How to apply

Entry requirements

  • 3 year Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in humanities or social sciences, in one or more of the following areas: archaeology, classics, history, ancient languages, geography, history of art.
  • B2 level English proficiency. Students must either own an English language proficiency or have taken 12 credits of English language courses in they home University. List of accepted certifications
  • The number of positions dedicated to international non-EU students is defined on a yearly basis.

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Intake

Intake for EU and Non-EU candidates graduated abroad

  • Start: January 13, 2020
  • End: June 30, 2020

Late intake for candidates graduated abroad

  • Start: July 1, 2020
  • End: Non-EU candidates, July 24, 2020; EU candidates, September 1, 2020

Intake for candidates graduated in Italy

Students will have to follow the procedures described in the admission announcement

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Fee Waivers for international students are available, see the application form to check your eligibility

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Admission announcement

The admission announcement for the academic year 2019-2020 containing information concerning entry requirement, procedures and registration for the admission interview can be downloaded from this page. Procedures for the academic year 2020-2021 might change slightly.

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The application procedure

Students graduated in Italy: students graduated in Italy must follow the procedure described in the admission announcement (link). The application requires the payment of an admission test fee (35 €).

Students graduated in abroad: the application procedure of students graduated abroad requires the evaluation of their academic curriculum. Students must apply through this page (link). The application requires the payment of an admission test fee (35 €). The payment can be carried out via bank transfer or online banking. Further details can be found below in the step-by-step procedure.

Evaluation of the academic curriculum and eligibility for the Master Programme: student eligibility for the Master Programme will be assessed through evaluation of their academic curriculum. Students graduated abroad who applied for the evaluation of their academic curriculum will receive an email containing the results of the evaluation, eligible foreign students will be invited to take the interview.

Interview: both students graduated in Italy and abroad must take an interview that will take place on June 5 and September 9. The exact schedule of the interview will be published in this website. The interview is indicative, the result of the interview will not be used as parameter to select students to be admitted to the Master Programme. Italian students must register for the admission interview following the procedures described in the admission announcement (link). International students can request to take the interview via Skype or in a date different from the one scheduled in the admission announcement.

For further information, please contact us (e-mail: medarch@unipv.it).

Pre-enrollment, VISA and English language certificates: Embassies in specific countries might require English language knowledge certificates to accept pre-enrollment and VISA applications. Minimum required grades for the academic year 2019-2020 were: IELTS – 6, TOEFL – 78, TOLIMO – 600, FCE – 169.

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Step-by-step procedure for international students

To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to this page and click the button “Apply now!” on the right. Please attach the required documents that will be listed in a checklist at the end of the application procedure, these include: a scan of a passport or ID card, a scan of transcript in English or Italian with exams taken, marks and credits, a scan of an English language proficiency certificate, receipt of payment of the application fee (35€). One reference letter is required. A maximum of two reference letters can be provided. Candidates must fill a specific section of the application with general informations of their referees. Referees will receive an email with the instructions to follow to provide a reference letter.
  2. Students have to pay a fee for participation to the admission test (35 €). The fee for participation to admission test can be paid online bank. Students will receive an email (object: University of Pavia-Payment instructions for The Ancient Mediterranean World (History Archaeology and Art)) containing the link to the invoice and further instructions on how to pay. Within a couple of hours from the successful payment, students will be able to complete your application by submitting it. It will not be possible to submit the application until the payment has been cleared by the system. The invoice is pre-filled (click to see an example of invoice).
  3. An appointed Commission will evaluate you academic curriculum. If your academic curriculum is suitable, you will receive an email and you will be invited to take the interview.
  4. Foreign students who want to sit the interview via Skype must contact the e-mail address medarch@unipv.it to schedule the appointment.

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Interview

Students whose academic curriculum is deemed adequate must sit an admission interview. The interview is indicative, the result of the interview will not be used as parameter to select students to be admitted to the Master Programme.

Interviews will take place on

  • June 5 (Skype only; because of the uncertainties due to the current situation related to the virus outbreak in the world, interviews in this session will take place only via Skype). International students who want to take this interview must contact the email address medarch@unipv.it. Once we collected the names of all candidates interested in taking the Skype interview on this session, we will provide candidates with the exact schedule.
  • September 9 (interviews will take place via Skype and, possibly, in person in Pavia; details will be provided later).

Italian students must register for the admission interview following the procedures described in the admission announcement (link).

If necessary, international students can request to take the interview via Skype or in a date different from the one scheduled in the admission announcement. To request to sit the interview via Skype or in a different date, students must contact the e-mail address medarch@unipv.it .

