Study in Italian

Non-European citizens residing outside Italy

These application guidelines are applicable if:

  • you are a citizen of a country not belonging to the European Union, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or San Marino AND
  • you do not have a double nationality, including Italian or any European nationality AND
  • you do not hold a valid Italian residence permit

  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 Applications (Avvisi di Ammissione) of the chosen course(s).

Italian language requirements

In order to undertake a first or second-cycle programme of study at the University of Padova, you will need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken Italian.

You can demonstrate your level of Italian with the following qualifications/certificates:

  1. Italian language certificates with grades corresponding to European Council level  B2 or higher (i.e. C1 and C2) issued with a CLIQ system quality. These include Università per stranieri di Perugia, Università per stranieri di Siena, Università Roma Tre and Società Dante Alighieri Italian language certificates
  2. Secondary school diploma (4-5 year) that has been issued by a recognised public or private Italian school abroad
  3. Complementary grade school certificate obtained in Argentina (years 6-8) certifying that at least five years were conducted in Italian
  4. Previous degree in Italian studies, Modern Languages (including Italian), etc.

Should you not have one of the above qualifications/certificates, you need to take an Italian Language Exam in Padova. The date for the Italian Language Exam is determined nationally by the Ministry of Education, University and Research; for academic year 2018/19 the date is 31 August 2018 (please check the schedule on the Italian website). If you do not pass this exam you will not be able to enrol at the University of Padova for a given academic year.

Please note: if you are applying to degree programmes held entirely in English you are not required to take the Italian Language Exam.

  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.

The application process to any degree course offered by the University of Padova consists of two stages:

STAGE 1 – Pre-enrolment at the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country
STAGE 2 – Online Application (only for some courses with restricted number of places)

Browse the sections below for detailed information on entry requirements, admissions tests and step-by-step application procedures.

STAGE 1

  Pre-enrolment at the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your Country

In order to apply for the University of Padova, you first need to pre-enrol at the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence.  If you are already residing in any of the European Union member state (other than Italy), you can pre-enrol at the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your European country of residence.

This is a compulsory procedure for all applicants wishing to enrol at any Italian university. The process is overseen by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

Pre-enrolment at the Italian Embassies/Consulates for a.y. 2018/19 opened on 19 February and closed on 24 July 2018.

  1. Go to the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence. Check the full list of Embassies/Consulates
  2. Fill in the pre-enrolment form (Form A). Two original copies are required. You can choose only one degree course and one Italian University.
  3. Prepare and submit the required documents by the deadline (24 July 2018).
  4. The Italian Embassy/Consulate will send the list of applicants to the University of Padova, return all required documentation to each applicant, and provide information about admission tests (if applicable).
  5. Once the University of Padova has confirmed your admission, you can apply for an Italian study visa. See Visa & Immigrations for detailed information
  6. Complete enrolment, by following the instructions provided in How to enrol.

  Documents to be submitted at the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your Country

Applications for first or single cycle degrees

a) Certified copy of your high school diploma (or equivalent) translated into Italian and legalised. Diplomas written or translated into English are also accepted by the University of Padova, without further translation into Italian. However, these may not be accepted by the Italian Embassy/Consulate. Kindly verify further information with the Embassy/Consulate. Please note that the diploma should proof that at least 12 years of schooling have been completed. If you have been awarded a final diploma after a shorter programme of study (less than 12 years) other certificates must be submitted in addition to the above, in order to complete the compulsory 12 years of schooling required for the admission to Italian Universities:

a.1) a transcript of records (or equivalent certificate stating all passed exams) related to academic studies undertaken after schooling career  (even if partially completed).

Example (1): after a 11 year programme of study, the applicant is enrolled in an academic programme for at least one year. He/she must provide also a certificate stating all passed academic exams.

Example (2): after a 10 year programme of study, the applicant is enrolled in an academic programme for at least two years. He/she must provide also a certificate stating all passed academic exams.

a.2) a post-secondary qualification obtained in a non-University higher education institution, certifying the additional one or two years of education. Please note: if you have obtained an Italian qualification in your country (e.g. Italian school in Argentina), check with the Italian Embassy/Consulate if the Declaration of Value is needed.

a.3) certification of completion of foundation course, with achievement of the required number of years of education  and of the necessary skills and knowledge to enrol in the chose degree course in Italy. To date, foundation courses are not offered by the University of Padova.

b) Academic eligibility assessment: if in the country of the applicant a test of academic eligibility was set for the admission to the University, the student must provide also a certificate which states he/she passed that test.

c) Two passport photos

d) Lettera d’idoneità all’immatricolazione (Admission Letter). The Admission Letter will be sent to you via email once you have paid the admission fee (euro 185) following the instructions provided in the Offer Letter. A copy of the letter will also be sent to the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country.

e) Any other document requested by the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country (e.g. English Language certificate, Declaration of Value, extra documents depending on your nationality, etc.). Please check with the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country the full list of required documents.

Please note: it might take several months to obtain these documents, therefore start early!

Contact the Italian embassy/consulate for further information.


Applications for second cycle degrees

a) Certified copy of your academic qualification (e.g. Bachelor degree) or post-secondary qualification or post-secondary qualification awarded by a non-university higher education institution and allowing admission to second-cycle degree courses, translated into Italian and legalised. Qualifications written or translated into English are also accepted by the University of Padova, without further translation into Italian. However, these may not be accepted by the Italian Embassy/Consulate. Please verify further information with the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country.

b) Transcript of Records or Diploma Supplement, i.e. a certification, released by the competent academic authority, stating passed exams with mention of ECTS credits, grades and programme description. The Transcript of Records/Diploma Supplement must be legalised and translated into English or Italian.

c) Courses syllabus of your academic qualification (e.g. Bachelor degree) or post-secondary qualification , i.e. a certificate providing a detailed description of the courses/modules content, goals, and elements. The certificate is accepted in the following languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish and German.

d) Two passport photos

e) Lettera d’idoneità all’immatricolazione (Admission Letter). The Admission Letter will be sent to you via email once you have paid the admission fee (euro 185) following the instructions provided in the Offer Letter. A copy of the letter will also be sent to the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country.

f) Any other document requested by the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country (e.g. English Language certificate, Declaration of Value, etc.). Please check with the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country the full list of required documents.

Please note: it might take several months to obtain these documents, therefore start early!

Contact the Italian embassy/consulate for further information.

STAGE 2

Stage 2 is applicable only to students wishing to enrol in one of the following courses with restricted number of places (ad accesso programmato):

  • Medicine & Surgery - Medicina e chirurgia
  • Dentistry & orthodontics  - Odontoiatria e protesi dentaria
  • Veterinary Medicine-  Medicina veterinaria  
  • Building Engineering & Architecture - Ingegneria Edile-Architettura

Together with the pre-enrolment at the Italian embassy / consulate in your country, you have to apply online on both UNIVERSITALY and University of Padova website website following the steps indicated below.

Please note: the deadline for the online application may be earlier than the deadline for pre-enrolment at the Italian embassy/country! Therefore make sure to read the Call for Applications carefully.

  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.

International Office - Welcome Unit

Palazzo Anselmi
Lungargine del Piovego 1 - 35131 Padova
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-1 pm; Tuesday 10am-1pm and 3-4.30pm; Thursday 10am-3pm
For general enquiries: international.admission@unipd.it

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