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General information on admission requirements
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The Call for Applications for A.Y. 2020/2021 is online!

If you are EU or EU assimilated candidate you can be assessed either by TOLC-I (in Italian) or SAT

If you are Non-EU candidate you can be assessed either by the Dossier or by SAT


If you have a foreign qualification read the specific information before continuing.

If you are a non-EU citizen resident abroad read the specific information prepared for you.

This is a restricted access degree programme that requires the TOLC-I (CISIA On-line test) - in Italian, SAT or Dossier as entrance exams: besides, these are used also as a check of basic knowledge to identify any weaknesses in your basic preparation, so that remedial activities can be arranged that will help you to complete the curriculum successfully. Moreover, you should have a B2 English Language knowledge, certified by one of the International Certificates accepted: more information in the Call for Applications.

Read the call for applications carefully to understand the procedures and find out about the deadlines for registering to enroll in the degree programme.

The test:

  • is compulsory and must be taken prior to matriculation: you cannot enroll if you have not taken the test;
  • is selective: if you are assigned a place, you can still enroll even if you fail to achieve the minimum score required for the degree programme, but you will be assigned an Additional Learning Requirement. More information in the Call for Applications.

TOLC-I (in Italian)

The Cisia On-line Test (TOLC) is an orientation tool used to assess your initial abilities. 

In response to the current health emergency, starting from the month of May 2020, 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.

We accept TOLC-I in Italian, English TOLC-I is not valid to enter Genomics.

This individual test, different for each participant, comprises questions that are selected automatically, at random, from the CISIA TOLC database by software developed and administered by CISIA - Consorzio Interuniversitario Sistemi Integrati per l'Accesso (Consortium of Inter-University Integrated Access Systems).

Each TOLC test is delivered using computers in various locations identified by the participating Universities and is valid for any degree programme requiring that type of TOLC: accordingly, it is not necessary to sit the test at the specific University that offers your chosen degree programme. 

TOLC-I (in Italian): 50 questions (20 on mathematics,10 on logic, 10 on science, 10 on verbal comprehension) with a duration of 1 hour 50 minutes;

You can sit the TOLC-I test by midnight on the day before the date on which you intend to register.

After taking the TOLC you will be able to view and print the result from your profile on the CISIA website.

If you participate in the selection via TOLC-I you also need to submit one of the accepted English Language B2 Level Certificate, according to the modalities foreseen in the Call for Applications.

SAT test

The SAT is a standardized test used to apply to colleges and universities in the US and in Italy. It assesses your critical thinking and problem solving skills in Maths, Reading and Writing.

It is managed by College Board: for information on the test such as dates, prices, places, deadlines and score reports please check College Board website.

For registration and information, please refer to the College Board website.


Non-EU citizens living outside of Italy can choose to be assessed either through their SAT scores (SAT General Test) OR by submitting a Dossier in their application. The Dossier shall be composed by the School transcripts (either in Italian or English): grades in Maths and Science (with particular reference to physics, chemistry, biology and informatics) will be taken into account for the purpose of this selection. The score you will be assessed with is given by the final marks in the afore-mentioned subjects, obtained in the last two years of high school where those subject were delivered and assessed.

If you participate in the selection via Dossier you also need to submit one of the accepted English Language B2 Level Certificate, according to the modalities foreseen in the Call for Applications.

The selection

After sitting the TOLC-I (in Italian), SAT or submitting Dossier, you can register for a selection to enter the rankings list.

N.B.: taking the tests (TOLC-I, SAT or Dossier) does not correspond to registration for the selection. You must register accordingly to the rules explained in the Call for Applications. Read the call for applications carefully and follow the instructions on how to register for the selection.

You must register for the selection via Studenti Online and pay the fee of €20.

You can register for the selection before sitting the TOLC-I or SAT, but – especially as far as SAT is concerned – there are deadlines to be respected in order for the University of Bologna to get your results. Please check the call for applications carefully in order not to miss any important date!

The selection does not consist of further tests but only in entering the list of merit based on the score obtained in the TOLC, assessed according to the criteria included in the call for applications.

Wait for the lists to be published in your personal profile on Studenti online.

If the score you obtain in the test – shown in the TOLC-I certificate that you will be able to see in your profile on the CISIA website – is below the required level, you will be assigned an Additional Learning Requirement (OFA).

If your ranking entitles you to a place: 

- you can enroll in the course, in compliance with procedures and deadlines specified by the call, through Studenti online. If you fail to enroll before the deadline you lose your place.

If your ranking does not entitle you to a place, or if you fail to enroll before deadlines specified in the call:

- you can apply for the next selection of the same course (if foreseen) without having to retake the TOLC-I or SAT or having to pay the fee again;  

- (only for the selections in which it is foreseen) you may indicate your interest in any recovered places by clicking on the relevant button on Studenti Online and waiting for the outcome.

If after the recovery procedures your still are not entitled to a place:  

- you cannot enroll in the course unless there are still places available and the 3rd selection is organized. In such cases, you are invited to read carefully the terms specified in the call.

Students with special needs and SLD may request test adaptations. See the information available on the website of the Services for students with special needs and SLD.

If you have special needs and wish to extend your study period, you may opt for the flexible curriculum and submit your application after enrolling.


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

  1. complete the application for matriculation with the required data and attach an ID photograph in digital format;
  2. pay the first instalment of tuition fees.

Next, go to the Student Administration Office with a valid ID to activate your student career and get access to University services (such as Almawifi, online study plans, exam registration, libraries). Upon activation, you will receive an e-mail with a QR CODE that you will have to use to print your badge at one of the self-service machines at the University.

If you have a previous university qualification or have completed university course units, you can apply for a shortened degree programme.

If you are a student with disabilities (with a minimum recognised degree of disability of 66%, or if you own have certification issued pursuant to Law 104/92), you are entitled to obtain exemption from tuition fees.

If you have a foreign citizenship and/or qualification, you must also hand in the following documents to the  Student Administration Office:

  •  (only for non-EU students with residency abroad) a copy of your passport and 1 passport photo authenticated by the Italian Embassy;
  • (only for non-EU with EU equivalent status students) a copy of your residence permit providing the status of EU equivalent student;
  • (only for non-EU students with residency abroad) a copy of your entry visa for study purposes, or of the receipt confirming you have applied for a residence permitfor study purposes (studente) or a copy of your residence permit for study purposes, if already obtained;
  • your original high school diplomalegalized and translated, where applicable;
  • the declaration of value, where applicable;
  • (only if the education system in your country lasts 10 or 11 years) the certificate of your academic studies or non-university higher education qualifications, legalized and translated, where applicable;
  • (only if entrance exams are laid down for admission to university in your country) the certificate proving that you have passed any academic tests;
  • any documents required for application for a shortened study programme.

If you are matriculating by submitting only the entry visa for study purposes, also ask the Student Administration Office for an enrolment certificate that you must attach to your residence permit application.

Always check in the specific pages when the declaration of value, the translation or the legalization are not required!