Enrolment & deadlines
In Italy enrolment deadlines are not regulated at a national level but vary depending on the university and the degree course. For this reason it is not possible to offer a complete list of deadlines, so we encourage all interested parties to inform themselves as soon as possible about the procedures (e.g. entrance tests) and the enrolment deadlines for the chosen faculty and study area.
At the same time, it is VERY IMPORTANT to check the payment deadlines for tuition fees and to verify whether the student is entitled to an exemption or reduction (ISEE/ISEEU Declaration)
Enrolment dates for degree courses with nationwide restricted access, on the other hand, are regulated (with the exception of private universities) at national level. The degree courses subject to national restricted access are the following: Medicine and Surgery in Italian and English, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Health Sciences, Architecture and Primary Education Sciences (except Bressanone).
In Italy you generally need a high school diploma to be able to access degree courses. Often it is also necessary to pass an admissions test or a verification/preparatory test in order to be able to enrol.
There are three types of access to Italian universities: open access, locally restricted acess and nationally restricted access.
From the name it is clear that access is open (i.e. not restricted either locally or nationally), but often a verification test is required. These tests are designed to assess the candidate's knowledge and identify gaps to be filled. If you do not reach the minimum score for admission, you can still register as a reserve candidate and make up for the so-called OFA (obblighi formativi aggiuntivi; in English, additional training requirements).
Restricted access (local restriction)
Usually admission to your degree course takes place after passing an entrance test. Many universities have chosen to hold several admission sessions (e.g. one in spring and one in summer). Therefore, the pre-enrolment period also varies.
The universities themselves decide how, when and for which study courses an admission procedure will take place. Therefore, it is possible that for one study course the admission test will take place on different dates and you can take the test at different universities. All information about the admission procedure and enrolment can often be found in the so-called "bando di ammissione" (call for applications).
There are also many universities that make use of standardized tests (often offered by the consortium CISIA). Since these tests are not linked to a specific university, it is also possible to use the result to apply to another university - if that university has it as an entry requirement.
National restricted access (closed number)
Test for Medicine: 3 September 2020
Test for Veterinary Medicine: 1 September 2020
Test for Architecture: by 25 September 2020 (date to be determined by each university)
Test for Health Sciences: 8 September 2020
Test for Medicine in English IMAT: 10 September 2020
Test for Primary Education Sciences: 16 September 2020
Test for Masters Degree in Health Sciences: 30 October 2020
How to prepare for entrance tests
The following external links (without guarantees!) contain tests from previous years:
Preparation courses in South Tyrol (Medicine and Health Sciences)
(Links are in Italian)