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ITALIAN BURSARY PROGRAMME OFFERED TO FOREIGN AND IRE (Italians Resident Abroad) STUDENTS Public announcement for Academic Year 2013/2014

Date:

05/19/2013



ITALIAN BURSARY PROGRAMME OFFERED TO FOREIGN AND IRE
(Italians Resident Abroad) STUDENTS
Public announcement for Academic Year 2013/2014

Introduction

The Italian Government announces the following bursary programme for foreign students and IRE

(Italian Residents Abroad) to study in Italy during the Academic Year 2012/2013.

The program aims to promote international cultural cooperation and the diffusion of Italian

language, science and culture, also promoting the projection of Italian economy and technologies

abroad.

The programme is offered by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its diplomatic mission

in the accredited country of the applicants, to foreign citizens or Italians resident abroad (IRE),

living and residing in selected countries wishing to study at Italian public universities or other

public institutions of higher education. Bursaries will be awarded with a priority to students who

shall demonstrate through the excellence of their curriculum the ability to complete with profit their

studies in Italian public study institutions.

Please access the list of countries whose citizens may apply to the bursary programme from the

page of the web site dedicated to foreign students:

http://www.esteri.it/MAE/EN/Ministero/Servizi/Stranieri/Opportunita/BorseStudio_stranieri.htm?L

ANG=EN

Before filling their application, students should contact Italian diplomatic representatives or Italian

Cultural Institutes in their country of citizenship, for detailed and country specific information about

this offer.

Applicants should study this public announcement carefully and familiarise themselves with the

terms for participating in this bursary program before completing the online application procedure.

Particular attention should be paid to the following:

• Age limit (Applicant’s age should not exceed 35 years, with some exceptions);

• Educational background (Preferably a Masters Degree or equivalent);

• Required documentation (Application form, referee reports, academic diplomas and transcripts,

applicant’s CV)

 

1. Thematic areas of study, duration of bursaries offered, prerequisites

Applicants are advised to check the website of the Italian mission in the student’s country of

citizenship for further details and country specific exceptions to the following, before applying.

Applicants may request three monthly bursaries for:

a) courses in Italian language and culture: Applicants are asked to provide proof of

enrolment in a foreign university and of having passed at least a Level A1 Italian language

test. Admittance is only to courses with a minimum duration of 3 months and of an A2

university level or higher; applicants must be enrolled in the 3rd year or higher and have

passed at least one university level Italian language exam in their home country.

Recommended are the Italian language courses offered by the Universities for Foreigners in

Perugia, Siena, “Dante Alighieri” of Reggio Calabria and Roma Tre, or other institutions

accredited to certify knowledge of Italian as a foreign language. All beginner level and/or

less than 3-month language courses are excluded. Upon completion of the course attended

the bursary-holder will have to sit the required exams.

b) Courses in Italian language teaching: Applicants must be foreign teachers with

documented experience in teaching Italian as a foreign language (IFL) in their country

of origin. Admitted are only courses of a minimum 3-month duration given at the

Universities for Foreigners of Perugia, Siena, “Dante Alighieri” of Reggio Calabria and

Roma Tre or other institutions accredited in the certification of knowledge of Italian as a

foreign language. Upon completion of the course attended the bursary-holder will have to sit

the required exams.

c) Study or research projects at non-private Italian research Centres – Laboratories –

Libraries - Archives - Museums: Applicants must duly document study or research

projects they intend to carry out at the chosen facility for a period of at least 3 months.

Projects must have prior written approval, in a letter to the applicant from an Italian host

institution supervisor. The letter must state the supervisor’s willingness to accept

responsibility also for assessing the bursaryholder’s performance both during and at the

conclusion of the study or research activity.

Applicants may request six or nine month bursaries for:

d) Individual university courses: Applicants must provide certification both of enrolment

in a foreign university and of pre-acceptance by the Italian university where they intend to

study. Preference is given to bursary applications for Level II individual university courses

of a 6-month minimum duration, accompanied by a letter of pre-acceptance from the chosen

university. Upon completion of the course attended the bursary-holder will have to sit the

required exams.

e) University degree courses (Levels I or II): Preference is given to bursary applications

for Level II University courses accompanied by a letter of pre-acceptance from the chosen

university. Applicants must provide proof, valid in their place of residence, of having

completed upper secondary school and/or first level university studies depending on the

University Level they intend to follow. Bursaryholders may request renewal of the bursary

for the subsequent academic years in compliance with the “Memorandum for Bursary-

Holders” (Regolamento del Borsista). Upon completion of the course attended the bursaryholder

will have to sit the required exams.

f) Advanced professional training, art and music courses: Applicants must provide proof,

valid in their place of residence, of having completed upper secondary school studies for

admission to State or legally accredited academies or conservatories. It is advisable to have a

letter of pre-acceptance from the Italian Institution chosen. Eligible courses, of a minimum

6-month duration, include those offered by institutes of advanced professional, art, music

and choral training (academies, conservatories, ISIA, etc.), restoration institutes and the

National School of Cinema. Upon completion of the course attended the bursary-holder will

have to sit the required exams.

g) Courses in Italian language teaching: Bursaries for teacher training or refresher

courses, reserved for foreign teachers of L2 Italian language courses, and university students

with a degree equivalent to the Italian short degree who have passed at least one universitylevel

Italian language exam in their country. Bursaries are awarded for specific course

programmes with a minimum 6-month duration offered by the Universities for Foreigners of

Perugia, Siena, “Dante Alighieri” of Reggio Calabria and Roma Tre, or other accredited

institutions authorized to certify knowledge of the Italian language or teaching Italian as a

Foreign Language. Upon completion of the course attended, the bursary-holder will have to

sit the required exams.

h) Masters Degree courses (Levels I or II): Applicants must have a degree corresponding

with the Italian first or second Level degree depending on the Master course chosen and

eventual other documentation as requested by their chosen Italian institution. All Level I and

II Masters courses must have minimum six month duration and are not exempt from

enrolment fees. If the course requires a period of study outside of Italy, payment of the

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