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Eligibility Requirements: School and University Qualifications

BACHELOR OF ARTS PROGRAMMES (DIPLOMA ACCADEMICO DI 1° LIVELLO)

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.

 

A. 11-year High School Diploma

Students obtaining a High School Diploma after 11 years of education can be admitted on the recognized BA degree if:

  • They have completed at least 1 year of university or
  • They have attended and completed a foundation year
  • They have attended one year of pre-escolar and they will obtain the National high school diploma (If the complete education path has been fulfilled in one of the following Countries: Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica and Venezuela)

High school diploma and university or foundation year transcripts should be translated and legalized by the beginning of the courses.

 

B. US High School Diploma

Students obtaining a US high school diploma, in addition to their final diploma, should provide NABA with:

  • Al least 3 Aps exams or;
  • University transcripts of one complete year of studies

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.

 

C. BRITISH QUALIFICATIONS

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.

 

D. INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

The legalization of the IB Diploma is not necessary if the IB school is present in the MUR list

https://www.studiare-in-italia.it/studentistranieri/moduli/2021/Allegato2.pdf

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:

  • at least two courses from the IB’s Diploma Programme (DP)
  • the CP core
  • the career-related studies (i.e. the Btec diploma in Art & Design)

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.

 

E. STUDENTS WHO ATTENDED MORE THAN ONE UPPER SECONDARY EDUCATION INSTITUTION

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:

  • the qualification was attained at the end of a total school education period of at least 12 years;
  • the qualification was attained after at least 2 years of attendance of the same education system.

 

 

F. STUDENTS WITH A PREVIOUS ACADEMIC CAREER AT A DIFFERENT UNIVERSITY REQUESTING
FOR THE RECOGNITION OF PREVIOUS CREDITS AND EXAMS (TRANSFER STUDENTS)

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:

  1. Academic transcripts of the first-cycle programme which should be equivalent in terms of level to the course that the student wishes to attend. The certificate should be issued by an official institution of the foreign education system and list all exams taken, grades received and credits assigned;
  2. detailed study programmes: description of the content covered by each course attended during the academic career, and the number of hours for each course/training activity in the academic curriculum, issued by an official institution of the foreign education system;

 

G. DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES - NOT ACCREDITED

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.

 

MASTER OF ARTS AND 1ST LEVEL MASTER COURSES
Students holding a first-cycle university qualification suitable to enrol into second-cycle courses are eligible to apply to postgraduate programmes: two-year Master of Arts Degree Programmes (Diploma Accademico di 2° Livello) and one-year 1st Level Master Programmes. Said first-cycle qualifications must meet all the following requirements:
  • official first-cycle qualifications of the relevant foreign higher education system, awarded by an official institution of the foreign higher education system;
  • qualifications that allow entry to comparable second-cycle programmes in the relevant foreign higher education system;
  • qualifications equivalent in nature and level to the Italian qualifications required for admission to the courses in question.

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.

PRIVATE POSTGRADUATE COURSES (DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES - NOT ACCREDITED): TWO-YEAR AND ONE-YEAR MASTER PROGRAMMES

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.