Ministero dell’Istruzione dell’Università e della Ricerca: Universities: signature of Italy-Holy See agreement on mutual recognition of higher education qualifications
The Athenaeum awards ecclesiastical academic qualifications as laid down in the applicable pontifical laws. Pontifical academic qualifications are recognised all over Europe under the Lisbon Convention (11 April 1997). The Convention was ratified by the Italian State under law no. 148 (11 July 2002); the Vatican State also adhered to the Bologna Declaration (2003) for further European recognition of academic qualifications.
The Athenaeum is revising its post-graduate educational programmes in accordance with the Bologna Process to which the Holy See adhered in 2003, in order to award academic qualifications that are recognised throughout Europe.
The qualifications that the Holy See may certify (vidimazione) are those obtained after cycles of studies leading to Baccalaureate, Licentiate, and Doctorate Degrees.
The procedure for applying for recognition of ecclesiastical academic qualifications consists of the following steps:
For recognition in Italy
For recognition for civil purposes in Italy
* If you obtained your academic degrees before the start of the Bologna Process (ECTS), and your credits were made compliant therewith and transcribed into the certificate, a statement of equivalence (dichiarazione di equipollenza) will be issued; this statement will specify that, during the five-year curriculum, you accrued 180 credits for the Baccalaureate and 120 credits for the Licentiate in the following two-year course.
For recognition abroad