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 or language schools involved, before starting the chosen university programme.

Every year the University of Bologna reserves a number of places (contingenti/quote) for Marco Polo students. 


If you are a Chinese student interested in the Marco Polo project, 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 specify where you will attend the Italian language course and the degree programme you wish to enrol in, which must be in Italian. For many degree programmes there are reserved places for Marco Polo students.


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.

Admission rules vary from programme to programme. To learn
more out about admission requirements, deadlines and methods please read the How to apply 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 from the Embassy;
  • 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. 2020/21 - 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 2020 to 30 September 2020; outside of these dates, contact the International Desk. The schedule of the online certificate verification for the a.y. 2021/22 will be released in May 2021;
  • 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.

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