Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International


1. Pay the first installment of the tuition fees

Payment instructions and deadlines are published on the Competition Call. Upon receipt of the first installment, Università Cattolica will send via courier the official admission letter to the degree program in Medicine and Surgery to the home address indicated on the online application. Please note that we can send only one original copy of the admission letter. You are therefore required to double check the address provided and let us know as soon as possible if you need the letter to be couriered to a different one. For further certificates or request of a second shipment of the admission letter, a fee will be applied to cover the shipment expenses.

2. Submit the pre-enrollment request to the Italian embassy/consulate

As a preliminary step to apply for a study visa in August, all admitted students need to submit a formal “Pre-enrollment request” to the Italian Consulate/Embassy of their jurisdiction (1). In a few countries, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura may be responsible to collect candidates’ pre-enrolment requests and documents on behalf of the Embassy.
After the payment of the deposit, you should contact the Italian Consulate/Embassy of your jurisdiction in order to verify the procedure in place for the submission of the pre-enrollment request. In fact, each Consular office may autonomously require additional documents and/or steps with respect to those established by the Italian Ministry for Education, depending on the country where it is located (2).

In particular, it is important that you double check:

  • If you need to book an appointment in large advance;
  • If you need to attend an interview with the Consular staff;
  • The full list of the required documents;
  • The deadline (usually mid-June).

Please find the list of the documents that are generally required by the Italian Embassy/Consulate:

  • Pre-enrollment application form - FORM A (2 copies);
  • Your passport
  • 2 passport-size photos;
  • Università Cattolica’s admission letter;
  • If you already graduated from high school: original copy of your high school leaving diploma; if you have not yet finished high school: certificate of enrolment in last year of high school;
  • If you studied less than 12 years of global schooling: transcript of records issued by a recognized university;
  • University-entrance examination certificate, if this applies in the country where you graduated.

Please note: Italian Embassies/Consulates usually require that diplomas and transcripts are legalized (3) by the relevant local Ministries and translated into Italian before they are submitted for pre-enrollment.

This step ends with the formal acceptance of your pre-enrollment request by the Italian Embassy/Consulate, that will in turn contact Università Cattolica to confirm your admission.

3. Apply for a study visa

If the previous step has been successful, 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, starting from the date announced by the Italian Ministry for Education (it usually falls in mid-August).

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 is higher;
  • A return ticket;
  • Proof of accommodation in Rome;
  • Health insurance;
  • Passport or travel document valid for at least three months after visa expiry date;
  • Successful completion of high school studies.

Please note that each Consular office may autonomously require additional documents.

If your application is accepted, the Italian Embassy/Consulate will:

  • Stamp the study visa on your passport;
  • Return the pre-enrollment application form (duly stamped) and a certified copy of your diploma (and transcript, if applicable);
  • Issue the “Dichiarazione di Valore(4) of your qualification.
4. Enroll to the program

Please refer to Article 7 of the Competition call.

(1) 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). You can find a list of the Italian Consular offices here. 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.

(2) The official government Guidelines for admission are published at this link in Italian only.

(3) Legalisation is the official confirmation that a signature, seal or stamp on a public document is genuine. It does not authenticate the content of the document. Legalisation 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 La Haye Convention of 05/10/1961, the competent authorities will stamp the Apostille on your qualification. In other countries, specific Ministries are appointed to legalise documents through a stamp. If you studied in Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Germany, Austria or Estonia legalisation of documents is not required according to international agreements.

(4) The Dichiarazione di Valore in loco (DV) 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. In order to obtain the DV, you have to contact the Italian Consulate/Embassy of the country that awarded the qualification. For example, if you studied in a British school in Ghana, you should refer to the Italian Embassy in the UK for the DV issuing.

1. Pay the first installment of the tuition fees

Payment instructions and deadlines are published on the Competition Call and communicated to the applicant by email.

2. Enroll to the program

The list of the documents required for the Enrollment procedure is outlined in the Competition Call and will be also communicated to the applicant by email.