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Instructions on how to obtain a Declaration of Value (“Dichiarazione di Valore”) for students that attended an American High School.

 

Instructions on how to obtain a Declaration of Value (“Dichiarazione di Valore”) for students that attended an American High School.

To enroll at an Italian school, students that have attend one or more years at an American high school need to obtain a declaration of value from an Italian Consulate in the United States.

To verify if your school is under the jurisdiction of the Consular Offices of Washington, DC, check the list of the Consulates’ jurisdiction in the US, by clicking here.

1. “Application form for verification of academic degrees and documents” properly filled out with the student’s information and signature. In case of underage students, one of the parents should sign the application form; To download the application form, click here;

2. Original High school diploma with APOSTILLE. The diploma has to have the signature of the Registrar of the school, which needs to be certified from a notary public and then apostilled. For information on how to obtain an apostille click here;

3. Original transcript with APOSTILLE;

4. Course catalog (for the last year of school) – The courses must be highlighted and only the courses taken must be translated.

5. If applicable, a letter from the parent or legal guardian’s employer showing the period the family lived in the United States due to work or immigration, listing the student as part of the family members.

6. A copy of the student’s passport or Italian national i.d. card.

7. A pre-paid DHL, FedEx or UPS envelope to return the original documents back to the applicant once they’ve been processed. Please be advised that we cannot accept pre-paid envelopes from the U.S. postal service.

Transcripts must clearly state:

  • student’s full name;
  • name of the school;
  • school year/s of reference;
  • last year of school completed;
  • final grades;
  • that the student has been promoted or graduated;
  • grading scale.

All documents provided (diplomas, transcripts, letters, etc.), must be translated into Italian. The student may prepare the translations which will then be authenticated by the Consular office. It is the responsibility of the student to submit translations that are complete, accurate, and clearly typed.

DO NOT detach the original documents from the Apostille for any reason. Removing the staple from the Apostille will make the document null and void.

American Overseas Schools

The Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. will also issue the corresponding Declaration of Value for degrees obtained at the various American overseas schools: only those officially recognized by the US Department of State, and those of the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS).

1) The Apostille is not necessary on documents issued by these schools.

2) In order to expedite the procedure for the issuance of the Declaration of Value, it is necessary to add to the rest of the documentation: an enrollment certification letter signed by the Principal, indicating that the student has indeed attended that school, that the transcripts and potential diploma are authentic, and date of graduation (if that is the case).

3) A letter authorizing this Embassy to ask for the release of personal information.

For US Department of State Schools, please address the letter to:

Office of Overseas Schools
U.S. Department of State
Room H328, SA-1,
Washington, DC 20522-0132
USA
Tel.: (202) 261-8200
Fax: (202) 261-8224
E-mail: OverseasSchools@state.gov
Website: http://www.state.gov/m/a/os/index.htm

For US Department of Defense Schools, please address the letter to:

DoDEA Records Center
Education Activity
US Department of Defense
Ft. Benning, GA 31905
USA

IMPORTANT: For all other overseas schools, the students should contact the Italian consulate with jurisdiction over the territory where the accrediting agency is located.

International Baccalaureate

For information on International Baccalaureate please consult the following web site:

http://www.ibo.org/en/university-admission/recognition-of-the-ib-diploma-by-countries-and-universities/

All documents provided (diplomas, transcripts, letters, etc.), must be translated into Italian. The student may prepare the translations which will then be authenticated by the Consular office. It is the responsibility of the student to submit translations that are complete, accurate, and clearly typed.

DO NOT detach the original documents from the Apostille for any reason. Removing the staple from the Apostille will make the document null and void.

Please be advised that a fee is due for documents that are not for academic purposes.

Important: Declarations of value are usually issued in about a month. Please submit all the required documentation with ample time to ensure the declaration will be ready when needed.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Recognition of foreign educational qualifications in Washington, DC. For contact information, click here.


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