wish to enroll in and the school or University where to study Italian. For detailed information about the application process and deadlines please consult the Italian Ministry of University and Research website (or directly contact the Italian embassy):