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Have you planned to study in Italy but have doubts or questions to ask?
This article can be helpful!
Where can I find the list of scholarships granted to foreigners who wish to study in Italy?
Every year the Italian Government provides scholarships to foreigners or Italian citizens living abroad to complete formal studies and follow bilateral and multilateral study or research programs in Italy. All information (such as the list of scholarship recipient countries, the call for applications, the web platform for online applications, etc.) can be found on the webpage Scholarships granted by the Italian Government to Foreigners and Nationals living abroad, as well as on the new portal "Study in Italy" in the section "Scholarships".
I am a non-EU citizen. I want to enrol in an Italian University: where can I find the information and the list of documents I need?
Every year the Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) publish the rules for international students' access to university courses. For additional information, see Foreign Students on the MIUR website, where detailed information on the procedures and deadlines for enrollment in Italian Universities, Fine Arts Academies, Music Conservatories, non-medical specialization schools and other courses can be found. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has created a web portal describing the various steps of the enrollment procedure, where information is also available in English.
I got a diploma / graduated abroad. Is my qualification recognized in Italy?
Foreign qualifications are not automatically recognized in Italy. For information on how to obtain their recognition, see the website of the Information Center on Mobility and Academic Equivalence (CIMEA). On this page of the Ministry's website you can check whether Italy has reached an agreement with the country where you want your qualifications to be recognized. If you plan to study or work in Italy, we strongly recommend you complete the procedure for the equivalence of your education / professional qualification before moving to Italy. The process involves foreign Authorities and Italian consular offices abroad.
What shall I do to legalize a diploma or a degree obtained abroad to have it recognized in Italy?
You need to legalize the original of your qualification and provide an official translation made by the competent local Government
representative office, diplomatic or consular authorities, or authenticated by certified translators registered with the Courts or Consulates, as well as a "certificate of equivalence of qualification", the so-called "dichiarazione di valore in loco". While the Ministry usually legalizes the qualification for Foreign Affairs of the country where the qualification was obtained, the "certificate of equivalence of qualification" is issued by the constituency's Italian consular authorities. For general information on legalizations and official translations, see Translation and Legalization of Documents on this website.
What is the "certificate of equivalence of qualification" and how can I obtain it?
The "certificate of equivalence" of a foreign qualification certifies its authenticity. It states access requirements, the duration of studies, and the legal, qualifying or professional value of the staff in the foreign country's legal system to practice a profession or continue studies in the foreign country. The original diploma or degree must be submitted to the Italian consular authorities for these reasons. It is advisable to obtain the "certificate of equivalence of qualification" before moving to Italy and to make the appropriate contacts with the consular authorities. If the procedure is fulfilled when you are already in Italy, the qualifications shall be sent by mail or be entrusted to a delegate and a service agency. This may increase costs and risks of loss. For additional information on qualifications, see the web portal study-in-Italy. The Ministry for Education developed it, University and Research (MIUR), jointly with the CIMEA, the Information Center on Mobility and Academic Equivalence (CIMEA).
I am a refugee in Italy and have officially recognized the right to international protection. To whom and how can I ask for the "certificate of equivalence of qualification" of my diploma or degree?
You can contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs – DGSP – Office VII, which offers a free assistance service to apply for the issuing of the "certificate of equivalence of qualification". The procedure consists essentially in transmitting the original qualification to the Italian consular authorities in the country where it was obtained, to receive – confidentially – the information necessary to confirm the authenticity of the stuff and its value in the local legal system. Both considering the confidential nature of the procedure and the objective difficulties due to the various local situations in the countries where the refugees come, it may take many months to complete the process. Those entitled to international protection shall deliver or send the original qualification by mail and provide a copy of their stay permit and Italian identity document. Those who want to be assisted by a certified Refugee Centre or their trusted representative shall provide a specific nominative authorization, stating details and addresses to return documents at the end of the procedure.
I want to study in Italy. Do I need a visa?
If you need a tourist visa to enter the Schengen area, you need a visa to study in Italy. If a national of a country is exempted from issuing a Schengen visa for stays up to 90 days, you will need a permit only if your visit for study purposes lasts over 90 days.
How many types of study visas exist?
Besides the general study visa, there are six other types of study visas: enrolling in an Italian University, attending a single university course, post-graduate studies, participating in an exchange and mobility program, traineeship and apprenticeship for vocational training. To check the requirements for each type of visa, see the database Visa for Italy.
What financial resources shall I prove to have to obtain a study visa?
Concerning the academic year 2018 – 2019, if you apply for a visa to enrol in an Italian University, you shall demonstrate a minimum amount of financial resources equal to 5,889 euros a year. This sum is based on the yearly amount of the so-called "social allowance". Hence the total amount varies depending on the length of stay for study purposes. If your studies are staggered over many years, you only need to prove you have these financial resources for the first year. For all the other types of study visas, to know the number of financial resources required, you shall refer to Table A of the Directive issued by the Ministry for Internal Affairs on March 1, 2000, providing for a fixed amount and a daily amount.
I have been admitted to an Italian University and pre-enrolled at the Italian Embassy in my country. I must go to Italy and take the language exam/exam to be admitted to the university course. Instead of issuing a study visa, the Italian Mission has given me a tourist visa. Does this mean that after the exam, I shall return to my country to obtain the study visa if admitted?
This is what is prescribed by law. The study visa is issued only if you succeed in the admission tests.
I have been admitted to a multi-year university course, but the Embassy issued me a one-year visa. Shall I apply for a new visa? What shall I do for the following years?
It will not be necessary. The visa is the authorization to enter Italy for the first time with the motivation shown on the visa label (study visa for enrolling in a University, in this case). Within eight days of entry into Italy, you shall apply for a stay permit at the Immigration Office of the Police Headquarters competent for the Municipality of residence. The stay permit is the document that makes your presence in Italy legal. It shall be renewed before its expiry.
I am a student studying Italian abroad, and I want to improve my knowledge of the Italian language.
It is possible if you are not a beginner and already have intermediate language knowledge. To study Italian, a requirement to be met for obtaining a study visa is attending higher-level courses. Furthermore, they shall be full-time and fixed-term courses. The Universities for Foreigners in Perugia and Siena and the University of Roma TRE provide valuable and qualifying classes to obtain the so-called "Italian Quality Certification – CLIQ". This evaluation and certification system aligns with the scientific standards the Council of Europe set in the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages".
I am a foreign student in Italy. Can I work to support myself while studying?
Yes, you can. The study permit enables you to work part-time up to 20 hours per week, also for the whole year up to 1.040 hours.
I am a foreign university student in Italy. I am about to graduate and have already received a job offer. Can I turn my study permit into a work permit?
Yes, you can if your study permit is still valid. If you have graduated or have obtained a postgraduate degree, the stay permit for employment is issued outside the quota system for migrant flows. You shall enter into a contract of stay for work purposes with your future employer at the One-Stop Immigration Desk (SUI). All these matters fall within the competence of the Immigration Offices of the Italian Police Headquarters. More detailed information can be found on the websites of the Police Headquarters.
I have an Italian diploma or degree and want to continue my studies abroad. Will my Italian qualification be recognized abroad?
You shall ask this question to the foreign Institute where you will continue your studies and the consular authorities of that country in Italy to know about the procedures to be fulfilled. Most likely, you will be asked to legalize your Italian qualification, to provide a translation in the language of the country where you want to have it recognized (or in a widely-used vehicular language) and, presumably, a certificate from that country's Consulate in Italy. In Italy, the legalization of administrative deeds (such as diplomas, degrees and qualifications) falls within the competence of the legalization of the Local Government.
Representative Office. Lists of certified translators are available from Italian courts. The website of the Information Center on Mobility and Academic Equivalence (CIMEA) devotes a specific section to the recognition of Italian qualifications abroad, which can be very useful.
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