The admission procedure for the selection of candidates will be carried out individually by the universities and is not under UNHCR’s responsibility.

Interested candidates are strongly advised to consult the individual call for applications issued by the universities, as requirements may vary.

Admission requirements

Application is open exclusively to candidates who:

  1. Are residing in Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and have been recognized refugee status in these countries in collaboration with UNHCR (candidates are strongly advised to check individual university pages as country of residence criteria may vary);
  2. Hold a qualification valid for admission to the chosen Second Cycle Degree Programme;
  3. Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 according to the country of graduation tertiary education grading system or equivalent according to the comparable table issued by the Italian Ministry of Education;
  4. Hold a degree obtained in or after 2017 and no later than April 30th 2022;
  5. Meet the specific admission requirements of the Second cycle degree programme;
  6. Have never before been enrolled in a degree program at any of the Partner Universities.
  7. Proficiency in the English language is required.

Universities providing scholarships to refugee students present in MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, SOUTH AFRICA, ZAMBIA E ZIMBABWE:

Universita’ di Bari, Universita’ di Bergamo, Universita’ di Brescia, Università di Cagliari, Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Università del Salento-Lecce, Universita’ di Milano Bocconi, “Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia”, Università degli Sudi di Napoli L’Orientale, Universita’ di Palermo, Universita’ di Parma, Sapienza University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Luiss Guido Carli Roma, Università per Stranieri di Siena, Universita’ di Torino, Politecnico di Torino, Universita’ di Verona, “Università degli Studi della Tuscia Viterbo”

Universities providing scholarships to refugee students present in CAMEROON, NIGER and NIGERIA:

Università degli Studi di Padova, Università di Firenze, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Università di Milano Statale, Università Iuav di Venezia (Iuav – University of Venice), Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti – Pescara, Sapienza University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Università del Sannio, University of Catania, Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi di Siena, Università di Pisa, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Università degli Studi di Messina, Universita’ di Bari, Universita’ di Bergamo, Universita’ di Brescia, Università di Cagliari, Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Università del Salento-Lecce, Universita’ di Milano Bocconi, “Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia”, Università degli Sudi di Napoli L’Orientale, Universita’ di Palermo, Universita’ di Parma, Luiss Guido Carli Roma, Università per Stranieri di Siena, Universita’ di Torino, Politecnico di Torino, Universita’ di Verona, “Università degli Studi della Tuscia Viterbo”

Selection criteria and application documents

Students will be selected on the basis of merit.

The evaluation will be carried out by Committees of Experts nominated by each university individually.

Application documents

Students are required to submit the following mandatory documentation:

  1. Proof of refugee registration issued by national authorities in collaboration with UNHCR;
  2. A certificate confirming the qualification required for admission to the chosen degree programme;
  3. Transcripts of exams passed and relative grades;
  4. A reference letter is required by some universities;
  5. Any relevant and additional document required by the specific programmes chosen.

Presenting any fraudulent school certificates or university diplomas is a crime. All the documents that you submit will be carefully checked by experts. Should you present fraudulent documents there will be serious consequences including your disqualification from this and other opportunities. UNHCR may also report the incident to the police authorities. 

Deadlines and modalities

Applications are open from 1st April at 12 pm (noon, UTC+1) to 31st May 2022 at 12:00 pm (noon, UTC+1).

Selection process

The participating universities will each identify a Committee of Experts to conduct the selection process, which will be divided into two steps:

Step 1: Evaluation of the documentation. The Committee of Experts will evaluate the documentation according to the following criteria:

  • Academic background and GPA (score: 0-20);
  • Evaluation of CV: professional experience and personal skills (score: 0-10);
  • Coherence between previous studies and selected Second Cycle Degree programme (score: 0-10);

Candidates receiving a score of less than 25 will not be admitted to step 2 of the selection process.

Candidates admitted to Step 2 will be notified by email.

Step 2: On-line interview. Candidates admitted to step 2 will be interviewed by the Committee of Experts, who will evaluate their technical skills, knowledge of the subject and level of English. Interviews will be graded on a scale of 40 points.

Interviews will be held on-line.

Candidates will be notified by email about the date and time of the interview.

Candidates are requested to present themselves for interview with the Ration Card Number or the Refugee Identity Card used during the on-line application. A third party must be present at the beginning of the interview to identify the candidate.

Participation in University Corridors, including the application process, is free. If you know anyone asking or offering money in connection with this project you should immediately contact UNHCR.