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General information on admission requirements
Admission Requirements Admission to the degree programme is subject to the possession of a five-year secondary school diploma obtained in Italy or… Read more

CLEF admission instructions a.y. 2023-24

Below you may find some brief information about our degree programme. To understand how to access it please download and read thoroughly the "Bando di ammissione" (Ita) or the "Call for Applications" (Eng), downloadable in the box above.

If you have doubts about the application process please FIRST READ IN DETAIL the Call/Bando, and look there for the information you need. Only if the Call/Bando does not include the information you're looking for, you may write an email to the CLEF Tutor.

What's CLEF?

CLEF stands for Corso di Laurea in Economics and Finance; it is an international undergraduate degree course, entirely taught in English and open to Italian and international applicants. It lasts 3 years and leads to the title of Bachelor's (1st-cycle degree).

Where is it based?

You would be studying at the School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics, of the University of Bologna which is the oldest University in the western world (est. 1088 a.C.).

Am I eligible to apply?
Yes if you have an Italian Diploma di Maturità. Have you got a non-Italian secondary school certificate? If so, check if it complies with these requirements to understand if you are eligible to apply.

How many places are available?
CLEF is a restricted-access programme: this means that eligible students will have to be selected to take part. We will admit 120 students in total (80 for EU and EU-assimilated citizens, 40 for non-EU citizen resident abroad).

Am I an EU, EU-assimilated or not EU candidate?
To find out exactly what that means, check out your status here.

What are the application modes?

Candidates will be selected on the basis of the result of one of these tests:

  • SAT General test (no essay option needed)
  • English TOLC-E

Some Information about SAT:

  • SAT - standing for "Scholastic Assessment Test" - is a test in English, and is managed by CollegeBoard. We accept SAT General Test, without Essay. If you did a SAT with Essay, we will not assess or consider the Essay part of the test. No SAT Subject Test. 
  • You can take the test in different locations all over the world. Each test date and venue has limited capacity. Make sure you register at your earliest convenience to be included as a test taker at you preferred location. Check info in the attachment box of this page. 
  • The University of Bologna is a SAT test center. However, for ALL information about this test you need to refer exclusively to the College Board website, not to the University of Bologna. After taking the test, regardless of where you'll be taking it, it is mandatory that you ask College Board to forward your SAT scores to the University of Bologna, using code 6993.
  • SAT was a paper-based test, but from 2023 you may decide to take the SAT Digital Test.
  • Please check the information in the attachment box of this page.

Some information about English TOLC-E

  • TOLC is a series of tests provided by Cisia. The English TOLC-E is one of these, offered in English and specialising in Economics. NB TOLC in Italian are not valid for CLEF admission.
  • It is possible to take the English TOLC-E in presence or at home.
  • Please check the information in the attachment box of this page.

Tuition Fee Amounts

Tuition fees are calculated based on the 2023 ISEE value with special subsidies in relation to the right to higher education. First year students with an ISEE value up to a specific threshold benefit from full exemption; the relevant ISEE threshold will be released by the end of May 2023. Above this limit, tuition fees are calculated progressively.

The ISEE value must be submitted, even if you have not enrolled in the Degree Programme, by 30 October 2023, at 6:00pm (or by 15 November 2023, at 6:00pm, paying a €100 penalty) accessing ER-GO Online Services, alternatively you will have to pay the full amount.

If you are an international student, verify how your tuition fees will be calculated according to your country of origin and the country where your family has income and assets.

Read all information about tuition fees and exemptions.


After you have checked that all the admission requirements have been met, you can enrol on  Studenti Online:

  1. fill in the application for matriculation with the required information and attach a passport photo in digital format;
  2. pay the first instalment of your tuition fees;
  3. follow the instructions to complete the procedure which you will find on Studenti Online according to your profile.