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How to enroll

Admitted students will be able to enroll at the beginning of October. The precise period will be published in the admission announcement. Enrollments are usually possible between October 1-15.

Documents that International students must prepare to enroll are described in the admission announcement (link).

Late enrollments are also possible upon the payment of a 82 € fee.

Eligible international students must enroll following this procedure:

  1. Go to this page and login into the Reserved Area.
  2. Open the menu on the upper right side and select “SEGRETERIA”>”IMMATRICOLAZIONE” (SECRETARIAT > ENROLLMENT).
  3. Select the Master Programme THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN WORLD. HISTORY, ARCHAEOLOGY AND ART from the list of courses.
  4. Fill the form.
  5. You will be required to upload:
    • A passport photo in jpg format. .jpg format is mandatory.
    • A front/back photocopy of the Identity Document used during the registration process.
    • Photocopy of the Tax Code card.
    • Photocopy of the permit of stay or its receipt or a copy of your VISA (only for non-EU Students).
  6. Print the “DOMANDA DI IMMATRICOLAZIONE” and the invoice for the payment (MAV) of the first installment of the tuition fee (156 €).
  7. To complete the enrollment you must bring the following documents to the Students Secretariat (Via Sant’Agostino 1 – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30 –12:00; Wednesday 13:45 – 16:00):
    • Payment receipt for the 1st installment of the tuition fee.
    • University diploma suitable for the enrollment in the Master’s Degree Programme (either original copy, or a certified copy, or a replacement certificate) translated into Italian by an official translator, legalized by the Italian Diplomatic Authority in the country in which the title has been awarded
    • A Declaration of Value or CIMEA certification of compatibility (certification showing the authenticity of your title, issued by CIMEA, member of ENIC-NARIC) . The Diploma supplement with a complete list of exams, provided by the foreign University in which the title was awarded can be provided instead of the DoV or CIMEA.
    • Original study programme and course contents provided by the foreign University that awarded the degree. Programme and contents should be translated in Italian.
    • A front/back photocopy of the permit of stay or VISA (only for non-EU students).

In case the Italian embassy/consulate or CIMEA delays issuing the relevant documents, students must complete the documentation by 30th September 2021. Students who will not be able to complete the documentation by 30th September 2021 will remain in the first year for the academic year 2021/2022.

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Pre-enrollment and student VISA application

Pre-enrollment

Students admitted to the Master’s Programme will need to contact an Italian diplomatic authority in their home country to assemble all the documents needed to enroll and submit a pre-enrollment application with the University of Pavia. The Italian Diplomatic authority has a deadline to send pre-enrollment applications, which is usually at the end of July.

Due to the COVID-19 the deadline for pre-enrollment 2020 has not been defined. More information will be given by the Italian embassy/consulate in each country. Please keep in touch with them and check this website https://www.studiare-in-italia.it/studentistranieri

On top of the pre-enrollment application, the list of documents to assemble via an Italian Diplomatic authority is as follows:

  • The ORIGINAL Bachelor’s Degree Diploma (A COPY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED) (3-year university degree) suitable for enrollment in the Laurea Magistrale
  • a translation of the University diploma into Italian (either by the Italian diplomatic authority in their home county or by a translator out of a list provided by the authority). The translation should therefore be certified by the Italian authorities in the country where the qualification was awarded.
  • The original copy of the university diploma must be accompanied by a declaration of its value (dichiarazione di valore in loco), issued by the Italian authorities in the country where the qualification was awarded. The Declaration of Value is an official recognition by an official Italian authority in students’ home country of the equality of their qualification to the Italian one. Please see this page for further information concerning the Declaration of Value.
  • An official document issued by the foreign university containing a list of the exams (transcript of records) translated into Italian and legalized by the Italian authority.

Visa

⊗ Students from extra-European countries must request a student VISA to the Italian authority in their country. Students should contact the Italian Embassy in their country as early as possible and ask information about student VISA application procedures. The deadline for VISA application is usually at the end of July. We recommend student to obtain an appointment in Spring way before the deadline because late appointments often are not processed on time.

Important notice for extra-European studentsVISA application and university application are two completely independent procedures. VISA application is a procedure carried out by the Italian Authorities abroad. The University of Pavia has nothing to do with VISA application. Students from extra-European countries are encouraged to apply for pre-evaluation and admission test as soon as possible even if they did not obtain a VISA from the Italian embassy.

Additional information can be found at this page.

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Fees

For EU students, fees are based on family income. They range from € 160 to € 3,500 per year. For non–EU students a flat rate is determined according to their country of origin and ranges from € 400 to € 3,500. The tuition fee announcement for the academic year 2019-2020 can be downloaded from this page.

More information at this page.