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Programme enrolment: requirements, deadlines and methods

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Second cycle degree / Master in History and Oriental Studies (code 8845)
Class of second cycle degree LM-84

The second cycle degree / Master program in History and Oriental Studies is a 2-year (120 ECTS credits) free access degree program with assessment of personal competencies and skills. It offers three curricula: History (in Italian), Oriental Studies (in Italian) and Global Cultures (in English).

The International Curriculum in Global Cultures​ (GLOC) is entirely ​taught in English and offers specific courses and services of welcoming and support to students enrolled. Non-EU applicants shall also comply with terms and procedures to enroll in Italian ​universities ​by contacting Italian embassies/consulates in the country of origin. More information are available here.

Applicants to the curriculum in Global Cultures can benefit from study grants and tuition fee waiver 

Unibo Action 1 and Unibo Action 2

The study grants and the tuition fee waivers are assigned on the basis of GRE, for one academic year

Applications deadline: ​March 31, 2021


Table of contents

  1. Admission requirements and assessment intakes
  2. Application schedule
  3. Online application procedure
  4. Enrollment
  5. Contacts and Helpdesk


Global Cultures is a master’s degree taught entirely in English. Students are required to possess a minimum standard of B2 (CEFR or equivalent). Prospective students are expected to be familiar with instruments, languages, and modes of research in the humanities. They must also possess a critical view and insight into the past, and to be aware of the dynamic nature of historiography and academic discourse under the larger frameworks of time and culture. Students familiar with comparative methods, spatial, chronological and thematic approaches toward historiographical research are encouraged to apply. Students must also have the ability to communicate orally and have strong English writing skills

a) To be eligible for admission, applicants must:

  1. hold a first cycle/bachelor degree according to the Italian National Qualification Framework or an equivalent degree achieved in another educational system;
  2. have achieved at least 30 ECTS in one or more of the following subject areas (only for ​applicants with an Italian degree): 

    L-ANT/02 – Greek History; L-ANT/03 – Roman History; L-OR/01 – History of the Ancient Near East; L-OR/02 – Egyptology and Coptic Civilisations; L-OR/03 – Assyriology; L-OR/04 – Anatolian Studies; L-OR/05 – Archaeology and History of Near Eastern Art; L-OR/06 – Phoenician and Punic Archaeology; L-OR/07 – Semitistics / Ethiopian Languages and Literature; L-OR/08 – Hebrew; L-OR/09 – African Languages and Literature; L-OR/10 – History of Islamic Countries; L-OR/11 – Archaeology and History of Muslim Art; L-OR/12 – Arabic Language and Literature; L-OR/13 – Armenistics, Caucasology, Mongolistics and Turkology; L-OR/14 – Iranian Philology, Religions and History; L-OR/15 – Persian Language and Literature; L-OR/16 – Archaeology and History of Indian and Central Asian Art; L-OR/17 – Indian and Central Asian Philosophy, Religions and History; L-OR/18 – Indology and Tibetology; L-OR/19 – Modern Languages and Literature of the Indian Subcontinent; L-OR/20 – Archaeology, Philosophy and History of East Asian Art; L-OR/21 – Chinese and South-East Asian Languages and Literature; L-OR/22 – Japanese and Korean Languages and Literature; L-OR/23 – East and South-East Asian History; M-STO/01 – Medieval History; M-STO/02 – Modern History; M-STO/04 – Contemporary History; M-STO/06 – History of Religions; M-STO/07 – History of Christianity and Churches; SPS/02 – History of Political Doctrine; SPS/03 – History of Political Institutions; SPS/06 – History of International Relations; SPS/13 – African History and Institutions; SPS/14 – Asian History and Institutions.

If applicants do not meet or partially meet the above-mentioned requirements, the Admission Committee might nevertheless take into consideration their application and invite them to the interview.

b) Assessment intakes

The Admission Committee evaluates applications and verifies if applicants meet expected personal competencies and skills. Applicants meet expected personal competencies and skills if the obtained a Bachelor degree with at least a score of 90/110 (or equivalent). Nevertheless, applicants need to take the interview to demonstrate their language proficiency at the B2 level (CEFR or equivalent)
Evaluation will be based on:

  • dossier
    • previous studies (grades and courses attended);
    • detailed CV;
    • certificate of English language proficiency (at least B2 level (CEFR or equivalent) if held.
  • interview: will be held in English and will assess competences and skills, including language proficiency. It will last between 15-20 minutes and, if necessary, will be conducted via Skype.

