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Second cycle degree / Master in History and Oriental Studies (code 8845)
Class of second cycle degree LM-84

The second cycle degree / Master programme in History and Oriental Studies is a 2-year (120 ECTS credits) free access degree programme with assessment of personal competencies and skills. It offers three curricula: History (in Italian), Oriental Studies (in Italian) and Global Cultures (in English).

In the International Curriculum in Global Cultures, lectures are entirely held in English and specific courses and services of welcoming, orienteering and support are dedicated to students enrolled in this curriculum.

Non-EU applicants shall also comply with terms and procedures to enroll in Italian Universities through Italian Embassies in the country of origin as indicated here

International students who apply for the curriculum in Global Cultures can benefit from tuition fee waiver

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Applications deadline: June 12, 2017

Table of contents

  1. Admission requirements and assessment intakes
  2. Application schedule
  3. Online application procedure
  4. Enrollment
  5. Contacts and Helpdesk


Prospective students are expected to be familiar with categories, instruments and languages of research in the humanities, and the ability to analyse and contextualise documents and sources. Candidates must possess critical view and insight into the past, and be aware of how categories and problems can change according to time and cultural concerns; candidates must have an awareness of processes of change and continuities and familiarity with comparative methods, spatial, chronological and thematic of approaching historiographical research, and possess an ability to communicate orally and in writing, demonstrating the use of heuristics, reasoning and application of historiographical methods.

a) To be eligible for admission, candidates must:

  1. hold a first cycle degree / Bachelor according to the Italian National Qualification Framework or an equivalent degree achieved in another educational system (first cycle according to European Qualification Framework). No specific subject area is required;

  2. have achieved at least 30 ECTS credits in one or more of the following subject areas (only for students who obtained their degree in the Italian academic system): 

    L-ANT/02 – Greek History; L-ANT/03 – Roman History; L-OR/01 – History of the Ancient Near East; L-OR/02 – Egyptology and Coptic Civilisations; L-OR/03 – Assyriology; L-OR/04 – Anatolian Studies; L-OR/05 – Archaeology and History of Near Eastern Art; L-OR/06 – Phoenician and Punic Archaeology; L-OR/07 – Semitistics / Ethiopian Languages and Literature; L-OR/08 – Hebrew; L-OR/09 – African Languages and Literature; L-OR/10 – History of Islamic Countries; L-OR/11 – Archaeology and History of Muslim Art; L-OR/12 – Arabic Language and Literature; L-OR/13 – Armenistics, Caucasology, Mongolistics and Turkology; L-OR/14 – Iranian Philology, Religions and History; L-OR/15 – Persian Language and Literature; L-OR/16 – Archaeology and History of Indian and Central Asian Art; L-OR/17 – Indian and Central Asian Philosophy, Religions and History; L-OR/18 – Indology and Tibetology; L-OR/19 – Modern Languages and Literature of the Indian Subcontinent; L-OR/20 – Archaeology, Philosophy and History of East Asian Art; L-OR/21 – Chinese and South-East Asian Languages and Literature; L-OR/22 – Japanese and Korean Languages and Literature; L-OR/23 – East and South-East Asian History; M-STO/01 – Medieval History; M-STO/02 – Modern History; M-STO/04 – Contemporary History; M-STO/06 – History of Religions; M-STO/07 – History of Christianity and Churches; SPS/02 – History of Political Doctrine; SPS/03 – History of Political Institutions; SPS/06 – History of International Relations; SPS/13 – African History and Institutions; SPS/14 – Asian History and Institutions.

  3. if applicants do not meet or partially meet the above-mentioned requirements for admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme the Admission Board will nevertheless take into consideration their application on the basis of their CV and competences and if necessary will ask them to undergo a pre-interview. Applicants will be emailed to schedule a pre-interview date that can coincide with the dates scheduled for the assessment interview.

b) Assessment intakes

The Admission Board will evaluate applications to check expected personal competencies and skills. Evaluation will be based both on:

  • dossier
    • results of previous studies (considering grades obtained and course units attended);
    • detailed CV;
    • statement of purpose (explaining interest in the programme and describing personal and professional goals – max 500 words);
    • certificate of English language proficency (students should have knowledge of the English language at least at B2 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) if held.
  • interview: the interview will be held in English and will assess competences and aptitudes, including language proficiency. It will last between 15-30 minutes and, if necessary, will be conducted via Skype.

