INDEX OF TOPICS

A. Length of courses and value of the degree

1. What kind of degree will I earn at the end of the program?
2. How fast can I complete my degree?
3. Is the online degree worth as much as a traditional degree?

B. Teaching methods and time requirements

1. How does online learning work?
2. I’m a working student. Will I be able to pursue an online degree while still working?
3. How do laboratories work?
4. How are courses structured during the academic year?
5. To take the online courses are there necessary minimum requirements for the hardware and software?
6. Do I need a special high speed internet connection to take the online courses?
7. If I’m enrolled in the online program, can I come to Urbino to attend some traditional classes on campus?
8. Can students transfer from the online program to the traditional program and vice versa?

C. English

1. Are courses taught in English?

D. Exam centers

1. Where do I take exams?

E. Credits awarded for previous work/study experience

1. What kind of experiences can be recognized for credits?
2. How and when can I request that credits be recognized for my previous experiences?
3. Is it possible to have an assessment of previous work/study experiences for credits before actually enrolling?

F. Cost, financial aid and study grants

1. How much does the degree program cost?
2. Can I get financial aid and study grants?

G. Admission and enrollment

1.When can I enroll?
2. What do I have to do to enroll?
3. I have a diploma earned outside of Italy. What do I have to do to enroll?
4. Are there any restrictions or special procedures for students from outside the European Community?
5. I missed the enrollment deadline for this year, what can I do?

H. Enrollment to specific activities

1. I am interested only in specific topics covered by some of your courses, but I don’t intend to enroll to the degree program. What can I do?
2. How can I apply for single activities? How much does it cost?
3. Do I earn credits for single activities?

Other questions can be submitted using the e-mail address: cdl.informatica@uniurb.it
To get information by phone call: +39 0722 304413.

ANSWERS

A. Length of courses and value of the degree

1. What kind of degree will I earn at the end of the program?
A “first level (Laurea) degree in Applied Computer Science”.
2. How fast can I complete my degree?
The degree has been designed to be completed in three years. There are no time limits for earning the degree. Students who have already been enrolled to another academic degree program can ask for credit transfer (see FAQ E) and possibly be directly enrolled to the second year.
3. Is the online degree worth as much as a traditional degree?
Pursuing your degree online simply means making use of additional services to complete a degree program in existence in its traditional campus-based form for three years, which will continue in traditional and online formats. The value of the degree that you earn is not determined by the way you decide to take your classes.

B. Teaching methods and time requirements

1. How does online learning work?
Online learning is described at our address: http://informatica.uniurb.it/en/worldwide-campus/
2. I’m a working student. Will I be able to pursue an online degree while still working?
The online program has been designed with the special needs of working students in mind. Classes are all online. Course materials (slides and comments) related to each course topic will be made available to students ahead of time and can be discussed openly with instructors and tutors in internet chat sessions and forums a week before the material is published. Chat sessions are the only synchronous events (taking place at prearranged times). For each topic synchronous discussions will be scheduled at various times to meet the needs of working students and non-Italian students. In addition, outlines of the chat sessions regarding each topic may be consulted online for the duration of the course.
Regarding the study time required for each student, it is difficult to make generalizations since everyone works at a different pace. However, prospective student themselves can attempt to gauge the time they will need to invest in the knowledge that the published programs will be scrupulously respected and all necessary materials will be provided by instructors for each topic.
3. How do laboratories work?
Laboratories will be based primarily on easily obtainable software that students can install in their computers. For specific activities students can use remote and virtual instrumentation. In addition, the e-learning platform will allow for the creation of actual learning communities in which work groups can be organized among students participating in the same project.
4. How are courses structured during the academic year?
The academic year is divided into two semesters. The first semester runs roughly from October to January and the second from March to the beginning of June. There are three exam sessions: winter (February), summer (June-July) and fall (September).
5. To take the online courses are there necessary minimum requirements for the hardware and software?
The e-learning platform allows students to take online classes using any web browser.
6. Do I need a special high speed internet connection to take the online courses?
The classes and course materials have been designed so that they can be accessed easily using a conventional internet connection. There are no specific minimum requirements. Generally speaking, it is advisable to have an internet connection of at least 56kbit per second, but slower connections can be used to participate in chat sessions and to download course materials.
7. If I’m enrolled to the online program, can I come to Urbino to attend some traditional classes on campus?
Certainly. Students enrolled in the online program are enrolled in the degree program and may attend classes on campus.
8. Can students transfer from the online program to the traditional program and vice versa?
Certainly. Since the same degree program is being offered, transferring from one program to another is possible and no bureaucratic steps are required. The choice of online or traditional classes can be changed from year to year when students register at the beginning of each academic year. However, students aren’t allowed to transfer during the academic year for organizational reasons.

