Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International


Post admission steps are the same for all programmes (except Medicine and surgery).

If you are eligible for admission, the International Admissions Office 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 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”. 

NOTE: these instructions apply if you are using a browser from a computer, in case you use a smartphone or tablet, some buttons/functions may be located in another part of the screen.
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’.

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

Click on 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”.

You can choose between two options:

  1. Paga online (Pay online) with:
    •  An Italian credit/debit card
    •  An Italian bank account
  2. Paga più tardi (Pay later) with a credit card of the VISA or MasterCard circuits.
    Choose «Pay later» and download the «Payment notice Pago PA». Pay by accessing Scrigno pago facile https://pagofacile.popso.it/ or one of the PSP enabled.

    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, you will have to wait 24 hours before you are allowed to try again.

Once the payment is complete, check in 30 minutes whether the payment appears as “Payment confirmed” in Portale Iscrizione ai corsi. In case the status does not change, send us an email providing the payment receipt at international.admissions@unicatt.it.
For any information and help regarding the Scrigno Pago Facile service or loss of payment receipt, please send an email to scrigno.pagofacile@popso.it, or call the toll-free number: 848.800899 (from Italy only).

If you do not proceed with the payment within the given deadline, our offer will be considered as declined and your place will be offered to the next candidate in the ranking.
For information on the next instalments of the tuition fees, check the tab Admission and Tuition > Tuition fee and scholarships.

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. 

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;
  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 July 7, 2023. Students who confirm their place in the programme in July 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 about €6.100 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 €10.000 to €12.000 (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 title.

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.).

As class attendance is compulsory, the deadline for the issuing of the study visa is the beginning of the programme (see Course details > Programme dates). In case of delay in obtaining the visa, timely inform us. 
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 for the procedure.

(*) 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 also taking into account the public interest.  

  • Access Portale iscrizioni, set the language of the interface to 'English' (language option on the top-right corner of the screen)
  • Check that you uploaded all the documents indicated as required in the section “Standard Doc”
  • Download the enrolment/pre-enrolment form. You will be pre-enrolled if you are yet to graduate from university, and/or if you are a non-EU citizen waiting for the visa to be issued, if you do not possess the academic documents for enrolment (check point 3 of this post admission section).
  • Enter the section “Enrolment Doc” 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. 

    • Enrolment request form (make sure you tick the box “full time” in the first page and that you tick the box related to the payment of the first instalment in page 2), dated and signed in each section, both in the Italian and English versions. If the scanned file is over 5 MB, consider uploading only the Italian version.
  • Non-EU citizens: Visa – promptly upload it once you receive it. 
  • Once the status of your application becomes “Enrolled” or “Pre-enrolled”, you will have access to iCatt and to your institutional email address.