Is pre-enrollment open for the academic year 2022-2023?
As most of you have seen by now, it seems as though as of yesterday, Pre-enrollment has begun on the infamous site Universitaly, even for Medicine and Surgery in English for the 2022/2023 academic year. If you’re new to Medicine in Italy, in brief, the process of pre-enrollment is relevant to Non-European candidates. Essentially, it is a procedure in place to ensure the Visa process goes smoothly as the Academic year begins later on in October/November. By setting this session, they ensure all Non-EU applicants have their documents legalized and prepared. This way, if all things go to plan, your application would have been prepared and reviewed in your country’s relevant Italian Embassy by the time you (hopefully) receive your admissions letter.
How does it go?
Well, between the beginning of April and the end of July, Italian Embassies in Non-EU countries begin accepting requests for “Pre-enrollment” in which the candidate must submit their Visa application to their relevant country’s Embassy while indicating their first and only choice University.
This process needs several official legal papers and forms such as:
- Form A (Not needed since 2020 but might be needed post-covid) – in which personal information, education and background information will be requested.
- The Declaration of Value– a document provided by Italian Embassies globally in which your qualifications are reviewed and your level of education is confirmed.
- A High School diploma– legalized and apostilled from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and translated if necessary.
- A photocopy of a relevant form of ID (Passport, ID, etc..) and 2 passport-sized photos.
For an in-depth take on how these papers should be obtained and a strategized timeline for all steps- read here.
So what’s so peculiar about this year?
This year’s supposed agenda is peculiar for a particular reason; it being that pre-enrollment as we know it has usually begun in April-May since 2019. This year, however, it has opened just yesterday March 24th– considerably early compared to the past years. This is perhaps due to the drastic increase in Internationalization In Italy. As of 2022, thousands of people have now been introduced to these study opportunities from all parts of the world, so though it is a shock to see these conducts open early on, it is explanatory.
What are the next steps?
As prospective Medical Students, we would like to encourage you to remain calm and collected. These measures may come to you all with shock or panic, and an overwhelming urge to apply right away. However, we discourage any meddling with this whole process hastily, instead try asking yourself the following questions:
- Are all your documents ready? The above mentioned such as the DOV and High School Diploma and anything else that may be requested or required? Are they legalized, stamped, translated and ready to go?
- Do you have your first choice University 100% settled on? Have you compared their facilities, emailed them and cleared the air about any questions you might have?
- Do you have a timeframe sorted out for the rest of the procedures such as scholarship applications and IMAT applications?
All of these are prospects to consider before going forth with any application or procedure.