Frequently Asked Questions
1) What are the admission requirements?
To be admitted to the Civ-Risk Engineering Master’s Programme, the applicant must satisfy the following set of requirements:
- Holding a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree or a three-year diploma or other foreign titles officially recognized according to the current Italian regulations.
- Minimum curricular requirements as set by the Master Degree Programme Regulations and verified through a pre-evaluation procedure or self-certified by the applicant (see Requirements)
- Adequate background knowledge and skills to be assessed as described by (see Requirements)
- Adequate knowledge of the English to be assessed as described by (see Requirements)
The Faculty of Engineering has appointed a Scientific Committee to evaluate applicants’ curricula and assess their academic background and knowledge.
A successful assessment of applicant’s pre-evaluation documentation, will determine the admission of the applicant to the Master’s Programme. Please note that non-EU students who would like to study in Italy are required to pre-enroll at the Italian Consulates or Embassies in their home Country, once they have been admitted to the Master’s Programme. More information about the procedure to request a student visa is available @ http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en
2) I have a foreign degree / I am unsure as to whether my degree satisfies the minimum entry requirements. How can I be certain I am eligible for the MSc Program?
Prospective students of the Master’s Programme who need to have their curricular requirements pre-evaluated will have to submit their documents at any time during the year however NO LATER than the beginning of September for enrollment in October.
Non-EU students are strongly encouraged to submit their documents as early as possible however NO LATER than July to have the time to ask for Italian Visa. The cost of the evaluation procedure is 35 Euro. For a pre-evaluation, students must submit via web the following documents:
- a copy (front and back) of a valid ID (a passport is preferred)
- the receipt of the payment of 35 Euro for the evaluation procedure
- a degree certification with a list of the passed courses issued by the university where the degree was awarded. The document needs to be in English or Italian
- a PDF document with the list of passed courses, grade and number of credits
3) I have an Italian degree, my final grade is lower than 105/110 and my grade point average is less than 27/30. Can I still apply to the MSc program?
Yes you can apply for pre-evaluation of the requisites; the pre-evaluation committee will evaluate your documents and, if deemed necessary, will ask for an oral interview. A final grade of 105/110 or higher, or, as an alternative , a grade point average of 27/30 or higher, are only among the conditions for AUTOMATIC admission to enrollment without the need of pre-evaluation, they do not preclude the possibility of applying to the MSc program.
4) Do I need to have some knowledge of Italian to succeed in the Master’s Programme ?
Knowledge of Italian is not required as lectures and all related activities are delivered in English. However it would be advantageous to have some knowledge of Italian for your daily life in Italy.
5) What level of English knowledge is required by the Master’s Programme?
Prospective students will have to provide an international certification demonstrating knowledge of the English equal to B2 or higher level of the Common European Framework. In the absence of proper documentation, knowledge of the English will be assessed through a test that will be tentatively held at the beginning of September.
6) Does the admission to the Master’s Programme require an oral interview ?
Depending on the outcome of the pre-evaluation procedure based on the documents submitted by the applicant, prospective students may be asked to undergo an oral examination. The interview will usually take place in September to allow successful students to enroll at the beginning of the academic year. For students residing abroad, the interview may take place via web through an audio-video communication tool (e.g. Skype).
7) When is the deadline to enroll to the Master’s Programme ?
Although prospective students are encouraged to submit their documents at any time during the year for a pre-evaluation, the formal deadline for submitting the application is sometime in October of each year. A successful assessment of applicant’s pre-evaluation documentation, will determine the admission of the applicant to the Master’s Programme. Please note that non-EU students who would like to study in Italy are required to pre-enroll at the Italian Consulates or Embassies in their home Country, once they have been admitted to the Master’s Programme. More information about the procedure to request a student visa is available @ http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en
8) Are there specific deadlines and documents to be provided for students holding a foreign degree?
Students holding a foreign degree should contact the Italian Consulates or Embassies in their home Country to gather the required documents. Students coming from non-European Countries should also check with the Italian Consulates or Embassies the deadline to submit the pre-enrollment application, which is usually at the end of July. The required documents for the application are listed below.
- The original copy of the applicant’s University Diploma suitable for enrollment to the Master’s Programme. The diploma must be translated in Italian (either by the Italian Consulates or Embassies in the applicant’s home Country or by an official translator out of a list provided by the Italian Consulates or Embassies). The translation of the Diploma and other documents should therefore be certified by the Italian authorities in the Country where the Diploma was awarded.
- The original copy of the Diploma must be submitted jointly with a Declaration of its Value (Dichiarazione di Valore in Italian), issued by the Italian Consulates or Embassies in the Country where the Diploma was awarded. Please note that the “Dichiarazione di Valore” should state that the student has completed at least 12 years of pre-university education programme. Applicants from Countries where this latter requirement is not satisfied are encouraged to apply and submit their documents to the Examining Committee for an assessment.
- An official document issued by the applicant’s University containing a list of the courses passed the applicant during his/her studies. This document must be translated in Italian and legalized by the Italian authorities.
9) What are the tuition fees to be paid by the enrolled student during the Master’s Programme ?
Tuition fees must be paid by the student each academic year of enrollment. Tuitio
n fees are variable, depending on the student’s financial status. International students may choose to pay a flat-rate, a comprehensive fixed tuition fee plan in two installments. The maximum tuition fee is around 2700 Euro (with adjustments from year to year). For details on tuition fees, how they are calculated and the required documents to apply for fee waive or reduction, check this link
10) Where can I find some useful information about the logistic of living in Pavia (e.g. housing, restaurants, etc) ?
You can find some useful information to organize your stay in Pavia at the following links: