Admission requirements

The programme is intended for top-level international students.
Admission is based on academic excellence. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree or equivalent; a strong interest and/or previous studies in political science, sociology or related subjects; a sound knowledge of spoken and written English.

The evaluation process will take into consideration the applicants prior academic record as well as their performance if admitted to the interview (see below).
More specifically, applicants who obtained their bachelor's degrees from Italian Universities are eligible for admission only if they hold a "laurea" degree belonging to any one of the "classi di laurea" (degree classes) listed below under the heading "Note 1".
Applicants who completed their undergraduate studies in foreign Universities are eligible for admission if they hold a bachelor's degree in political science, sociology, economics or other broadly related subjects (from history to philosophy, and so on), provided that their bachelor's degree may be regarded as equivalent to one of the Italian "laurea" degrees listed below (Note 1).

Note 1:
L-05 Filosofia;
L-11 Classe delle Lauree in Lingue e Culture Moderne;
L-12 Classe delle Lauree in Mediazione Linguistica;
L-14 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze dei Servizi Giuridici;
L-16 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze dell'Amministrazione dell'Organizzazione;
L- l8 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze dell'Economia e della Gestione Aziendale;
L-20 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze della Comunicazione;
L-33 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze Economiche;
L-36 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze Politiche e delle Relazioni Internazionali
L-37 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze Sociali per la Cooperazione, lo Sviluppo e la Pace;
L-39 Classe delle Lauree in Scienze del Servizio Sociale;
L-40 Classe delle Lauree in Sociologia;
L-41 Statistica;
L-42 Classe delle lauree in Storia.

Non-native English speakers must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of English, either by showing they have at least one year of university studies at institutions where the language of instruction is English, or during the interview (if admitted, following the consideration of their academic records). The possessing of a IELTS or TOEFL will also be taken into account.
At least a B2 level language knowledge of English is required.

Interviews may be held on-site or by videoconference.


Application for admission: from 15/03/2022 to 30/06/2022

Application for matriculation: from 01/04/2022 to 16/01/2023

Attachments and documents

Admission notice

Please note

Non-EU visa applicants are required to apply for admission no later than 31 May 2022. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be evaluated and it will in no case be possible to request the refund of the admission fee.

How to apply

The admission process consists of:

  • Online application

  • Interview (skype or in presence)

The application must be submitted online, through the proper service “admission”. Applicants need first to register into the system, by following the instructions provided at this page

There is no Italian test to pass.

Having received the applications, the GPS admissions committee will evaluate them and inform applicants if they have been selected for an interview.

Interviews will take place between late June and early July.

The interview aims at ascertaining the applicants’ motivations as well as their personal knowledge, competences, and skills in the core areas of the GPS programme. For an idea of the appropriate level of knowledge, competences, and skills, candidates may refer to the following textbooks:

• Clark W.R., Golder M. and Golder S.N. (2017), Principles of Comparative politics, Washington DC, CQ Press;

• Manfred B. Steger, Globalization: A very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press 2017;
• Bryman, Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press, 2016 (relativamente ai capitoli 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 19, 20, 23, 26 e 27).

The GPS admission committee will communicate the result of the evaluation by July 10.

Further information

University fees

For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:

  • the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students 
  • the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’-  that is variable.

Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:

  • lowering for students who meet high merit requirements 
  • fixed amounts calculated on the basis of the student's citizenship group for those with income/property abroad
  • support for students who have political refugee status.

More info at: Fees - current academic year

Scholarships and benefits

The University also provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students), including: