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Cattolica International


If you are eligible for admission, the International Admissions Office will inform you by publishing an offer in your Self-Service Center and sending a notification to the email address you indicated on the online application (check your spam box as well!).
The offer will outline:

  • The instructions on how to accept Cattolica offer and how to pay the first instalment of the tuition fees in order to reserve a place on the indicated degree programme.
  • If you have been awarded with a scholarship. 

How to respond:
Log back into your Self-Service Center, click on the decision and select “Respond” at the top right corner of the page. 
Accepting the offer does not involve any payment yet and if you respond “Accept”, you simply enable the system to send you the instructions to secure your place!
If you decline the offer, please be aware that your admission cannot be deferred to the next academic year and you will have to apply again. 

After you accept the offer, your data will be transferred into our dedicated payment system “Portale iscrizione ai corsi | Programme application”. 
Follow these steps to confirm your place in the programme of admission:
STEP 1 - Activate your account
Within the payment deadline you will receive an email from IAM_noreply@unicatt.it called “Activation account” containing your new username and a link to set a password; if you already have an account to access the Portale, you will not receive this email: share your existing username with our office to proceed. 
Use the link provided in the message to set the password and log in the “Portale iscrizione ai corsi / Programme application” with your new credentials.
STEP 2 - Choose the payment method
Pay by credit card, or payment slip (MAV) or Bank wire transfer. If you pay by MAV or bank transfer you will have to log in the Portale iscrizione ai corsi again after you make the payment and enter the payment details, and send us the receipt.  
If the payment is not indicated as “confirmed” (for credit card payments) or “order self-confirmed” (for payments made by bank wire transfer or bollettino MAV) by the deadline, your offer for admission can no longer be guaranteed.   
Please carefully read our refund policy.
Please find an explanation of the document you will need to submit for enrollment, in addition to the original copy of your Bachelor and final transcript of records, in order to allow our office to evaluate its level within the relevant National Qualifications Framework and verify its authenticity.
  • The Diploma Supplement of your Bachelor studies. It is a document accompanying your diploma and providing a standardised description of the nature, level, content and status of the studies you completed. Graduates in all countries taking part in the Bologna Process have the right to receive the Diploma Supplement automatically and in any major European language from their university. If the Diploma Supplement is issued in English, no Italian translation is required. 

As an alternative to the Diploma Supplement, you can provide one of the following documents:

  • The Statement of Comparability of your university qualification, issued by CIMEA, the Italian government-appointed organization for qualifications recognition. Read more on the document and to learn how to request it
  • Dichiarazione di Valore (DV) of Bachelor Diploma. It is an official document which provides a short description of your qualification, its validity in the awarding country to academic and/or professional ends, and the legal status of the awarding institution. Request the DV at the Italian Consulate/Embassy of the country that awarded the qualification. For example, if you studied in an American University in Dubai, you should refer to relevant Italian Embassy in the United States. Please note: Italian Embassies usually require that diplomas and transcripts are legalized* by the relevant local Ministries and translated into Italian before they are submitted for the issuing of the DV. Find a list of the Italian Consular offices.

    *Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a public document is genuine. It is usually required by Italian authorities before they will allow a document issued in a third country to be used for official purposes in Italy. If your country signed the Hague Convention, the competent authorities will stamp the Apostille on your qualification. In other countries, specific Ministries are appointed to legalise documents through a stamp. 

In case of impossibility to verify the authenticity of your Diploma/transcript, our office reserves the right to additionally request the Statement of Verification, issued by CIMEA, or the legalization of the Diploma/transcript/Diploma Supplement, or that your transcript is sent directly from your institution to our office. 

Upon receipt of the payment, the International Admissions Office will publish in your SSC the official admission letters and will provide them directly to the Italian Consulate/Embassy in your country.
STEP 1 - Submit the pre-enrolment to the Italian Embassy/Consulate - ONLINE.
As a preliminary step to apply for a study visa, all admitted students need to submit a formal "Pre-enrolment request" to the Italian Consulate/Embassy of their jurisdiction.

Upon receipt of the electronic admission letters, promptly submit your pre-enrolment:

  1. register on Universitaly;
  2. read the step-by-step guidelines and check carefully the preview of the info requested;
  3. complete and submiy your pre-enrolment.

Università Cattolica will check and validate your pre-enrolment request before sending it to the Italian Embassy/Consulate.

STEP 2 - Study Visa application
If the previous step has been successful, you will receive a notification from Universitaly and you can submit an application for a long-term entry visa - "D" type - issued for study reasons ("Immatricolazione Università") at the Italian Embassy/Consulate of your jurisdiction. (*)

You will have to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Proof of economic means of about 6.000€. Please note however that the cost of living in Italy per annum ranges from €10.000 to €12.000 (tuition fee excluded); the bank statement must refer to your personal account or your parents’. 
  • A return ticket;
  • Health insurance for medical expenses and hospital stays;
  • Passport or travel document valid for at least three months after visa expiry date;
  • Proof of accommodation in Italy. Check housing opportunities:
  • The summary of your pre-enrolment (you can download the pdf from Universitaly).

Each Consular office may autonomously require additional documents. 
While requesting the visa at the Italian Consulate /Embassy, ask for the issuing of your Codice fiscale (Italian tax registration No.). It is a 16-character alphanumeric code issued free of charge by the Revenue Agency to identify Italian nationals and foreign residents. You need to have your own "codice fiscale" to enrol in any Italian university, open a bank account and sign any type of contract (rental, phone line, etc.).

The Italian Embassy of the country issuing your passport and responsible for the area where you reside (eg. in Turkey or the USA there are several Italian Embassies, and each of them is responsible for a specific state/region in the country). Find here a list of the Italian Consular Offices. If you temporarily live in a country that you are not a citizen of, you may submit your visa application to the Head of Italian Consulate/Embassy of that country, who will decide whether to accept it or not.

Provide the documents listed in point 3 to the International Admissions Office in original, together with:
  • A printed copy of your updated CV
  • 2 passport-sized photos
  • Copy of your passport
  • Non-Eu students: copy of the visa + copy of your permit of stay application/permit of stay card (to be requested upon arrival)
  • Copy of your codice fiscale (to be requested upon arrival/at the time of visa application)
  • If you paid by bank transfer: deposit payment receipt
Cattolica organizes welcome activities at the beginning of each academic year to provide international students with all the necessary information to start their experience at Università Cattolica:
  • Info sessions on student services: in this occasion we will collect the documents listed in point 5
  • For non-EU students: Info sessions on permit of stay

Dates, location and the detailed programme will be communicated a few months before the beginning of the programme.