Frequently Asked Questions

1) What are the admission requirements?

2) I have a foreign degree / I am unsure as to whether my degree satisfies the minimum entry requirements. How can I be certain I am eligible for the Master's Program?

3) Should I have some knowledge of Italian?

4) What level of English is required?

5) Is there an interview?

6) When is the deadline to enroll?

7) Are there any specific deadlines and documents to provide for students holding a foreign degree?

8) What are the fees to be paid?

9) Can I have some useful information about coming and living in Pavia (visa, accommodation…)?


1) What are the admission requirements?

In order to gain admission to one of the Master's Programs in Electronic, Computer and Industrial Automation Engineering, the applicant has to satisfy a set of requirements regarding

  1. the degree held,
  2. the skills acquired and the courses attended during her/his academic career (curricular requirements),
  3. the individual background.

A Teaching Committee is purposely designated by the Teaching Council of the EECS course. The Committee has the task of checking whether the applicant can enter the Master's Program based on an evaluation of his/her compliance with the curricular requirements and of the individual background.

Degree held

In order to access the Master's Program, the applicant is required to hold a 5-year or 3-year degree, a 3-year diploma, or a foreign qualification degree as far as it is recognized by the Authorized University Board.


Curricular requirements

In her/his previous academic career, the applicant must have acquired a minimum number of 36 ECTS (or equivalent number of hours whenever a different system of credit accumulation is used) in the so called basic subjects and at least 45 ECTS the so called characteristic subjects

  • Curricular activities not identified through the SSD code and/or the ECTS system

For applicants coming from foreign universities, holding an Italian 5-year degree or in any case presenting curricular activities which cannot be clearly identified through the SSD code and or the ECTS number, the Teaching Committee will verify that the candidate's curriculum is compliant with the curricular requirements. For this purpose, the Committee, after evaluating the academic curriculum, will assign the relevant SSD code and number of ECTS to the courses attended and passed by the candidate.

  • Exceptions

In the case of highly qualified and/or strongly motivated candidates, holding a degree not fully compliant with the curricular requirements, the Teaching Committee can resolve to admit  her/him after evaluating her/his academic career and motivations, possibly with an interview. In any case, for the candidate to be eligible for admission, her/his qualification needs to satisfy a few criteria, listed below in the 'Individual qualification' section.

  • Evaluation of the curricular requirements

All the candidates falling in the above two cases need to ask the Teaching Council to evaluate their academic curricula. The request can be presented anytime during the year. Also students pursuing a 3-year degree (i.e., not yet graduated) can submit their request, as long as they have a 3-year learning plan already approved. The curriculum evaluation will take into account also the exams included in the last approved learning plan but not yet passed. In case of a subsequent modification of the learning plan, the previous evaluation will be no longer valid and a new one will be needed. The Committee is bound to provide its evaluation within 45 days from the official registration of the request.

Individual background

In order to be admitted to one of the Master's Programs, the candidate has to demonstrate she/he has certain knowledge and skills, listed in the following.

  • Knowledge of the English language at a level no lower than level B1 of the CEF (Common European Framework). CEF B1 level corresponds to PET level (Preliminary English Test) in the case of the University of Cambridge Examination or to a TOEFL certificate with a total IBT (Internet Based Test) score of 45. 
  • Strong background in the basic subjects and in the characteristic engineering subjects. Candidate's background is assessed through a written test. The test is held in two sessions, one in October, the other one in February. One or the other date can be freely chosen by the candidate. Also students pursuing their 3-year degree but not yet graduated can give the test, as long as they have already acquired at least 150 ECTS. Students who have already graduated with a final score of at least 92/110 are exempted from the testStudents who have not yet graduated and want to register sub judice can also be exempted, if, upon enrollment, their average exam score (computed over the already passed exams and weighted based on the relevant ECTS) is at least 24/30.


2) I have a foreign degree / I am unsure as to whether my degree satisfies the minimum entry requirements. How can I be certain I am eligible for the Master's Program?

Prospective students of the Master's Programs who need to have their curricular requirements pre-evaluated will have to present the "Curricular requirement assessment form", usually no later than the beginning of September for enrollment in October. The form is available in both Word (English version or Italian version) and PDF (English version or Italian version) formats. The cost of the assessment procedure is € 32. Payment can be made at any ATM of the Unione Banche Italiane by means of a pre-paid card of the PagoBANCOMAT group. Candidates resident outside Italy can make the payment also by bank transfer. Students need to attach the following documents to the request:

  • a copy (front and back) of a valid ID (a passport is preferred);
  • the receipt of the payment for the assessment procedure;
  • a degree certification with a list of the taken exams issued by the university where the degree was awarded; the document has to be translated into Italian or English;
  • an excel form, available on this web site, with the list of exams, grade and CFU.


3) Should I have some knowledge of Italian?

Italian is not necessary for the course, as lectures and all related activities are in English. However, it would be advantageous to have some knowledge of Italian for your daily life in Italy.


4) What level of English is required?

Prospective students have to provide an international certification proving a knowledge equal or higher than the B1 level of the Common European Framework. For example, a TOEFL certificate with an IBT (Internet Based Test) total score of 45 is considered equivalent to level B1 of the Common European Framework. In the absence of proper documentation, knowledge of the English language will be assessed through a test to be given tentatively at the beginning of September.


5) Is there an interview?

Depending on the outcomes of the preliminary inquiry made by the teaching committee on the basis of the available documentation, students holding a foreign qualification may be asked to be available for an interview. The interview normally takes place in September in order to enroll for the start of the academic year. For students residing abroad, the interview may be conducted by the committee using an audio-video communication tool (e.g. skype) after an appointment date has been agreed on with the applicant.

For updates on the precise dates please check the Application and the Deadlines pages.


6) When is the deadline to enroll?

The enrollment process takes place in October. You should check the the Application and the Deadlines pages for updates on the precise dates.


7) Are there any specific deadlines and documents to provide for students holding a foreign degree?

Students holding a foreign degree should contact an Italian diplomatic authority in their home country to assemble the necessary documents. Students coming from non-European countries should also check with the Italian authority the deadline to submit their request for pre-enrollment application, which is usually at the beginning of summer time.

The required documents for the application process are listed below. 

  • The original copy of the University diploma (3-year university degree) suitable for enrollment in the Master's Program, translated into Italian (either by the Italian diplomatic authority in their home county or by a translator out of a list provided by the authority). The translation should therefore be certified by the Italian authorities in the country where the qualification was awarded.
  • The original copy of the university diploma must be accompanied by a declaration of its value (dichiarazione di valore in loco), issued by the Italian authorities in the country where the qualification was awarded. Please note that the “Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco” should state that the student has completed at least 12 years of pre-university education.

  • An official document issued by the foreign university containing a list of the exams translated into Italian and legalized by the Italian authority.

Further information on foreign documents validation and deadlines can be found at the following link:


8) What are the fees to be paid?

Fees are defined on a yearly basis between April and June. A tuition fee and a registration fee must be paid.

Tuition fees are variable, depending on the student’s financial status. The maximum tuition fee is around 2662,00 euros (with adjustments from year to year). For details on tuition fees range, how they are calculated, and the documents to submit to apply for reductions, please check this link.

An additional fixed fee covering registration, regional tax and fixed stamp duties has to be paid, which is in the region of 435,52 euros. Please regularly check this link for updates on the precise fees.


9) Can I have some useful information about coming and living in Pavia (visa, accommodation…)?

You can find some useful information to organize your stay in Pavia at the following links: