Mechanical engineering

The Degree Program in Mechanical Engineering has a limited access.

In order to enroll, students must pass a selection.

The call for admission for the a.y. 2024/2025 has been published and can be consulted below.

I session selection deadlines: from the 2nd of May 2024 H. 9.00 until the 31st of May 2024 H. 12.00.

II session selection deadlines: from the 18th of June 2024 H. 9.00 until the 22nf of July 2024 H. 12.00.

III session selection deadlines: from the 26th of August 2024 H. 9.00 until the 9th of September 2024 H. 12.00.

220 places for EU and equated non EU citizens (14 reserved to students of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies)

10 places for non EU citizens residing abroad and applying for VISA (2 reserved to Marco Polo Project candidates)

Registration for the 1st selection session is open.

I session delection deadline: 31st of May 2024 H. 12.00

Sign up or log in to the Alice portal by the session application deadline:

  1. In order to sign up you will be asked to insert details about your Health Insurance card (tessera sanitaria) and your tax code (codice fiscale)
  2. You will have to upload a scanned copy of your Identity Document and a passport-sized photograph
  3. Once you entered your personal area, please select “Secretariat” and then “Admission Test”
  4. Once you have completed the registration, a receipt of registration to the admission test with a unique number will be available

To be included in the ranking it is necessary to have taken the TOLC-I test provided by CISIA according to one of the following two methods chosen by the candidate:

1. TOLC @ CASA-I: Test carried out remotely at home, organized by one of the authorized offices, according to the procedures and calendar published on the CISIA website.
2. TOLC-I: Test carried out in person (in the university classrooms) in one of the authorized locations, according to the procedures and calendar published on the CISIA website.

The TOLC-I can be taken several times, in any case the result of the test with the highest score in the Mathematics section will be considered valid for the purposes of selection, carried out starting from 1 January 2018 by the session deadline. The TOLC-I results are acquired automatically by the university.

A merit ranking will be formulated based on the score of the Mathematics section + 1/30 of the sum of the scores obtained in the section of Logic, Science, Verbal Comprehension.

The tests will consist of a multiple choice test with a total number of 50 questions, each with several possible answers, one of which is correct, divided into several sections:

• Mathematics – 20 questions – time available: 50 minutes
• Logic – 10 questions – time available: 20 minutes
• Science – 10 questions – time available: 20 minutes
• Verbal comprehension – 10 questions – time available: 20 minutes

For each question, it is assigned:
• 1 point for each correct answer;
• minus 0.25 (- 0.25) points for each wrong answer;
• 0 points for each omitted answer.

In the event of a tie, the candidate will prevail who has, in order:

  • the higher total score;
  • the highest number of correct answers in the Mathematics section;
  • younger by birth.

Those enrolled in the selection who have not taken the TOLC-I will not be included in the ranking.

For the first and the second sessions, candidates are eligible for admission if they have obtained a minimum score of 8 points in the Mathematics section. Unsuitable candidates are not included in the ranking.

Ranking list

Enrollment procedure is detailed in the How to enroll section

Enrollment guide

Deadlines are included in the ranking list.

The initial skills assessment and the possibility of additional learning requirement (OFA) will be decided in accordance with Regolamento sull’accesso agli studi ai Corsi di Laurea coordinati dalla Scuola di Ingegneria dell’Università di Pisa.

Specifically, to enroll without OFA students must attend on online evaluation test provided by CISIA and named TOLC-I test or TOLC@CASA, obtaining a score not inferior to 8/20 in the math section.

The TOLC-I test includes, besides Math, Logic, comprehension, Science and English that are not decisive for OFA purposes. We recommend students to take all the test sections that will help for self-evaluation and find specific skill gaps.

A successful test outcome allows the enrollment without Additional Learning Requirements (Obblighi Formativi Aggiuntivi – OFA). If enrolling in a first-level (three-year) Engineering programme without a successful TOLC-I outcome, candidates will be allowed to attend recovery courses and take a subsequent test called TIT (Test Interno Telematico), which will take place before the first term starts (please see the current Academic Calendar).

Therefore, if failing a TOLC-I test, the School of Engineering provides a recovery 10-lesson Mathematics course called “Precorso di Matematica” which will be held before the TIT.

If failing the TOLC-I or the TIT, candidates will still be allowed to enroll, but will be assigned with the Additional Learning Requirements (Obblighi Formativi Aggiuntivi – OFA) and cannot take any Degree Programme exam before their fulfilment.

OFAs can be fulfilled passing a subsequent TOLC-I (in the scheduled venues and sessions – CISIA Consortium) or passing one of the recovery tests (TIT) provided for by the Regulations on the Admission to the Degree Programmes of the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa.

Enrolled students with OFAs must satisfy them in order to take second-year exams in the A.Y. 2023-2024. OFAs can be satisfied taking part in the TOLC-I provided by CISIA, also in TOLC@CASA mode, and obtaining a minimum score of 8/20 in the mathematics section, or passing an exam in the Scientific Disciplinary Areas of Mathematics or Physics, of the Degree Programmes included in the School of Engineering. In the event of exams taken in other Degree Programmes, the OFAs’ satisfaction will be assessed by the relevant Degree Programme council.

Please find more details about study programmes  and career opportunities at Degree Program web page.

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