Application for non-EU citizens residing abroad

Academic year 2024-2025

The following procedures may have simultaneous deadlines, therefore we invite you to read the entire page.


You can check the list of degree programs available on Apply@UniTo.


See the Required documents for international students page for information on admission criteria for foreign degrees and the documents required to apply.

Why my study qualification needs to be assessed

In order to be admitted to an undergraduate degree program ("Laurea"), 5-6-year postgraduate degree program ("Laurea magistrale a ciclo unico") or a 2-year postgraduate degree program ("laurea magistrale"), any foreign study qualification must be recognized as suitable as provided for by article 6 of decree 270/2004 and comparable to the required Italian qualification as established by Law 148/2002 (Italian ratification and implementation of the Lisbon Convention).


Recognition of foreign study qualifications for admission to higher education and furthering university studies is exclusive competence of Universities and Higher Education Institutions as established by art.2 of law 148/2002.


The university evaluates foreign qualifications in line with the principles of the Lisbon Recognition Convention, with its implementation in the Italian educational system and with the practices shared at an international level by the centres belonging to the ENIC and NARIC networks, to verify comparability with Italian qualifications and eligibility for admission in higher education programs.


Foreign study qualifications can be considered for admission purposes only if recognized by the foreign educational system they belong to and issued by institutions authorized to issue them. Therefore, one of the elements we take into account when assessing a foreign study qualification is the accreditation/recognition status of the institution that issued the final qualification (awarding institution) by the competent authority in the educational system of reference , as well as  the accreditation/recognition status of the institution where the studies actually took place or which organized them (teaching institution). Accreditation of the attended study program is also taken into account.


Furthermore, other elements such as the authenticity of the documentation, the duration of the study program, the level, the nature of the program and the rights conferred by the obtained qualification are also taken into consideration during the evaluation process. A substantial difference with the Italian educational system could cause a refusal of the application, thus precluding access to higher education in Italy or continuation to the - upper academic cycle even if you have taken and passed any admission test.

If you are a non-EU citizen residing abroad and you hold a non-Italian study qualification follow the steps below according to the program you wish to apply for:

Application for programs with a restricted number of places

If you wish to apply for a program with a restricted number of places (entrance test), you are exempt from submitting your application on Apply@UniTo.

You must, however, sit the entrance test according to the regulations decided by the degree program.


To check the test regulations and dates you must visit the program’s website.


Once the ranking list is published,students who have placed themselves in a useful position to enroll will be contacted by email for the evaluation of their academic documents. 



Students applying for the following programs with a restricted number of places:

  • Amministrazione e Controllo Aziendale
  • Business Administration
  • Direzione d'Impresa, Marketing e Strategia
  • Finanza Aziendale e Mercati Finanziari

must submit their application on Apply@UniTo from 22nd November 2023 to 31st January 2024.


Read the information on the entrance test for those four programs.


If you are a non-EU student requiring a visa you must also submit your pre-enrolment visa request on Universitaly (see below)attaching all the required documents listed at the page Required documents for international students.

Application for programs without a restricted number of places

Applications for postgraduate degree programs without a restricted number of places must be sent on the Apply@UniTo platform from 22nd November 2023 until 31st January 2024.


Applications for undergraduate degree programs and 5-6 year postgraduate degree programs without a restricted number of places must be sent on the Apply@UniTo platform from 20th February 2024 until 30th April 2024.


In compliance with the Ministerial Circular yearly published by the Ministry of University and Research and with the Decision no. 3/2023/IV/13 of the session of December 19, 2023 made by the university Academic Senate, the International Students office will only evaluate a number of eligible applications equal to the number of available seats for non-EU students requiring a visa for each program without a restricted number of places (no entrance test). 


It will be the responsibility of the International Students office to communicate when the maximum number of eligible applications has been reached.


The number of available seats for each program is displayed on the program informative page on Apply@UniTo website.


See the list of programs without a restricted number of places.

Italian language proficiency

Undergraduate or 5-6 -year postgraduate degree programs without a restricted number of places taught in Italian, require you to provide a B2 or higher Italian language proficiency certificate issued under the quality system CLIQ (Italian Quality Language Certification), which brings together in association the current certifying bodies (University for Foreigners of Perugia, University for Foreigners of Siena, University for Foreigners "Dante Alighieri" of Reggio Calabria, University Roma Tre, Società "Dante Alighieri"), or by the Italian Institutes of Culture abroad. 

You have to upload your certificate when applying on the Apply@UniTo and/or on the Universitaly platform.

Once you attach the language certificate in one of the two platforms, we will be able to validate your pre-enrollment visa request on universitaly. 

Therefore, visa requests lacking the language certificate won’t be validated.


All undergraduate or 5-6 -year postgraduate degree programs without a restricted number of places require you to sit the TOLC test offered by CISIA


For all details please check the page dedicated to courses without restricted number of places (with free admission).

In order to complete the procedure, please follow the directions on visa application and enrolment:

Visa application on Universitaly

Non-EU students requiring a visa need to submit the pre-enrolment visa application on the Universitaly platform.


You can submit your request for the academic year 2024-2025 until October 15th 2024.


Applications submitted for the wrong academic year will not be considered.


On Universitaly you can apply for one program only. You will also have to choose the embassy or consulate competent in your country of residence, where you will submit your visa application.


If you reside in a country which is different from that of your citizenship, please verify with the Italian Embassy in your country of residence the possibility to apply for your study visa and submit your pre-enrollment application according to the information provided by the Embassy.


Verify with the Italian Embassy in your country of residence the documentation required for submitting your study visa application.


Once you have completed the above mentioned steps, you can proceed with the final enrolment in UniTo. The enrolment procedure will open at the beginning of September 2024 on this website.


Information on enrolment procedures can be found on the Enrolment for international students page.