Eligibility Requirements: School and University Qualifications
Students holding qualifications which meet all of the following requirements can access Bachelor of Arts Degree Programmes (Diploma Accademico di 1° livello):
(i) the title is an official upper secondary school leaving qualification of the foreign education system of reference;
(ii) the qualification allows entry to first-cycle academic courses in the foreign education system of reference;
(iii) the qualification has been conferred after an overall path of at least 12 years of schooling;
(iv) where foreseen in the country of origin, students are also requested to pass an academic suitability test /national university entrance exam (e.g. Gaokao and Yikao in China, YKS in Turkey, Vestibular in Brazil, Selectividad in Spain...).
In the calculation of the twelve years, where applicable, a pre-school year may be considered, as long as attendance is compulsory and an integral part of the curriculum, and the programme includes the teaching of reading and writing of the language of the Country and the first elements of arithmetic.
For certain educational qualifications and systems, specific requirements or conditions are identified by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (Ministero dell'Istruzione dell'Università e della Ricerca - MIUR). The main instances are listed below. In any event, all students holding foreign qualifications are advised to check ministerial provisions and in particular Annex 1 and Annex 2 published annually by the Ministry for specific indications or requirements relating to their qualifications.
Students obtaining a High School Diploma after 11 years of education can be admitted on the recognized BA degree if:
High school diploma and university or foundation year transcripts should be translated and legalized by the beginning of the courses.
Students obtaining a US high school diploma, in addition to their final diploma, should provide NABA with:
Please note that to be officially enroled in the recognized NABA BA degree, the minimum score required for each one of the APs exams is 3.
High School diploma and Aps exams, or university transcripts, should be legalized by the beginning of the courses.
The translation for documents issued in English language is not needed.
In order to be eligible to enter BA Degree Programmes, students holding British upper secondary school leaving qualifications must have passed at least three advanced level subjects (A levels). The A level in Italian language will be requested only to foreign students. On the contrary, it will not be considered among the 3 necessary A Levels in case of students with Italian citizenship or in case of enrolment in courses delivered entirely in English.
Students holding Scottish upper secondary school qualifications must have passed at least three Advanced Highers or, alternatively, 2 Advanced Highers and at least 4 Highers.
The legalization of the IB Diploma is not necessary if the IB school is present in the MUR list
The IB Career Related Programme (IBCP) is considered eligible for admissions to Bachelor Degree (Diploma Accademico di 1° livello) programmes as long as it includes subjects related to the programme of interest, namely Arts & Design subjects.
The IBCP leads to a high school qualification of a professional nature.
The IBCP curriculum consists of three different elements:
The IB certificate is not sufficient for admission to Bachelor Degree (Diploma Accademico di 1° livello) programmes.
For details relating to the legalisation of IB Diplomas, please refer to the relevant page on the website of the Italian Consulate in Geneva
National Swedish High School Diploma
To be officially admitted on the recognized BA degree students are required to provide us with the Högskoleförberedande Examen.
The Yrkesexamen is accepted too only if supplemented with passing grades in the following courses: Swedish, or Swedish as a second language 2 and 3, and English 6.
National Chinese High School Diploma
Students obtaining a Chinese High School Diploma are required to provide NABA with copy of their Gaokao and Yikao exams.
Diplomas obtained by students who, during their secondary education, moved from an institution within one education system to another within another education system (for example, from an Italian upper secondary school to an American high school), will only be considered valid if:
BA programme applicants who have already attended university without completing a degree, can ask for the evaluation of their previous academic career and possible recognition of exams (TRANSFER STUDENTS).
With regards to the eligibility of their upper secondary school credentials, the same requirements listed for 1st year applicants also apply to transfer students. In addition, to request the evaluation of the previous academic career in order to get the transfer of recognisable exams and credits earned at a foreign university, students should be in possession of:
Students holding upper secondary school leaving qualifications that do not meet all the above-mentioned requirements for BA Degree programmes may enrol in NABA’s three-year private courses (Diploma Programmes - not accredited).
Participants not meeting the entry requirement will not earn the educational credits, but will receive a certificate of attendance (not recognised by MUR, Italian Ministry of University and Research) on successfully completing the programme.
These requirements apply to all students with foreign qualifications, irrespective of their nationality, including qualifications issued in the European Union (EU) and Non-EU Countries.
Students holding non-university qualifications or qualifications which do not meet all the above-mentioned requirements to enrol into second-cycle Master of Arts Degree Programmes (Diploma Accademico di 2° Livello) and 1st Level Master Programmes, can apply for private postgraduate master courses (Diploma programmes - not accredited) if they possess specialised skills pertinent to the relevant educational path chosen. Professionals with proven work experience in the relevant sector are also eligible to enrol on private two-year and one-year Master’s courses.