CERTIFICATE OF EQUIVALENCE (RECOGNITION OF FOREIGN QUALIFICATIONS)

The equivalence is a complex form of academic recognition which is based on the analytical assessment of a foreign academic qualification in order to determine whether it corresponds in detail, by level and content, to a similar Italian university qualification so much that you can define it “equivalent” and so it is possible to give it the same legal "weight" (by calling it "equivalent").
The Law 148/02, in the Articles 2 and 3, allocates responsibility for the recognition of foreign qualifications to universities that exercise it as part of their autonomy and in accordance with related laws.

In order to qualify for the equivalence of a foreign qualification, all these conditions must apply:

  • the foreign qualification, that you want to be recognized as equivalent, must have been issued by a university or other institution of higher education that officially belongs to the educational system of reference
  • the foreign qualification must be an official qualification of the system of reference
  • the foreign qualification must be a final academic qualification of 1st and 2nd cycle (Bachelor-level or Master-level) comparable in its nature and level to an Italian qualification of Laurea (equivalent to Bachelor of Science) or of Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to Master of Science) and that allows the admission to the next cycle in the system of reference
  • the qualification which is possible to consider as equivalent to the foreign one must be available in the educational offer of Politecnico di Milano, for the academic year of reference in the application period

The equivalence application

For the A.Y. 2020/2021 it is possible to submit the equivalence application between July 1st and November 30th, 2020.

First of all, we suggest you to check all documents that you must submit with the equivalence application:

Documents to be attached to equivalence application

  1. Authenticated copy of the foreign university qualification that you want to be recognized. Unless the document is issued by the university directly in English, French or Spanish, a translation is mandatory. Politecnico di Milano accepts translations in Italian (preferably), English, French or Spanish.
  2. Certificate of the exams passed, also called transcript, or Diploma Supplement. Unless the document is issued by the university directly in English, French or Spanish, a translation is mandatory. Politecnico di Milano accepts translations in Italian (preferably), English, French or Spanish.
  3. (*) Statement of Comparability of the foreign university degree issued by CIMEA (Information Center on Academic Mobility and Equivalences).
    For more information, you may visit the following link: http://www.cimea.it/en/servizi/attestati-di-comparabilita-e-certificazione-dei-titoli/attestati-di-comparabilita-e-di-verifica-dei-titoli-diplome.aspx
  4. (*) Statement of Verification of the foreign university qualification and of the transcript of records issued by CIMEA (Information Center on Academic Mobility and Equivalences).
    For more information, you may visit the following link: http://www.cimea.it/en/servizi/attestati-di-comparabilita-e-certificazione-dei-titoli/attestati-di-comparabilita-e-di-verifica-dei-titoli-diplome.aspx
  5. Detailed programmes of courses related to certified exams passed, with the indication of hours and ECTS for each course and the academic year in which they have been attended. Unless the document is issued by the university directly in English, French or Spanish, a translation is mandatory. Politecnico di Milano accepts translations in Italian (preferably), English, French or Spanish.
    If the equivalence requested refers to a Master of Science degree, the same documentation regarding every foreign academic title accomplished must be attached to the application. If the first level academic degree accomplished was obtained in an Italian university, it is necessary to attach a self-certificate of both the degree itself and the examinations passed.
  6. Copy of an identity document (passport, identity card, driving license), which must also be uploaded on the persona data section of the Online Services
  7. Application form for the foreign qualification equivalence filled out and signed, available at link

(*) The Statement of Comparability and the Statement of Verification, mentioned above at points 3 and 4, can be replaced by the following documentation:
- “Declaration of value” (DOV - this document is issued by the Italian Diplomatic Representation in the country the educational system of your undergraduate diploma refers to, attesting the validity and correspondence of qualification)
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- Documents at points 1 and 2 must be submitted with apostille, in case of Countries which signed the Hague Convention; in the other cases, certified by the Italian Diplomatic Representation.

The procedure to apply for equivalence foresees the following steps:

1. Registration to the Online Services

If you still did not do that, make the registration to the Online Services of Politecnico di Milano. Through this function, you will receive a "person code" that you must include in the application for the equivalence certificate.

2. Payment

In order to set up your request, a payment of € 250,00 is required. Such amount, that includes a 16€ duty stamp that is therefore virtually paid, is non-refundable. You may obtain the payment details by filling out the dedicated form, once the completeness of the attached documentation has been verified by the offices.

3. Upload

Once collected all the necessary documents, send them, in pdf format, with the same form you used to ask for the payment details.

Acceptance and evaluation of the application

The outcome of your equivalence request consists of two steps:

Step 1 - Acceptance of the application

The equivalence application is considered complete and can be evaluated when all the documents requested above are provided.
It is also necessary to specify in the application form the kind of academic program for which the equivalence is requested (Bachelor or Master's Degree), as well as the exact name of the course. This can be verified by consulting the educational offer.

 

 

Step 2 - Evaluation of the application

Your application will be evaluated within 90 days from the date of acceptance. The assessment is carried out by the School related to the course you are applying for equivalence for. In case of a positive evaluation, you will obtain the equivalence certificate. If not, we will let you know the reason why the equivalence cannot be assigned.

How to request a certificate

If your application has been positively assessed, you can obtain the certificate of equivalence in the terms and modalities that will be communicated to you by the office in charge.
To receive the certificate, you will have to present the original documents that have been attached to the application, if they have not already been verified by CIMEA through the Statement of Comparability and the Statement of Verification.

Do you need help?

Contact usAttention! In order to send us a request, you must first register to the Online Services.