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Applications

How to Apply

Applications for admission to the M.S. Degree in Aerospace Engineering must be submitted electronically. To apply you have to:

- Download the application form (available here) and fill it with the required information

- Prepare all the other required documents (click here for the complete list)

- Send the application form and the required documents in pdf format to the following email address: admissions@spaceatdia.org

Completed applications for enrollment at the beginning of the next academic year are due no later than March 30.

Admission will be granted only to a limited number of students of superior ability. Applications received after the deadline may also be reviewed, but the applicants may be at a disadvantage in the priority for admission.

To be admitted to graduate standing an applicant must in general have received a degree representing the completion of an undergraduate course in science or engineering equivalent to one of the ones offered by  the University of Pisa. He or she must, moreover, have attained such a scholastic record and present such recommendations as to indicate fitness to pursue, with distinction, advanced study and research. For further details about the admission requirements read the following section.

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Admission Requirements

EU citizens:

Admission to the Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale is open to all candidates in possession of a the relevant requirements. A yearly tuition fee, established on the basis of academic ability and financial circumstances of the student, is due.

Admission to the Dottorato di Ricerca in Ingegneria Aerospaziale (Philosophy Doctor Degree in Aerospace Engineering) is obtained through an entrance examination open to candidates in possession of a Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale, or of a recognized equivalent degree. A yearly tuition fee is required (see later).

Non-EU citizens:

The University establishes every year the maximum number of non-EU students that can be admitted in each educational program. Within this limit, admission is granted on a competitive basis to the candidates of superior ability in possession of the relevant requirements. A yearly tuition fee, established on the basis of academic ability and financial circumstances of the student, is due.

To be admitted to the Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale an applicant must have received an undergraduate degree in science or engineering approved by the Consiglio del Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale. He or she must, moreover, have attained such a scholastic record and present such recommendations as to indicate fitness to pursue, with distinction, advanced study and research.

In order to be admitted to the space engineering option of the Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Aerospaziale international students from non-English-speaking countries are expected to read, write, and speak English and comprehend the spoken language. In addition, to be a candidate for an advanced degree, the student must have acquired the power of clear and forceful self-expression in both oral and written English.

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Application Checklist

Applications for admission to the program:

Have you:

  1. Completed and signed the application form (link), including the supplemental information?
  2. Obtained one copy of the official transcripts from each college of university you attended?
  3. Obtained one copy of the official transcripts of your optional English proficiency test?
  4. Obtained one copy of the official transcripts of your optional graduate proficiency tests?
  5. Obtained the Portable Document Format (pdf) version of the above documents (items 1 and 2 mandatory, items 3 and 4 recommended)?
  6. Submitted all documents by electronic mail to the Application Office (address)?
  7. Endeavored to obtain at least three letters of recommendation to be sent by electronic mail to the Application Office (address) in Portable Document Format (pdf) version?

Notes:

  • DO NOT send your application by ordinary mail
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic, research and/or work performance would be appreciated. Your referee will sent his/her letter by electronic mail directly to the Application Office (address) in Portable Document Format (pdf) version. The list of referees can be included in section 9 of the Application Form ("Additional Information").

Supplemental Information

In their completed application form, applicants are required, where applicable, to submit several additional supporting information. This includes:

  • Statement of Purpose. In the “Statement of Purpose” section of the application form please provide a brief statement of your scientific and professional interests and objectives. Include a description of your past accomplishments that are not evident from the examination of other documents submitted. Report, if applicable, on any research in progress. The statement must be written by the applicant in English. It must not be written in another language and translated for the applicant by another person.
  • Transcripts. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended are required. Transcripts must be converted in Portable Document Format (pdf) and submitted by electronic mail directly to the Application Office (address). In the “Grading System” section of the application form please provide an explanation of any nonstandard grading system. Foreign transcripts or records of all courses, seminars, and examinations, including grades, scores, grading scales, and conferrals of degrees, must be in English. All translations must be complete versions of the original records. An official transcript documenting the award of an undergraduate degree is required prior to enrollment in the graduate program.
  • Course Content Information. In assessing your academic background, the admissions committees find it useful to have additional information about the content of courses you have taken. In the “Course Content Information” section of the application form briefly describe the advanced courses you have taken in science and mathematics that are most relevant to your field of study. List the major topics covered, the name of the professor who taught the course, and the names and authors of the textbooks that were used.
  • List of Papers and Publications. In the “Course Content Information” section of the application form please list any titles of publications, major papers, or theses authored or co-authored; if published provide citation. Do not upload the entire document as the admissions committee often does not have the time to read a large file. It is preferred that you either list or provide links or a URL where publications can be located.
  • Financial Aid. Non-EC students can request financial assistance by filling the relevant application form for each academic year of the degree program. Supplemental information (copies of the most recent income tax forms, etc.) can also be attached together with its sworn translation in English as Portable Document Format files.

Proficiency Tests

English Proficiency Tests

Applicants whose first or native language is not English are invited to submit the results of a recognized test of English proficiency together with their application. These tests are given at centers throughout the world, on several dates each year. The test is not mandatory, but demonstrated good proficiency in English is a preferential criterion for student admission.

The University of Pisa recognizes scores from the Educational Testing Service (ETS - TOEFL) and from the Cambridge Examinations and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Typically, successful applicants have a computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score better than 250, or a paper-based score better than 600. The overall IELTS band score should be at least 7.

It is strongly recommended that students who do not achieve a high score on these tests, or who have little opportunity to communicate in English, make arrangements for intensive work during the summer preceding their registration. International students found to be seriously deficient in their ability to communicate in English must take special courses in English at the Centro Linguistico Interdipartimentale (Inter-Departmental Language Center) of the University of Pisa, http://www.cli.unipi.it.

Graduate Proficiency Tests

The Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry components of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are recommended as part of the application for graduate admission. GRE tests are not mandatory, but demonstrated good proficiency in English is a preferential criterion for student admission. GRE tests are given at centers throughout the world on several dates each year. Testing schedules and information on the GRE may be obtained on the Internet at http://www.gre.org. You should submit scores as a Portable Document Format (pdf) file by electronic mail directly to the Application Office along with your application.

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Financial Aid Application

Applications to financial aid for the M.S. Degree in Aerospace Engineering must be submitted electronically. To apply you have to:

-   Download the financial aid application form (available here) and fill it with the required information

-   Send the financial aid application form and the required documents in pdf format to the following email address: admissions@spaceatdia.org

Completed applications for enrollment at the beginning of the next academic year are due no later than April.

Financial aid will be granted only to a limited number of students of superior ability. Applications received after the deadline may also be reviewed, but the applicants may be at a disadvantage in the priority for the award of the available sources of financial aid.

Application Checklist:

Have you and you parents:

  1. Completed and signed the financial aid application form (link), including the supplemental information?
  2. Obtained one copy and the sworn English translation of the  additional documents you may want to attach to the application?
  3. Obtained the Portable Document Format (pdf) version of the above documents (items 8, mandatory, item 9 optional)?

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