C. English

1. Are classes taught in English?
Knowledge of English is considered an essential requirement for technical and scientific degrees, and all degree programs in the ICT field have language requirements. This is why we have decided that all our courses will be taught in English. Course materials will be prepared by instructors in English and open chat sessions will also be in English. Nevertheless, every instructor will also suggest a text in Italian and will be available for private consultations by e-mail or telephone in Italian. In addition, students can choose to take oral exams in English or in Italian.

D. Exam centers

1. Where do I take exams?
Exams must be taken at our campus location in Urbino. However, the Applied Computer Science degree provides foreing students many examination centers distributed worldwide in order to take advantage of the distance learning program.

E. Credits awarded for previous work/study experience

1. What kind of experiences can be recognized for credits?
Work experiences in the ICT field can be equated with internships and job training for which the degree program awards 9 credits.
Courses taken in other degree programs at Italian or non-Italian universities may be recognized in our program of study after an assessment of the programs and the length of the courses.
Courses successfully completed in other degree programs at Italian or non-Italian universities can be integrated into the program of study for a maximum of 12 credits, regardless of their relevance to topics in the degree program. Students may choose which courses to transfer. All experiences must be appropriately documented to be considered for credits.
2. How and when can I request that credits be recognized for my previous experiences?
Every year, students may submit requests that credits be recognized for previous experiences to the Registrar’s Office. For each upcoming academic year the application, completed with documentation of the experience for which the student is requesting recognition, can be submitted from July, 18 to October, 11.
For experiences acquired outside of Italy a certified translation of all documents is required.
3. Is it possible to have an assessment of previous work/study experiences for credits before actually enrolling?
Students can request specific information regarding the recognition of credits mailing to cdl.informatica@uniurb.it
Prospective students must indicate the experiences for which they intend to request credits and they will receive an informal reply via e-mail within one or two days. The information provided is not official or binding in that the final decision regarding the recognition of credits is made by the School Board assisted by the Teaching Committee and is based on the assessment of the documentation provided by the applicant.

F. Costs, financial aid and study grants

1. How much does the degree program cost?
Annual enrollment costs are shown on our page  and include tuition and fees. Tuition is billed in two installments. The first installment is the same for all students while the second varies according to family income. Additional information on exact costs and income brackets can be found on the above-mentioned web page. The only other additional costs are associated with the services offered by authorized exam centers. These charges are established and published annually by all the exam centers and cover the expenses incurred by the centers in offering students the necessary facilities and services for taking the exams. Exam fees will be paid directly to the exam center. Of course students may also elect to take their exams at our campus location in Urbino free of charge.
2. Can I get financial aid and study grants?
There are numerous opportunities for financial assistance:
– tuition breaks based on family income
– merit and income based on ERSU study grants awarded annually
– merit study grants funded by private sponsors
– full tuition exemptions for students with a disability of no less than 66%
– full tuition exemptions for students who got their high school diploma with a final examination mark of 100/100 cum laude.
Information on application deadlines and possible documentation required for financial aid and study
grants is published well in advance on our web page: http://informatica.uniurb.it/en/financial-aid/

