Before enrolling in an Italian University, you need to download the Pre-enrollment forms from the Ministry of Education's website (italian version: Modello A; english version: Form A).After filling the forms out, you must take them to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country which you may find at the following website by typing your country name: Ministero degli Affari Esteri - Ambasciate.
You may apply to only one Italian university and for only one course of studies. The competent Italian embassy/consulate is the authority responsible for accepting your pre-application request and making sure it meets the necessary requirements to obtain a "Study Visa". They will then transmit the list of accepted applicants to the University of Pisa by e-mail, return all required documentation to each applicant, and provide information about the admission exam.
You need to submit the pre-enrollment Form A to the Italian Embassy/Consulate along with the following documents:
All non-EU citizens living overseas who have pre-enrolled at the Italian embassy/consulate of their area of residence must have a B2 Italian language level in order to enrol in a degree programme held in Italian. Students will be exempt from taking the language test if they have the following language certification.
Italian language certificates of at least a B2 level according to the European Council. These certificates must be issued according to the CLIQ quality system (CLIQ is the Italian acronym for the Italian language certificate of quality). The current certifying agencies in this system are: Università per stranieri di Perugia; Università per stranieri di Siena; Università Roma Tre and Società "Dante Alighieri"; sometimes in convention with overseas Italian cultural institutes or other institutions
Master’s degree programmes held in English.
Pre-enrolment at the Italian embassy in the country where you are residing (From April to June):
The pre-enrolment procedure takes place at the Italian embassy/consulate in the country where you reside. This procedure usually starts in April and ends in June: a formal application and supporting official academic documents must be submitted according to the terms and rules posted by the Italian Ministry of Education.
Necessary documents for the pre-enrolment at the Embassy/Consulate:
and, in some cases, according to the Embassy, the description of these courses.
For all details about the requirements to pre-enrol, please visit the website of the Italian embassy in the country where you reside and refer any enquiries directly to them. Some of the documents you will need to submit such as your Bachelor’s degree diploma will have to first be issued and legalized by the local authorities of your country (for example, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), then these documents will have to be officially translated into Italian, in order to get the Declaration of Value.
At the Embassy, in fact, you will have to ask for the Declaration of Value - DOV (Dichiarazione di Valore) too. The DOV is an official document which provides a short description of your academic qualification, awarded to you by an institution belonging to an educational system other than the Italian one. Please note that it is really important to be sure which are the supporting official academic documents required in order to get a Declaration of Value (i.e. Bachelor's degree transcipts, etc. and whether they need to be translated and/or legalized). For all details, you must enquire directly at the Italian embassy/consulate. Remember that each one of these steps can be a lengthy process so make sure to start ahead of time so that once pre-enrolment is officially open, you can have documents ready to be submitted.
If you find yourself in a difficult financial situation you may be able to Apply for a grant from the dsu:
The DSU is a regional agency, which offers the possibility of a special grant based on financial income and merit. Indeed, it is a benefit relative to accommodation and meals. If you obtain the DSU grant, you will get free accommodation, free meals and you will not have to pay the tuition fees. Part of the list of documents the DSU requires includes the family’s gross income and assets owned during the year before the application. This documentation is usually issued by the authorities of the country in which income was earned. Also, usually, these documents must be translated into Italian, legalized by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities of the country where they were issued and must be submitted in the original format to the DSU.
Requesting a visa after the pre-enrollment procedure:
For results about the pre-enrolment procedure, you must enquire directly at the Italian embassy/consulate.
The actual Enrolment will take place once you arrive in Pisa. It starts during the last week of July and ends on 31st December. Keep in mind that classes usually start in late September.
Once in Pisa, the main university documents you need in order to enrol are: