Preliminary evaluation for international students

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If you are an EU or non-EU student with an international qualification and you wish to enrol in a Bachelor's or Master's degree programme at Ca' Foscari, you must request a preliminary online evaluation of your qualifications. After uploading the required documentation and completing the procedure you will be informed of the outcome by email.

If you are applying for a Master's degree, and if the outcome of your preliminary evaluation requires you to obtain extra credits before you can be accepted in to your chosen Master's degree programme, you could be able to gain the required credits through the summer Bridge Term at the School for International Education.


Pre-evaluation Procedure

All undergraduate programmes require a minimum of B1 level English, and certain programmes require B2. Students lacking certification are required to fulfil an Additional Learning Requirement (OFA) in English following enrollment and have one year to complete the requirement.

All graduate programmes require a minimum of B2 level of English and students must provide certification by 31st December 2017 unless otherwise specified on each degree programme's website.

Students wishing to apply for entry to English-taught degree programmes (BA and MA) must submit evidence of English language proficiency at  B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). For more detailed information on language certification accepted by our university, please consult this page.


Categories of Students

Bachelor's degree programmes

EU citizens and EU-equated citizens

You are in this category if you are:

  • a citizen of a member country of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Hungary);
  • a citizen of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Republic of San Marino who are considered EU-equated citizens in accordance with current regulations.

In order to enrol at  the university you will need to have a valid qualification and pass any admission tests required for your chosen degree programme (place limitations for non-EU students residing abroad do not apply).

Documents requested for admission

In order to enrol in a Bachelor's degree programme you must have obtained a qualification abroad giving access to equivalent programmes of study in the country concerned.

You will require the following documents for enrolment:

  • certificate showing that you have passed the academic suitability test (for students from countries where this is a university entry requirement);
  • certificates for interrupted studies or non-university post-secondary qualifications showing exams passed and withdrawal from studies. These certificates must be accompanied by a detailed programme listing the single learning activities and hours of study for theoretical-practical activities. These documents are necessary if you wish to ask the Teaching Committee of your chosen study programme for recognition of prior learning (eventually obtaining admission to skip the first year and/or subsequent years).

The documents listed above must be the original documents, and must be written in English or have been officially translated in Italian. The official translation can be issued in the country of origin or in Italy – either by a local court of law, by court interpreters or by official translators. It must be authenticated by the Italian Diplomatic Representative located in the country of the institution that awarded the certificates, unless specific exemptions are applicable.

If you obtained your high-school qualifications in a non-EU country, you must also submit the Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore in loco) issued by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of origin of the school that issued the qualifications. 

Before proceeding with the enrollment process, students must register at apply.unive.it, choose their degree programme and upload all the required documents.

Non-EU citizens with an Italian residency permit

You are in this category if you are a non-EU citizen but you live in Italy and:

  • you have a residency permit or a permit to work as an employee or in self-employment, or a residency permit granted for family reasons, political asylum or religious purposes;
  • you have had Residence permit of any kind for at least a year and an senior-high-school qualification obtained in Italy;
  • you are a political refugee;
  • you are part of the personnel working in a foreign diplomatic office, or in the Italian office of an international organisation (accredited by the Italian State or by the Holy See), or you are an immediate family dependent (spouse or child).

In order to enrol at the university you will need to have a valid qualification and pass any admission tests required for your chosen degree programme (place limitations for non-EU students residing abroad do not apply).

Documents requested for admission

In order to enrol in a Bachelor's degree programme you must have obtained a qualification abroad accepted for entry to equivalent programmes of study in the country concerned.

You will require the following documents for enrolment:

  • certificate showing that you have passed the academic suitability test (for students from countries where this is a university entry requirement);
  • certificates for interrupted studies or non-university post-secondary qualifications showing exams passed and withdrawal from studies. These certificates must be accompanied by a detailed programme listing the single learning activities and hours of study for theoretical-practical activities. These documents are necessary if you wish to ask the Teaching Committee of your chosen study programme for recognition of prior learning (eventually obtaining admission to skip the first year and/or subsequent years).

