First cycle studies (bachelor's)
If you have successfully completed upper secondary studies in one of the signatory countries of the Lisbon Convention, are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you may also qualify for higher education studies in Italy. However, you are requested to prove your level of knowledge of Italian. In some cases, you are also requested to take additional qualifying courses for some competitive study programs.
Second cycle studies (master's)
If you are applying for a master's program at university in Italy, you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor's or equivalent degree diploma.
Third cycle studies (PhD)
In the event you are applying for doctoral studies at university in Italy, you are required to be in possession of a relevant diploma or master's degree program.
Language requirements for studies at universities in Italy
According to Italian regulations regarding access to university studies, students are required to have an adequate knowledge of the Italian language as it is the usual language of instruction. In general, you need to have a minimum level of Italian corresponding to B2 in the Europass Language Passport classification. If your level of knowledge of Italian corresponds to C1 or C2 in the Europass Language Passport classification, you will be exempted from taking the Italian language test.
Unless your level of knowledge of Italian corresponds to C1 or C2 as previously explained, you will be required to pass a test of Italian language. The test will be organized by the institution where you will be studying, usually in September.
If your study program or course is taught in English, you will be required to prove your level of command of English by presenting the results you received at English courses. Please, always check with your university whether your English studies are sufficient for you to meet this requirement.
Minimum grade point requirement
Students may be ranked based on their grade point average from their previous studies. Therefore, always check with the university or college of your choice about the minimum grade point you need to obtain in order to qualify for the study program of your choice.
You may use the European grades comparison chart to learn how you would score in Europe.
If admission to university studies in your home country is subject to passing an entrance examination and you have not taken it, you will have to pass an admission test if you would like to study in Italy. Once you receive the notification on whether you have been admitted to studies in Italy, you will be notified when and where you have to take the Italian admission exam.
For certain competitive study programs and studies in health and medicine, veterinary, education and architecture, higher education institutions organize specific admission exams. Please, contact the institution you are interested in to learn the exact dates to take the admission exam.
Source: Italian National Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca)