Hello. On this site, I, Honoka, who entered the Faculty of Psychology at the University of L’Aquila, will write about what you need to go to an Italian university and the specific steps you need to study abroad. This is not an exchange program such as studying abroad at a specific faculty of Sapienza University from the Faculty of Foreign Studies of Osaka University, but rather a form of study abroad called “regular study abroad,” which refers to directly entering Sapienza University, for example. If you are an exchange student, please contact your school (in this case, the Faculty of Foreign Studies, Osaka University).
Also, these requirements are for 2020, that is, when I studied abroad. Please always refer to the Italian Institute of Culture (ICC: Japan).
1 High school degree
High school can be from any country, but you must graduate from high school. In the case of Japan, the high school graduate certification examination is only valid in Japan country, so it depends on the case whether the high school graduate certification examination is recognized as a high school graduation degree. In the unlikely event that the high school graduate certification examination is not recognized as a degree, you may need to graduate from a correspondence high school. In addition, it does not matter if the high school is a day high school, a part-time high school, a correspondence high school, or a degree. If you are not Japan a school that is not approved by the government of the (so-called “Ichijo High School”), such as a Korean school or an international school, please check with the Italian university or Italian Cultural Institute of your choice.
2 Italian translation of administrative materials such as instruction manuals for acquisition of grade credits
In order to translate the documents into Italian, you need to ask a translator approved by the Italian embassy, which costs around 20,000 yen. Some schools will issue documents in English, and you may be able to use them as is. At the very least, if the document is issued in Japanese, you need to have it translated into Italian. Whether or not to accept English types varies depending on the university, so please contact the school of your choice directly.
3 Passports and air tickets
It is necessary for traveling abroad and for visa issuance.
4 Student Visa
The student visa is usually valid for about 3 months, but you need to visit the Italian Embassy in Tokyo or the Italian Consulate General in Osaka to have it issued. You will have to pay for your own transportation to Tokyo and Osaka. Use this visa to enter Italy. A residence permit must be issued within 8 days of entering Italy.
5 Certificate of acceptance of Italian level CILS B2 or higher
You must have passed a B2 or higher level on an Italian language exam sanctioned by the Italian government, such as CILS (this does not apply to the Italian language exam conducted by Japan). This level is generally referred to as the upper-intermediate level, and it is the level that students who have majored in Italian in a country such as Japan aim for when earning a degree. Therefore, it is necessary to have this level of language proficiency before entering university. I taught myself. Also, if you fail to pass this exam, you will have to take an Italian language exam directly at the university. In the case of the Faculty of Psychology at the University of L’Aquila in 2020, this exam is an oral examination conducted via Zoom. It is generally said that exams conducted by universities are easier than CILS.
6 Spiritual things such as the courage to jump into a new environment
No matter how capable you are, it takes courage to jump into a new environment. This courage, insatiable curiosity and curiosity to know everything is necessary not only in Italy but also in universities all over the world.
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