There is a restriction on the number of non E.U. citizens residing abroad that can enroll to the Data Science Business Informatics Master Degree. For the Academic Year 2017/18, a maximum of 15 enrollments is set, 5 of which are reserved to Chinese students (according to the "Marco Polo" exchange program between Italy and China).
The University of Pisa will offer to the best candidates a free accommodation (in a shared room) for three months and a free 40-hour Italian language course will be granted. More information is available here. Students can also apply for a scholarship provided by the DSU (Regional "Right to Study" Programme): see here for information.
A Selection Committee nominated by the Council of the Course of Study will evaluate the applicants’ background, education and motivation to assess their potential skills and attitude to attend the rigorous, advanced and interdisciplinary training of the Master programme on Data Science and Business Informatics.
Selection of applicants will be based upon the assessment of all the submitted documents (see list below) and will result in a ranked list of admitted students. Preference will be given to applicants whose Course of Study included at least 40 ETCS credits in Computer Science, and to applicants with some prior knowledge of Italian.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Applicants shall include in the application all of the following documents in PDF format using the file name shown:
- Lastname_Name_Form.pdf: the application form filled with applicant's data;
- Lastname_Name_Passport.pdf: copy of applicant’s valid passport or any other international ID with photo;
- Lastname_Name_CV.pdf: a copy of applicant’s complete Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum, covering applicant’s background education, cultural and professional experiences, skills and all other information that might help in the evaluation of the candidate;
- Lastname_Name_Degree.pdf: an official copy of applicant’s Bachelor Degree Certificate. The university qualification must be available at the time of the application, an official provisional certificate can be also provided.
- Lastname_Name_Transcripts.pdf: applicant’s academic transcript of records, i.e., a certified document issued by the university register’s office containing the full list of courses taken, titles (in English), grades received and the relation between credits and hours for each course.
[Optional] Lastname_Name_ITALIANO.pdf: an Italian language certificate, if available.
- [Optional] Lastname_Name_GMAT.pdf: a GMAT certificate, if available.
INTERVIEW: The Selection Committee may ask some of the candidates for an interview via Skype or other means. Failure to set a date or no-show at the interview will result in rejection of the application.
RESULTS: The notification of admission/rejection will be emailed to candidates by three weeks from application. The admitted candidates have to confirm by email their intent to pre-enroll.
PRE-ENROLLMENT AND VISA: Upon confirmation of their intent to pre-enroll, the admitted candidates will receive by email a formal admission letter that must be attached to the pre-enrollment documentation to be submitted to the Italian Embassy/Consulate by a deadline which is to verified by the students, and to apply for a Student Visa.
Full information on pre-enrollment and enrollment is available at this page.
The visa procedure might take several weeks depending on the Italian Embassy/Consulates, they however all require the intent to leave upon completion of the course as well as the proof of adequate economic means and accommodation.