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General information on admission requirements

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

In order to enrol on the Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence, candidates need to submit an online application and be admitted.

Applicants should comply with the regulations included in the "Call for Application" available in the Highlighted box.

The evaluation of the applications is performed by the Board of the Degree Programme (Consiglio di Corso di studio) which values eligibility based on the following requirements:

  • The suitability of the applicants’ degree (curriculum requirements);
  • The suitability of the applicants’ personal preparation (adequacy of the academic preparation);
  • Proficiency in the English language (level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference).

Curriculum requirements

The minimum graduate admission requirement for the Master’s Programme is a bachelor’s university degree of at least three years or gained through the acquisition of at least 180 ECTS credits, or other suitable qualification obtained abroad recognized as equivalent.

Possession of an Italian First-level degree (or equivalent) in one of the following classes (D.M. 270/04):

D.M. 270/04 D.M. 509/99
L-8 Ingegneria dell’informazione L-9 Ingegneria dell’informazione
L-30 Scienze e tecnologie fisiche L-25 Scienze e tecnologie fisiche
L-31 Scienze e tecnologie Informatiche L-26 Scienze e tecnologie Informatiche
L-35 Scienze matematiche L-32 Scienze matematiche
L-41 Statistica L-37 Scienze statistiche

The same criteria shall also apply to those who hold a University degree obtained abroad (and deemed appropriate by the Board of the Degree Programme) for which it is possible to convert the degree score to the Italian system and to identify the scientific areas and the number of credits obtained in each sector.

Adequacy of the academic preparation

In order to verify the adequacy of the academic preparation, an evaluation will be held by an Admission Board appointed by the Board of the Degree Programme.

The Admission Board will evaluate the candidate's academic merit, based on the graduation grade. If this is equal to 110/110, then the academic preparation will be considered adequate.

For students with a final graduation grade lower than 110/110, who meet the curriculum requirements, the Board of the Degree Programme will examine the academic merit on the basis of their whole career and Curriculum. The academic preparation of candidates whose First-level degree's transcript of records shows passing less than 165 CFU (or foreign equivalent), or includes less than 12 CFU in informatics (INF/01 or ING-INF/05 in the Italian system), or shows a GPA or graduation grade less than 92/110 (or foreign equivalent) will be considered inadequate without further examination. The preparation of candidates with a GPA or final degree less than 94/110 and less than 18 CFU in informatics will also be considered inadequate. In all other cases, the Board of the Degree Programme will evaluate each application individually.

The Board of the Degree Programme might decide to further verify the adequacy of the academic preparation through a personal interview. No entrance exam nor Italian proficiency test are required.

Linguistic requirements

English language skills will be assessed. All Applicants must demonstrate an English Language Proficiency no lower than B2 level (according to CEFR – Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) by providing an International Language Certification such as:

  • 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 385pts; speaking 160 pts; writing 150 pts)
  • PTE Academic (51-65)
  • University of Bologna Language Centre (CLA-UNIBO), or other Italian Universities Language Centre (here more info).

Applicants with a foreign University Bachelor degree

Non-EU applicants must fulfil all the abovementioned requirements. The fulfilment of the curriculum requirements and the adequacy of the academic preparation is evaluated case-by-case by the Board of the Degree Programme. If a credit/grade conversion to the Italian system is possible, the requirements listed above are checked.

The degree programme can provide a session for international students and appoint a commission to assess the students' personal competencies and skills, consistent with the competition notice awarding scholarships (scholarships deadline is usually scheduled in May).

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 30 non-EU students will be accepted. As this admission quota cannot be overcome, it is highly recommended to apply during the first or second intake.

Timely applications are highly recommended also because eligible applicants have to undergo the pre-enrollment procedure at the Embassy or Consulate of their Country. Last year, pre-enrolment for A.Y. 2018/19 opened on 19 February and closed on 24 July 2018. Applicants are advised to refer to the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate for further information.

Application Procedure

In order to apply, prospective students need to register to Studenti Online, and select the menu “Register for an entrance exam or requirements check.".

Students shall enclose compulsorily the following documents to their application:

  1. Front and back photocopy of your ID card/Passport or other valid identity document;
  2. Transcript of academic records: Bachelor’s Degree certificate reporting the full list of exams and grades achieved, including final graduation mark (Italian students can enclose a self-certification of their first-cycle degree, while EU applicants their Diploma Supplement);
  3. English proficiency certificate (see Art. 2);
  4. CV/résumé in European format;
  5. Syllabus: outline/description of main exams given during Bachelor’s studies and relevant to the Master Program (4-5 pages at most) - EXTRA-EU only

Applicants should be aware that – throughout the online application – they will be required to write down their graduation mark or CGPA, as well as the maximum score achievable (for instance 14 out of 20, 65 out of 100, 2,5 out of 4).

In order to enrich their application, Students can upload additional documents as well such as:

  • Recommendation letters;
  • Personal statement of motivation (see attachments).



The Admission Board will process the application forms in several intakes. Applications for EXTRA-UE students shall open on January 24. Students will apply and get feedback about their admission according to the following schedule:


Application deadline

Results within


February 28, 2019

March 14, 2019


March 28, 2019

April 11, 2019


June 13, 2019

June 27, 2019


The application deadline is Midnight (Central European Time) for each closing date, except June 13 when it is brought forward to 1.00 PM (Central European Time).

Second admission round

One admission round with cut-off dates: applications shall  start on June 20th

Applicants will get their feedback according to the following schedule:


Application deadline

Results within

Eligible Applicants


July 11, 2019

July 25, 2019

EU Applicants

Non- EU Applicants only if they have already submitted their pre-enrollment to the Embassy 


August 29, 2019

September 12, 2019

EU Applicants

Non- EU Applicants only if they have already submitted their pre-enrollment to the Embassy 


October 10, 2019

October 24, 2019

EU Applicants

Non- EU Applicants only if they have already submitted their pre-enrollment to the Embassy 


November 7, 2019

November 21, 2019

EU Applicants only

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


Results will be published on StudentiOnline. If the Admission board considers that the applicant meets all the requirements, the application light will turn green (Positive Evaluation), otherwise, the application light will turn red (Negative Evaluation).

In the case of positive evaluation:

- 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 (immatricolazione).

- If you are an international student: after the evaluation, if you have been pre-admitted, an Eligibility letter (Conditional Offer) will be released and you will have to prepare for the enrolment. 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 at the University of Bologna.

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

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:
  2. Er-go scholarships and support services:
  3. Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarships:



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:

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


Students can contact the Programme Coordinator for issues referring to this “Call for admissions”:

  • Viviana Palumbo:

Furthermore, the international desk can address inquiries concerning scholarship & grants, Embassy’s pre-enrollment and University’s enrollment:

  • Unibo International Desk:


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!