Declaration of Value

The Declaration of Value (DV) is a document certifying the value of a certain academic qualification awarded to a specific person by an institution belonging to an education system other than the Italian one.
The qualifications or degrees obtained abroad are not automatically recognized in Italy, that is to say that they have no legal value. Therefore, the Declaration of Value has the sole purpose of describing the value acquired by the Education in the country of origin and contains the following data:


  • Surname, name, date and place of birth of the holder
  • Establishment under whose authority the certificate was issued
  • Data for licenses
  • Institute of education issuing the degree
  • Duration of studies
  • Final grade
  • Grading system


The DV is produced in Italian language and can be issued by the Italian diplomatic representative (Embassies/Consulates) in the country where the final education qualification was attained.

Usually, students can pre-apply to the Italian diplomatic representative (Embassies/Consulates) to produce a Declaration of Value from April to first week of July. Please note that the requirements and deadlines established for the pre-application at the Italian diplomatic representatives abroad and the request for the visa are subject to the directives of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (



If the country where the academic qualification was awarded is among the countries that signed the Hague Convention (October 5, 1961), the academic qualifications shall apply the so-called ‘apostille’. Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents, so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are part of the Convention.
*Please note that before requesting an apostille, it might be requested to have the signature of the scholastic/academic authority (i.e. the principal of the school) authenticated by the Ministry of Education.
*If your country is not part of the Hague Convention, the academic qualifications shall be legalized by the Italian Diplomatic representative.


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The original copy of the Declaration of Value dully legalized by Italian diplomatic representative shall be presented to the Admissions Team upon enrolment.


Italian Study Visa

Non-Italian students who are citizens of other EU states do not need a study visa (see list of exempt countries).

Non-Italian students who are NOT citizens of other EU states must obtain a study visa from the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where they reside. We strongly recommend our students to consult the Italian Embassy or Consulate on the deadlines for visa application beforehand.

After receipt of the Pre-acceptance Letter for the chosen study programme, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires the following documentation to be submitted together with a visa application. Both originals and copies of items 2, 4, 5 and 6 shall be submitted for inspection by the reviewing officer at the Embassy or Consulate. The originals will be returned upon completion of the inspection and the copies retained.


  1. Application for study visa;
  2. Pre-acceptance Letter for the chosen study programme;
  3. Recent passport-size photograph;
  4. Passport or other travel document with an expiry date at least three months later than the expiry date of the study visa being requested;
  5. Declaration of Value;
  6. Demonstration of the availability of means of subsistence in relation to the stay in Italy;
  7. Proof of stay in Italy;
  8. A student health insurance policy valid in Italy.


Useful links:
Aon Student Insurance