MARCO POLO and TURANDOT Programmes
Marco Polo project gives the possibility to Chinese students who do not speak Italian to get an entry visa and enrolle a university (in courses of study with a reserved a quota for students Marco Polo).
Previously they have to attend an Italian language course lasting 10 or 11 months offered by some Italian universities and language centers participating in the project.
At the end of the course, students who receive certification of B1 level or above have the language requirement to register the chosen University.
TURANDOT is a program covering arts, music and design that makes possible the Chinese student’s enrollment in the Italian Academic Institutions of Higher Education in Art and Music (AFAM) taking advantage with the same prerogatives of the Marco Polo Programme.
Eligible Chinese students will attend an Italian language course lasting six months and at the end, if they have passed the final exam, will be enrolled in the Academy of Art and the Conservatory of Music that they have selected. Therefore, following the general procedure concerning the enrollment of foreign students it has created a reserved quota for Chinese students with a training offer for 3475 courses. The list of courses and the corresponding quota reserved by each institution is organized by the Ministry of University and Research.
Chinese students will present the pre-enrollment form, the documentation of their studies, including the attestation of successful on the academic eligibility exam called "Gao Kao". Only applications which achieve a minimum score in the examination, equal to what the Italian diplomatic mission established, will be suitable to be forwarded to the Afam institutions. The selected students gets a visa to entry the country for the studies period.
The development of bilateral relations between Italy and China is a government objective that, in education and training, has allowed the creation of these programs aimed to facilitate the entry of Chinese students in Italy.