Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign and IRE Students in Italy, 2017-2018

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For 2017/2018 academic year, applications are open for Italian government scholarships to both foreign and Italian citizens resident abroad (IRE) for studying in Italy. The scholarships are offered to carry out study, training and research projects in Italian Higher Education Institute (State-owned institutions or institutions legally recognized by the relevant State authorities).

The aim of these scholarships is to foster international cultural cooperation, spread the knowledge of the Italian language, culture and science, as well as promote the Italian economic and technological system throughout the world.

Italian Government promote the Italian language and culture abroad, through Italian schools, scholarships and grants for foreign citizens, language courses organised by the Italian Cultural Institutes, and archaeological missions.

Candidates must possess a certificate of intermediate level in Italian (e.g. CILS B2, CELI 3, PLIDA B2 or INT.IT Roma Tre) or equivalent linguistic proficiency issued by a local organization or language school (e.g. Italian Cultural Institute, Dante Alighieri Society branch etc.).  It is not required Italian language knowledge for applicants who enroll for university courses held entirely in English.

Course Level: Scholarships are offered only for study/research projects at higher education Institutions within the Italian State Education and Research system (State Institutions and research centers, or legally recognized by the competent State authority).

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are offered over different departments across the University, all offering a diverse range of courses.

Scholarship Award: Normally, the scholarship holders are exempt from the payment of the university tuition fees, in accordance with existing regulations. However the Universities, as part of their autonomy, may not allow such exemption. Candidates are therefore recommended to contact the chosen Institution in order to be informed on eventual taxes or tuition fees.

Scholarship can be taken in Italy

Eligibility: Applications may be submitted by those who meet the following criteria on the expiry date of this call for applications. The applications submitted by those who do not meet the necessary requirements shall be automatically excluded from the selection process. The Italian citizens employed by Public Administration offices, as well as their family members – although temporarily living abroad – cannot be granted IREs scholarships

  • Academic qualifications: Foreign students or IREs may apply if they have the academic qualifications required for enrolling in the institution chosen.
  • Age limits: Candidates may apply if aged between 18 and 36 years on the expiry date of this call for applications. For those who apply for the first year of a PhD program the maximum age limit is 33 years on the expiry date of this call for applications. Candidates may apply for training/refresher courses for Italian language teachers if aged between 18 and 45 years on the expiry date of this call for proposals.
  • Language skills and proficiency: Candidates shall submit a certificate showing their knowledge and proficiency in the Italian language, starting from the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) The knowledge of the Italian language is not required for enrolling in the university courses fully provided in English. Only for the courses of Italian language and culture shall candidates submit a certificate showing their knowledge and proficiency in the Italian language, starting from the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

The scholarships are offered for the following type of courses:
-Undergraduate University courses. Renewals only Time frame: October 1 st 2016 – September 30th 2017 Requirements: This type of scholarship is offered only to candidates who in the academic year 2015-16 received a scholarship to attend an Undergraduate Course, and in the academic year 2016-17 will enroll at least for the third year of the same course. The renewal is subject to verification of the student’s academic achievements. This type of scholarship is offered to students of the University of Garissa (Kenya) who in the academic year 2015-16 received a MAECI scholarship, notwithstanding the provisions of §III.A
-Postgraduate University courses (Master of Science/Laurea Magistrale – 2° ciclo) Time frame: October 1 st 2016 – September 30th 2017 Requirements: Admission to the first year of a Postgraduate course requires a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent recognized foreign qualification; for enrolment/admission after the first year, the scholarship-holder is required to have passed the university exams of the previous year.
-Master’s Degree courses (Levels I or II) Time frame January 1st 2017 – September 30th 2017 Requirements: For admission, the candidate must have the academic qualification required for the chosen Master course. It is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the chosen Institution in order to be informed on the activation of the master, the schedule and the other requirements for registration. If the course includes a period of study in a country other than Italy, payment of the scholarship will be suspended for that period. Please note: a master course might be eventually canceled or it might be activated with delays. The scholarship will be paid only if the master course is activated and only for the months of confirmed registration of the applicant to the master course.
-Ph.D. Courses. Time frame: October 1 st 2016 – September 30th 2017 Requirements: For admission, the candidate must have the academic qualification required for the chosen Ph.D. course. It is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the chosen Institute in order to be informed on the activation of the course, the schedule and the other requirements for registration. Please note: a Ph.D. course might be eventually canceled or it might be activated with delays. The scholarship will be paid only if the Ph.D. course is activated and only for the months of confirmed registration of the applicant to the Ph.D. course.
-Specialisation Schools (Scuole di Specializzazione) Time frame: October 1 st 2016 – September 30th 2017 Requirements: For admission, the candidate must have the academic qualification required for the chosen School. It is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the chosen School in order to be informed on the activation and schedule of the course, and the other eventual requirements of registration. Specialization schools of medical disciplines are not eligible to get a scholarship.
-Research under academic supervision (Progetti di Studio in Co-tutela) Time frame January 1st 2017 – September 30th 2017 Requirements: in order to apply for this type of scholarship, the candidate must submit the research project and the letters of acceptance from the host Institution. The research project must be carried out within the Italian State Education and Research System, including public museums and archives, and institutions as CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) and ISS (Istituto Superiore di Sanità).
-Courses of Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance (AFAM), Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria di Cremona; Scuola di Alta Formazione e Studio (SAF) of the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR), and Scuola Nazionale di Cinema Time frame: October 1 st 2016 – September 30th 2017
For admission to Courses of Higher Education in Art, Music and Dance (AFAM) and to the Scuola Internazionale di Liuteria di Cremona, candidates must possess a High school Diploma or a title valid locally for admission to Academies of Fine Arts or Conservatories of Music. It is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the chosen Institute/ Institution in order to be informed on any other possible requirements for the admission. The list of the AFAM institutes can be seen on the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)
For admission to Scuola di Alta Formazione e Studio (SAF) of the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR) and to Scuola Nazionale di Cinema, candidates must possess a High school Diploma valid locally and pass an Admission test. It is the candidate’s responsibility to be informed on the schedule of the Entrance test and on any other possible requirements
-Advanced Courses on Italian language and culture : Time frame January 1st 2017 – September 30th 2017 Requirements: This type of scholarship is eligible only for students who have passed at least one university exam of Italian Language in their own country. At the end of the course, the student is expected to achieve at least a B1 Level of Italian proficiency, attested by a certificate such as CILS, CELI, PLIDA o IT Roma Tre. If there are not active Italian Language chairs in the candidate’s country, the Italian Embassy can proceed with the selection of candidates, highlighting in the minutes the lack of Italian Language chairs.
This type of scholarship is offered only for courses of three months duration. No scholarships are offered for Beginners course. A payment of University tuition fees is required: scholarship-holders are eligible for a discount. It is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the chosen Institution in order to be informed on the course schedule and university tuition fees.
-Courses for Teachers of Italian as second language (ONLY ONE MONTH DURATION): Time frame January 1st 2017 – September 30th 2017 Requirements: For this type of scholarship, applicants must be teachers of Italian as second language with documented experience. The scholarship duration of this type of course is one month. A payment of University tuition fees is required: scholarship-holders are eligible for a discount. It is the candidate’s responsibility to contact the chosen Institution in order to be informed on the activation and schedule of the course and university tuition fees.
-Candidates may apply for a renewal to continue or complete a multi-year course. Upon decision of the selection committee, a renewal can be granted only if the applicant has passed the exams required in the previous year. No scholarship renewals are offered for students exceeding the legal duration of the course of study.
Normally, the scholarship holders are exempt from the payment of the university tuition fees, in accordance with existing regulations. However the Universities, as part of their autonomy, may not allow such exemption. Candidates are therefore recommended to contact the chosen Institution in order to be informed on eventual taxes or tuition fees.
Other Requirements
-Educational qualifications required by the chosen institution
-Knowledge of Italian Language: candidates must possess a certificate of intermediate level in Italian (e.g. CILS B2, CELI 3, PLIDA B2 or INT.IT Roma Tre) or equivalent linguistic proficiency issued by a local organization or language school (e.g. Italian Cultural Institute, Dante Alighieri Society branch etc.)
-Applicants for enrolment in Advanced Courses on Italian language and culture must have at least an A2 level proficiency in Italian
-It is not required Italian language knowledge for applicants who enroll for university courses held entirely in English.
-Age limits: candidates who are younger than 18 y. o (born not after April 15th, 1998) or older than 35 y. o. (born not before April 15th, 1981) on the day of the deadline for the submission of the applications, are not eligible. Candidates for Courses for teachers of Italian as second language (see above, section III, letter I) are eligible until they are 45 y. o. (born not before April 15th, 1971) on the day of the deadline for the submission of the applications.
-Restrictions: Students enrolled in a year exceeding the legal duration of the course of study are not eligible for scholarships.

Nationality: Foreign citizens and Italian citizens resident abroad (IRE) can apply for these Italian Government Scholarships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Candidates must possess a certificate of intermediate level in Italian (e.g. CILS B2, CELI 3, PLIDA B2 or INT.IT Roma Tre) or equivalent linguistic proficiency issued by a local organization or language school (e.g. Italian Cultural Institute, Dante Alighieri Society branch etc.). 

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirements: It is not required Italian language knowledge for applicants who enroll for university courses held entirely in English.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Online Application

Application Deadline: All Online applications must be submitted by midnight (Italian time) on May 10, 2017.

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