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Programme enrolment: requirements, deadlines and methods

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General information on admission requirements

Access requisites. Two requirements (1. Curriculum requisites and 2. Academic preparation) must be satisfied to be admitted to the Civil Engineering International Master course. Applicants with an Italian first-level (Bachelor) degree: 1. Curriculum requisites At least ONE of the… Read more
  1. Selection process
  2. Eligibility Requirements
  3. Application Requirements
  4. Deadlines
  5. Outcome
  6. After the evaluation
  7. Contacts

Selection process

In order to keep the quality of the educational environment, admission to the Master’s Degree Programme is regulated by a selection process that evaluates the applicants’ motivation, academic preparation and language ability. It is necessary to possess specific curricular requirements and personal competencies and skills.

For Non-EU citizens, an annual quota of places is set each year by the University of Bologna. For the Programme, in the academic year 2019/2020, a maximum of 40 non-EU students will be accepted. 

Please note: no entrance exam nor Italian proficiency test are required.

Eligibility Requirements 

The minimum graduate admission requirement for the Master’s Programme is a bachelor’s university degree of at least three years in duration, or gained through the acquisition of at least 180 ECTS credits, or other degree from accredited institutions recognized as equivalent.

Applicants holding an Italian degree are invited to read the Italian version of the course regulation for detailed indications about the applicant’s profile in terms of Italian university credits.

The evaluation of the applications is performed by the Master's Board which decides about eligibility based on the following requirements:

  • The suitability of the applicants’ degree (curriculum studiorum); background in the subjects of Civil Engineering and in particular: Hydraulics and hydraulic works; Land survey; Transportation and Road Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Structural Engineering.)
  • The suitability of the applicants’ personal preparation (curriculum vitae);
  • Proficiency in the English language (level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference). If the proof of proficiency (see description below) is not considered to be sufficient, the admission board might decide that an oral test will follow, either face-to-face or via telephone/VOIP.

Application Requirements 

The following materials must accompany the online application:

  1. Front and back photocopy of your ID card/Passport or other valid identity document;
  2. Official transcript copy from every post-secondary institution attended, containing a list of the courses with grades (GPA etc.), the name of the final degree and the final grade;
  3. Proof of English proficiency, i.e.:

Language proficiency test (Idoneità) released by the University of Bologna Linguistic Centre (CLA-UNIBO) or by other Italian Universities;

Internationally recognized language certifications, such as TOEFL, IELTS, etc. (minimum scores to be considered equivalent to B2 level being the following: IELTS 5,5; TOEFL PBT 507-557; TOEFL CBT 180-217; TOEFL IBT 80-99; Cambridge First Certificate (FCE); Trinity College of London ISE II).

In order to apply, prospective students need to register to Studenti Online, and select the menu “Register for an entrance exam or requirements check”. Download the step-by-step guide to the application.


Students may apply during various intakes as specified below. Applicants should be aware that just 40 positions are available for non-EU Students. As this admission quota cannot be overcame, it is highly recommended to apply during the first or second intake.

Timely applications are highly recommended also because eligible Applicants have to undergo pre-enrollment procedure at the Embassy or Consulate in charge for their Country.

Applications shall open on January 24. Students will apply and get feedback about their admission according to the following schedule:


Application deadline

Results within

Eligible Applicants


February 28, 2019

March 14, 2019

Non-EU Applicants and EU Applicants


March 28, 2019

April 11, 2019

Non-EU Applicants and EU Applicants


June 13, 2019

June 27, 2019

Non-EU Applicants and EU Applicants


July 11, 2019

July 25, 2019

Non-EU Applicants, only if pre-enrolled* and EU Applicants (inlc. ITA)


August 29, 2019

September 12, 2019

Non-EU Applicants, only if pre-enrolled* and EU Applicants (inlc. ITA)


October 10, 2019

October 24, 2019

Non-EU Applicants, only if pre-enrolled* and EU Applicants (inlc. ITA)

November 7, 2019

November 21, 2019

EU Applicants only (incl. ITA)**

The application deadline is 1.00 pm (Central European Time) for each closing date.

* (Non-EU applicants, only if pre-enrolled: Non-EU students can apply ONLY if the positions available for them in the Master's Degree were not fully covered and on condition that they have already submitted their pre-enrolment application to the Italian Embassy/Consulate in their country within due date).

** so called "graduating students".

We suggest that applicants, especially non-EU students, apply as early as possible. Early application is also important and for candidates applying for scholarships offered by University of Bologna.


If the Admission board deems that an applicant meets the requirements, the application light will turn green on the online system, and an Eligibility letter (Conditional Offer) will be released.

After the evaluation

After you have been pre-admitted (Conditional Offer) you will have to prepare for enrolment.

If you hold an Italian qualification: starting from the end of July through the end of December, you will have to complete the enrolment procedure at the University of Bologna through the website Studenti Online.

If you are an international student you shall immediately get in touch with the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your home country and apply to the Pre-enrolment procedure for the given academic year. You should also apply to obtain the “Declaration of Value” (in Italian “Dichiarazione di valore”) and the entry Visa for Study reasons (in Italian: "visto per motivi di studio"). Attention should be paid at the deadline, which is strictly fixed, usually in June/July. Students are requested to check the deadline at their Italian Embassy.

Also, EU-citizens holding a degree obtained in the EU but not in Italy, should be aware that a Declaration of Value is needed to enrol in University of Bologna.

Students should set aside enough time for housing, enrolment at University and residence permit application (if needed). Considering classes start in late September 2019, they are highly recommended to reach Bologna by the first week of the month.

International students are strongly encouraged to read the following webpages:

Who are international students

How to prepare for enrolment

Enrolling with a foreign qualification

General notes that apply to all the enrolments

  • During the enrolment phase a final check is made on the eligibility of the applicants.
  • The documentation submitted is subject to the Italian Presidential Decree 445/2000. The candidates must be aware as well of the penalties laid down by the article 496 of the Italian Penal Code in case of false statements and false certifications.


For individual advice on the application and personal requests, applicants can get in contact with our staff at:

For further information on the immigration rules in Italy please contact:

For more details about International Students see the official web page of the University of Bologna about admission procedures for international students.

Note: This data, according to the legislative decree of June 30th, 2003, n. 196 - code for the privacy of personal information, and the GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation - UE 2016/679, will be used exclusively for purposes of the administrative procedure of the University of Bologna. 


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:

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!