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Non-EU students who need a Study Visa to continue their studies in Italy require this documentation. It is an official document that provides a short description of a certain academic or professional qualification, awarded to a specific person by an institution belonging to an educational system other than the Italian one. Some Italian universities may also require EU students to submit the Dichiarazione di Valore.


Students who require a Study Visa to be able to continue their studies at an Italian University to pursue a Laurea Magistrale will be asked to request a Dichiarazione di Valore for their John Cabot University Degree.

The Dichiarazione di Valore is a document issued by the Italian Consulate that describes and certifies a foreign degree; it is required for non-EU students who do not have an Italian or EU Degree and it provides eligibility to apply for admission to an Italian University.

For further information, please see:

The Italian Consulate requires proof of admission to an Italian University in order to issue the Dichiarazione di Valore (for example: Admissions letter or receipt of tuition payment). For academic purposes, the Dichiarazione di Valore is issued free of charge.

Should you request the Dichiarazione di Valore for other purposes, the Consulate will inform you of the required fee.

Please note that if you are in possession of a high school diploma that was not issued through the Italian Ministry of Education, you will be required to submit a Dichiarazione di Valore for that diploma as well.  If the high school falls within the jurisdiction of the Consulate of Philadelphia, then the request for the Dichiarazione di Valore and supporting documentation can be sent to the Consulate directly. Otherwise, you must obtain the Dichiarazione di Valore from the competent Consulate and forward it to the address below.


Requesting a Dichiarazione di Valore for a John Cabot University Degree is a very simple procedure that takes approximately 4 to 8 weeks, provided that you make sure to follow the instructions in this section carefully and submit all of the necessary documentation.


The Registrar’s Office at John Cabot University can assist with the preparation of the official request and the supporting documentation for a subsidized fee of $50 for non-EU students, and $100 for EU students. Please email Registrar Carmen Scarpati at for instructions on how to proceed. 


You will be required to prepare a package of the following documents, all appropriately filled out and signed, that you will then send to the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia:

  1. Your Diploma with the Apostille
  2. Your official transcripts with the Apostille 
    If you have not requested an Apostille yet, please see this dedicated section
  3. Italian translation of your Diploma - click here to download our translated template (IT - .docx)
    When translating your Diploma, fill in the missing information according to what is indicated on your JCU Diploma. Remove any entries you do not need.
  4. Italian translation of your Official Transcriptsclick here to download our translated template (IT - .docx)
    When translating your transcripts fill in the information according to your academic career at JCU. Copy the semester grid as many times as needed in order to list all your semesters and summer sessions at JCU.
  5. Italian translation of the Sworn Verification of your transcripts as issued by the Notaryclick here to download the translated template (IT - .pdf)
  6. Italian translation of the Sworn Verification of your Diploma as issued by the Notary - click here to download the translated template (IT - .pdf)
  7. Italian translation of the Transcript Key - click here to download it (IT - .pdf)
  8. Richiesta di Perfezionamento formclick here to download it (IT - .pdf)
  9. A photocopy of your passport 
  10. A prepaid label for return shipping*
  11. A cover letter which will include your return address, your email address and phone number - click here to download our letter template (IT - .docx)

*Please use UPS, FEDEX or Mailboxes for the prepaid return label.


Along with the Apostilles (Diploma and Transcripts) and with the translations of the diploma, transcripts and sworn verification, remember to include:

  • A photocopy of your passport
  • Transcript Key in Italian
  • Cover letter 

The student is responsible for paying the return shipping fee.

You are required to provide a PREPAID RETURN LABEL issued by a courier service (such as FedEx, UPS or similar). Only with the prepaid return label will the Consulate be able to send back the documents.

The Address of the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia:

Italian Consulate of Philadelphia
Consolato Generale d'Italia
Ufficio Scolastico
Suite 1026
150 South Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106

t: 215-279-9565

For further information you may refer to the Instructions for requesting Dichiarazione di Valore provided by the Consulate of Philadelphia (link in Italian)