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Recognition of a Foreign Academic Title

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Application for recognition of a foreign academic qualification

Without prejudice to bilateral agreements on the subject (see Manifesto, section 11.1, note 12), the University can recognize cycles and study carried out abroad and foreign qualifications for the following purposes:

  • continuation of university studies
  • achievement of Italian university degrees

For purposes other than those listed above (such as participation to public competitions or access to board-certified professions) the application must be presented to other public. For more information please visit the CIMEA website.

The student can request the recognition of a foreign academic qualification, issued by a state-level or legally recognized university-level institution, to achieve a bachelor’s, combined-cycle or master's degree offered by the University of Florence.

Unrestricted access programmes

The application for the recognition (the RE_01 form is available in the webpage modulistica) can be submitted to the International desk or sent by PEC mail to: internationaldesk(AT) , stating in the object: application for recognition of a foreign title.

The application must be submitted from 7 September 2020 to 17 December 2020. The application can also be submitted from 18 December 2020 to 22 February 2021 but in this case the applicant will have to pay also a late fee of € 100.

The student must indicate the study programme at the University of Florence for which they require recognition of equivalence of their title. The following documents must also be attached to the application:

  • Copy of a valid ID
  • Receipt of payment of €150 as administrative fee (see Manifesto, section 11.1, note 13). Payment can only be made using the PagoPA platform. The applicant must first register to Registrazione and tell the International desk, once the registration has been completed. The office will then create the payment due which will then be made available on the platform.
  • Secondary education title
  • Foreign academic title
  • Diploma supplement in English or statement of academic record on the foreign university’s letterhead duly stamped and signed.
  • Syllabuses of all exams passed

The documents must be presented in original and a copy.

The documents referred to in points 1 and 2 must be validated in one of the ways referred to on the page Foreign titles. The documents referred to in points 3 and 4 must be legalized or apostilled and must be translated into Italian (documents in English do not require translation into Italian).

The School of affiliation of the chosen degree programme will evaluate the academic titles submitted and decide:

  • a) the total recognition of studies carried out abroad, with the consequent issue of the Decree of equivalence
  • b) partial recognition of studies carried out abroad, with an indication of the credits to be acquired in order to achieve the required qualification for admission. In this case, the student can enrol in the chosen course, checking on the sites of the Schools and in the Regulations of the chosen degree course if and how he/she will have to take the incoming knowledge test.
    If the School decides the partial recognition of the studies carried out abroad, the student can enrol in the corresponding study course, in the following ways:
    • non-EU nationals residing abroad must follow the procedure set out here (Manifesto, section 4)
    • EU nationals and EU-equivalent nationals can apply for enrolment to the International desk, within 30 days from the positive result of the admission application (Manifesto, section 3).

In the event that the student has not completed the enrolment within the deadline, he/she must re-submit an application for recognition which must be re-submitted to the examination of the pertinent School.

Restricted access programmes

When seeking admission to restricted access programmes, the application for recognition must be submitted according to the deadlines and procedures set out in the appropriate admission announcements for the years following the first:

  • In the case of admission to the first year, the applicant must pass the admission test as set forth in the relevant notice for admissions to the course for the academic year 2020/21 and then must be granted a place in the ranking
  • In case of admission to subsequent years, the applicant must follow the terms and conditions of enrolment provided in the appropriate notice for admissions to the years following the first, issued by the Schools by the end of July.