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Non-Eu citizens outside Italy

The provisions described here below concern non-Eu citizens living outside Italy, including those who benefit of scholarships autonomously attributed by the goverments of their home countries.
Such foreign citizens have access to Italian H.Ed. courses on the basis of quotas fixed by Italian H.Ed. institutions.

On the contrary, the following provisions do not concern those non-Eu citizens who benefit of a certain type of scholarships (go to special scholarships).

Procedures for pre-enrollment

The procedures described in the following sections are equally applicable for pre-enrollment in degree programmes at universities or Afam institutions.

Before reading further, make sure that you know the exact name of the programme you have chosen and check to what cycle/level it belongs (go to Italian Higher Education to check cycles and programme typologies available; then check in the lists of university / AFAM programmes available online).

Chinese applicants in "Marco Polo" project

Chinese students participating in the “Marco Polo” Project have to deliver their applications to the competent Italian diplomatic authorities in China from 19th November 2007 to 20th Decembre 2007.  Applications have to concern pre-enrollment in a Laurea or in a one-block Laurea Specialistica degree course to be chosen out of those within which Italian universities have reserved a specific number of places for the “Marco Polo” participants.
Since the same 18th December 2006, the list of all degree courses and of the quotas reserved for them by individual universities has been made available online at the following web address of the Ministry of University and Research Contingente riservato.
The same list is also advertised by CRUI (Conference of Italian University Rectors), by Italian universities and Italian diplomatic authorities in China.
In their applications candidates have to mention also the university site where they want to attend the course in the Italian language; that site must be selected out of those which organise said specific language courses, in addition to the Universities for Foreigners of Perugia and Siena, and the Third University of Rome.
In conformity to the current provisions concerning all international students, also Chinese candidates have to submit, along with their pre-enrollment applications, the documents relating to their previous studies, included the certificate that they have passed the academic suitability exam called “Gao Kao”; furthermore they must provide documentary evidence that they dispose of sufficient financial means to support themselves in Italy.
By 31st January 2007, Italian diplomatic authorities have to forward to universities all the applications and the respective study documents, duly legalised and completed with theStatement of Validity referring to the awarding country (Dichiarazione di Valore in loco). When the complexity of the mentioned procedures does not allow to meet the above deadline, the same authorities will forward the various documentations on a subsequent date but anyhow no later than the end of March 2007.
To the end of the issueing to the students concerned of the necessary study visa in due time for their participation in the Italian language course, Italian universities have to conditionally accept all applications until they will receive the respective documentations.
When the language course is held at a university site different from that where a student will be matriculated in the chosen degree course, the diplomatic authorities concerned have to forward the documentation to this last study site and simultaneously inform the first university.
When applications refer to degree courses regulated by admission restrictions, the necessary information will be given directly to the applicants concerned in due time and according to the same modalities as prescribed for all international candidates.

Italian diplomatic authorities will issue the required visa on dates compatible with the those prescribed for the beginning of the language courses; such starting dates, timely communicated by individual universities, are included in a list prepared for the purpose.
Once in Italy, Chinese applicants have to go to the police station (Questura) in order to ask for a stay permit for study purposes according to the same modalities and times as prescribed for all international candidates.
On the fixed dates, Chinese applicants have to take the admission exams taking into account the agenda that has been determined for all national and international students.
Applicants defined “idonei” (those who have passed the admission exams but have not qualified for a place within the quotas of the chosen universitiy sites) may submit an application for a second placement either in another degree course at the same university or in the same degree course at another university.

Once passed the exams, students may directly proceed to their definitive matriculation in the Italian universities concerned.

Students who have not passed the admission exams or, classified as "idonei", could not be admitted to another degree course or to another study site, must leave Italy by the expiring date of their visa/stay permit for study purposes; just one exception is possible: it concerns only those candidates who hold also another type of stay permit which allows them to live legally in Italy beyond the expiring date of the stay permit for study purposes.



