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).

Pre-enrolment period for A.Y. 2019/20: 7 March 2019 to 24 July 2019.

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 degree 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 the reserved 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 a certification attesting your family’s income and assets from the Italian Embassy, which has to be 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 must matriculate by submitting your entry visa for study purposes, but your matriculation will be subject to the delivery of your acquired residence permit.

Italian language test and exemptions from the reserved quota for non-EU students with residency abroad

If you are a non-EU students with residency abroad and you want to enrol in a degree programme taught in the Italian language, you must successfully pass an Italian language test. After passing the Italian language test, you also need to complete the admission procedures set for the degree programme you have chosen.

Read more about the Italian language test dates for A.Y. 2019/20 and be ready to sit one of them. Find out more about the exemptions from the Italian language test and from the reserved quota for non-EU students with residency abroad.

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.