1. Accept or decline offer
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.
2. Confirm your place: pay the first instalment of the tuition fees
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 - Read the refund policy
Before you proceed with the payment, read carefully our refund policy.
STEP 3 - 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.
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.
3. Prepare your academic documents for the enrollment to a 1-year graduate programme
- 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.
4. NON-EU citizens only - Submit pre-enrolment request on UniversItaly and apply for visa
Submission of the “Pre-enrolment request” is a preliminary and compulsory step towards study visa application.
- Register on UniversItaly;
- Read the step-by-step guidelines and check carefully the preview of the info requested;
- 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.
You can download a copy of your admission letter in your Self Service Center.
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 21, 2021. 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 about €6.000 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 €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.).
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 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 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.
5. Finalize the enrollment
6. Attend Cattolica welcome activities
- 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.