Non-EU students with residency abroad: reserved “contingenti”/quotas, pre-enrolment, visa and Italian language requirement

Information for non-EU students with residency abroad who wish to enrol in a degree programme at the University of Bologna.

First, find out how we define international students and which category you belong to.

Reserved “contingenti”/quotas for non-EU students with residency abroad, pre-enrolment and entry visa

Every year, a “contingente” / quota of reserved places for non-EU students with residency abroad is set for each degree programme.

Find out the “contingenti”/quotas in the online database on the MUR website. For restricted access degree programmes, the quota is also indicated in the calls for applications.

In order to matriculate, you must pre-enrol online via the Universitaly portal.

In the application, you must indicate the University of Bologna and choose the degree programme you want to enrol in. You will also need to specify the Embassy / Consulate where you will apply for an entry visa to Italy. The pre-enrolment application will be verified by the University of Bologna and forwarded to the Embassy / Consulate you have specified.

Contact the Embassy / Consulate to find out the requirements for obtaining an entry visa for "studio – immatricolazione università".

Important: pre-enrolment alone does not grant admission to degree programmes. In order to matriculate you also need to take and pass the verifications of the entry requirements and the admission procedures set for the degree programme of your interest.

You must take the following documents to the Italian Embassy (information updated to A.Y. 2019/20):

You must obtain the following documents from the Italian Embassy (information updated to A.Y. 2019/20):

If you are interested in applying for Er.Go. financial aid, (study grants, housing and tuition fee waivers), you must obtain certificates attesting your family’s income and assets, translated and legalized. Er.Go. calls for applications will be published in July 2020, but in the meantime you can read about the documents required last year (for a.y. 2020/21, documents will need to certify your family’s income in 2019).

Italian language requirement and exemption from reserved “contingente”/quota for non-EU students with residency abroad

If you are a non-EU student with residency abroad and you want to enrol in a degree programme taught in the Italian language, you must prove that you have an adequate level of knowledge of the Italian language for starting university studies. In addition to proving your knowledge of the Italian language, you need to take and pass the verifications of the entry requirements and the admission procedures set for the degree programme of your interest.

Read the information on how to meet the Italian language requirement, on the exemption from “contingente” / quota of places reserved for non-EU students residing abroad and be ready in time.

Italian language courses

The University of Bologna offers Italian language courses to international students.

Read more about the other opportunities to improve your Italian language before arriving in Italy

Residence permit

Please remember that within 8 days from your arrival you have to apply for a residence permit.

You must matriculate by submitting your entry visa for study purposes, but your matriculation will be subject to the delivery of your acquired residence permit.

Reallocation to a degree programme at the University of Bologna or at another university

If you are a non-EU student residing abroad and you did not pass the requirement assessment or did not fall within the reserved quota of places, please read the information about reallocation.