Programme-specific entry requirements
Applicants must submit:
- Their complete high school transcript (see application guidelines/requirements);
- Motivation essay (answer the questions outlined in this template – other formats will not be accepted).
Candidates whose GPA is minimum 70% (30 for IB Diploma curriculum) will have to take an interview with the Professors of the School of Psychology (either via Skype or in person at Cattolica campus in Milan), aimed at checking their motivation to study the programme and their awareness of the subject.
The selection is based on candidates’ GPA, their motivation essay and the result of the interview.
Candidates whose GPA is below 70% are still encouraged to apply, their profiles will be evaluated case-by-case by a dedicated commission as long as places are available.
Note: candidates following the A-level curriculum will be evaluated by predicted grades for each subject choice; there are no specific subject requirements.
English language proficiency requirement
Read our recognized English language certificates and exemption policy.
General diploma requirements
The following requirements are based on the guidelines for admission published every year by the Italian Ministry for Education.
All candidates need to complete high school studies and hold their Secondary School Diploma before August 30, 2021.
In order to be eligible to apply to a bachelor programme, candidates need to hold a high school qualification conferred after a minimum of 12 years of previous global schooling and achieved after at least 2 years of attendance within the same national education system.
Qualifications obtained after 11 or 10 years of global schooling do not allow access to Italian universities, unless candidates satisfy one of the following additional conditions:
- they attended one (in case of 11 years) or two (in case of 10 years) years of university studies and took all the exams included in the relevant study plan. No transfer of credits can be requested for the university studies.
- they can provide evidence that they attended a pre-school year (this usually applies to some Latin American countries), which can be taken into consideration only if its attendance was compulsory, and its syllabus includes development of reading and writing skills in the local language. Its validity has to be certified by the relevant country's Italian Embassy or Consulate.
Access to university-level studies
A candidate's high school qualification must satisfy the requirements for access to university-level studies in the awarding country.
If admission to university-level studies is subject to a special exam in the country where candidates graduated from high school, they must give evidence to have passed such selection with the required scores.
A few examples are:
- Selectividad in Spain
- Veveossi Prosvassis in Greece;
- Vestibular / ENEM in Brazil;
- Gao Kao in China (minimum required score: 500/750);
- TYT and AYT in Turkey.
High School qualifications that need to satisfy additional criteria
International Baccalaureate Diploma - International Baccalaureate (IB) full Diploma candidates can apply to a bachelor programme. IB Certificates are NOT valid for enrollment. The IB Diploma must be awarded by no later than the session of May 2021 (results available at the beginning of July 2021). Candidates should ask the Diploma Programme coordinator to submit a request to the IB on their behalf to send their scores to Università Cattolica. Our IB code is 001623.
American High School Diploma - Students holding an American High School Diploma must have at least 3 Advanced Placements (APs) in different subjects. Candidates with 4 APs will be given priority consideration. The minimum passing grade for each AP exam is 3. Università Cattolica code at College Board code is 7414.
Candidates whose mother tongue is Italian are advised not to choose AP Italian Language and Culture, as it does not contribute toward the ranking. Candidates with other partial university/college studies will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
If you hold an American High School Diploma, fill in the AP exam declaration form and upload it to your application (additional document section).
British qualifications - Applicants will need to obtain at least 3 subjects at Advanced –level, which must be relevant to the chosen degree course. Candidates whose mother tongue is Italian are advised not to choose A-level Italian, as it does not contribute towards the ranking.
Btec Level 3 is not recognized for admission to an Italian University.
Canadian high school qualifications - Applicants must have a school average of at least 75%, and their secondary school curriculum must satisfy the requirements for access to university as prescribed by each of the 13 Provinces and Territories in terms of both credits and subject combination.