Welcome and admissions tests

The Student Service Office is in charge of welcoming future students with special needs: disabilities, specific learning disorders, and other health conditions. Since the presence of disabilities, learning difficulties or other conditions may involve additional efforts, the University of Padua provides various supports for study and active participation in university life. 

To apply for them, it is necessary to:
  • enter your certification/diagnosis data by clicking on "enter certification data" during the pre-enrollment procedure in Uniweb or at any time during your university career.
  • submit the certification by following the directions on the dedicated page.

  Admission tests

For information on deadlines and procedures related to enrollment in degree programs at the University of Padua, it is necessary to read the admission notices. Information about degree programs, Masters, PhD and other courses is available on this web page.

If you have a particularly complex condition, it is suggested that you request an interview with the staff of the Inclusion Unit using the online appointment request form.

Italian laws 17/1999 and 170/2010 allow candidates with a valid certification pursuant to Law 104/92 and/or the Italian Certificate of Invalidity or a certified diagnosis of specific learning disorder (SLD) to request a personalized entrance test. Other Special Educational Needs, for example ADHD, are not eligible for a personalized entrance test, as they are not recognized by current regulations related to the university pathway, unless a specific learning disorder is concurrently present in the certificate.

If you are resident abroad and you do not have an Italian certificate or diagnosis pursuant to the above mentioned Italian Laws, you may have to submit via email to inclusione.studenti@unipd.it a legalized certification, where required by current international regulations, attesting the state of invalidity or learning difficulties, issued in the country of residence, accompanied by a sworn or certified translation from the Italian diplomatic representations, conforming to the original text, in Italian or English. The Student Services Office - Inclusion Unit, in charge of examining such certifications, ascertains that the foreign documentation certifies a condition of disability, impairment or learning difficulty recognized by Italian law.

To apply for a personalized entry test, you must submit your certification/diagnosis by following the directions below.

  For those who have chosen the University of Padua to take the TOLC

During the activation process within the CISIA portal, tools and/or supports that you need in order to take the test must be indicated. If the condition was not indicated during your profile activation but there is a need for support and/or tools, the HELP DESK of the CISIA portal can be contacted before the end of registration of the chosen date.

The required documentation must be uploaded to the CISIA portal (if not previously done) in a single file containing all pages conforming to the original:

  • Certificate of Invalidity  (with explicit diagnosis)

  or 

  • Law 104/1992  (with explicit diagnosis)

or

  • Certified diagnosis of specific learning disorder (SLD) issued no more than three years ago, if before the age of 18 years, or at a time after the age of 18 years, by local public health facilities or by bodies and professionals accredited with the regional health service. Where not already specified in the diagnosis, also attach the document proving the accreditation code or number (to be obtained from the facility or accredited professional, if necessary).
    An expired diagnosis can also be submitted; however, by September 30 of the academic year related to the submission, the updated one must be sent to inclusione.studenti@unipd.it.

or (for residents abroad) 

  • Legalized certification, where required by current international regulations, attesting the state of invalidity or learning difficulties, issued in the country of residence, accompanied by a sworn or certified translation from the Italian diplomatic representations, conforming to the original text, in Italian or English. The Student Services Office - Inclusion Unit, in charge of examining such certifications, ascertains that the foreign documentation certifies a condition of disability, impairment or learning difficulty recognized by Italian law. 

Other useful information:
Any additional time allowed may not exceed 50% more (disabilities) and 30% more (Learning Difficulties) than the foreseen time for the test. During the test, tools such as dictionaries and/or vocabularies, formularies, periodic table of elements, concept maps, computers (other than the one used for the test), tablets, smartphones, smart glasses and other similar tools are not allowed.
 

  For those taking an in-person admission test or a TOLC-PSY

You have to:
1) request the personalized test within the pre-enrollment procedure in Uniweb specifying the support and/or tools you need.
2) send an email to inclusione.studenti@unipd.it attaching the following documentation:

  • Certificate of Invalidity  (with explicit diagnosis) 

or

  • Law 104/1992  (with explicit diagnosis)

 or 

  • Certified diagnosis of specific learning disorder (SLD)  issued no more than three years ago, if before the age of 18 years, or at a time after the age of 18 years, by local public health facilities or by bodies and professionals accredited with the regional health service. Where not already specified in the diagnosis, also attach the document proving the accreditation code or number (to be obtained from the facility or accredited professional, if necessary).
    An expired diagnosis can also be submitted; however, by September 30 of the academic year related to the submission, the updated one must be sent to inclusione.studenti@unipd.it.Personalized individual plans, learning difficulties diagnosis issued before the last school term (secondary school) and/or by unaccredited private individuals are not accepted under any circumstances.

or (for residents abroad)  

  • Legalized certification, where required by current international regulations, attesting the state of invalidity or learning difficulties, issued in the country of residence, accompanied by a sworn or certified translation from the Italian diplomatic representations, conforming to the original text, in Italian or English. The Student Services Office - Inclusion Unit, in charge of examining such certifications, ascertains that the foreign documentation certifies a condition of disability, impairment or learning difficulty recognized by Italian law. 

Other useful information:
Any additional time allowed may not exceed 50% more (disabilities) and 30% more (Learning Difficulties) than the foreseen time for the test. During the test, tools such as dictionaries and/or vocabularies, formularies, periodic table of elements, concept maps, computers (other than the one used for the test), tablets, smartphones, smart glasses and other similar tools are not allowed. Computers and tablets other than those that may be provided by the Inclusion Unit (if appropriately requested during the pre-enrollment procedure in Uniweb) for the admission test are also not allowed. 

  For those who plan to enroll in Padua but have chosen another university to take the TOLC

The supports and/or tools requested through CISIA portal are assigned by the university chosen to take the TOLC.

After pre-enrollment in Uniweb, please see the dedicated page for certification submission.

  If enrollment does not foresee an entrance test

After the pre-enrollment process in Uniweb, to upload the certification see the dedicated page

Student Services Office - Inclusion

Useful contacts: 
Telephone: 049 8275038 
E-mail: inclusione.studenti@unipd.it 

Open:  Monday and Wednesday 10 am to 1 pm 
Tuesday 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 4.30 pm
Thursday 10 am to 3 pm 
Friday 10 to 1 pm (by appointment only

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