The Marco Polo Project for Chinese students

The Marco Polo project is designed to facilitate the enrolment of Chinese students in Italian universities. Through the Marco Polo project, Chinese students wishing to enrol in a university programme in Italy can obtain an entry visa even if they have no knowledge of the language. Before starting the chosen university programme, students must successfully attend an Italian language course lasting ten or eleven months in one of the Italian universities or language schools involved.

Every year the University of Bologna fixes the number of places reserved for enrolment of Marco Polo students. 

Pre-enrolment procedures

If you are a student interested in the Marco Polo project for A.Y. 2017/18, read carefully the procedures laid down on the website of the MIUR (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research).

Please note that the deadline to pre-enrol at an Italian Embassy or Consulate in China is set on 29th July 2016 (for those selecting an 11 months long Italian course) or 26th August 2016 (for those selecting a 10 months long Italian course).

When pre-enrolling, students are required to specify where they intend to attend the Italian language course and the degree programme they prefer, choosing among those programmes reserving places for Marco Polo students

Registration procedures

In order to enrol in a First Cycle, Single Cycle or Second Cycle Degree Programme students must comply with the rules set by the University of Bologna.

Admission procedures vary from programme to programme; to find out about the admission requirements, methods and deadlines consult the specific information and any calls for applications in the "Prospective students" ("Iscriversi") channel on the degree programme website you are interested in.

Important: If you are a Marco Polo student, you cannot sit the Italian language test set for the other non-EU students, and you cannot submit any other Italian language certificate. You must attend the Italian language course in the school or university chosen at the pre-enrolment at the Embassy, you must successfully pass the exam at the end of the course, and hand in the obtained certificate to the Student Administration Office when registering for the degree programme.

Marco Polo students can only enrol in degree programmes taught in the Italian language.