Recognition of qualifications, equivalence of degrees taken under the old university systems

Depending upon the qualification concerned, international academic qualifications may be recognised as equivalent to either a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree issued by the university.

Period for submission of request

All year. In the event that you wish to obtain recognition of your qualifications for the purpose of enrolment, the deadline will be 31 May of the previous academic year. For example: if you wish to enrol in September 2015 (a.y. 2015/16) you will need to obtain recognition of your international qualification by 31 May 2015.

Procedure

To request recognition of an international academic qualification you need to submit your request with a revenue stamp to the Welcome Unit.

The following documents must be attached to your request:

  • original high school diploma or authenticated copy, translated, legalised and accompanied by a “Dichiarazione di valore” or (Declaration of Value) or Diploma supplement;
  • original academic qualification, translated, legalised and accompanied by a “Dichiarazione di valore” or (Declaration of Value) or Diploma supplement;
  • list of exams taken, translated and legalised (including hours spent carrying out eventual theoretical-practical activities);
  • exams taken at foreign university, translated (except from cases listed below) and legalised;
  • any other qualifications attained after your degree, legalised and accompanied by “Dichiarazione di valore” (Declaration of Value);
  • a receipt for the payment of 300.00 euros, made by bank transfer:

Study programmes can be submitted in the original language if equivalence is being requested for a language degree programme; in French, English, Spanish and German if the desired study programme is in the humanist area; in English if the desired study programme belongs to the economic or scientific sectors.

The procedure can also be carried out by sending all the requested documentation and a photocopy of your ID by registered mail with return receipt to the following address: Università Ca' Foscari Venezia - Welcome Unit, Ca' Foscari, Dorsoduro 3246 - 30123 Venice.

Procedure

Translation of documents necessary for the request of recognition of an international academic qualification will be carried out at the student’s expense.

The teaching body responsible will usually confirm total or partial recognition of the international academic qualification submitted within 90 days of receiving your request:

  • in the case of partial recognition, it will indicate the year of enrolment and number of credits recognised as well as the number of credits that must be acquired to obtain the corresponding Italian academic qualification;
  • in the case of total recognition, you will be awarded the relative Italian academic qualification bearing both the name of the international qualification and the name given to the equivalent Ca’ Foscari qualification.

Once the recognition procedure has been commenced, you will no longer be able to obtain the reimbursement of the fee paid.

The relevant legislation

Under the Agreement between the Italian Republic and the Republic of Austria, the so-called 'Scambio di Note’ of 16 and 17 February 2003, in force from 1.04.2003, which completes and updates the list of corresponding academic qualifications attached to the ‘Scambio di Note’ of 28 January 1999, and which introduces a table of corresponding grades in application of the decisions made by a 16th  Joint Committee of experts, there is full equivalence between the academic qualifications and grades issued by Italian and Austrian universities and contained in the attached list.

Under the aforementioned ‘Scambio di Note’ the recognition of an academic qualification in Italy is considered to confer equivalence. The recognition of an academic qualification allows the individual concerned to acquire all rights connected to possession of the corresponding degree obtained at an Italian university after completing the foreseen study programme. 

Which qualifications can be recognised?

Only Austrian academic qualifications contained in the list attached to the ‘Scambio di Note’ will be recognised. Moreover, Università Ca' Foscari will only issue equivalence for academic qualifications included in its own programme and in the list attached to the ‘Scambio di Note’.

Period for submission of request

All year long. In the event that you wish to obtain recognition of your qualifications for the purpose of enrolment, the deadline will be 31 May of the previous academic year. For example: if you wish to enrol in September 2015 (AY 2015/16) you will need to obtain recognition of your international qualification by 31 May 2015.

Required documentation

  • Fully compiled and signed request to be submitted to the Welcome Unit, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Dorsoduro 3246 - 30123 Venice (also by registered mail with return receipt) together with a 16-euro revenue stamp;
  • both the original and a photocopy of the document awarding the academic grade ("Bescheid");
  • both the original and a photocopy of your high school diploma;
  • two photocopies of your current ID/passport;
  • both the original and a photocopy of all certificates of additional exams if necessary for recognition of your qualification;
  • certificate (both original and copy) issued by the Austrian university concerned showing final grade ("Gesamtnote");
  • receipt for payment of 300.00 euros by bank transfer, giving “Riconoscimento titoli austriaci” (recognition of Austrian qualifications) as reason for payment.

Procedure

You must submit your request along with all the necessary documentation to the Welcome Unit.

The procedure usually takes 90 days. Once the recognition procedure has been commenced, you will no longer be able to obtain the reimbursement of the fee paid.

Once the procedure has been completed, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia will ask you to come in person to collect your certificate of recognition, equivalence diploma and original documentation.

You may also authorise someone to collect your documentation on your behalf. In this case they must bring with them a letter of authorisation signed by you, a photocopy of your ID and a photocopy of their own ID.

Once the certificate of recognition has been issued, the procedure is considered to have been completed.

The certificate of recognition has legal value while the diploma is intended for personal use.

Under Italian Ministerial Decree of 9 July 2009 Ca' Foscari has introduced a procedure to define the equivalence of degrees taken prior to the Italian Ministerial Decree 509/1999 (‘lauree del vecchio ordinamento’) to the corresponding Master’s degree study areas for the purpose of participation in competitions for recruitment in the civil service.

Cases in which equivalence is automatic

In the following cases equivalence is automatic due to the correspondence of the degrees taken under the old university system ('lauree del vecchio ordinamento’) to a single second-cycle/master's degree class:

  • Chemistry (class 62/S, class LM-54);
  • Industrial Chemistry (class 81/S, class LM-71);
  • Business Administration (class 84/S, class LM-77);
  • Computer Science (class 23/S, class LM-18);
  • Asian Languages and Literature (class 41/S, class LM-36);
  • Environmental Sciences (class 82/S, class LM-75).

The relative certification will be produced automatically by the administrative system of the Student Administration Unit when you request your graduation certificate.

Cases in which equivalence is not automatic

When equivalence concerns more than one degree class it does not take place automatically but following an assessment of merit carried out at the request of the graduate concerned.

In fact, the teaching bodies of the university responsible for issuing the qualification will assess, on a case-by-case basis, the pathway of study involved in the relative degree taken under the old university system and establish correspondence with a single class of second-cycle/master’s degree programme.

Graduates will receive certification and their personal file and relative certifications will be updated (also available by means of the relative online procedure).

Graduates should submit their request on paper to the Student Administration Unit or send it by post or fax. If sending by post or fax, remember to attach a copy of current ID.