1st cycle degree programmes

  1. Do you hold:
  2. Do you hold:
    • a school leaving diploma awarded by Italian state/legally recognized schools based outside Italy (length: 5 or 4 years at upper secondary level),
    • or one of the final secondary qualifications listed under points 6-11 of the section "Specific Qualifications"?
      • In either case, go through the same first four steps as listed under letter a. above (only note a relevant difference: your pre-enrollment takes place out of the quotas). Eventually, as to your application delivery, you have to send it to the competent Italian diplomatic authority at least one month before the deadline fixed for the direct delivery of italian candidates' applications (see deadlines).
  3. Are you still attending the last year of your secondary school?
    If so, Italian diplomatic authorities will accept your pre-application conditionally; you will become eligible for actual enrollment only when you are able to submit your school leaving qualification, and -if necessary- proof that you have passed the exams of academic suitability, as determined by your school system).

The list of all 1st cycle programmes offered by Italian universities -along with the quotas reserved by each institution- is available online in the websites of the:

Ministry of Education, University and Research-MIUR ( Study in Italy, or università > studenti stranieri),

Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MAE, politica estera >politica culturale > attività > cooperazione universitaria > iscrizione studenti stranieri).
The list will be made public also by Italian H.Ed. institutions and Italian diplomatic authorities outside Italy.

The list of all 1st cycle programmes in the arts and music in offer at Afam institutions (Corsi di Diploma Accademico di 1° livello-CDA1) is available online in the website of the Ministry of Education, University and Research, Afam section: Studenti stranieri.

Remember

  • When you fill out your application form, quote the chosen study programme by the same name as recorded in the relevant list.
  • Pre-enrollment of candidates under letter b. takes place out of the quotas.
  • Each application must include also the applicant's phone number and, whenever possible, her/his e-mail as well as postal address in Italy.

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2nd cycle degree programmes

  • Do you hold a foreign 1st cycle qualification awarded by a university-level institution?
  • Does your qualification grant access to 2nd cycle degree programmes in university-level institutions of the awarding country?

If you may reply adfirmatively to both the above questions, you are eligible for pre-enrollment in an Italian 2nd cycle degree course. Take the following steps:

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Documents for pre-enrollment

According to your personal situation, select the right item:

  • documents for pre-enrollment in 1st cycle degree programmes
  • documents for pre-enrollment in 2nd cycle degree programmes
  • documents for pre-enrollment in 3rd cycle degree programmes

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Documents for 1st cycle degree programmes

Here is the list of documents you have to attach to your pre-enrollment application.

Compulsory documents

a) School leaving qualification (diploma, certificate, etc., in the original or certified photocopy) or a substitutive document valid to all legal effects;

b) Dichiarazione di Valore in loco related to your school leaving qualification;

c) 2 passport-size photos, one of which certified;

Documents obligatory only in specific cases

d) Document stating that you passed the exams of academic suitability, only if that is the case in your country (go to exams of academic suitability for details);

e) university transcript recording the subjects and exams of the university studies you have already attended; the transcript is necessary only:

  • if you hold a secondary qualification awarded after a global school period shorter than 12 years; or
  • if you are interested in a reduction in length of the chosen Italian programme; in this second case, you should also provide the syllabi of individual subject courses;

f) final qualification awarded by a post-secondary institution; this is necessary only in case you hold a secondary qualification awarded after 10/11 years of global schooling and have subsequently attended a post-secondary professionally-oriented programme;

g) certificate / diploma / other document giving evidence that you are competent in Italian (go to Competence in Italian); such a document may be evaluated by the Italian institution to exempt you from the Italian language exam.

In case you ask for enrollemnt in a programme/Faculty the admission to which in your own country is restricted by limitations, you are not obliged to give evidence that you have already passed the relevant selective exams; the italian host institution may provide for such exams to be taken in Italy.

Remember

  • When you fill out your application form, you must quote the chosen study programme by the same name as recorded in the relevant list.
  • If you cannot give documentary evidence of your competence in italian, your enrollment will be subject to the passing of an Italian language exam to be taken in Italy at the host institution (go to Competence in Italian, and read - further in this section- the item "Italian language exam").
  • Check if your qualification (certificate/ diploma/ degree, etc.) must be legalized (go to Legalization of Documents and Consular Formalization of Documents).
  • Your degree/diploma -as well as all related documents that are issued by a foreign authority- must be submitted along with a legal translation into Italian (go to Legal Translations).
  • You must prove that you meet all the conditions required for the issue of a study visa in your name (go to study visa).

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Documents for 2nd cycle degree programmes

Here is the list of documents normally requested in attachment to a pre-enrollment application for a 2nd cycle degree programme.

First of all, you have to select the right application form (go to Application Forms).
Then get hold of the following documents:

  1. Certified photocopy of your 1st cycle university / university-level qualification (degree, diploma, title) which allows access to 2nd cycle degree programmes in the awarding country;
  2. Dichiarazione di valore in loco related to your 1st cycle H.Ed. qualification;
  3. Transcript, issued by the competent academic authority, which records all the subject courses/exams included in the curriculum of your 1st cycle H.Ed. qualification;
  4. Syllabi of the individual subject courses covered by your 1st cycle H.Ed. qualification; they should provide details on the number of credits allotted to each discipline and needed for the awarding of the qualification, or of the weekly / yearly hours for all teaching-learning activities (theory and practice);
  5. 2 passport-size photos, one of which certified;
  6. Certificate / diploma / other document giving evidence that you are competent in Italian (go to Competence in Italian); such a document may be evaluated by the Italian institution to exempt you from the Italian language exam.

Remember

  • When you fill out your application form, you must quote the chosen study programme by the same name as recorded in the relevant list.
  • If you cannot give documentary evidence of your competence in Italian, your enrollment will be subject to the passing of an Italian language exam to be taken in Italy at the host institution (go to Competence in Italian, and read - further in this section- the item "Italian language exam").
  • Check if your degree/diploma must be legalized (go to Legalization of Documents, and Consular Formalization of Documents).
  • Your degree/diploma -as well as all related documents that are issued by a foreign authority- must be submitted along with a legal translation into Italian (go to Legal Translations).
  • You must prove that you meet all the conditions required for the issue of a study visa in your name (go to study visa).

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Documents for 3rd cycle degree programmes

Contact the secretariat (Segreteria Studenti) of the university of your choice and ask for information on the type of documents they request for enrollment in the specific 3rd cycle degree programme you are interested in (database of Italian universities available at: Cerca università).

As to the legal format of your previous qualifications and related documents you have to attach to your application (go to Legalization of Documents, Consular Formalization of Documents, Legal Translations, Dichiarazione di Valore in loco).

At present no 3rd cycle programmes are in offer at Afam institutions.

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Delivery

Your pre-enrollment application, independently if addressed to a university or to an Afam institution, and independently of the cycle to which the chosen degree programme belongs, must be delivered to the competent italian diplomatic authority.

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Additional pre-enrollment conditions

The actual enrollment of non-Eu citizens living outside Italy in the chosen Italian H.Ed. programme is subject to a few additional conditions mainly related to public order and social welfare, such as study visa, right to medical assistance, evidence of adequate financial resources, tuition fees, etc.

Summing up, you must:

  1. Get a study visa from the competent italian diplomatic authority.
  2. Give documentary evidence to be able to support yourself in Italy on the basis of your own financial means or through scholarships, grants or any other financial aid as described under sustenance;
  3. Choose one of the provisions listed under health insurance (non-Eu citizens outside Italy) so as to ensure the right to medical care in Italy.

Remember

  • Other general conditions for enrollment in Italian H.Ed. programmes (entrance examinations, tuition fees, additional contributions devised for student welfare services, etc.) are equally applied to all Italian and international applicants.
  • After completing all procedures for pre-enrollment, you may withdraw your documentation from the Italian diplomatic authorities concerned so as to be able, once in Italy, to deliver it to the H.Ed. institution of your choice when the time for your actual matriculation has come.

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Matriculation in Italy

Both at universities and Afam institutions, definitive enrollment may be subject to such preliminary conditions as the passing of an Italian language exam, admission exams and/or aptitude tests.

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Italian Language Exam

All foreign citizens wishing to attend H.Ed. programmes in Italy have to pass an Italian exam devised to check their level of competence in the language. The exam is usually organised and administered by individual institutions in the first days of September every year.

The Italian exam is obligatory for admission to any degree programmes, except for:

  1. Some exemptions decided at national level (go to Competence in Italian and look for Exemptions from the Italian exam);
  2. The exemptions autonomously decided by individual Italian institutions on the basis of statements /tests of competence in Italian submitted by foreign candidates.

Foreign applicants may not be admitted to further competitve admission exams or aptitude tests (if any) for matriculation in 1st cycle programmes when they have not passed the Italian language exam.

As concerns matriculation in 2nd cycle programmes (60-120 ECTS credits), the responsibility to provide for the italian exam is left to the autonomous decision of individual Italian H.Ed. institutions.