You must provide the originals of these certificates, which must either be in English or accompanied by an official translation in Italian. The official translation, which may be carried out in the country of origin, in Italy by the local court or by official or sworn translators, must be legalised by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of the school awarding the qualification, unless otherwise agreed.

If you obtained your high-school qualifications in a non-EU country, you must also submit the Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore in loco) issued by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of origin of the school that issued the qualifications.

Before proceeding with the enrollment process, students must register at apply.unive.it, choose their degree programme and upload all the required documents.

Non-EU citizens residing in Italy with Italian qualifications

You are in this category if you are a non-EU citizen but live in Italy and:

  • you have an Italian University Entrance qualification (UEQ);
  • you have a residency permit or a permit to work as an employee or in self-employment, or a residency permit granted for family reasons, political asylum or religious purposes;
  • you have a residency permit of any type and a UEQ obtained in Italy that you have received within a year prior to the date in which you intend on beginning your Bachelor’s Degree;
  • you are a political refugee;
  • you are part of the personnel working in a foreign diplomatic office, or in the Italian office of an international organisation (accredited by the Italian State or by the Holy See), or you are an immediate family dependent (spouse or child).

In order to enrol at the university you will need to have a valid qualification and pass any admission tests required for your chosen degree programme (place limitations for non-EU students residing abroad do not apply). 

Documents requested for admission

To enrol in a Bachelor’s Degree programme you must submit the following documents:

  • an Italian high/secondary school qualification (see the webpage on Admission);
  • any certificates relating to unfinished university or post-secondary school (non-university) qualifications, listing the exams you have passed, and documenting your withdrawal from university studies. These certificates must be accompanied by a detailed outline of each subject’s programme and must indicate the number of hours of theoretical and practical activities carried out. This documentation is required by the teaching staff of your chosen subject so as to verify whether you are eligible for any exemptions or credits which would reduce the length of your programme (for example, allowing you to go straight into the second year instead of the first year);

Consult the procedure for enrolment to an open admission degree programme or to a limited admission degree programme.

In both cases, remember to attach a scanned copy of your Residence permit showing that it is up-to-date.

Non-EU citizens residing outside Italy

You are in this category if you are a non-EU citizen and have residency outside of Italy when you undergo the enrolment process.

The number of places available to students in this category is restricted, and the quota for each course is fixed annually.
The application process is as follows:

  • Evaluation of your University Entrance Qualifications (UEQ): your educational qualifications must be verified by Ca’ Foscari University before you enrol in your chosen University Degree programme. Please see the webpage outlining the online procedure;
  • Pre-enrolment in your country of residence: you must first take all required documentation (see below) to the Italian diplomatic representative (Italian Embassy or Consulate) in your country of citizenship. The Italian diplomatic representative will have established a deadline for this procedure, so make sure you are well informed before carrying out the application process. For more information, please consult this webpage [IT];
  • Enrolment in your chosen degree programme.

Documents requested for admission

In order to enrol in a Bachelor's degree programme you must have obtained a qualification abroad accepted for entry to equivalent programmes of study in the country concerned.

To enrol in a Bachelor’s Degree you must submit the following documents to the Italian diplomatic representative:

  • pre-enrolment documents;
  • original copy of your final high-school qualification;
  • certificate showing that you have passed the academic suitability test (for students from countries where this is a university entry requirement);
  • certificates for interrupted studies or non-university post-secondary qualifications showing exams passed and withdrawal from studies. These certificates must be accompanied by a detailed programme listing the single learning activities and hours of study for theoretical-practical activities. These documents are necessary if you wish to ask the Teaching Committee of your chosen study programme for recognition of prior learning (eventually obtaining admission to skip the first year and/or subsequent years).