Admission or rejection will be based on evaluation of the applicant’s dossier and interview

Admission Board will assign a score only to international students who applied for a tuition waiver (UNIBO Azione 1) in order to bestow benefits:

- up to 50 points: dossier evaluation
- up to 50 points: interview outcome 

The online application platform will open on March 1, 2017 for the first intake. For further details on the online system, please see the online application procedures below.
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(special intake after the classes start)

 CALL OPEN March 1, 2017
April 3, 2017 July 3, 2017 September 2, 2017
 DEADLINE March 31, 2017 May 5, 2017 September 1, 2017 October 30, 2017
 INTERVIEW INVITATION April 7, 2017 May 12, 2017 September 8, 2017 November 10, 2017
 INTERVIEW April 10-14, 2017 May 15-19, 2017 Sept. 11-15, 2017 Nov. 13-17, 2017

* Non-EU applicants can apply for the third and fourth intakes only under condition they already submitted their pre-enrolment application at the Italian Embassy/Consulate in their home country. Pre-enrolment procedures for the A.Y. 2017/18 are open from March 27 to July 21, 2017. You can contact the closest Italian Embassy or Consulate for more information.

Students evaluated as eligible can enroll to the programme according to the deadlines and procedures described in the programme website.

 Non-EU applicants resident abroad – who therefore need to apply for a study VISA –
must carefully follow pre-enrollment procedures in Italian Embassies abroad

See instructions here.

Pre-enrolment for the A.Y. 2017/18 are open from March 27 to July 21, 2017. 
Applicants should check at their home country Italian Embassy/Consulate.

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Steps to register any one of the intakes:

  1. Click on and create your personal User ID and Password by “Registrati”/ “Register” (if you already have an account, skip to step 4). Switch to the English language, if needed.
  2. Register by filling in the form (if you are a student resident abroad and you do not already have an Italian Tax ID (codice fiscale), you can click on “Registrazione Studenti Internazionali” / “International students registration” and follow the instructions to create your personal User ID and Password).
  3. After your first access, you will be asked to change your password. Please, remember your ID and Password, as they will always be required to access your personal profile.
  4. Click on by using your personal User ID and Password. Click on “Prove di Ammissione o verifica requisiti” / “Entrance Exams or requirements check”.
  5. Select “Laurea Magistrale” / “Second cycle degree programme” and then “procedi” /“next”
  6. Select the programme “GLOBAL CULTURES (GLOC) – International Curriculum, Admission process” (all intake sessions are listed, but you can only select to the intake open at the moment of your access).
  7. Upload all required documents in PDF format:
    • Documents required to complete your application
      • Copy of your valid identity card (EU citizens) or passport (non-EU citizens);
      • Copy of your 1st cycle /Bachelor degree (with Diploma Supplement or transcript of records/list of passed exams) – translated into English or Italian if another language; (if you have not yet graduated, please upload your current transcript of records. Please, specify your expected graduation date).
      • Your CV (curriculum vitae et studiorum) in English; (if you wish to take the interview via Skype, please indicate your Skype ID in your CV);
      • Short statement of purpose (in English, max. 500 words);
    • Optional supporting documents to complete the application
      • If available: a copy of your Certificate of English proficency level
      • If applicable: a copy of Italian stay permit / “permesso di soggiorno”

Please remember 

  1. Admission Board's evaluation is based on documents uploaded;
  2. Please, do NOT send your application to administrative office via mail or email;
  3. This is only the first step of the enrolment procedure and it is ONLY aimed at admission assessment. No fees are due for this step;
  4. Fees are due at the enrolment. The application for exemption of tuition fees for international students must follow the separate track and deadlines indicated at this link
  5. For other grants, exemptions and benefits please check this webpage.      

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If admitted, you will need to provide further documents for finali​sing the enrolment (e.g. a legalised and officially translated version of your qualification and the Declaration of Value or the Diploma Supplement), pay the administrative fee (always due) and tuition fees (if due).

Please, follow the detailed instructions available on this webpage 

Pre-enrolment for students with non-EU citizenship

If you are non-EU citizen, in addition to compliance with the rules and deadlines established by the University of Bologna, you must pre-enroll at the Italian Embassy of your country. Click here to learn more about pre-enrolment at the Embassy.

GLOC annual tuition fee A.Y. 2017/2018

For the academic year 2017/18 annual tuition fee will be up to € 2558,64 for both EU and non-EU candidates. 
Click here for more information about tuition fees at University of Bologna.

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All relevant communications about the assessment will be sent to your Unibo e-mail address:;

If you need any help to submit the on-line application, contact:
Help Desk Studenti Online
Ph: +39 051 209 9882
Office hours: Monday-Friday 09.00-13.00 and 14.00–17.00

For more information about the content of the degree programme or further help if you cannot use the online platform, contact:
Programme coordinator
Antonio Schiavulli

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