Enrolling in a first cycle or single cycle degree programme - foreign qualification

General information

You can be admitted to a first cycle or single cycle degree programme if you hold a foreign secondary school diploma, which

  • was awarded following at least 12 years of schooling
  • was awarded following a final period of at least two years of successful attendance in a foreign educational system
  • grants access to a programme at a university in one’s country of reference which is similar to that being applied to in Italy. If entrance exams are established for university admission in your country (i.e. the Gao Kao in China) you must pass these academic tests.

In calculating the above-mentioned twelve years, if necessary, a pre-school year may be considered provided that:

  • attendance during that year was compulsory and an integral part of the curriculum
  • the programme included the teaching of mother-tongue literacy and the initial elements of arithmetic calculation.

If you hold a qualification obtained at the end of schooling lasting less than 12 years, in addition to the original secondary school diploma, you must submit an academic certificate stating that you have passed all the required exams:

  • for the first year of university studies, in the case of local school systems of eleven years
  • for the first two years of university studies, in the case of local school systems of ten years.

Such academic certification (in addition to secondary school diplomas obtained following less than twelve years of schooling) allows matriculation only in the first academic year of the programme. Enrolment in a shortened programme may be possible only if the duration of previous university attendance is longer than the period required to make up for the missing school education.

The following certifications may also be accepted for the integration of educational systems lasting less than 12 years:

  • final post-secondary studies qualifications in a subject related to the chosen programme obtained from a non-university higher education institute
  • certificates from universities attesting the successful completion of Foundation Courses.

Check the page “Foreign qualifications for enrolment in first and single cycle degree programmes: special cases and information by country” to learn whether there are particular requirements for the diplomas of your country.

Documents to be submitted upon matriculation

At matriculation, you need to submit:

Check the page “Foreign qualifications for enrolment in first and single cycle degree programmes: special cases and information by country” to learn whether there are particular requirements for the diplomas of your country.

The Student Administration Office might need to check also the school reports of the last two years, in order to verify that your diploma was obtained following at least two years of successful attendance in a foreign educational system.

The Student Administration Office will also check the consistency of the qualifications submitted with those used for admission to your degree programme.

Take action well in advance to collect the necessary documents for enrolment. If you studied in a country outside the European Union, contact the Italian Embassy in your country and the relevant local offices in good time for in preparing the documents.

If you are a non-EU citizen residing abroad, also remember to pre-enrol and apply for a visa for study purposes.

Any questions?

You may contact the International Desk for any questions concerning the suitability of your qualifications.

How qualifications earned abroad are evaluated

A formal evaluation is carried out by the International Student Administration office in Bologna or by the Campus Student Administration office after online matriculation is completed and the original documents have been provided.

The evaluation concerns degree title, nature, duration and level, issuing institution, previous education, academic rights and actual completion and awarding of the qualification(s).

If, following the evaluation, you would like your degree to be examined more thoroughly, please contact the International Desk and request a re-evaluation of your degree explaining the reasons for your request.