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Cattolica International


This section is relevant for 2020/21 intake. Information for 2021/22 intake will be updated in coming months.
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 conditions (if any) that will have to be satisfied in order to enroll.
  • The instructions on how to accept Cattolica offer and how to pay the first installment of the tuition fees in order to reserve a place on the indicated degree program.
  • If you have been awarded the UCSC International Scholarship (applicable to non-EU residents only). 


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. 

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 program 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 - Upload the required documents

  1. a passport-size photo;
  2. a valid identification document. You will have to upload your passport if you are a non-EU student;
  3. official codice fiscale issued by Agenzia delle Entrate or by the Italian Consulate, if you already have it;
  4. permit of stay, if you are a non-Eu student already residing in Italy;
  5. language certification, if applicable.

STEP 3 - Read the refund policy

Before you proceed with the payment, read our refund policy.

STEP 4 – Download the MAV and choose the payment method
Download the MAV (it is a payment form issued by the Italian bank Banca Popolare di Sondrio). On the MAV, a 17-numbers identification code (“Codice identificativo MAV”) is available. This code identifies both the student and the payment.

Payments with the MAV code can be made:

  • In person at any bank (within Italy), with no extra charges or commission.
  • Via your personal online banking, if payment slip (MAV) option is available, with standard bank charges or commission.
  • On SCRIGNOPAGOFACILE (within or outside Italy), with standard charges or commission. Access as anonymous user, select the box MAV, enter the MAV identification code, and then choose the provider to complete the payment by credit card or by PayPal. You must complete the payment in one session: if the payment attempt gets interrupted, you will have to wait 24 hours before you are allowed to try again.

Once the payment is made, go back to the Portale Iscrizione ai corsi and complete the payment confirmation details. If the payment is not indicated as “confirmed” or “self-confirmed” by the deadline, your offer for admission can no longer guaranteed. 

For any information and help regarding the Scrigno Pago Facile service or loss of payment receipt, please

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 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. 

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

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 request 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 submit 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).
  • If you are under age by the time you apply for visa, you will be required to have a legal guardian in Italy until you turn 18. Make sure you contact us for further information.

Each Consular office may autonomously require additional documents. 

The deadline for the issuing of the study visa is November 30, 2020.

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.).
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 Residency Permit (Permesso di Soggiorno) for study reasons.
The International Admissions office will provide support through dedicated info session, but you can already prepare the photocopies of some of the required documents.

(*) 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 pre-enrolment request to the Head of Italian Consulate/Embassy of that country, who will decide whether to accept it or not.

Ask your former university to send a scanned copy of the final transcripts and degree at international.qualifications@unicatt.it at least two weeks before the beginning of the programme (see Course details > Programme dates). If the university issues the Diploma Supplement (see point 3), ask them to send it, too.

Log in to the Portale Iscrizione ai corsi and set the language of the interface to 'English' (language option on the top-right corner of the screen), then click on "Profile" and update privacy data.
Click on Applications and click on the arrow on the bottom right hand corner of your application box.
Print the enrolment request form, fill it in and sign it both in the English and Italian versions. If you gave consent to a third person regarding the processing of personal data, indicate their name and surname.

Click on Documents and upload the following files respecting the order below:

  • The baptism certificate/ statutory declaration/ commitment to take an interview with Centro Pastorale (detailed instructions by clicking on the Lens);
  • Your final transcripts and diploma in one file in the section “graduation and completed exams self-certification”;
  • A receipt of successful transaction of the deposit payment;
  • The enrolment request form (see STEP 3).

The deadline to complete the enrolment is September 30, 2020.

Non-EU students are enrolled under condition that their study visa is issued by November 30, 2020.

EU residents are required to fill in the “Personal income form”. If your family income is not produced in Italy, but in Europe or an associated state, select “INCOME DERIVED FROM OUTSIDE ITALY”.
If upload of all documents is successful, our office will validate them and the status of your application will change into “Enrolled”.

You will receive:

  • The instructions to activate your ICatt email address and ICatt page;
  • A notice to collect your student card (Carta Ateneo+) at the International admissions office. 
Cattolica organizes a range of 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 in Milano:
  • Welcome days organized by each School
  • Info sessions on permit of stay
  • Info sessions on student services 
  • Meeting with Cattolica students’ associations

Dates, location and the detailed programme will be communicated starting from June.