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Equivalence of degrees

Recognition of American educational and professional credentials in Italy


1. Educational Credentials

Foreign degrees are not automatically recognized in Italy. The first step to obtain equivalency with the corresponding Italian degree, is to request a Declaration of Value to the Italian Consulate which has jurisdiction over the territory where the educational institute, attended by the student, is recognized. After obtaining the Declaration of Value, you can present a request for acquiring equivalency to the competent Italian authorities (depending on the case, it could the Ministry of Education, University and Research or the individual schools).

Generally, the Declaration of Value can be issued for educational credentials obtained from a school that is recognized in the US by an accreditation agency registered with the US Department of Education. For a complete list, click here.

For special cases, contact us via email at

For more information on the validation of foreign degrees in Italy, please consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s website by clicking here.

2. Professional Qualifications




For additional information, please contact the Office of Recognition of foreign educational qualifications in Washington, DC. For contact information, click here.

Enrolment of foreign students in Italian Institutions of higher education

The Consular Office receives applications for the pre-registration of foreign students enrolling in Italian Universities and Institutes of higher education.

For additional information and guidance, please visit, where you can find registration calendars and the required forms for enrollment in Italian Universities and institutions of higher education.

For additional information regarding the presentation of enrollment requests to the Consular Office, please write to