Marco Polo Project

Since the agreement between the Chinese Popular Republic and the Italian Republic has been coming into force in 2006, students can ask for an entry visa issue for studying Italian language in Italy (from November to August) and later enroll in a study course without coming back to their home country and ask for a new visa.
Students who pass the final test will not have to take the Italian language assessment test provided for the admission of international students to the University of Padova.

Otherwise, access to the courses is granted only to those who have successfully passed the Italian language assessment test (level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework), the admission tests and/or have the prerequisites as requested by the course rule.

The University of Padova Language Centre (CLA) offers 25 places for Chinese students on an Italian language and culture course for students taking part in the Marco Polo & Turandot programmes (2020/21). The deadline for application is 18th August 2019.

  In China

Chinese students joining the Marco Polo Project must present the pre-application form at the Italian Diplomatic-Consular Representatives in China; the deadline is generally within the end of July.
The list of courses and the number of reserved places for the Marco Polo Project are available on the Ministry of University and Research website, at www.miur.it > studenti > studenti stranieri.
The list is also published by the single Universities and by the Italian Representatives operating in China, in agreement with Uni-Italia.
In the pre-application form, students choose the university they are interested in for the attendance of the Italian language course. The university where they attend the language course can be different from the one they chose for the study course.
Students must provide the required documentation concerning studies and entry visa.
Representatives e-mail the list of applicants to the Universities.

  In Italy

Students are recommended to arrive in Italy not later than the beginning of November, in order to start the Italian language course, which lasts 10 months. Once in Italy, students will have to ask for their stay permit within 8 days, according to the Italian law. The University of Padova offers a free-of-charge service that helps students in organising and completing the most important procedures: https://www.unipd.it/en/saos-desk

Starting from August of the following year, after having attended the Italian language course, eligible applicants must gather from the Welcome Desk at the Enrolment Office all documents necessary to admission tests and any information about further procedures.

Pre-enrolment procedures are up to University offices only.

Please note that the deadline for the admission to the Medical School courses (Medicine and Surgery and Dentistry) has been brought forward to July. Moreover, the admission to Master's degree courses (lauree magistrali) requires curricula verification by the competent Teaching Committee.

If tests are successfully passed, students can directly enroll in Italy.

Eligible applicants, who are not in the contingente of the chosen University, can ask for a re-assignation to another course at the same University or to another/the same course in another University.

Non eligible applicants, or eligible applicants who do not obtain to be re-assigned to another university or course, have to leave Italy not later than the visa/stay permit's expiration date, unless they have another permit that allows them to stay legally in Italy beyond that date.

All information about Marco Polo Project is available at: www.studiare-in-italia.it/studentistranieri

  Required documents - Bachelor's and single-cycle degrees

Students who wish to apply for Bachelor's or a single-cycle degree course, have to provide, together with the pre-application form and in addition to all the documentation required to obtain the visa issue, a documentation of study as follows:

Without the recognition of educational activities:

  • Translated and legalized certificate of a five-year secondary-school diploma or equivalent qualification, together with the Statement of Comparability issued by CIMEA/Declaration of value
  • Certificate of having successfully passed the academic eligibility “Gao Kao” exam

With the recognition of educational activities, in addition to the above documentation, also:

  Required documents - Master's degrees

Students who wish to apply for a Master's degree course, have to provide, together with the pre-application form and in addition to all the documentation required to obtain the visa issue, a documentation of study as follows:

  1. Translated and legalized certificate of a five-year secondary-school diploma or equivalent qualification, together with the Statement of Comparability issued by CIMEA/Declaration of value;
  2. Certificate of having successfully passed the academic eligibility “Gao Kao” exam (students must have achieved a minimum mark according to the directions of the Italian Diplomatic Representative);
  3. Certificate containing exams and their programmes, translated and legalized;
  4. University degree translated and legalized, together with the Statement of Comparability issued by CIMEA/Declaration of value;
  5. Credit Pre-evaluation Form.

For documents listed at 1), 2), 3), please ask the Italian Diplomatic-Consular Representative operating in China.

  Italian Language Course

The University of Padova Language Center (CLA) offers 25 places for Chinese students on an Italian language and culture course for students taking part in the Marco Polo programme 2020/21. The deadline for application has been extended to 18th August 2019.

The course begins in November 2019 and ends in August 2020.

The Italian course will take place in 3 stages, corresponding to levels A1, A2 and B1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The course lasts a total of 1000 hours, these include: lessons in the classroom with the teacher, guided self-learning activities in the laboratory, guided conversation sessions, guided exploration of the Italian language and culture through the use of multimedia material. During the course there will be two midterms and one final exam (level B1) to assess the progress of the student.

Please check the CLA website for further information.

  Advise for applicants with special needs

Students with disability or specific learning disability (SLD) may contact the University Disability and Dyslexia Service to report any special needs they may have or to enquire about tuition fee reductions and services available for support in relation to class attendance.

International Office - Welcome Unit

Palazzo Anselmi
Lungargine del Piovego 1 - 35131 Padova
Opening hours: Monday and Wednesday 10 am-1pm; Tuesday 10am-1pm and 3-4.30pm; Thursday 10am-3pm; Friday by appointment only (to be requested by email).
For general enquiries: +39 049 8276831 - international.admission@unipd.it

For academic related information, please contact the course coordinator/secretariat