Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International


Post admission steps are the same for all 1-year programmes.

If you are eligible for admission, the International Admissions team will inform you by publishing an offer in your Online Application Portal 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 the deadline 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 Online Application Portal  click on “View your decision”  and select “Reply”.

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 do not respond, or decline the offer, your place in the programme will be reassigned. Your admission cannot be deferred to the next academic year.

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
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.
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.

Set the language of the interface to ‘English’ and fill out the Privacy data.

Click on the button "Continue".

STEP 2 - Upload the required documents
Select "Add" in each box and upload the documents indicated as “Required documents”.

Optional documents and/or “Documentation in process of validation” do not block the subsequent steps. Click on the button “Continue”.

STEP 3 - Read the refund policy
Before you proceed with the payment, read carefully our refund policy.  

STEP 4 - Choose the payment method

Click on “Read and accept” in the Information notice and select the button “PagoPA” in two subsequent pages.

  1. If you have an Italian credit/debit card or an Italian bank account, you can proceed selecting the box “Paga online”.
  2. If you do not possess an Italian card/account, you can proceed with a credit card of the VISA or MasterCard circuits, selecting “Paga più tardi”. 
    Click on "Stampa bollettino" and pay by accessing Scrigno pago facile.
    Access Scrigno pago facile as "Anonymous user", select the box PagoPA, enter the Bill Notification Code (Codice Avviso) and the Beneficiary Organisation Code (02133120150), and then choose the provider to complete the payment. You must complete the payment in one session: if the payment attempt gets interrupted or fails, you will have to wait 24 hours before you are allowed to try again.

Wire transfers are not accepted. 

For support regarding the Scrigno Pago Facile service or loss of payment receipt, send an email to scrigno.pagofacile@popso.it, or call the toll-free number: 800.248464 (from Italy only).

Your place in the programme is reserved only if the status of the application changes into “payment confirmed”. 

If you do not proceed with the payment within the given deadline, our offer will be considered as declined and your place will be reassigned.

The amount paid corresponds to the first instalment of the tuition and university fees. For information on the next instalments of the tuition fees, check the tab Admission and Tuition > Tuition fee and scholarships.

For enrolment purposes, you are required to submit a copy of your Bachelor degree and the final transcripts. In addition, the International Admissions team will send you an email indicating if one of the following documents are needed, according to your academic studies:
  • 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. For the enrolment: ask your university to send a copy of the final diploma, diploma supplement (and transcripts if not included in the diploma supplement) to international.qualifications@unicatt.it. As an alternative, you can have them legalized/apostilled*. 
  • The Statement of Comparability AND the Statement of Verification (where applicable) of your university qualification, issued by CIMEA, the Italian government-appointed organization for qualifications recognition. Read more on the documents and learn how to request them.

    Applying for these statements is suggested if your university does not issue the Diploma supplement and you are residing in a country other than the one competent for the issuing of the diploma (i.e. according to the education system).
  • 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. 

Graduates from Pontificial Universities 
If you graduated from a Pontifical University, you can either request that your university sends a confirmation of your studies directly to our email address, or have your Diploma legalized by the relevant ecclesiastical authorities.

STEP 1. Submit the pre-enrolment request on UniversItaly

Submission of the “Pre-enrolment request” is a preliminary and compulsory step towards study visa application.

  1. Register on UniversItaly;
  2. Read the step-by-step guidelines and check carefully the preview of the info requested;
  3. Complete and submit your pre-enrolment.

Due to the high volume of pre-enrolment applications we receive, the International Admissions Office will digitally check and validate your request, as well as enclose a copy of your admission letter, within six working weeks from submission. The Italian diplomatic-consular Missions (*) will receive it in due time to start your visa request.

Your admission letters were sent via email when we received the first instalment.

To allow a timely enrolment in our University and your potential presence in Italy for the beginning of the first semester, you have to submit the pre-enrolment request no later than November 8, 2024. Students who confirm their place in the programme at the end of November need to agree a specific deadline with our office.

If we do not receive your pre-enrolment request by the given deadline, our office reserves the right to consider your enrolment to Università Cattolica as withdrawn.

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 € 6,100- € 11,000 the bank statement must refer to your personal account or your parents’, no exceptions can be made for other relatives or sponsors. Please note that the cost of living in Italy per annum ranges from € 12,000 to € 14,000 (tuition fees excluded).
  • 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, which you can download in your personal area in Universitaly.

The requirements listed above are set by Ministry regulation. You will have to follow any additional indication given by the Italian diplomatic-consular Mission. At the time of visa application, you will have to meet the requisites on the validity of your academic qualification.

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 study visa is necessary to finalize your enrolment and to allow you to travel to Italy as soon as the health conditions allow you to.
STEP 3. Arrive in Italy and apply for the permit of stay

Within 8 working days of your arrival, you must submit the application for a Permit of stay (Permesso di Soggiorno) for study reasons.

(*) The Italian diplomatic/consular Missionof 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 pre-enrolment request to the Head of Italian Consulate/Embassy of that country, who will decide the acceptance or the refusal of the request, based on an evaluation of the single circumstances and considering the public interest.

STEP 1. Upload the documents for pre-enrolment
  • Access Portale iscrizioni, set the language of the interface to 'English'
  • Check that you uploaded all the documents indicated as "Required document" in the section “Profile documentation”
  • Download the enrolment/pre-enrolment form. You will be pre-enrolled if:
    • you are yet to graduate from university,
    • you are a non-EU citizen waiting for the visa to be issued, until you get the visa, arrive in Italy, apply for the permit of stay and send a copy of the permit of stay request to the master office,
    • you do not possess the academic documents for enrolment (check point 3 of this post admission section).
  • Enter the section “Pre-enrolment documentation” and upload:
    • Declaration of value or Diploma supplement or Statement of comparability (CIMEA)*. If you are not familiar with these documents, urgently check point 3 of this post admission section. 
      If you do not have one of these documents yet, sign and upload this Substitutive Declaration.
      * Once the DV/DS/CIMEA is obtained, contact master.universitari@unicatt.it to know how to proceed with the final enrolment.
    • Pre-enrolment request form (either Italian version or both Italian and English versions), dated and signed where required. NOTE: If some information in the pre-enrolment form is missing or is not correct: please edit the form manually. You can disregard the information indicated/required in the high school section, since you have been admitted based on the Bachelor degree. 
    • MAF form if you received a scholarship. Fill out ther personal data, date and sign.


Once the status of your application becomes “Pre-enrolled”, you will have access to iCatt (student’s personal page) and to your institutional email address.


STEP 2. Upload the documents for enrolment

  • Access Portale iscrizioni, set the language of the interface to 'English'
  • Download the enrolment request form.

  • Enter the section “ Enrolment documentation” and upload:

    • Declaration of value or Diploma supplement or Statement of comparability (CIMEA). 

    • Enrolment request form, duly filled out and signed everywhere requested.  Upload  both in the Italian and English versions;if the scanned file is over 5 MB, consider uploading only the Italian version. NOTE: If some information in the enrolment form is missing or is not correct: please edit the form manually. You can disregard the information indicated/required in the high school section, since you have been admitted based on the Bachelor degree. 

  • Non-EU citizens: Visa – promptly upload it once you receive it.