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General information on admission requirements
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What is EPOS?

EPOS stands for Economics, Politics and Social Sciences. 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).

Will I obtain a degree in Economics or Political Science?

After enrolling in EPOS, the student can choose to obtain a Bachelor degree in Economics (L-33 according to the Italian categories) or a degree in Political Science and International Relations (L-36). EPOS is a "laurea interclasse" and not a double degree programme, hence you cannot obtain both degrees.

How many places are available?

EPOS is a restricted-access programme and you need to be selected before enrolling. There are 90 place for EU and EU-assimilated citizens and 30 for non-EU citizens. Check what group you belong to here.

There are 3 intakes, as indicated below: 

MAXIMUN NUMBER OF STUDENTS ADMITTED 40 Eu + 15 Extra Eu 40 Eu + 15 Extra Eu 10 Eu
APPLICATION Feb 6th - Apr 6th Apr 8th - May 30th May 31st - June 26th
ADMISSION RESULTS Apr 27th Jun 19th Jul 24th
ENROLLMENT May 4th - May 16th Jun 22nd - Jun 29th Jul 27th - Aug 25th


  • Apply early to get early feedback about admission
  • If you are extra-UE, apply early to have time to get your VISA
  • If not admitted, you can re-apply to the following intake
  • If there are available spots unfilled in one intake, they will be reassigned in the following intake

Am I eligible to apply?

Have you got a non-Italian secondary school certificate? If so, it must comply with  the requirements detailed in the Call for application.

How does the selection work?

The selection is based on tests about your logical, mathematical, and linguistics skills. You can choose between the following tests:

    SAT - General test score

    English TOLC-E score

  • If you have chosen the English TOLC-E test and you have taken it multiple times since 1st Feb 2021, EPOS will consider for admission only the most recent score.
  • If you have chosen the SAT test and you have taken it multiple times since 1st Feb 2021, EPOS will consider for admission only the most recent score.

Attention: Sat has gone Digital! You now can take the Digital Sat also in Bologna:

It is essential that you comply with all of the following points:


When you register on our Portal (Studenti Online), in the “private email”  field you must provide the same personal email address that you used at the moment of registration on the College Board website.

You must ask College Board to forward your SAT scores to the University of Bologna, using code 6993, as soon as you can. You can do this directly from the College Board website


In any case, we will consider only scores arrived to Unibo no later than the following dates:

For the I intake: April 6 th , 2023 - 1.00pm CET
For the II intake: May 30th , 2023 - 1.00pm CET
For the III intake: June 26th , 2023 - 1.00pm CET

It is important, therefore, to check with College Board the SAT score delivery timing.

A good score on either test will be sufficient for EPOS to certify your linguistic skills. No other linguistic test will be required for admission. Keep in mind that an English language knowledge of a minimum level B2  (CEFRL) is necessary to effectively complete the EPOS programme.


Do I need to speak Italian to apply to EPOS?

English is the working language of EPOS for classes, exams, and communications but some basic Italian will facilitate your everyday life in Bologna. You can be admitted to EPOS even if you do not possess Italian language skills at the moment of admission.

Specific Italian language learning activities will be offered for international students. If you have already taken Italian classes before or have an Italian language certificate you can ask to be exempted from this activity. By the end of your study, though, you are required to know Italian at least at the B1 level. For any information, please contact the Programme Coordinator or the University Language Center – CLA. Click here for more information.


To apply, go to register (if you are not registered yet), choose "Entrance exams or requirements check" and then follow the instructions to apply for EPOS selection. You will need to select one of the application methods listed in the table above, based on your "status" (NON-European or European/European assimilated candidates). You will be asked to pay a non-refundable selection fee of €20,00. Applications will be open in the periods indicated in the "Call for application" .

What are the language requirements?

Having a minimum level B2 of English (according to the CEFR scale) is essential to smoothly attend classes and profitably sit exams. However, you will not have to show a language certificate in order to enroll in EPOS. As both SAT and English Tolc-E tests will be in English, your good performance on the tests is taken as indication of a sufficient language competence.


There is no minimum pre-set threshold to achieve in the SAT/TOLC tests in order to be admitted. To enroll you must be in a sufficiently good position in the final ranking within the intake. You will be able to enrol on, by selecting "Registration" and following the instructions. The enrolment must be completed within the deadline indicated in the "Call for application" attached in the upper right corner, including the payment of the first installment. See the paragraph below named "Matriculation" for further information. 

Additional Learning Requirements (OFA)

Those students who score poorly in the Math section of the TOLC or the SAT will still be able to enroll in EPOS for the first year.

However, they need to pass the exam "Mathematics for Social Sciences" by 31 March 2025, otherwise they will not be able to enrol in the second year.

The minimum scores in the Math section of the tests are the following:

* 4,5/13 points in the Math section of the TOLC-E test
* 500/800 in the Math section of the SAT test
Please read the information related to the OFA (Additional Learning Requirements).

Do you need more information?

Please read carefully the information provided. If you need more support, please email 


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.