Non-EU students with residency abroad: reserved quotas, pre-enrolment, visa and Italian language test

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 quotas for non-EU students with residency abroad, pre-enrolment at Italian Embassies and entry visa

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

Find out how many reserved places there are by consulting the online database on the MIUR website. For restricted access degree programmes, the quota is also indicated in the calls for applications.

For matriculation, first submit your application for pre-enrolment (Form A) at an Italian Embassy (or Consulate) in the country you live in (only under exceptional circumstances can you contact an Italian Embassy in a third-party country, and in such cases the Embassy may refuse your application).

You will be able to pre-enrol for A.Y. 2019/20 at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country in spring 2019. This page will be updated with more detailed information as soon as the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) will set pre-enrolment deadlines for A.Y. 2019/20.

Last year, pre-enrolments for A.Y. 2018/19 opened on 19 February and closed on 24 July 2018. You can contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate closest to you for more information.

Important: pre-enrolment at the Italian Embassy alone does not grant admission to degree programmes. In order to matriculate you also need to complete the admission procedures required by the University of Bologna for the programme you have chosen.

You must take the following documents to the Italian Embassy:

  • the application for pre-enrolment (Form A) duly completed;
  • any language competence certificates (for more details please refer to the information provided concerning the possibility for exemption from the Italian language test and exemption from the Italian language test and the quota);
  • two passport photos; 
  • the documents required for the visa application;

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 obtain certificates attesting your family’s income and assets, translated and legalized. Er.Go. calls for applications will be published in July 2019, but in the meantime you can read about the documents required last year (for A.Y. 2019/20, documents will need to certify your family’s income in 2018).

Residence permit

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

You will be able to matriculate by submitting the receipt of your residence permit application, but your matriculation will be subject to the delivery of your acquired residence permit.

Italian language test and exemptions from the reserved quota for access to degree programmes

Non-EU students with residency abroad must sit an Italian language test in order to be admitted to degree programmes taught in Italian. Students who successfully pass the Italian language test will then be able to sit the entrance exams or be evaluated according to course admission requirements, or, if there are none set, they will be able to register directly.

Time and place of the language test

More information on the Italian language test for A.Y. 2019/20 will be available in March/April 2019, as soon as the Ministry for Education, University and Research will set the deadlines for A.Y. 2019/20.

The Italian language test for A.Y. 2018/19 was held on 31 August 2018 for most degree programmes. 

Information concerning the date, time, methods and place of the Italian language test will be published on this page, and sent by the University to the Italian Embassies/Consulates where students completed their pre-enrollment.

You are exempted from the Italian language test if:

  • one of the following Italian Language competence certificates corresponding to level B2 as determined by the Council of Europe, issued within the CLIQ system (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità): CELI B2 (Università per Stranieri di Perugia), CILS B2 (Università per Stranieri di Siena), PLIDA B2 (Società Dante Alighieri), CERT.IT B2 (Università Roma Tre);
  • you are enrolling in a degree programme (or curriculum) entirely taught in English.

The University of Bologna does not exempt students holding attendance certificates issued by other universities running Italian language programmes pursuant to article 46 para. 3 of DPR 394/1999 from the Italian language test.

You are exempted from the Italian language test and from the reserved quota (“contingente degli studenti internazionali”) if:

  • you hold one of the following certificates:
    - “ Diploma di I o II grado in Lingua e Cultura italiana” awarded by the “Università per Stranieri di Siena” or  “Attestato di conoscenza della Lingua e Cultura italiana” corresponding to levels C1 or C2 awarded by the “Università per Stranieri di Perugia”;
    - an Italian language competence certificate corresponding to levels C1 and C2 as determined by the Council of Europe, issued within the CLIQ system (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità): CELI C1 and C2 (Università per Stranieri di Perugia), CILS C1 and C2 (Università per Stranieri di Siena), PLIDA C1 and C2 (Società Dante Alighieri), CERT.IT
    C1 and C2 (Università Roma Tre).
  • you hold one of the following certificates and you wish to enrol in a First cycle or Single cycle degree programme:
    - a 5-year or 4-year Italian secondary school diploma obtained from an Italian school abroad;
    - one of the secondary school leaving qualifications listed on Annex 2 of the Ministerial Memo for A.Y. 2017/18, where expressly provided for; 
    - a supplementary certificate attached to a middle school diploma obtained in Argentina certifying that the study programme included Italian language lessons for at least 5 years.

If you are exempted from the reserved quota, you can matriculate outside of the places reserved for non-EU students with residency abroad and, for restricted access degree programmes, you will compete with EU and students with EU-equivalent status.

Students who successfully pass the Italian language test will then be able to sit the entrance exams or be evaluated in terms of the course admission requirements, or if there are none set, they will be able to register directly.

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

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.