Applicants need to provide a cover letter (stating their interests and personal and professional goals – max 500 words). Admission or rejection will be based on evaluation of the applicant’s dossier and interview

​Online application opens on February 01, 2021 for the first intake. For further details on the online system, please see the online application procedures below.

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February 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

April 5, 2021


February 28, 2021

March 28, 2021

May 2, 2021


March 5, 2021

April 2, 2021

May 7, 2021


March 15-19, 2021

April 12-16, 2021

May 17-21, 2021

Non-EU applicants need to submit their pre-enrollment application at the Italian Embassy/Consulate in their home country. See more information at this link

Selected applicants can enroll ​at University of Bologna according to the deadlines and procedures listed here.

Non-EU students resident abroad need to apply for a study VISA and must carefully follow pre-enrolment procedures at the Italian Embassies abroad

See instructions here.

Please, contact the closest Italian Embassy or Consulate for more information.  

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  1. Click on and create your personal User ID and Password by “Registrati”/ “Register” (if you already have an account, skip to step 4). Switch to the English language, if needed.
  2. Register by filling in the form (if you are a student resident abroad and you do not already have an Italian Tax ID (codice fiscale), you can click on “Registrazione Studenti Internazionali” / “International students registration” and follow the instructions to create your personal User ID and Password).
  3. After your first access, you will be asked to change your password. Please, remember your user ID and Password, as they will always be required to access your personal profile.
  4. Click on by using your personal User ID and Password. Click on “Prove di Ammissione o verifica requisiti” / “Entrance Exams or requirements check”.
  5. Select “Laurea Magistrale” / “Second cycle degree program” and then “procedi” /“next”
  6. Select the program “GLOBAL CULTURES (GLOC) – International Curriculum, Admission process” (all intake sessions are listed, but you can only select the intake open at the moment of your access).
  7. Upload all required documents in PDF format:
    • Documents required to complete your application
      • Copy of your valid identity card (EU citizens) or passport (non-EU citizens);
      • Copy of your 1st cycle /Bachelor degree (with Diploma Supplement or transcript of records/list of passed exams) – translated into English or Italian if another language; (if you have not yet graduated, please upload your current transcript of records. Please, specify your expected graduation date).
      • Your CV (curriculum vitae et studiorum) in English; (if you wish to take the interview via Skype, please indicate your Skype ID in your CV);
      • Short statement of purpose (in English, max. 500 words);
    • Optional supporting documents to complete the application
      • If available: a copy of your Certificate of English proficiency level
      • If applicable: a copy of Italian stay permit / “permesso di soggiorno

Please remember 

  1. Admission Board's evaluation will be based on uploaded documents​;
  2. Please, do NOT ​mail or email your application to administrative office;
  3. This is only the first step of the enrollment procedure and it is ONLY aimed at admission assessment. No fees are due for this step;
  4. Fees are due at the enrollment. The application for grants and tuition fee waiver for international students must follow separate track and deadlines (see this link);
  5. Other grants, exemptions and benefits are listed here.

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If admitted, you will need to provide further documents for finali​sing the enrollment (e.g. a legalized and officially translated version of your qualification and the Declaration of Value or the Diploma Supplement), pay the administrative fee (always due) and tuition fees (if due).

Please, follow the detailed instructions available on this webpage 

Pre-enrollment for students with non-EU citizenship

If you are non-EU citizen, in addition to compliance with the rules and deadlines established by the University of Bologna, you must pre-enroll at the Italian Embassy of your country. Click here to learn more about pre-enrollment at the Embassy.

GLOC annual tuition fee AY 2021/2022

For the AY 2021/22 annual tuition fee is up to € 2550,00 + € 157,04 for both EU and non-EU candidates. According with their (family) income, first year students maybe totally or partially exempted from paying tuition fees. 
Click here for more information about tuition fees at University of Bologna.

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All relevant communications about the assessment will be sent to your Unibo e-mail address:;

If you need any help to submit the on-line application, contact:
Help Desk Studenti Online
Ph: +39 051 209 9882
Office hours: Monday-Friday 09.00-13.00 and 14.00–17.00

For more information about visa and/or residence permit, contact:

For more information about the content of the degree program or further help, contact:

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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.

List of deadlines

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: FIRST INTAKE from 2021-02-01 00:30 to 2021-02-28 23:30
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: SECOND INTAKE from 2021-03-01 00:30 to 2021-03-28 23:30
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: THIRD INTAKE from 2021-04-05 00:30 to 2021-05-02 23:30
ENROLLMENT – AY 2021/2022 from 2021-07-22 08:00 to 2021-10-28 15:00
LATE ENROLLMENT (with a fine) from 2021-10-29 08:00 to 2021-11-25 15:00