Applying to an Italian university
The first step in applying to an Italian university is finding a programme that interests you!
After you have found a programme, contact the international office of your chosen universities in order to make sure you are eligible to study in Italy and are aware of the necessary requirements.
Questions for your Institution’s International Office
Types of Enrolment
Enrolment in higher education is regulated by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, which exists within the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In Italy, there are three cycles of study: first cycle means undergraduate degree, second cycle means masters degree, and third cycle means PhD or equivalent degree. There are different types of applications in each of these three cycles. There are also different processes depending on whether or not you live in the European Union.
How to Apply
Students that are nationals in countries belonging to the European Union should apply directly to the University and will be considered in the same way the University considers Italian students.
Students that live outside of the European Union have a longer process. If you live outside of the European Union, you will be required to apply through your country’s Italian Embassy or Consulate.
Here’s how to apply:
1. Contact the university’s international office to check eligibility and university specific requirements for entrance.
2. After speaking with someone at your university, you are required to submit a pre-application request and submit it to your country's Italian Consulate or Embassy. Your pre-application request for an undergraduate programme will contain the following documents:
All documents submitted to your nearest Italian Consulate or Embassy need to be translated into Italian and certified by an authorized source.
3. After submitting the pre-application to your Italian Embassy or Consulate, they will submit your materials to the institution you are interested in. Please ask your desired institution how they will release information of acceptance.
When to Apply
April to May – contact your Italian consulate or embassy to request a Dichiarazione di Valoro in Loco (DV) (Letter of Academic Eligibility and Suitability) and sent in the pre-application for your programme
August – applicants notified of admission to a programme and informed of dates for the Italian language examination and any additional exams.
September – Italian language exams and additional exams held
Students also have the opportunity to apply to Italian Higher Education institutions through the Erasmus programme. This is an exchange programme, and allows students to study anywhere from 3 to 12 months depending on your programme.
For more information, and to see which Italian universities are accepting Erasmus applications, please visit the Erasmus website.
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