2009/2010 edition

Call for Applications for the 2009/2010 Academic Year

The project offers international students the possibility to receive a scholarship and other benefits to graduate from the Politecnico di Torino attending a Bachelor of Science (BS) program in Textile Engineering at the Biella campus.

The initiative is promoted by the Politecnico di Torino and is supported by Camera di Commercio di Biella, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Biella and
Unione Industriale Biellese.

General information on the Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering program

Location: Biella (Città Studi university campus)

Language in which the courses are held: English

Length: 3 years

The activities will begin in September 2009.

For more information on the Biella university campus, please visit the Città Studi website.

Requirements

  • Having not Italian citizenship or being an Italian citizen who has obtained a secondary school diploma abroad
  • Being at least 18 years old (by 01/09/2009)
  • Meeting the minimum requirements for the admission to Italian university. For further information, please visit the page.
  • In the countries where it is required, having successfully passed the state-level university admission exam (e.g. Gao Kao in China)
  • Knowledge of the English language, preferably demonstrated by an international certification (students who do not provide such certification may be asked to conduct a telephone interview to test their knowledge of English)
  • Not having enrolled in a Bachelor of Science program of the Politecnico di Torino before the 2009/2010 academic year
  • Not being the recipient of other scholarships, Italian or foreign.

Obtaining a degree at the Politecnico di Torino

To graduate at the Politecnico di Torino, students must attain a total of 180 credits, including exams and the final dissertation. The time required to graduate is approximately 6 semesters. However, the effective duration is also dependent upon each student’s capacity.

Please note that scholarship recipients must attend their program for its entire length (3 years – 180 credits). Students who have already attended other university courses can ask for a credit transfer up to a maximum of 10 credits per year (30 credits in total). Please note that credits achieved in preparatory courses or in the first year/second year in systems where preuniversity education lasts 10/11 years can not be taken into account.

Scholarships

Selection criteria

Applicants will be selected based on their previous academic career and on their Curriculum Vitae.

Amount of the scholarship

  • The gross amount of the Biella Campus scholarship is 10.000 Euro per year (30.000 Euro for the complete period). The exact net sum is dependent upon the individual tax conditions of each student, which can be verified only upon the arrival of the student.
  • The amount of the scholarship will not be increased in case the student will need more time to graduate than indicated.
  • The allocation of the scholarship is dependent upon the submission, within 10 days from the arrival in Italy of the student, of the original documentation, which must correspond with the documentation attached to the online form (see the “Selection outcomes” section below).
  • Payment of the scholarship occurs periodically. The first instalment is dependent upon the possession of the relevant documentation (residence permit, Italian fiscal code, and bank account in the name of the scholarship recipient), all obtainable upon arrival in Italy; for this reason, the first instalment is not paid at the moment of arrival at the Politecnico di Torino, but in the course of the following months (most probably November).

Requirements to maintain the scholarship

  • Given that it is not possible to combine the benefits received from more than one scholarship, students who are assigned another study grant while receiving the Biella Campus scholarship must promptly notify the Politecnico di Torino.
  • Payment of the scholarship will be suspended if the academic performance of the recipient does not meet a satisfactory level.

How to apply

To apply, students must, under the penalty of being excluded from the selection process:

COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

  • Deadlines:
    application deadline: 8 p.m. (Italian time) on March 22nd, 2009.
  • Method: fill in the online application form by first registering and providing your biographical information, logging in and choosing your level and degree program, and subsequently submitting the application. Students must also provide information on their previous educational career, language abilities and work experience, and they must attach the necessary documentation in pdf format. After having completed these steps, the application for a scholarship will be considered complete.

    N.B. The scholarship or project for which the applicant is eligible is not specified in the application form, since the Politecnico will automatically assess your eligibility for the Biella Campus scholarship based on the information you provide. At the end of the selection process, the Politecnico di Torino will inform you if you have been selected for a Biella Campus scholarship (see the “Selection outcomes” section below).

    The following documentation must be attached in pdf format to the online application form:

    • Secondary School Diploma*
    • For students from the countries where it is required, a certificate showing that the state-level university admission exam (e.g. Gao Kao in China) has been passed**
    • For students from a national school system in which preuniversity education lasts for less than 12 years: a transcript that demonstrates that all the exams in the student’s program of study have been passed (1 or 2 years, depending on whether the national school system lasts for 11 or 10 years, respectively) OR, for students who have enrolled in a post-secondary institution, a certificate that demonstrates the attainment of a post-diploma degree
    • Curriculum Vitae, dated and signed (in English if possible) - maximum 3 pages
    • Letters of reference (optional - 2 maximum)
    • A personal introduction letter (written by the applicant)
    • Optional English language certificate

    The above documents must be rendered in English (preferably), Italian, French, or Spanish.

    * Applicants who have not yet obtained a diploma by March 22nd, 2009 must in any case submit their application within the said deadline; after this date, they will be allowed to re-enter the application form only to attach the document and fill in the fields relating to the diploma up until July 15th.

    ** Applicants who have not yet obtained such a certificate by March 22nd, 2009 must in any case submit their application within the said deadline; after this date, they will be allowed to re-enter the application form only to attach this document and fill in the fields relating to the national state-level university admission exam up until July 15th.

    We emphasise that the data shown in the documents must coincide with those inserted in the online application form. Moreover, failure to attach even one of the above documents will result in exclusion from the selection process.

Selection outcomes

Following the closure of the online application form, a special commission will meet to assess the applications.