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Entrance Exams

Admission to certain degree programmes may be subject to limitations; when so, matriculation of all international candidates as well as of Italians is subject to the passing of aptitude and/or admission exams.

Entry conditions and related competitive admission exams may be decided locally by individual institutions or nationally by central authorities. For detailed information on the degree programmes subject to restricted admission go to Admission Exams & 2nd Placements.

On the fixed examination dates, non-Eu candidates who have just entered Italy have to go to the H.Ed. institution concerned and be ready to show their passports along with the study visa, or the stay permit in their names, or the statements issued by the local police stations (Questura) confirming their requests for the stay permit.

Applicants are just conditionally accepted to sit for the admission exams when:

  1. they are still waiting for the stay permit to be issued;
  2. their applications have been forwarded by the competent Italian diplomatic authority to the Italian H.Ed. institutions concerned but they are not yet complete with the indispensable study qualifications supplied in the necessary legal format (see Legalization of Documents, Consular Formalization of Documents; Dichiarazione di Valore in loco, Legal Translations).

As concerns letter a., should the time for the issue of the stay permits extend too long due to the specific reasons (e.g. necessity to submit foreign citizens to dactyloscopic tests), enrollment both in the admission test and in the chosen degree programme are carried out conditionally. The institutions concerned may:

  • definitively accept those candidatures, and proceed to matriculation as soon as the applicants submit copies of their stay permits;
  • or reject some/all of them, and possibly ask the local police (Questura) to communicate the fact to the candidates concerned; this is the case when adverse conditions have arisen which had not been found out at the moment of issueing the study visa in those citizens' names.

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Actual enrollment

Candidates who have passed all the required exams and have qualified for placements within the quotas may proceed to matriculate in conformity to the rules decided locally by H. Ed. institutions; information is available from the student secretariats (Segreterie Studenti) of the institutions concerned. Anyhow, definitive matriculation is possible only on condition that candidates submit the necessary stay permit.

Remember

  • Matriculation of applicants without a stay permit will take place conditionally and kept suspended up to 31 December of the year of the application delivery.
  • In the case of a conditional matriculation, within the month of February of the following year, the local police, on request of the institution concerned, will communicate in writing to the institution itself if the stay permit has been actually issued or if the request for it has been rejected.

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Withdrawal of documents

If you do not succeed in getting enrolled, remember to ask for your documents back from the Italian institution concerned; this, in its turn, will inform the competent Italian diplomatic authority in your home country.

Those candidates whose applications were found not consistent with the present provisions will receive them back, along with all related documents, by 31 December of the year of the application delivery; the institutions have to motivate their refusals, and to return the documentations by insured surface mail or other equally reliable transmission means, except that candidates go personally -or send their delegates- before the mentioned date.

Candidates who have not passed admission exams or, classified as "idonei" (go to Admission Exams & 2nd Placements, and read the item "2nd Placements"), could not be admitted to another programme or assigned to another study site, must leave from Italy by the expiring date of their visa/stay permit for study purposes.
Only one exception is possible: it concerns those candidates who hold also another type of stay permit which allows them to live legally in Italy beyond the expiring date of the stay permit for study.

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Enrollment of italian citizens holding a foreign qualification

Are you an Italian citizen and do you hold a foreign school leaving qualification not yet legally recognized as equivalent to an Italian one?
And do you want to matriculate in a 1st degree programme at an Italian higher education (H. Ed.) institution?

You may enroll with no need for a statement of equivalence of your foreign secondary diploma to the Italian "Diploma di Esame di Stato conclusivo dei corsi di istruzione secondaria superiore" (formerly Maturità).

You have to directly apply to the Italian H. Ed. institution of your choice (university or Afam institution) and comply with all the requirements, procedures and deadlines that it has autonomously determined.

You are eligible for admission if your foreign secondary qualification meets the indispensable minimum educational requirements; check them by going to admission to 1st cycle degree programmes.

Your enrollment application may be accepted only if you submit, along with your secondary qualification, also a consular statement confirming, on the basis of suitable documents, that you have completed your secondary studies in schools located abroad.

Remember

An exception to the above condition is possible only in case your secondary diploma was awarded by one of those:

  • foreign schools in Italy that have signed bilateral agreements with the Italian government, or
  • IBO schools in Italy which have been recognized by specific ministerial decrees.

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