Recognition of academic qualifications

Recognition for civil purposes in Italy of academic qualifications released by the Pontifical Gregorian University

The Pontifical Gregorian University appears in the list of Faculties and Ecclesiastical Universities authorized by the Holy See, in accordance with the provisions of art. 40 of the Lateran Concordat signed between the Holy See and the Italian Republic

According to the legislation in force in Italy (art. 10, 2 of Law 25.III.1985, n. 121, published in the ordinary Supplement to the Official Gazette no. 85 of 10 April 1985 and Decree of the President of the Republic, 2 February 1994, No. 175, published in the Official Gazette No. 62 of 16 March 1994 and Decree of the President of the Republic 27 May 2019 n. 63 published in the Official Gazette n. 160 of 10 July 2019), following the Concordat Review Agreement, the academic titles of Baccalaureate and Licentiate in addition to Theology and Sacred Scripture, also Canon Law, Liturgy, Spirituality, Missiology and Religious Sciences are recognized by the Italian State. The student must submit an application, together with the required documentation, to the Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR), Office IX, which, after receiving the assent of the National University Council, will proceed with the recognition of

Consequently it is necessary to ask at the Registrar's Office:

  • for the Baccalaureate, to be recognized as a Degree, the certificate with evidence of at least 180 credits (ECTS);
  • or the License, to be recognized as a Master's Degree, the certificate with evidence of at least 120 credits (ECTS)

In order for academic qualifications to be recognized or taken into consideration by academic authorities of civil faculties and civil entities, it is necessary to

- For Italy:

go to the Dicastery for Culture and Education, Piazza Pio XII n. 3, tel. 06 6988.4167; fax 06 6988.4172, bringing:

  • the original of the Diploma and a photocopy;
  • certificate of all exams taken with evidence of training credits (ECTS);
  • the request of the Superior or Bishop of the competent Diocese (only for religious and priests).

Go to the Secretariat of State of the Holy See (Vatican Apostolic Palace), tel. 06 6988.3438/4438; fax 06 6988.5088, with the Diploma and the certificate of the original exams to obtain the authenticity of the signatures.

Only for the recognition of qualifications issued in Italy, go to the Consular Chancellery of the Embassy of Italy to the Holy See (Viale delle Belle Arti, 2 - Rome, tel. 06 3264881), by appointment online on the application PrenotaOnline More information can be found on the Embassy's website: The reservation of the service, for the time slot 10-13 from Monday to Friday, must be made in the name of the holder of the qualification. At the same time as the legalization of the qualification, if requested by other Italian public administrations, the relative declaration of value may also be issued. Both services are subject to payment according to the consular rates in force (for the year 2019, legalization Euro 24 and declaration of value Euro 41). Please report to the consular office with cash.

On the day of the appointment, the interested party must present himself to the Consular Chancellery with an identification document, bearing the original degree, endorsed by the Dicastery for Culture and Education and legalised by the Vatican Secretariat of State. The Embassy legalises the signature and stamp of the Secretariat of State. In addition, in the event of a request for a Declaration of Value, in addition to the original title, a detailed list of the exams taken must also be submitted (diploma supplement). If you intend to delegate a third person, the appointment must always be made in the name of the holder of the degree. The delegate will be responsible for presenting the original delegation in free paper and a photocopy of the document of the delegator and just in the original. There are 10 individual appointments available per day. If the delegate represents more than one person, he or she must make an appointment for each delegating person. The service is provided on the basis of the order of arrival at the Embassy. It is recommended, however, to arrive before 12:30 p.m. The service is provided in a maximum of two hours, depending on the number of users.

To deliver the documents with a simple paper application, at the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), Equivalence Office in Via Michele Carcani, 61, Rome, tel. 06 9772.6090.

for Foreign States:

Request certification from the competent Ecclesiastical Authorities (Dicastery for Culture and Education, Pius XII, n. 3, tel. 06 6988.4167; telefax 06 6988.4172; State Secretariat of the Holy See, Apostolic Palace Vatican, phone 06 6988.3438 / 4438, fax 06 6988.5088; Embassy of your country to the Holy See or to the Apostolic Nunciature of the same country).

More information can be found in the Ordo Anni Accademici