Marco Polo and Turandot projects

The project
International students

Marco Polo project is a program aimed at providing Chinese students who wish to study at an Italian University but have no Italian competency the opportunity to obtain a University Enrolment Visa for those undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs which reserved places for Marco Polo students, on the condition that students take a 10 or 11 month Italian language course prior to the university enrolment. Students may choose the language course they wish to attend among the courses offered by the universities or language schools participating in the Marco Polo project. Students who at the end of the language course obtain the B1 or higher level certificate of the Italian Language Proficiency Test will meet the language proficiency entry requirement.

Course offering

For students applying for the academic year 2020-2021, the University of Turin provides the ad hoc teaching program "Ten-month course of Italian language and culture (1000 hours)".


Italian language course is also open to Turandot program students. 


  • Welcome week and registration: November 11th – November 15th, 2019 (registration date might change according to the visa issuance dates)
  • Course starts on November 18th, 2019 

During the first week of lesson the students will sit an entrance exam and CELI exam simulations will be regularly set in order to evaluate students language level and help them get acquainted with the exam.


The course, which lasts ten months (from November 2019 to August 2020)*, includes intensive classes about 30 hours per week, arranged as described below:

  • 13 hours of Italian language
  • 11 hours of language practice (held by Chinese speakers)
  • 2 hours of Italian Academic language and culture with guidelines for students attendance at University courses
  • 2 hours of Italian and Europe history and culture

Lessons are divided in two lessons in the morning for 5 hours, with a break between, and some additional lessons a week in the afternoon, focused on culture and supplementary language lessons. Students must attend at least 80% of the total course hours to be eligible for sitting the CELI exam and enrol in the university.

* Classes are suspended on November 1st, December 8th, during Christmas holidays, Easter holiday, April 25th, May 1st, June 24th and in the two central weeks of August.


In August 2020 students will take CELI (Certificate Italian General) B1 level test.


Starting from a.y. 2018-2019 we will accept for university enrolment only Italian language proficiency certificates issued within the CLIQ (Italian Language Quality Certification) quality system frame, which brings together the current Certifying Bodies (Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Università per Stranieri di Siena, Università Roma Tre and Società Dante Alighieri) also in agreement with the Italian Cultural Institutes or other subjects.

How and when to apply

Students planning to attend the ten-month long Italian language course must submit the pre-enrolment application to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in their home country within August 27th 2019. On the application form students must select both the language course school and the University they wish to attend at the end of the language course. 


We remind students wishing to enroll in a Postgraduate degree (Laurea magistrale) or in a 5-year or 6-year postgraduate degree (Laurea magistrale a ciclo unico) to carefully verify all entry requirements, paying specific attention to language and didactic requirements.


See the list of the degree programs and the entry requirements for the current academic year.


In addition, if you do not hold a university degree, for Declaration of Equal Value to be issued your Gao Kao score must be at least 400/750 (only for Marco Polo’s students). 


Students have to fill in the language course application form and send it back to within September 20th 2019, together with all required documents.

The University of Turin's Italian language program

The University of Turin, in cooperation with the University Language Centre, the Confucius Institute of Turin and the Centre for Advanced Studies on Contemporary China, provides welcome services and courses of Italian language held in Chinese language, tailored to meet the specific needs of Marco Polo and Turandot Programmes.

Three reasons to study in Turin
  • Courses designed for Chinese speakers
  • Assistance and counseling in Chinese language
  • Academic culture and Italian University courses attendance guidelines
Welcome services

A special help desk offers support in Chinese language, since students’ arrival in Italy. The University organizes specific guidance services for Marco Polo and Turandot students, in order to facilitate their accommodation in university facilities, to smoothly fulfill paperwork and documentation required for their stay in Italy and to facilitate their integration into everyday students life in Turin. To this end, institutional meetings with Italian students studying Chinese Language and students from the Confucius Institute are regularly convened.

Living in Turin

Turin is a city worth getting to know better. Turin plays a very important industrial and financial role in the country and at the same time is a great cultural centre.


The city, thanks to the cooperation with Tourist Office and the University of Turin, is now an ideal destination for foreign tourists. In particular, thanks to the “Turin Tourism project” Chinese visitors benefit from a series of special services, including a city sightseeing tour in Chinese language and a Chinese welcome card.


The University of Turin has many partnerships for exchange and research projects with Chinese Universities. In 2008 the University of Turin, in cooperation with Shanghai East China Normal University, established the Confucius Institute in Turin.

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