Enrolling in a First Cycle or Single Cycle Degree Programme - Foreign qualification

Methods, terms and documents required for international or Italian students holding a foreign qualification enrolling in A.Y. 2017/18.

If you are a student holding an Italian qualification consult the specific information for you

Qualifications required

Admission to a First Cycle or Single Cycle Degree Programme is subject to the possession of a valid foreign high school diploma, which has been legalized, translated and presented with a declaration of value.

Check in the specific pages when the legalization, the translation or the declaration of value are not required.

How to enrol

Validation of your qualifications and pre-enrolment at the Embassy

Contact the Italian Embassy in your country, and submit:

  • your high school diploma;
  • (only if the education system in your country lasts 10 or 11 years) the certificate attesting the completion of academic studies or a post-secondary qualification issued by a non-university higher education institute;
  • (only if entrance exams are laid down for admission to university in your country) the certificate proving that you have passed any academic tests;
  • (only for students applying for a shortened programme) the documents required for the  application for a shortened study programme. The Degree Programme Board is responsible for recognition, and consequently for admitting students to years after the first year;

You must obtain from the Italian Embassy:

Check in the specific pages when the legalization, the translation or the declaration of value are not required.

Admission

First Cycle and Single Cycle Degree Programmes may be with or without restricted access (set at local or national level).

In any case, it is necessary to pass a test. If the test shows deficiency in one or more subjects, you may register all the same, but will have to take some supplementary study preparation, called OFAs (Additional Learning Requirements).

The methods for assessing skills (some degree programmes use the CISIA Online Test (TOLC) and the type of OFA may vary from programme to programme. To find out about the requirements, methods and dates for the assessment of basic knowledge, consult the specific information and any call for applications in the "Prospective students" ("Iscriversi") channel on the website of the Degree Programme you are interested in.

If the degree programme you are interested in has restricted access, you must register for an entrance exam; your admission to the programme depends on your position in the list of candidates passing the entrance exam. To find out about the methods and deadlines for registering for the exam, download and carefully read the call for applications on the degree programme website.

Many restricted-access programmes adopt the CISIA Online Test (TOLC) as a prerequisite for selection. There are no other tests for these selections, and the ranking list is drawn up on the basis of the TOLC score, weighted according to the criteria indicated in the call.

For programmes with restricted access, basic knowledge is assessed during the entrance exam.

Important: some degree programmes publish the calls for applications as early as January 2017. 
Consult the list of calls for applications, available for each School.

Non-EU students resident abroad must also sit an Italian language test.

Matriculation

Having passed the selection procedures as laid down in the call for applications, or having done all that is required to complete the assessment of basic knowledge, you may proceed with enrolment.

Important: always check the instructions given on the degree programme website and, if the programme has a call for applications, read it carefully and comply with all the dates established.

For matriculation:

  1. access Studenti Online and enter your username and password, obtained during the registration procedure for selection;
  2. select “registrations” and select the programme you have won the selection for in “First Cycle Degree Programme” or “Single Cycle Degree Programme”;
  3. enter the required data and upload your passport photograph. Remember that in the event of false statements you will be subject to the sanctions laid down in art. 496 of the Italian Criminal Code, your right to registration and any funding or discounts obtained are automatically forfeited and you will not be entitled to a refund of any amounts paid;
  4. pay the first instalment of the annual fees, in the methods indicated on Studenti Online;
  5. Submit the following documents by hand to the Student Administration Office of your Degree Programme:
    - (only for EU or non-EU equivalent students) a front and back copy of your identity card or other ID document;
    - (only for non-EU students resident abroad) a copy of your passport and 1 passport photo authenticated by the Embassy;
    - (only for non-EU equivalent students and non-EU students resident abroad) a copy of your  residence permit providing the status of equivalent student, or the residence permit, or the receipt confirming you have applied for one, for study purposes; 
    - your original high school diplomalegalized and translated;
    - the declaration of value;
    - (only if the education system in your country lasts 10 or 11 years) the certificate of your academic studies or non-university higher education qualifications, legalized and translated;
    - only if entrance exams are laid down for admission to university in your country) the certificate proving that you have passed any academic tests;
    - any documents required for application for a shortened study programme.

    In addition:
    If you are a student with a disability resulting in recognised invalidity of 66% or more, or if you have disability certification pursuant to Law 104/92, you must also present a copy of the certificate attesting your condition. Read Exemptions for handicapped students for further details. 

Important: you must personally submit your documents and bring with you a valid ID document for personal identification. After identification and documents check your career will be activated and you will be issued your badge. If you go to the Student Administration Office on the date of payment, be sure to bring the payment receipt with you.

If you do not complete the identification procedure as described and you do not submit all the required documents, you will not be able to use any services such as the submission of your study plan, exam registration, access to the Wi-Fi network or the online library resources.

For some degree programmes you can book an appointment to the Student Administration office to receive your badge and for the identification. The booking function can be found on Studenti Online on the page detailing the registration procedure. 

Check in the specific pages when the legalization, the translation or the declaration of value are not required.

If you are currently enrolled in a degree programme, consult the pages concerning Transfers (from another programme at the University of Bologna, to a programme running under the New System) or Transfers (from another university).

When to enrol

Non-EU students resident abroad must pre-enrol with the Italian Embassy in their country of residence. Deadline for A.Y. 2017/18: 21 July 2017.

Depending on the methods set for the assessment of skills, each Degree Programme may have different deadlines for registration.

Consult the specific deadlines indicated in the "Prospective students" ("Iscriversi") channel on the website of the Degree Programme you are interested in. If you have chosen a degree programme with restricted access, check carefully all the dates given in the call for applications. Anyway, if no specific deadlines are set in the degree programme websites, the deadline, for late registrations subject to late payment fine for first and second cycle degree programmes, is 28 December 2017.

Important: some degree programmes publish the calls for applications as early as January 2017. 
Consult the list of calls for applications, available for each School.

Non-EU students resident abroad who pass the Italian language test, but who do not pass the assessment of requirements or do not fall in the reserved quota during pre-enrolment, may submit an application for reallocation to another degree programme which still has places available at the University of Bologna or other Italian universities.

Tuition Fees

Consult the information on tuition feesexemptions and incentives, and study grants for international students.