The documents listed above must be the original documents, and must be written in English or have been officially translated in Italian. The official translation can be issued in the country of origin or in Italy – either by a local court of law, by court interpreters or by official translators. It must be authenticated by the Italian Diplomatic Representative located in the country of the institution that awarded the certificates, unless specific exemptions are applicable. The Italian Diplomatic Representative will also prepare the Declaration of Value.

Before proceeding with the enrollment process, students must register at apply.unive.it, choose their degree programme and upload all the required documents.

Compulsory University Entrance Tests

In order to enrol in an Italian-taught programme, you will be required to take an Italian language proficiency test, which will be held in September 2017. For information about the test, see the attachment. For information about location, times and registration procedure, please contact the Welcome Unit.

You will not be required to take the Italian language proficiency test if you already hold one or more of the educational qualifications or language proficiency certificates listed in the Circolare Ministeriale (nota MIUR, prot. n. 602 del 18 Maggio 2011).

Deadlines for pre-enrolment

For information about deadlines, please contact the relevant Italian Diplomatic Representative for your country or consult the MIUR website.

Italian citizens with a qualification obtained abroad

For enrolment purposes, Italian students with an international qualification, regardless of where it was obtained, will be considered to be on an equal footing with their fellow Italian students with an Italian qualification.
If you have an international qualification recognised as being equivalent to an Italian qualification, you will be required to follow the enrolment procedure laid down for your fellow Italians with an Italian qualification.
In order to enrol at the university you will need to have a valid qualification and pass any admission tests required for your chosen degree programme (place limitations for non-EU students residing abroad do not apply). 

Documents requested for admission

In order to enrol in a Bachelor's degree programme you must have obtained a qualification abroad accepted for entry to equivalent programmes of study in the country concerned.

You will require the following documents for enrolment:

  • original copy of your final high-school qualification;
  • certificate showing that you have passed the academic suitability test (for students from countries where this is a university entry requirement);
  • certificates for interrupted studies or non-university post-secondary qualifications showing exams passed and withdrawal from studies. These certificates must be accompanied by a detailed programme listing the single learning activities and hours of study for theoretical-practical activities.These documents are necessary if you wish to ask the Teaching Committee of your chosen study programme for recognition of prior learning (eventually obtaining admission to skip the first year and/or subsequent years).

You must provide the originals of these certificates, which must either be in English or accompanied by an official translation in Italian. The official translation, which may be carried out in the country of origin, in Italy by the local court or by official or sworn translators, must be legalised by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of the school awarding the qualification, unless otherwise agreed.

If you obtained your high-school qualifications in a non-EU country, you must also submit the Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore in loco) issued by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of origin of the school that issued the qualifications.

Before proceeding with the enrollment process, students must register at apply.unive.it, choose their degree programme and upload all the required documents.

Master's degree programmes

EU citizens and EU-equated citizens

You belong to this category if you are:

  • a student from a country belonging to the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom);
  • if you are a student from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland or Repubblica di San Marino and you have the equivalent status, under current legislation, to an EU student.

In order to enrol at the university you will need to have a valid qualification and pass any admission tests required for your chosen degree programme (place limitations for non-EU students residing abroad do not apply).

Documents requested for admission

To enrol in a Master's degree programme you must have obtained a foreign academic qualification (following at least three years’ study) or a post-secondary qualification (following at least three years’ study) at a non-university higher education institute accepted for entry to university studies at the next level in the country where it was obtained.

You will need to prepare the following documents for enrolment:

  • final academic qualification or Diploma Supplement;
  • certificate awarded by the competent academic authority with a list of exams taken, and for each of these, detailed programmes and hours of study in theoretical-practical activities, or Diploma Supplement.

You must provide the originals of these certificates, which must either be in English or accompanied by an official translation in Italian. The official translation, which may be carried out in the country of origin, in Italy by the local court or by official or sworn translators, must be legalised by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of the university or institute awarding the qualification, unless otherwise agreed
The study programmes can be submitted in English or Italian. 

If you obtained your academic qualification in a non-EU country, you must also submit the Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore in loco) issued by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of origin of the school that issued the qualifications.

Once you have completed the pre-enrolment procedure, the original documents submitted to the embassy/consulate will be returned to you so that you can finalize your enrolment.

Before proceeding with the enrollment process, students must register at apply.unive.it, choose their degree programme and upload all the required documents.

Non-EU citizens with an Italian residency permit

You belong to this category if you are a non-EU student residing in Italy meeting the following conditions:

  • you have a residence permit for work (as an employee/self-employed), for family motives, political or humanitarian asylum, religious motives;
  • you have had a residence permit (of any type) for at least a year and a high school qualification obtained in Italy;
  • you are a political refugee;
  • you belong to the staff working at a foreign embassy/consulate or international body with its headquarters in Italy (accredited by the Italian State or Holy See) or you are a dependent of a member of staff (applies to spouse and children only).

In order to enrol at the university you will need to have a valid qualification and pass any admission tests required for your chosen degree programme (place limitations for non-EU students residing abroad do not apply).

Documents requested for admission

To enrol in a Master's degree programme you must have obtained a foreign academic qualification (following at least three years’ study) or a post-secondary qualification (following at least three years’ study) at a non-university higher education institute accepted for entry to university studies at the next level in the country where it was obtained.

You will need to prepare the following documents for enrolment:

  • final academic qualification or Diploma Supplement;
  • certificate awarded by the competent academic authority with a list of exams taken, and for each of these, detailed programmes and hours of study in theoretical-practical activities, or Diploma Supplement.

You must provide the originals of these certificates, which must either be in English or accompanied by an official translation in Italian. The official translation, which may be carried out in the country of origin, in Italy by the local court or by official or sworn translators, must be legalised by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of the university or institute awarding the qualification, unless otherwise agreed
The study programmes can be submitted in English or Italian. 

If you obtained your academic qualification in a non-EU country, you must also submit the Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore in loco) issued by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of origin of the school that issued the qualifications.

Once you have completed the pre-enrolment procedure, the original documents submitted to the embassy/consulate will be returned to you so that you can finalize your enrolment.

Before proceeding with the enrollment process, students must register at apply.unive.it, choose their degree programme and upload all the required documents.

Non-EU citizens residing in Italy with an Italian qualification

You belong to this category if you are a non-EU student residing in Italy meeting the following conditions:

  • you have an Italian qualification;
  • you have a residence permit for work (as an employee/self-employed), for family motives, political or humanitarian asylum, religious motives;
  • you have had a residence permit (of any type) for at least a year and a high school qualification obtained in Italy;
  • you are a political refugee;
  • you belong to the staff working at a foreign embassy/consulate or international body with its headquarters in Italy (accredited by the Italian State or Holy See) or you are a dependent of a member of staff (applies to spouse and children only).

In order to enrol at the university you will need to have a valid qualification and pass any admission tests required for your chosen degree programme (place limitations for non-EU students residing abroad do not apply).

Documents requested for admission

To enrol in a Master's degree programme you must have obtained one of the following Italian qualifications:

  • a BA degree;
  • a BA degree or university diploma obtained under the previous system (prior to D.M. 509/1999), following evaluation of studies by the relevant Teaching Committee.

You also need to check that you meet the academic entry requirements, using the same procedure as Italian students.
Remember to attach a scanned copy of your Residence permit showing that it is up-to-date together with the required documents.

Non-EU citizens residing outside Italy

You belong to this category if you are a non-EU student residing abroad at the time of submitting your pre-enrolment request.

Your enrolment will be accepted for a limited number of places established annually for every degree programme.

The enrolment procedure involves the following steps:

  • Evaluation of your University Entrance Qualifications (UEQ): your educational qualifications must be verified by Ca’ Foscari University before you enrol in your chosen University Degree programme. Please see the webpage outlining the online procedure;
  • Pre-enrolment in your country of residence: you must first take all required documentation (see below) to the Italian diplomatic representative (Italian Embassy or Consulate) in your country of citizenship. The Italian diplomatic representative will have established a deadline for this procedure, so make sure you are well informed before carrying out the application process. For more information, please consult this webpage [IT];
  • enrolment into your Master's degree programme.

