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Recognition of a foreign university qualification

Graduates from EU and non-EU countries may have their foreign academic qualifications recognized, provided the course of study is still offered by the University of Trieste.

In the event that a bilateral agreement has been signed between the Italian government and the country awarding the qualification, recognition will be granted with no need of evaluation from the academic authorities, provided the qualification is exactly the same as the one mentioned in the agreement. Under such agreements may be recognized, for instance, some university qualifications from Austria, Ecuador and Slovenia. If this is the case, applications can be submitted at any time of the year.

As a rule (outside the mentioned agreements), the academic authority, after assessing your study plan and exams, can grant full recognition (equivalence) of your qualification, or recognize it only partially. In the latter case, you might need to take a few exams, or else be admitted to the final exam.
Applications must be submitted to the International Students’ Desk - Servizio Studenti Internazionali - on the appropriate FORM from 1st August to 5th October 2017. Please be advised that non-EU citizens living abroad must previously apply at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence in order to obtain a student visa.

With the application form you must send the following documentation:

(Please note: All certificates (points 1, 2, 4 and Diploma Supplement) must be legalized by the local Authority or bear the Apostille stamp (with exception of documents issued in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Germany, Latvia and Estonia), certifying that the signature or seal on the document is genuine, and must be submitted in the original or certified copy, along with an official translation in Italian. The Italian translation is not required for documents written in English. Student syllabi and transcripts are accepted in English. Please check here if additional languages other than English are accepted by your Department.)

1.    secondary school leaving qualification;

2.    academic qualification;

3. the document Dichiarazione di valore concerning your school leaving certificate, issued by the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the awarding country, is strongly recommended, particularly if you submit your enrollment request to our office after 31st August (qualifications lacking the Dichiarazione di valore require a longer processing time!)
As an alternative to the Dichiarazione di valore, following documents are also accepted and strongly recommended, particularly if you submit your enrollment request to our office after 31st August:
- a credential evaluation report issued by ENIC-NARIC information centres, or
- any other certificate issued by official foreign institutions (e.g. Diploma Supplement issued by the foreign university), or
- a certififcate from the Ministry of Education;

4.    transcript of records including scores and credit hours. If such details are provided in the Diploma Supplement, a separate transcript is not required;

5.    syllabus, i.e. an outline of topics covered in the courses;

6.    a copy of the final thesis, if applicable;

7.    residence permit (non-EU nationals only).

Degree theses need not to be translated. However, students are to provide a short summary thereof in Italian.

The University of Trieste may require other documents, if the provided evidence is deemed insufficient.

As a foreign national, you must sit an interview aimed at testing proficiency in Italian, before obtaining recognition of your degree, unless you have a valid certificate of competence in the language.

Once you have been granted recognition, you can use the Italian title (egdottore”) and apply for public competitions (only if you are an UE citizen).

Please note that recognition for professional purposes (allowing professionals to practise in Italy) is granted by the Ministries which are entitled to regulate each profession.
For general information on professional recognition, please visit the
CIMEA webiste, or (English version available).

Recognition of degrees in Medicine and Dentistry: Applications for recognition of degrees in Medicine and Dentistry must be submitted by 31st August. See the specific call.


Download application form.


Informazioni aggiornate al: 14.8.2017 alle ore 11:45