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The present section gives the list of a number of qualifications the acceptance of which for admission to Italian H.Ed. programmes is subject to specific conditions.
Check if your case falls within one of the following categories. If so, you have to meet the admission requirements stated for the qualification/programme concerned.
A) Do you hold a secondary qualification awarded after 10 or 11 years of global schooling?
If so, you have:
It deserves mentioning that, in the case quoted under letter a) the additional study period completed after secondary education is accepted only for matriculation in the 1st year of the Italian H.Ed. course of your choice.
B) Do you hold a 10-year secondary qualification and have also completed 3 years of university studies in your home country?
If so, the host Italian H.Ed. institution may operate as follows:
The same type of evaluation is applied to 11-year secondary qualifications accompanied by a 2/3-year period of university studies.
C) Do you hold a secondary qualification shorter than the required 12 years? And have you also attended a post-secondary professional institution in your home country?
Your post-secondary studies may be accepted to fill in the gap in your secondary education on condition that you have already been awarded the corresponding post-secondary diploma.
Holders of qualifications awarded by university institutions which, located in Italy, are accredited by the Holy See, are eligible for matriculation. Their documents must be certified only by the competent Vatican authorities (Sacra Congregazione per l'Educazione Cattolica), and legalised by the stamp office of the Prefecture in Rome (Prefettura di Roma, Ufficio Bollo).
Once completed the procedures for the certification and legalisation of their documents, individual applicants may deliver just their photocopies either to the Italian institutions concerned or, if they still live outside Italy, to the relevant Italian diplomatic authority (Embassy/Consulate) in their country of residence. They will submit their original documents only at the moment of actual enrolllment, after passing the required admission tests (if any).
Holders of the HSD must:
When applying for access to the Faculty of Medicine, HSD holders must:
The British secondary qualifications normally accepted consist of 6 passes in different subjects, at least 3 of which must rank at advanced level.
The 3 A-levels must be related to the chosen Italian programme (course requirements). An A-level in Italian is valid for admission to any programme, independently of its subject field.
The Greek qualifications acceptable for matriculation purposes in Italian university-level institutions are:
Final qualifications awarded by those border schools in the quoted countries that offer Italian as official tuition language are accepted for admission to university-level studies in Italy, but limitedly to those subject fields for which they are valid in the respective H.Ed. systems.
See Enclosure, point 1.for the list of border schools in the mentioned countries.
The final qualifications awarded by the European Schools in Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands have all legal validity for admission to university-level institutions in Italy.
See Enclosure, point 2 for the list of countries and schools.
In Italy operate some foreign schools offering courses of primary and secondary education. The final qualifications awarded by a few of them -belonging to France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, and Switzerland- have been recognised for enrollment at Italian universities under specific conditions. Such conditions are clearly stated in the agreements signed by Italy with the respective countries of reference.
As a general rule, holders of final secondary qualifications from one of such schools may get admission and also exemption from the preliminary test of competence in Italian on condition that:
See Enclosure, point 3 for the list of countries and schools.
Final qualifications awarded by the secondary schools of the Repubblica di San Marino have been recognised as equivalent to all legal effects to the corresponding upper secondary diplomas conferred in conformity to the Italian school legislation (Law No. 760 of 18.10.1984).
The IB conferred by a number of schools worldwide is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education (Miur) as equivalent to the Italian school leaving diploma, provided the curriculum corresponds to the one attached to the recognition decree of that particular IB programme and if it includes the Italian language. IB holders may be exempted from the preliminary exam devised to check their competence in Italian, provided their curricula included the Italian language.
A general condition required by MIUR is that IB holders were admitted to the respective IB programmes after obtaining the promotion to the last form but one of global schooling in the system of reference (i.e. the 11th or 12th form, if the school system consists of 12 or 13 years of global schooling, respectively).
The list of schools conferring recognised IB diplomas is available in Enclosure, point 4.
The school leaving qualifications from Italian sections opened within foreign schools abroad are accepted for matriculation only to those Italian 1st cycle programmes that are similar to the courses they grant admission to in the respective foreign countries.
The specific admission conditions in the country of reference must be stated in the "Dichiarazione di Valore in loco" issued by the competent Italian diplomatic authority.
See Enclosure, point 5 for the list of countries and schools.
In Italy, degree programmes in dentistry, human medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine belong to the 2nd university cycle but are structured differently from the majority of Lauree Specialistiche / Magistrali - LS / LM. The same applies to some degree courses in architecture and building engineering. They all build up a sort of typical category of long, single-cycle degree programmes, named Corsi di Laurea Specialistica/ Corsi di Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico (CLSu/CLMu).
As to access and admission conditions, CLSu/CLMu:
Here is the list of other main features common to all CLSu/CLMu:
Candidates who, in addition to their school leaving qualifications, have completed a H.Ed. period in countries other than Italy may ask for a reduction in the length of the chosen Italian H.Ed. programmes, provided the Italian curricula resemble the foreign ones.