Documents requested for admission

To enrol in a Master's degree programme you must have obtained a foreign academic qualification (following at least three years’ study) or a post-secondary qualification (following at least three years’ study) at a non-university higher education institute accepted for entry to university studies at the next level in the country where it was obtained.

In order to pre-enrol you will need to submit the following documents to the Italian embassy/consulate (see above):

  • documents requested for pre-enrolment;
  • original copy of final academic qualification;
  • certificates for interrupted studies or non-university post-secondary qualifications showing exams passed and withdrawal from studies. These certificates must be accompanied by a detailed programme listing the single learning activities and hours of study for theoretical-practical activities.These documents are necessary if you wish to ask the Teaching Committee of your chosen study programme for recognition of prior learning (eventually obtaining admission to skip the first year and/or subsequent years).

You must provide the originals of these certificates, which must either be in English or accompanied by an official translation in Italian. The official translation, which may be carried out in the country of origin, in Italy by the local court or by official or sworn translators, must be legalised by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of the university or institute awarding the qualification, unless otherwise agreed
The study programmes can be submitted in English or Italian.

Before proceeding with the enrollment process, students must register at apply.unive.it, choose their degree programme and upload all the required documents.

Compulsory admission tests

In order to enrol in a Master's degree programme taught in Italian, you will be required to take an Italian test to be held in September 2017. For information on the contents of the test, see the Italian test info sheet. For information on where and when the test is to be held and on how to enrol contact the Welcome Unit.

You may be exempted from the Italian test if you have one of the qualifications or Italian proficiency certificates listed in the ministerial memorandum issued by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (nota MIUR, prot. n. 602 of 18 May 2011) , or if you intend to enrol in a degree programme taught entirely in English. Depending upon the certification presented, you may not be subjected to place limitations. 

Pre-enrolment deadlines

For information on deadlines, please contact your local Italian embassy/consulate or consult the website of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research

Italian citizens with a qualification obtained abroad

For enrolment purposes, Italian students with an international  qualification, regardless of where it was obtained, will be considered to be on an equal footing with their fellow Italian students with an Italian qualification.

If you have an international qualification recognised as being equivalent to an Italian qualification, you will be required to follow the enrolment procedure laid down for your fellow Italians with an Italian qualification.

In order to enrol at the university you will need to have a valid qualification and pass any admission tests required for your chosen degree programme (place limitations for non-EU students residing abroad do not apply).

Documents requested for admission

To enrol in a Master's degree programme you must have obtained a foreign academic qualification (following at least three years’ study) or a post-secondary qualification (following at least three years’ study) at a non-university higher education institute accepted for entry to university studies at the next level in the country where it was obtained.

You will need to prepare the following documents for enrolment:

  • final academic qualification;
  • certificates for interrupted studies or non-university post-secondary qualifications showing exams passed and withdrawal from studies. These certificates must be accompanied by a detailed programme listing the single learning activities and hours of study for theoretical-practical activities. These documents are necessary if you wish to ask the Teaching Committee of your chosen study programme for recognition of prior learning (eventually obtaining admission to skip the first year and/or subsequent years).

You must provide the originals of these certificates, which must either be in English or accompanied by an official translation in Italian. The official translation, which may be carried out in the country of origin, in Italy by the local court or by official or sworn translators, must be legalised by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of the university or institute awarding the qualification, unless otherwise agreed
The study programmes can be submitted in English or Italian.

If you obtained your academic qualification in a non-EU country, you must also submit the Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore in loco) issued by the Italian embassy/consulate in the country of origin of the school that issued the qualifications.

Before proceeding with the enrollment process, students must register at apply.unive.it, choose their degree programme and upload all the required documents.