At the end of the selection process, a provisional list of standings will be composed with the names of the students who have been awarded a scholarship and the names of the eligible applicants that may be awarded a scholarship in the event of one or more renunciations.

The list of standings will be affixed to the Official Register of the Politecnico di Torino. At the beginning of May 2009, information about where and how to access the selection outcomes will be published on this project website and on the Apply@Polito section of the Politecnico website.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AFFIXING OF THE LIST OF STANDINGS TO THE OFFICIAL REGISTER OF THE POLITECNICO DI TORINO WILL BE, FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, THE ONLY OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION OF INCLUSION IN THE LIST OF SELECTIONS AND, FOR STUDENTS WITH THE APPROPRIATE QUALIFICATIONS, THE ONLY OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION THAT THEY HAVE BEEN AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP.

An e-mail message will be sent to all scholarship recipients and eligible applicants summarising the terms for the disbursement of the scholarship. This message will be sent to the address(es) specified by the students themselves on the online application form. NEVERTHELESS, THIS MESSAGE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION OF THE OUTCOME OF THE SELECTION.

The scholarship awardees and eligible applicants who wish to confirm their position must take the following steps:

  1. download the scholarship acceptance form which will be published together with the list of selection outcomes, fill it in and fax it to the number +39 011 090 6329. Failure to send in the acceptance fax within the given period will constitute a definitive renunciation and the scholarship will be reassigned accordingly.
  2. upon arrival in Italy scholarship recipients must hand in the original documentation, which was previously attached to the online application form (see the above list), to the Politecnico di Torino. Before handing in the aforementioned documentation, we recommend that you make photocopies for yourself. We ask that you not hand in any other documentation other than that which has been required, and put all the documentation in a single folder bearing your name, surname and "Biella Campus project". We reemphasize that the information given in the documents must correspond to that attached to the online application form. Failure to hand in the original documentation within 10 days from the student’s arrival according to the above conditions will result in the non-allocation of the scholarship.

Publication of the final list of standings is foreseen for May 2009.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AFFIXING OF THE LIST OF STANDINGS TO THE OFFICIAL REGISTER OF THE POLITECNICO DI TORINO WILL BE, FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES, THE ONLY OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION OF INCLUSION IN THE LIST OF SELECTIONS AND, FOR STUDENTS WITH THE APPROPRIATE QUALIFICATIONS, THE ONLY OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION THAT THEY HAVE BEEN AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP.

We emphasize that the Politecnico di Torino assumes no responsibility for the applicant's failure to view the list of standings and/or the terms for the acceptance of the scholarships as published online and on the Official Register of the Politecnico.

In all the e-mail messages and the correspondence sent to the Politecnico following the awarding of the scholarship, the recipient must clearly specify "Biella Campus project".

Once you have sent your confirmation of scholarship acceptance and processed your application for a Study Visa at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence (only if you are a citizens of a country which is not member of EU and if you do not reside in Italy), we ask that you send us by fax at 00 39 011 090 8644 and no later than July 3rd, 2009, a copy of your passport along with the approximate date of arrival in Italy which should be scheduled for the beginning of September 2009.

Facilities

The amount of tuition fees for the 2009/2010 academic year is about 1700 Euro. Students from low-income families can be entitled to a reduction or a waiver of tuition fees. In order to obtain such benefit, students must provide an official declaration about:

  • the composition of their family unit
  • the revenue generated abroad in 2008
  • the property and real estate assets generated abroad at December 31st, 2008

These declarations, issued by the competent authorities of the foreign country where the family's income is generated, must be translated into Italian and certified by the Italian Embassy or Consulate. Please see also: Information for students coming from particularly underdeveloped countries.

Scholarship recipients, together with the Bachelor of Science course, will benefit from:

  • an intensive Italian language course, compulsory and free of charge
  • advice on lodging facilities (for more information visit the Accommodation section)
  • additional services offered to the student community (access to the Politecnico libraries and computer laboratories, WI-FI (wireless LAN), etc.); scholarship recipients will also be entitled to all the services offered by the regional university student assistance organisation, Ente regionale per il DIritto allo Studio Universitario ( EDISU Piemonte) at full fee: student canteen service, cultural and recreational activities, sports activities, libraries with lending service, etc. (for more information visit the Campus Facilities section)
  • assistance in obtaining an entry visa. For more information consult the Immigration Requirements section and the websites of the
  • assistance by the Stage and Job Placement Office for internship and employment.

Notes

  • The scholarship does not include accommodation costs, which are thus totally at the expense of the student.
  • The Politecnico di Torino does not guarantee any type of accommodation for Biella Campus scholarship recipients. For students turning to the private market to rent an apartment, the initial amount requested for the cautionary deposit is equal to about three months rent, plus any fees charged by the real estate agency, if applicable. The approximate amount of the rent for an apartment shared with other students comes to about 250 EURO/month per person, and the rent for a small/medium sized apartment is about 500 EURO/month.
  • Enrolment at the Politecnico includes insurance coverage for accidents occurring on the university premises.

    Medical insurance for emergencies (First Aid), as required by the law for non-EU citizens, is about 100 EURO per year. Upon their arrival in Italy, students must pay this amount to INA Assitalia: this is required for the conversion of the entry visa into a residence permit. For further information on these matters, see the Health insurance section.

  • We advise students to go to the Italian Embassy or Consulate to inform themselves on the necessary requirements to obtain an entry visa in Italy.

Specific contacts for Bachelor of Science

For Scholarship

International Relations Office

 
For Admission

Incoming Students Office

 
For Accommodation

Selected students will be contacted by the Foreign Citizens Services office

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