F.A.Q.

  1. Where can you obtain information about foreign student admission to Catania University and Erasmus programmes?
  2. What courses can foreign students apply for?
  3. What is the application procedure for non-EU citizens who reside abroad?
  4. What is the application procedure for EU citizens and non-EU citizens with a valid residence permit
  5. What is the procedure for Italian citizens with a secondary school diploma obtained abroad?
  6. What offices should a foreign student contact?
  7. What is a single course and how do you apply for  one?
  8. What is an advanced course and how do you apply for one?
  9. Are there any Italian language courses for foreign students?
  10. Are there any special facilities for disabled students?

1. Where can you obtain information about foreign student admission to Catania University and Erasmus programmes?

In the Education section of this website you can find all the information you need about the Italian Higher Education System and the administrative procedures necessary for enrolling and attending courses at the University of Catania.

If you need any help or more up-to-date information, please contact the Foreign Students' Office: sestat@unict.it.

Furthermore, the International section of this website provides a lot of useful information – administrative procedures, contacts and facilities - both for EU students who wish to apply for Erasmus programmes or who are about to arrive to Catania, and for professors and international relations officers that wish to establish a collaboration within one of the various EU programmes
 

2. What courses can foreign students apply for?

EU and non-EU citizens can equally enrol at the University of Catania.

To enter a Bachelor degree course of the University of Catania it is compulsory to take an admission test which aims to verify the adequacy of the initial preparation.

For Master degrees each programme establishes its own pre-requisites and how they should be met.

An Italian language test is required for non-EU citizens that want to enrol in a Bachelor degree course or in a Master degree course held in Italian.

International students, provided they possess the qualifications required, can apply for:

  • Bachelor Degree courses
  • Master Degree courses
  • University 1st Level and 2nd Level Master Courses 
  • Ph.D. Programmes
  • Specialisation Schools
  • Advanced Courses
     

3. What is the application procedure for non-EU citizens who reside abroad?

Non-EU citizens residing abroad must first apply to the Italian Embassy or consulate in their Country; they cannot apply for a degree course (either for a first, a second  or a single cycle degree), a non-medical specialisation school, a master or an advanced course directly to the University of Catania.
The Italian Embassy or consulate will transmit the list of the candidates to the University via e-mail, give back all the required documents to each candidate and provide information about the admission tests.

Only Italian embassies or consulates can grant a student entry visa for Italy. In order to be granted a visa, applicants have to provide the Italian embassy or consulate with all the required documents. Please remember that the tourist visa will not be accepted by the University.

N.B. Please remember that within 8 days from the arrival in Italy, the candidates have to apply for a residence permit (using the special kit available to the Post Offices). Later they will be summoned to pick up the permit at the Police Headquarters (Questura) of the province of residence.

4. What is the application procedure for EU citizens and non-EU citizens with a valid residence permit?

EU citizens who wish to apply for an Italian degree course must observe the same deadlines and procedures of Italian citizens.

Citizens from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Repubblica di San Marino and Liechtenstein are treated as EU citizens; the same rule is applied for Non-EU citizens owning a residence permit (Permesso di soggiorno) or a residence card (Carta di soggiorno) for work, family, religion or asylum, and political refugees.

Prospective students can apply for only one degree course, although they may pre-enrol in several courses and take multiple admission tests.

EU nationals and EU-equated citizens are not requested to take the Italian language test.
They do not belong to the "contingente riservato" (places reserved to non-EU citizens).

5. What is the procedure for Italian citizens with a secondary school diploma obtained abroad?

Italian citizens with foreign academic qualifications are admitted to the University under the same conditions as other Italian students. The only difference concerns the certification of the foreign academic qualifications because you must attach to the enrolment form the original of the High School Diploma authenticated and translated into Italian, with its declaration of value issued by the Italian Diplomatic Representation abroad.

Moreover, depending on the following cases, you must add the documentation authenticated and translated into Italian as listed below:

  • if in the country where the Diploma was issued the admission to Universities is subject to competitive exams: original of the certificate proving that you have passed such selections (for example Selectividad in Spain, Prova de Aferiçao or Prova Geral de Acesso ao Ensino Superior in Portugal);
  • if you have a High School diploma which has been obtained after less than 12 years: certificate issued by a University abroad (or original certificate of a educational qualification - “titolo post-secondario” - issued by a non-University institute) stating the years of enrolment to prove that you have reached the 12 years of studying requested by law;
  • if you are going to ask to be admitted to an year following the first (“abbreviazione di corso”): certificate issued by the University abroad with the list of passed exams, their contents (official study programme), the number of theoretical-practical teaching hours and given marks. This certificate must be authenticated and officially translated into Italian.

6. What offices should a foreign student contact?

Please click here to find addresses and contacts of the offices most frequently visited by foreign students.

7. What is a single course and how do you apply for one?

If you would like to attend H.E. studies in Italy and get a personal experience of the Italian way of life but for a shorter period than that needed to complete a degree programme you may apply for enrolment in single courses (corsi singoli), even belonging to more than just a single degree programme.

Admission requirements and enrolment procedures resemble those in force for full degree courses.

Consequently:

  • EU nationals and Eu-equated citizens(independently of their place of residence), as well as non-EU citizens living in Italy on a regular stay permit, may enroll by directly submitting to the university their personal academic records or any other document issued by their home institutions (as usual, foreign documents must be translated into Italian and legalised by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities abroad);
  • Non-EU applicants living outside Italyhave to submit their pre-applications to the competent Italian Embassies or Consulates (usually between  May and June).

You cannot obtain the renewal of the residence permit for the attendance of additional single courses different from those that made possible the entry in Italy.

The fee to attend a single course is calculated in a proportional way according to family income and number of credits. The maximum amount is set at € 30.00 per credit.

Once attended a single course and passed the exam you can ask for a university certificate stating the course attended and the grade obtained.

Pay attention to the fact that if you decide to enroll in a single course you won’t be matriculate as a student of the University of Catania and therefore you will not have access to the services (refectory, accommodation, scholarships, etc.) reserved for students.

8. What is an advanced course and how do you apply for one?

Advanced Courses are refresher/permanent training course that allows students to develop their expertise and skills in order to further improve their professional qualities. To be admitted you must hold a 1st or 2nd level degreeor a suitable equivalent foreign qualification.

The duration of courses varies and is determined by individual calls that set also the access requirements.

Advance courses differ from masters because no academic qualification is awarded, students will receive a certificate that details the skills that have been acquired.

9. Are there any Italian language courses for foreign students?

The University of Catania offers a series of Italian Language and Culture Courses, organised by:

Moreover, when you arrive in Catania, you can perfect your knowledge of the language by applying for a course for foreigners provided by the Municipality.

10. Are there any special facilities for disabled students?

Our University provides several tools for the integration, counselling and support of all students in the university environment.

These include a service that specifically promotes the social integration of disabled students and University staff, providing them with assistance and protecting their rights.

Last updated: 
11/30/2016 - 20:12