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Non-European citizens residing in Italy

These application guidelines are applicable if you are: 

  • a citizen of a country not belonging to  the European Union holding  a valid Italian residence permit - Permesso di soggiorno or residence card - Carta di soggiorno for work, family, religion or political asylum;
  • a citizen of a country not belonging to  the European Union who have been legal residents in Italy for no less than one year as of test date registration and who have obtained an Italian university degree;
  • a citizen of a country not belonging to  the European Union who possess a secondary school diploma from an Italian school abroad or a foreign or international school (either in Italy or abroad) legally recognized via governmental bilateral agreements or special legislation;
  • a citizen of a country not belonging to  the European Union with a valid residence permit, who already enrolled in an Italian university in a previous academic year;
  • non-European staff on duty in foreign diplomatic delegations or in international organisations established in Italy and that are accredited by Italy or the Holy See, and their children.

  Entry requirements

Academic requirements

To be eligible for admission to an Italian university programme, you will need at least a 12-year school record.

Programme-specific requirements are listed in the Call for Application (Avviso di Ammissione) of the chosen course(s).

Italian language requirements

There are no Italian language requirements for Non European students residing in Italy.

  Step By Step Application Procedure

When applying, you should follow the instructions and deadlines provided in the specific Call for Applications for international students. Key steps are summarized below:

  1. Choose your degree course: have a look at our academic offer in Italian
  2. Check the entry requirements: make sure you meet the course requirements indicated in the Call(s) of the chosen course(s), otherwise your application will be rejected.
  3. Register on Universitaly – ONLY for the following degree courses:
    Medicine & Surgery - Medicina e chirurgia
    Dentistry & orthodontics  - Odontoiatria e protesi dentaria
    Veterinary Medicine-  Medicina veterinaria 
    Building Engineering & Architecture - Ingegneria Edile-Architettura
  4. Register on Uniweb, as explained in the Call for Applications
  5. Complete the online application on Uniweb by the deadline indicated in the Call. Note: More than one course can be chosen
  6. Pay the application fee (euro 30), otherwise your application will not be considered. The application fee is non-refundable. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you will need to pay the fee for each programme you are applying for. The fee can be paid by credit card or by bank transfer into the bank account of the University of Padova. Do not send cash. See the Call for Applications for detailed information.
  7. Print out the application summary. Please note: you will not receive any email confirmation upon the submission of the application. The application summary print-out is therefore the proof of application.
  8. If required by your chosen course, take the Admission test as specified in the Call for Applications
  9. If no test is foreseen, upon arrival in Padova, submit the documents listed here: How to Enrol > Required documents. Note that you will have to submit original and translated/legalised copies of your previous qualifications, etc. You can use  Form C to request legalisations, etc. to the Italian embassy in your country.  Refer to the How to Enrol section for further information.
  10. Once your application is complete, it will be academically assessed against the criteria specified in the Call for Applications by a dedicated Course Selection Committee.
  11. Wait for the selection results to be published. Admission results for degree courses with an entry test, will be published on the Italian website; if no entry test is foreseen, you can check your admission status on your Uniweb personal page.
  12. Complete enrolment – How to Enrol.

  Admission tests

As general rule, admission to first-cycle, second-cycle and single-cycle degrees can be:

  • with restricted number of places (ad accesso programmato): places are limited for anybody. The number of available places can be stated either by the University of Padova or by the Ministry of Education on a national basis (like, for example, the single-cycle degree course in Medicine and Surgery)
  • with compulsory assessment test (con prova di accertamento obbligatoria): there are no limited places. However, an assessment test is due to identify possible educational debts.
  • with admission requirements (con requisiti di ammissione): there are no limited places but applicants must meet the requirements of the chosen course. A compulsory assessment test might be due, too.

Please check the Calls for Application (Avvisi di Ammissione) for detailed information on the type of test required for your course, test dates, etc.

Please note: you are required to be in Padova at least 7 days prior to the Admission Test. Once in Padova, go to the Enrolment Office to have your documents checked.

  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 -

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