Application Process and Admission

How can I apply?
The application process is articulated in two phases: fill out the application form and upload the required documents (a resume is mandatory, whereas the recommendation letter and the portfolio are optional). Within 10 days of applying, selected applicants are contacted for a video interview. You can apply here.

What type of candidates are you looking for?
While academic accomplishment is important, we consider many other factors such as strong personal qualities, special talents or excellences of all kinds, perspectives formed by unique circumstances, and the ability to take advantage of available resources and opportunities.

When is the application deadline?
There are two application deadlines: the early application deadline is on 1st February 2019, the regular application deadline is on 1st March 2019.

How does the admission process work?
Our admissions team will review all the applications received on an ongoing basis and then schedule a video interview with selected candidates. The final admission decision is made after the interview.

When will I be notified about the admission?
Within 10 days of applying, selected applicants will be contacted for a 15-minute video interview. Within 10 days of the interview, applicants receive an email with the application result.

Is there a deadline for me to accept the admission?
Yes, the deadline to accept the admission is 5 days after the admission notification.

Do I need a recommendation letter?
No, the recommendation letter is optional. If you do choose to include it in your application, it should be from a professional or academic contact expressing what he/she thinks of your potential to make an impact at Italia Innovation. Generic recommendation letters will not be considered.

Program Cost and Scholarships

How much does the Program cost?
The tuition fee for the Program amounts to 3.250 Euros.

What is included in the Program cost?
The Tuition fee covers academic activities, program operations and VAT. Please note that it does not include accommodation, meals and the round trip to Italy.

Are there scholarships available?
Thanks to our founders and partners, we offer funds to directly cover your scholarship needs.
We provide need-based tuition scholarships for up to 2.000 Euros per person and we have a total scholarship fund of 50.000 Euros for the programs.

How do I apply for the scholarship?
In the application form you will find a section dedicated to the scholarship application.

When is the scholarship application deadline?
The deadline to apply for a scholarship follows the application deadlines: the early application deadline is on 1st February 2018, the regular application deadline is on 1st March 2018.

What is the deadline to pay the tuition fee?
The payment deadline is two weeks after admission notification.
You will receive the instruction for the payment and the payment deadlines together with the admission notification.

Program Activities

How many people are selected for the program?
The class will be composed of up to 25 participants.

What is the background of participants?
We believe diversity of perspectives and approaches can contribute to creating an outstanding creative environment. For this reason, we involve both undergraduate and graduate students with a diverse set of backgrounds including business, design, architecture, engineering, computer science, social and political sciences.

Is there any material I should read before the program starts?
Yes, we will provide a list of selected readings and the case studies dossier to all participants.

Can I apply for an internship after the program?
Some of the companies may have internship opportunities but interested candidates would need to discuss those directly with the HR team of the company. The terms (period, duration, location, compensation) will be decided by the company according to their specific needs.

Program Logistics

Where does the Program take place?
The main headquarter for the program activities is the Italia Innovation studio in the heart of Verona. Some activities may take place at different locations around Italy and inside company headquarters.

Is accommodation included in the program fee?
No, all participants should book their own accommodation in downtown Verona. In case you need assistance with the lodging research, Italia Innovation also suggests three different types of accommodations that can fit different budgets and preferences.

Are meals included in the program fee?
No, all participants are responsible for their own meals.

Is local transportation included in the program fee?
Transportation to and from Verona for the company visits is arranged and covered by Italia Innovation.
Local transportation to get to the Italia Innovation studio is not provided.

Travel Needs

Do I need a Visa to participate?
It depends on your nationality and your country of residence.
To understand whether you need a VISA or not, you can check here.

How do I get to Verona?
By plane: Verona has its own airport (Valerio Catullo Airport). The airport is approximately 10 kilometers southwest of the city center. A shuttle bus service runs between the airport and Verona Porta Nuova railway station. You can also choose to fly to Venice (Venezia Marco Polo Airport) or Milan (Milano Linate or Milano Malpensa) and from there take a bus to the closest railway station (Venezia Mestre or Milano Centrale), both are a 1-hour train ride from Verona, with an hourly train service.
By train: Verona Porta Nuova is the main railway station, at the junction of the Milan–Venice and Brenner–Rome railway lines. It is well connected to all north and central Italy, and the railway station is 10 minutes on foot from the city center.

Why Verona?
Verona is our hometown, a city rich in history, culture and economic activity that also lies at a very strategic crossroads, where the north-south rail line from the Brenner to Rome intersects with the east-west line between Milan and Venice, giving the city rail access to all the major Italian cities (Rome, Bologna, Florence, Turin, Milan, Venice and many more). From here, our team can easily reach companies and institutions all over Italy being able to access the core of the value creation of the country.

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