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General information on admission requirements
Admission to the 2ndcycle/master's degree programme in Artificial Intelligence requires possessionof a bachelor's degree or three-year university… Read more

Call for application

Admission procedure 

In order to enroll in the Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence, you need to submit an online application (scroll down to read how to apply correctly!) and obtain a positive evaluation. 
 
Applicants should comply with the regulations specified in the call for admissions. 

Applications are evaluated by the Board of the Degree Programme (Consiglio di Corso di Studio) based on:

  • satisfaction of curriculum requirements;
  • adequacy of academic preparation;
  • fulfillment of language requirements. 
     

Curriculum requirements 

The minimum graduate admission requirement is a three-year bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Applied Informatics, Automation, Electronics, Telecommunications, or Biomedical Engineering, gained through the acquisition of at least 180 ECTS credits, or foreign equivalent. 
 
Italian first-level (bachelor) degrees that satisfy this requirement are those belonging to one of the following classes (D.M. 270/04):

  • L-8 (Information Engineering, including Computer Engineering, Automation, Electronics, Telecommunications, and Biomedical Engineering)
  • L-30 (Physics)
  • L-31 (Computer Science and Applied Informatics)
  • L-35 (Mathematics);
  • L-41 (Statistics);  

or to the following classes (D.M. 509/99):

  • 09 (Ingegneria dell'informazione);
  • 25 (Scienze e tecnologie fisiche);
  • 26 (Scienze e tecnologie informatiche);
  • 32 (Scienze matematiche);
  • 37 (Scienze statistiche). 

Italian degrees in other classes or disciplines are deemed inappropriate and thus ineligible for admission, with the exception of second-level (masters) degrees in the following classes:

  • LM-18 (Computer Science);
  • LM-32 (Computer Engineering);
  • LM-66 (Informatics Security);
  • LM-91 (Techniques and methods for the Information Society).

Candidates who don't hold a bachelor's degree yet, but expect to graduate in the current academic year, must exhibit a transcript of record showing that they have obtained at least 150 credits (CFU/ECTS). Applications with transcripts of record with less than 150 CFU/ECTS will not be evaluated.  
 
University degrees obtained from foreign universities are subject to the same criteria. In order to be considered and evaluated by the Board of the Degree Programme, they must be accompanied by a transcript of record that clearly identifies the number of credits obtained in each discipline, the individual grades and the CGPA, as well as the duration of the bachelor's degree (total number of years/semesters) and the total number of credits needed to complete. 
 

Adequacy of the academic preparation 

The Admission Board (AB) appointed by the Board of the Degree Programme evaluates the academic preparation of each candidate meeting the curriculum requirements. 
 
Candidates with a graduation grade equal to 110/110 or foreign equivalent are deemed adequate, independently of the number of credits obtained in computer science subjects.  
 
Candidates with a graduation grade lower than 110/110 or foreign equivalent, or for whom a graduation grade is not available, are evaluated based on two indicators:

  • an academic performance indicator (API);
  • a computer science credits indicator (CSCI).

Academic Performance Indicator (API)

The API is determined as follows:

  • for candidates without a graduation grade: the API is equal to the CGPA (in Italian: media ponderata degli esami di profitto), converted to a 30-point scale, and increased by 0.25 points;
  • for candidates with a graduation grade: the API is the weighted average between the CGPA (2/3) and the graduation grade (1/3), converted to a 30-point scale. 

For example:

  • CGPA: 25.75/30, not graduated => API: 26
  • CGPA: 25.02/30, graduation grade: 97/110 => API: 25.5

The AB makes the conversion between different grade scales by taking into consideration the evaluation methods and international reputation of the institution awarding the academic degree. 
 

Computer Science Credits Indicator (CSCI)

The CSCI is the number of credits obtained in computer science disciplines (CFU/ECTS) during the bachelor's degree. For Italian degrees, this corresponds to the sum of all CFUs obtained in subjects indicated in the transcript of record as INF/01 or ING-INF/05. The conversion from different (non-ECTS) credit systems will be made by the AB based on international standards. 
 

Admission thresholds 

Candidates who meet the following requirements are deemed to have adequate academic preparation:

  • candidates with an API higher than or equal to 26/30 and a CSCI higher than or equal to 18 CFU;
  • candidates with an API higher than or equal to 25.5/30 and a CSCI higher than or equal to 48 CFU.

Candidates whose API is lower than 25.50/30 are deemed inadequate. 
 
The applications of candidates with an API higher than or equal to 25.5/30 and CSCI lower than 48 or with an API greater than or equal to 26/30 and CSCI lower than 18 will be evaluated analytically by the Board of the Degree Programme. The evaluation criteria include academic record, extent and relevance of work experience in AI-related areas and applications, and English language skills. 
  
If the above elements are not sufficient to assess the adequacy of the candidate’s academic preparation, the Board of the Degree Programme will verify the adequacy of the academic preparation through an interview or proficiency exam to be held online. No Italian proficiency test is required. 

Language requirements 

All applicants must provide an International Language Certification demonstrating at least a B2-level English Language Proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The following certificates are accepted:

  • IELTS - International English Testing System (5.5-6.0-6.5);
  • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (PBT 507-557; CBT 180-217; IBT 80-99);
  • Trinity College of London (ISE II);
  • Cambridge First Certificate;
  • TOEIC - Test of English for International Communication (SLP 2222: listening 400 pts; reading 385 pts; speaking 160 pts; writing 150 pts);
  • PTE Academic (51-65);
  • Idoneità curriculare B2 level from the University of Bologna Language Centre (CLA-UNIBO), or other Italian Universities Language Centre.

English proficiency certificates or MOI certificates released by foreign universities are not admissible.  
 
You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you've completed an academic degree in or you are a national of one of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, USA. 

Non-EU applicants 

Non-EU applicants are evaluated by the AB using the same methods and criteria used for everybody else. However, timely applications are highly recommended because eligible applicants have to undergo the pre-enrolment procedure at the Embassy or Consulate of their Country. Applicants are advised to refer to the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate for further information. 
 

Application procedure 

In order to apply, please read carefully the application procedure attached on this page (top right column) and follow the instructions about how to apply and documents to provide with your application.

Furthermore, fill in the online form available at https://forms.office.com/r/W2Us6b0yQ6  that is a mandatory part of the application. Candidates who hold multiple degrees are requested to only enter in the form the data of the degree that they consider most relevant to the application.  
 
The AB will compare the data with the information in the submitted documents. Applications with incomplete documentation, missing data, or data inconsistent with the documentation, will be desk-rejected.
 
The AB will also evaluate the following optional documents:

  • recommendation letters;
  • personal statement of motivation (see attachments). 
      

Deadlines 

Intake

Applications opening

Applications deadline

Results

 Matriculation

I*

Nov 25, 2021

Jan 20, 2022, 1 pm 

Feb 8, 2022  

From Feb 15, 2022 

II

Jan 21, 2022

Mar 24, 2022, 1 pm 

Apr 12, 2022 

From Apr 20, 2022 

III

Mar 25, 2022

Jun 30, 2022, 1 pm  

Jul 19, 2022 

From Jul 25, 2022 

IV 

Jul 1, 2022 

Sep 1, 2022, 1 pm 

Sep 20, 2022

From Sep 26, 2022

* The first intake is for Non-EU applicants only. EU applications will be automatically rejected. EU applicants willing to be evaluated will have to reapply as of January 21. All times are in Central European Time.

Results will be published on StudentiOnline. If the evaluation made by the AB is successful, the application light will turn green, otherwise, it will turn red. 
 

Enrolment procedure 

In case your evaluation is successful:

  • if you are an EU student: you can immediately start the enrolment procedure at the University of Bologna through StudentiOnline (immatricolazione);
  • 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, via the Universitaly portal, according to the information published here. 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”).

In order to complete the enrolment procedure, you also need to choose the class of your master degree. This can be either INFORMATICA (computer science, LM-18) or INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA (computer systems engineering, LM-32). 

Your choice only determines the name of the degree displayed in your final graduation certificate (corresponding to MSc or MEng). It has no effect whatsoever on your learning activities, since there is only one course structure. 
 
International students are strongly encouraged to read the following webpages: 
- Who are international students 
- How to prepare for enrolment 
Enrolling with a foreign qualification

Scholarships and grants

How much does this program cost? You find all the information here: Tuition fees and exemptions.

Students interested in applying for scholarships and grants for International Students (Unibo Action 2, Unibo Action 1, Er-go support services, MAECI grant) should be aware that these applications involve an additional and different procedure. We suggest applicants, especially non-EU students, should apply for scholarships offered by the University of Bologna as early as possible. 

For further information and deadlines, please refer to:

  1. Unibo Action 2 and Unibo Action 1: http://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/study-grants-and-subsidies/study-grants-for-international-students 
  2. Er-go scholarships and support services:http://www.er-go.it/index.php?id=5963 
  3. Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarships: http://www.esteri.it/mae/en/ministero/servizi/stranieri/opportunita/borsestudio_stranieri.html/ 

Accommodation 

Applicants should themselves take care of their Bologna’s lodgings: securing a position in a Master’s degree does not imply getting accommodation as well.

Please, refer also to this webpage for housing opportunities: https://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/study-grants-and-subsidies/housing-and-residences. 

For instance, Er-go’s halls of residence may be a workable option: browse the aforementioned website to find out rules, regulations & deadlines.

Contacts 

The international desk can address inquiries concerning scholarship & grants, Embassy’s pre-enrollment and University’s enrollment.

Unibo International Desk: internationaldesk@unibo.it 

For any other issue or clarification concerning the admission procedure  please contact the Programme Coordinator - Carlotta Viani: master.ai@unibo.it 

Tuitions 

Please, check the following page in order to get information about amounts, exemptions, and deadlines https://www.unibo.it/en/teaching/enrolment-transfer-and-final-examination/tuition-fees-and-exemptions

Useful links 

If you hold a foreign degree, click here to find out how to enrol in the Degree Programme

On the side-box you will find: 

- a link to the call for admissions; 

- a note by the Ministry of Higher Education explaining the pre-enrollment procedure on the Universitaly portal. 
 

Matriculation

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.