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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 2022-23

  • 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) in the attachment box of thi page.

  • If you have doubts about the application process and modes, please FIRST READ in detail the Call/Bando and look there for the information you need. Only if the document 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.

What are the application modes?
You can decide to be selected through one of the following modes:

  • SAT General Test
  • English TOLC-E

Citizen status and application requirements: am I a EU, EU-assimilated or not EU citizen?
To find out exactly what that means check out your status here.

What are the language requirements?
The minimum level of English required to be a CLEF student is B2 (according to the CEFR scale.). We do not require you to produce a language certificate, because both tests mentioned above are provided in English and require from you some level of fluency in such language. Having a minimum level of B2 is essential to smoothly attend classes and profitably sit exams. Without such language level a student would certainly struggle.

Some Information about SAT:

  • SAT - standing for "Scholastic Assessment Test" - is a test in English, and is managed by CollegeBoard. It is mainly a paper-based test.
  • 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
  • You can take the test in different locations all over the world. Check what's the nearest to you from this page. Also check the list of SAT dates in the US and in the rest of 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 prefered location. 
  • For ALL information about this test (its structure, registraion, how to prepare, cancellations etc.) you need to refer exclusively to the College Board website, not to the University of Bologna.
  • After taking the test, it is mandatory that you ask College Board to forward your SAT scores to the University of Bologna, using code 6993.

Some information about TOLC:

  • The English TOLC-E is a test in English specialising in Economics, offered by Cisia. All info on the Cisia website, and specific information about the TOLC-E in English can be found at the following pageNB TOLC in Italian are not valid for CLEF admission.
  • In response to the current health emergency, CISIA will provide TOLC@CASA home tests to allow students to take TOLCs without leaving their homes. TOLC@CASA tests are provided to individual students through the CISIA platform using tools and technology that allow to create secure and controlled virtual classrooms in which candidates can be reliably identified and carry out their tests autonomously. Virtual classrooms are created and managed by universities in collaboration with CISIA. Information and instructions on the equipment required to take TOLC@CASA tests can be found on the CISIA website

How and when do I apply?

After taking the SAT or one of the TOLC tests, you will also need to apply to the selection for CLEF by registering on the Studenti online website. All the procedure will be explained in detail in the Call for Applications, which includes also dates and deadlines.

Students need to score a minimum mark in the Maths section only of the TOLC or the SAT. Please read the information related to the OFA (Additional Learning Requirements).



Tuition Fee Amounts

Tuition fees are calculated based on the 2022 ISEE value with special subsidies in relation to the right to higher education. First year students with an ISEE of up to €23,000 benefit from full exemption. 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 2 November 2022, at 6:00pm (or by 15 November 2022, at 6:00pm, paying a €100 penalty) accessing ER-GO Online Services, alternatively you will have to pay the full amount.

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.