Period of application for non E.U. citizens residing abroad

The University of Pisa, founded in 1343, is amongst the top institutions in the majority of international rankings. According to the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019 the University of Pisa is ranked between 151st and 200th in the world and between 1st and 3rd in Italy. According to the QS World University Ranking 2019, the University of Pisa ranks 389th worldwide. It is amongst the top 10 in Italy in 24 subjects out of the 48 surveyed by QS Rankings by subject.

Degree programs taught in English

The master's degree programs offered by the Computer Science Department require a solid background, high motivation, and hard working attitude.

In addition to a first-level Bachelor’s degree, applicants must have a good knowledge of English (intermediate level, B2 Level in the European Framework for foreign languages).

Attendance at courses is not mandatory. Part-time students, however, experience lower success rates in exams and longer time to graduate. We greatly recommend students to regularly attend lectures and to successfully complete the courses each semester.

Our graduates are highly sought after in the job market. This is the reward for their commitment and motivation.

  • Computer Science: Concept abstraction, problem solving, formal modelling, mathematical reasoning and main concepts on computer programming are essential characteristics that you should possess. Students shall not underestimate this advice: statistics on students' careers show that 1/3 of students gives no exam during the first year, and 1/4 withdraw within the first year.

    Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree with at least 60 ECTS in computer science courses and 12 ECTS in mathematics or physics courses – or an equivalent non-EU first-level University degree satisfying analogous requirements.

  • Computer Science and Networking: Applicants must possess a first-level Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, or Computer Engineering, or Telecommunication Engineering, or equivalent qualification degrees subject to be verified by the admission jury.

  • Data Science and Business Informatics: Concept abstraction, problem solving, formal modeling, mathematical reasoning, and basic concepts on computer programming and databases are essential characteristics that you should possess. Students shall not underestimate this advice: statistics on students' careers show that 1/5 of students gives no exam during the first year, and 1/4 withdraw within the first year.

    For summary information on the Data Science and Business Informatics Master Degree, please read carefully the study plan rules and students' guide and F.A.Q.

    Most of the courses of the Master Programme are taught in English, namely those marked with '*' in the study plan rules. A few courses are taught in ITALIAN, namely those not marked with "*". For International students with a bachelor degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, the study plan will be entirely taught in English. For International students with other bachelor degrees, the study plan will include from 18 to 30 ECTS in Italian.

Financial support

The annual fee for an international student depends on the nationality. Detailed information can be read here and here. Anyway, for most international students the amount is not very relevant with respect to the living costs.

  • For applications submitted before February 7th 2020, the University of Pisa offers 18 scholarships to the top eighteen international students among all degrees. Each scholarship will consist of:
    • First year of course: 6 thousand euros net and exemption from University fees
    • Second year of course for Master Degree: 8 thousand euros net and a reduction of 50% of the University fees if the student has obtained at least 36 ECTS with an average grade of at least 25/30

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  • Our master’s degrees are part of the "Invest your Talent in Italy" scholarship programme which is aimed at supporting students coming from the following countries: Azerbaijan * Brazil * Colombia * Egypt * Ethiopia * India * Indonesia * Iran * Ghana * Kazakhstan * Mexico * People's Republic of China * Tunisia * Turkey * Vietnam. Scholarships are awarded to students accepted by the Master's degree programme and are funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI)

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  • DSU, the Tuscan regional board for the right to university education, provides scholarships including free accommodation and meals. Beware the scholarships are often assigned after the beginning of the first semester and sometimes towards its end. Please, notice that the board is independent from the university and our offices do not provide support to prepare the application.

    More info here

See the students section of the University of Pisa website for information on University fees, student facilities, Italian educational system and much more.

See the welcome and support section for information useful to incoming foreign students.




  • deadline for sending applications with scholarships available (non E.U. citizens residing abroad): February, 7th 2020 (13:00 italian time zone)
  • deadline for sending applications (non E.U. citizens residing abroad): April 6th, 2020 (13:00 italian time zone)
  • deadline for pre-enrollment at the Embassy/Consulate: to be verified by the students
  • deadline for enrollment: September 30th, 2020 (late enrollment by December 27th, 2020)
  • beginning of semester: mid-September, 2020