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Admission to 2nd cycle degree programmes

The list of 2nd cycle programmes (Corsi di Laurea Specialistica/Magistrale-CLS/CLM) in offer at Italian universities is available online in the websites of the Ministry of Education, University and Research and of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs:

Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR): Study in Italy > course search > or università > studenti stranieri),

Ministero degli Affari Esteri (MAE): politica estera >politica culturale > attività > cooperazione universitaria > iscrizione studenti stranieri).
You may also apply for information to the universities themselves (database of Italian universities available at Cerca università).

The list of 2nd cycle programmes (Corsi di Diploma Accademico di 2° livello-CDA2) in the arts and music in offer at Afam institutions is available online in the website of the Ministry of Education, University and Research, Afam section.
You may also apply for information to the individual Afam institutions; their list is available online (go to Istituzioni Afam and select from the menu on the left the category of AFAM institutions you are interested in).

General educational requirements

  1. Do you hold a 1st cycle H.Ed. qualification (bachelor-level) awarded by an accredited foreign university or university-level institution?
  2. Does your H.Ed. qualification grant access to 2nd cycle courses in the H.Ed. system of reference?
  3. Do you hold a school leaving qualification awarded on completion of min. 12 years of global schooling?
  4. Are you competent in Italian? (go to Competence in Italian).

In the positive, you meet the general educational requirements for access to Italian 2nd cycle H.Ed. programmes (go to "2nd cycle" in "Types of Programmes and Degrees" in the section Italian Higher Education).

Specific requirements
It is the task of the Italian H.Ed. institution of your choice to evaluate your foreign degree, and decide if you meet not only the above general requirements but also the specific conditions for admission to the 2nd cycle programme of your choice (course requirements).

H. Ed. institutions apply their own regulations which take into account the current national legislation, bilateral agreements and multilateral conventions signed by the Italian government, the latest of which is the so-called Lisbon Convention; they may also follow some general admission criteria agreed upon at national level.

Admission to 2nd cycle degree programmes may require specific conditions, and therefore be subject to the passing of competitive admission exams; for example, that is always the case of, for example, the degree programmes of medicine and dentistry:

  • For more information on CLMu, go to "point 12" (Admission to studies in dentistry, medicine, etc.) of the section "Specific Qualifications /Programmes".
  • For more information on admission exams made obligatory at local or national level, go to "Admission Exams".
  • Admission examinations at individual H.Ed. institutions (universities as well as Afam institutions) are all administered in italian.