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

A “contingente” of places reserved for non-EU students residing abroad is set annually for each restricted access degree programme; a quota of places dedicated to non-EU students residing abroad is set annually for each open access 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:

  • the summary of the pre-enrolment application submitted through Universitaly and validated by the University of Bologna;
  • any language competence certificates (see information on how to meet the Italian language requirement);
  • the documents required for the visa application, including a health insurance policy where applicable;
  • the required documents if you hold a foreign qualification.

You must obtain the following documents from the Italian Embassy:

If you are interested in applying for Er.Go. financial aid (study grants, housing and tuition fee waivers) you must carefully read the calls for applications for the A.Y. 2020/21, published on the website www.er-go.it. If your family has income and assets outside Italy, study in depth the required documents, which must be translated and legalized.

Italian language requirement and exemption from reserved “contingente” 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” 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.

Pre-enrolment change and reallocation to a degree programme at the University of Bologna or at another university

If you are a non-EU student residing abroad and need to change the degree programme or the university you pre-enrolled in, please read the information about pre-enrolment change and reallocation.