Recognition of foreign academic qualifications

All information on how to get the recognition of foreign academic qualifications.

If you have an academic qualification obtained abroad, you can apply for its recognition with a similar university qualification issued by the University of Bologna.

Universities are responsible for recognising courses and study periods spent abroad and foreign qualifications, for the following purposes:

  • access to higher education
  • continuing university studies
  • awarding Italian university qualifications

Universities exercise such competencies autonomously and in compliance with the respective degree programme systems, without prejudice to any bilateral agreements in force ( Lisbon Convention of 11 April 1997 ratified in Italy by Law No. 148/2002)

For purposes other than those listed above (eg participation in public competitions or access to regulated professions) the request must be submitted to other State administrations. For more information, visit the Cimea website (Information Center on Mobility and Academic Equivalences).

What to do

When to apply:

  • if bilateral agreements establishing the equivalence of qualifications are in force (e.g. Italy/Austria), you can apply any time of the year, according to the methods laid down in each bilateral agreement;
  • if there is no bilateral agreement, you have to submit the application for recognition by the annual deadlines for matriculation.

Where to apply:

  • if you are a EU or non-EU with EU equivalent status student, you can submit the application to the Student Administration Office running the degree programme for which you are requesting recognition;
  • if you are a non-EU student with residency abroad, you can submit the application via the Italian Embassy of the competent territory to the Student Administration Office running the degree programme for which you are requesting recognition.

Documents to be submitted

You have to deliver:

  • the application for recognition of the foreign academic qualification to a given academic qualification issued by the University of Bologna, addressed to the Rector and indicating the address for correspondence;
  • (if you apply for recognition of a first cycle or single cycle qualification) original foreign high school qualification, translated and legalised by the Italian Embassy, complete with the declaration of value, where applicable and original foreign academic qualification, translated and legalised by the competent Italian Embassy complete with the declaration of value, where applicable;
  • (if you apply for recognition of a second cycle qualification) original first and second cycle foreign academic qualifications, translated and legalised by the competent Italian Embassy complete with the declarations of value, where applicable;
  • original certificate issued by the competent academic authorities listing the exams passed, translated and legalised by the competent Italian Embassy, for each academic qualification;
  • the official syllabi of all the learning activities you completed to obtain the foreign academic qualification, translated into Italian. The syllabi must be accompanied by a declaration of the issuing institution, confirming their authenticity and correspondence with the activities completed by the student. This declaration must be attached to the syllabi, and indicate the total number of pages; it has to be signed, stamped and legalized. As alternative, all pages must be signed, stamped and legalized.

Always check in the specific pages when the declaration of value, the translation or the legalization are not required!

Fees

To start the procedure of recognition of a foreign qualification, the payment of a 600 €  fee is required.

The fee is always due and is not refundable, whatever the outcome of the procedure.

How the application is assessed

The Degree Programme Board is the competent body in the field of recognition of foreign degrees.

In the presence of bilateral agreements establishing the equivalence between qualifications (eg Italy / Austria), once the administrative checks on documentation are carried out, the Board decides the equivalence, followed by the issue of the corresponding Italian qualification.

In the absence of bilateral agreements concerning the equivalence between qualifications, the application for recognition may end with a full recognition and issue of the corresponding Italian qualification or with a partial recognition of the qualification. In this case you can apply for shortening the degree programme to obtain the enrolment in a given year of the corresponding University of Bologna degree progranne, based on the number of credits recognised.

Recognition of foreign qualifications and admission to restricted access degree programmes

In case of bilateral agreements concerning the equivalence of qualifications, it is not required to pass any entrance exams.

Otherwise:

  • for restricted access degree programmes at national level, the outcome of the application for recognition is always subject to passing the entrance exam;
  • for restricted access degree programmes at local level, in the event of full recognition, it is not required to pass any entrance exams. However students obtaining partial recognition, may enrol in the accepted programme year, only if they pass the entrance exam.