G. Admission and enrollment

1. Are there admission exams or special admission requirements?
All Italian scientific degree programs taking part to  “Piano Nazionale Lauree Scientifiche” administer an entrance test  in order to evaluate prospective students’ starting knowledge on mathematics, reasoning and modeling.The test is mandatory but it is not binding for enrollment: the aim of the test is to allow students to self-avaluate their knowledge and to take up their university studies being aware of their background.
Additional Learning Requirements (OFA) are assigned to all students who fail the entrance test.
OFA can be automatically cancelled by passing one of the maths exams (e.g. Calculus or Discrete Structures and Linear Algebra) at the first of the program of study.
Additional information is available on our web page “Entrance test“.
2. When can I enroll?
For this academic year enrollment is open from July, 18, 2016 to October, 11, 2016. Extensions, until December 19, may be granted for compelling reasons. Late enrollment is subject to approval, carries an additional fee of 30 Euros and late enrollees will not be considered for ERSU grants.
3. What do I have to do to enroll?
To enroll students must do the following:
a) submit their application to the Registrar’s Office by official deadlines which are established annually (please refer to session Enrollment for the deadlines). Extensions until December 20 can be accepted for compelling reasons.
b) enclose two I.D.-sized photos signed on the back and a signed photocopy of their I.D.
c) enclose the receipt of payment for the first tuition installment (please refer to session Enrollment for the amounts and payment details).
d) Regarding high school diplomas, those who have an Italian diploma can use the self-declaration included in the application. In any case, it is advisable to enclose a photocopy of your diploma to avoid errors. Those who have a diploma earned outside of Italy must include official documentation, accompanied by a “Declaration of Equivalence (“Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco”) of the diploma from the Italian Consulate in the country in which the diploma was awarded.
Applicants who wish to be considered for a reduction of the second tuition installment based on family income must submit ISEE-ISPE (ISEEU-ISPEEU) documentation of their financial status by November 28.
The application can be completed online on the web page “Immatricolazioni online“.
The completed form must then be printed, signed and sent (or delivered in person) to the Registrar’s Office.
4. I have a diploma earned outside of Italy. What do I have to do to enroll?
In addition to meeting the requirements for students with Italian diplomas, students with diplomas earned outside of Italy, must include a “Declaration of Equivalence” (“Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco”) of their diploma from the Italian Consulate in the country in which the diploma was earned.
5. Are there any restrictions or special procedures for students from outside the European Community?
There are no restrictions. Students from outside the European Community can enroll in the program without restrictions, following the same procedures as Italian and EC students. Students from outside the EC in possession of a diploma which is not Italian must request a “Declaration of Equivalence” (“Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco”) of their diploma from the Italian Consulate in the country in which the diploma was earned.
Detailed information is available on the web page “General Regulations for EU and non-EU citizens“.
6. I missed the enrollment deadline for this year, what can I do?
Although it is not possible to apply for the degree program any longer, you can still apply for the single activities of the second semester.
Credits awarded for single activities will be recognized next year if you decide to enroll to the degree program. Please see answer to FAQ H to know more about enrollment to specific activities.

H. Enrollment to specific activities

1. I am interested only in specific topics covered by some of your courses, but I don’t intend to enroll to the degree program. What can I do?
People interested in specific topics covered by the degree program can apply for single activities without having to enroll to the program. The tuition fees are proportional to the number of courses you attend and application deadlines depend on the academic period in which the course you are interested in are provided. Please see answer to FAQ H.2 to know more about costs, payment procedures and deadlines.
2. How can I apply for single activities? How much does it cost?
Those who own a valid undergraduate diploma and who are not simultaneously enrolled to another University can apply for single activities.
Since academic calendar is divided into two periods, you have to formalize your application by the beginning of the academic period in which the activities you are interested in are delivered.
The deadlines for the academic year 2016/2017 are October, 11, 2016 (for activities of the first period) and March, 27, 2017 (for activities of the second period).
Tuition has to be made payable to “Tesoreria dell’Università di Urbino ‘Carlo Bo'” at Banca delle Marche – Urbino branch (IBAN: IT91 H060 5568 7000 0000 0013607) and the amounts is:
– 172.00 Euros for the first activity (On Campus)
– 242.00 Euros for the first activity (Online)
– 155.00 Euros for each additional activity (On Campus)
– 225.00 Eur for each additional activity (Online)
To enroll you must:
– submit your application to the Registrar’s Office by the enrollment deadline, as explained in FAQ G3, including the receipt of your tuition payment (computed as outlined above)
– send by fax (+39 0722 4475) or e-mail (cdl.informatica@uniurb.it) the receipt of your payment (computed as outlined above) to gain access to the e-learning platform.
3. Do I earn credits for single activities?
Students enrolled to single activities have access to the same services as regular students. They will take the same exams and earn the same credits, registered in their undergraduate’s record book.
All credits earned for single activities delivered within the degree program in Applied Computer Science will be completely transferred to the degree program if the student decides to enroll.