The Marco Polo project for Chinese students

The Marco Polo project is designed to facilitate the enrolment of Chinese students at Italian universities.

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

Italian language courses

The University of Bologna does not offer Italian language courses for students of the Marco Polo project. You can attend specific Italian courses for Marco Polo students at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, the University for Foreigners of Siena, the Third University of Rome, the "Dante Alighieri" Society, the University for Foreigners of Reggio Calabria. You can also attend Italian courses at other Italian universities participating in the Marco Polo project, which can offer courses by agreement with private schools as well. Search for information on the portals of each university.

First and second cycle degree programmes at Unibo

You can enrol in all first, single, second cycle degree programmes delivered in Italian at the University of Bologna.

You can access all open access degree programmes with no limits on places.

You can access all restricted access degree programmes, for which there is a quota for international students (non-EU with residency abroad). The available places are published on the calls for applications each year. From a.y. 2022/23 there are no longer any reservations of places and you will always compete under equal conditions with other non-EU students with residency abroad.

Find out the degree programmes offered at the University of Bologna.

Pre-enrolment and entry visa, a.y. 2022/23

To obtain an entry visa to Italy, you must pre-enrol on the portal.

Carefully read the guidelines on how to pre-enrol on the website of the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research (studiare-in-italia).

When pre-enrolling, you must indicate:

  • where you will attend the Italian language course in the academic year 2021/22; if you choose a private school, this must have an agreement with an Italian university or AFAM in order to run the courses;
  • the degree programme you wish to enrol in, in the a.y. 2022/23, which must be in Italian.

To enrol in a degree programme you will need to follow the admission procedures for the a.y. 2022/23.

Admission, a.y. 2021/22

For admission to a First Cycle, Single Cycle or Second Cycle Degree Programme you must comply with the rules set by the University of Bologna.

Application procedures vary from programme to programme. To learn
more about admission requirements, deadlines and methods please read the “Admission” section on the degree programme website you are interested in.

Important! If you are a Marco Polo student:

  • you must attend the Italian language course in the period and at the school or university chosen upon pre-enrolment on;
  • you must successfully pass the final exam of the Italian language course mentioned above, obtaining at least the B1 level;
  • you must verify the language course certificate through Studenti Online. Log in to Studenti Online, select "Calls" and "Progetto Marco Polo per studenti cinesi a.a. 2021/22 - verifica certificati di lingua italiana”. Upload a [.pdf] copy of the certificate and of your passport. The International Desk will carry out the checks and will publish the results directly on Studenti Online. The online certificate verification procedure is available from 1 June 2021 to 30 September 2021; outside of these dates, contact the International Desk;
  • you must submit the certificate to the Student Administration Office upon enrolment;
  • you do not have and you cannot sit the Italian language test scheduled for non-EU students;
  • you cannot submit other certificates of Italian language knowledge.

Students who attend the Italian course at the University for Foreigners of Siena must pass at least the CILS B1 exam.

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




China - International student

Zhong is an international student from China and chose to attend the University of Bologna - watch the video