Sometimes I wonder if trying to move to Italy is a mistake.
After all, I am in love with someone who doesn’t speak Italian and has little interest in the Italian culture.
Plus, this whole application process and all of the paperwork feels like a big mountain to climb.
Wouldn’t it just be easier to stay home?
And then I hush myself and remember what I felt when I was last in Italy: the still-visceral feeling of knowing I needed more time there.
After all, the best decisions are often made in an instant.
So despite all of my fears and my protests, I am trying to move to Italy to pursue my master’s degree in Teaching Italian to Foreigners.
Lately this has mostly looked like me squinting angrily at unnavigable Italian websites, wishing that I had some kind of Italian heritage in order to qualify for more scholarships, and the intense desire to throw my non-functioning printer out of my office window.
So, overall, it’s going well.
The university I’ve chosen is L’Università di Perugia per Stranieri, and it’s located in the region of Umbria in the city of Perugia.
Seeing as I’m applying for the Fall 2016 program, there are a handful of things I need to do in advance to make sure the entire process goes as smoothly as possible.
Here are the steps I must take in the next month.
Step 1.) Before October 19th, 2015 – Apply to take the CELI/CILS Italian B2 certification exam
I mostly have to take this exam (CILS, or phonetically, cheeeels) because a few of the scholarships I want to apply for require a B2 certificate.
The test will be on December 2, 2015 at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York City, but it will only happen if eight or more students take the test.
I’m preparing now with a tutor and the accountability of the Associate Editor of the site, Hannah, who will also be taking the test.
The price for the test itself costs 105 euros, which is odd, considering it’s in the States, and must be converted to dollars via check or money order.
Whether or not I get into the school, I think this is a useful test to take.
Step 2.) Contact the University of Perugia for Foreigners and ask them what documents are required for my program.
Here’s the email I wrote to the administrative office asking questions about my qualifications and the program.
It’s quite formal, and I made sure to have one of our native Italian editors, Anna, look it over before I sent it.
L’indirizzo: segreteria.laurea (at) unistrapg.it
Oggetto: Domanda di immatricolazione – Anno accademico 2016/17
Spett. Segreteria dell’Università di Perugia,
Mi chiamo Cher Hale e vorrei iscrivermi al corso di laurea magistrale in Italiano per l’insegnamento a stranieri, curricula Linguistico (ItaS-L) per l’anno accademico 2016/17.
Ho conseguito un Bachelors di Communication nel maggio 2013 all’Università di Nevada, a Las Vegas.
Vivo attualmente a Las Vegas.
Per quanto riguarda la procedura di immatricolazione, avrei alcune domande.
È possibile per me accedere al corso con il titolo di studio straniero in mio possesso?
Quali documenti servono per iscrivermi al corso? Necessito di una “dichiarazione di valore” per il mio titolo di studio straniero, emessa da un Consolato/Ambasciata Italiana presente negli Stati Uniti?
Entro quale data è necessario inviare i documenti?
Vorrei sapere inoltre se gli esami svolti dagli istituti italiani di cultura presenti all’estero (ad es. l’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York), volti alla verifica della conoscenza della lingua italiana, possono essere ritenuti utili e validi ai fini dell’accesso alla Vostra università.
In attesa di una Vostra cortese risposta,
porgo i miei cordiali saluti.
We’ll see how they reply, and then figure out what the next steps are from there!
Based on advice from Sarah Dowling, I’ll probably have to go through this process to get a Dichiarazione di Valore.
Oh, the fun times ahead. ;]
Have questions or advice while I navigate the chaos? Leave them in the comments below!