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Call for applications - Academic year 2018/19

Call for applications for the Master's Degree Programme starting in September 2018

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 2018/2019, a maximum of 50 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); with regards to background knowledge in the subjects related to offshore engineering, as: Fluid dynamics and hydraulics; Thermodynamics; Geotechnical Engineering; Process Engineering; Structural Mechanics; Design.

  • 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:

  • Front and back photocopy of your ID card/Passport or other valid identity document;

  • Resumé or Curriculum Vitae, including significant academic/work experiences in the field of the Master’s Degree; (see form)

  • 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;

  • Personal statement (see form);

  • 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).

Additional documents required for non-EU students:

  • Two recommendation letters.

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.


The Admission Board will process the application forms in several intakes, according to the rules outlined above, within the following deadlines schedule:


INTAKE opening

Application DEADLINE


Non-EU applicants

EU applicants




Monday, Jan 29th, 2018

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Thursday, March 15th, 2018





Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Thursday, May 10th, 2018





Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Thursday, June 21st, 2018





Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

YES*, 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.

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 at the University of Bologna, 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.


International students are strongly encouraged to rear 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.

  • Candidates who have not completed yet their first level degree (Bachelor) may apply, but they must graduate by December 31 of the year in which they apply, otherwise their application will be discarded.

  • 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), will be used exclusively for purposes of the administrative procedure of the University of Bologna. 


See also

Pre-enrolment in the Italian Embassies abroad

International students application guide