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Equipollenza titoli


Equipollenza titoli


Foreigners and Italians residing abroad can be admitted into Italian universities by filing an application with the Consulate which must be accompanied by the prescribed documentation, to be approved by the competent Italian authorities on the basis of their evaluation of the educational credentials received abroad. The Consular Office must also ascertain and certify that the credentials for lower and upper secondary school are sufficient for admission into university courses according to the regulations of the country in which they were completed (the aforementioned "Declaration of Value").


Foreign educational qualifications are not automatically recognised in Italy. Non-Italian citizens interested in obtaining recognition of the equal value and utility ("equivalence") of their foreign educational qualifications (obtained in officially recognised teaching establishments) with the correspondent Italian qualifications, can apply through the Consulate Student Office. Italian citizens must, on the other hand, apply to an official Italian Education Office, but only after having applied for a "Statement of Equal Value" from the Consulate Student Office.
Once school certificates obtained abroad have been declared equivalent to the Italian qualifications of corresponding value (lower secondary school diploma, upper secondary school diploma or university degree), they have legal value in Italy. This means, for example, that a person with Italian citizenship has the right to take part in competitions announced by Italy’s public administration.



In Sri Lanka, the documents to be presented to the VFS (our local agency) or to the Consular Office in order to request the Statement of Equal Value and the Declaration of Value are:

-original or duly certified (from the Ministry of Education) diploma or degree endorsed with the seal or embossing stamp of the school or university, and signed in legible fashion by the responsible official;

- an exact translation of the document in Italian that is in conformity with the original. The translation can be carried out by the person concerned or by a translator; the Consulate can reserve the right to approve the translations produced by the applicant. The translation must be legalised from the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs.