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Qualifications Office

Declaration of Value

The Qualifications Office of the Consulate General of Italy in London only issues “Dichiarazioni di Valore” (Declarations of Value, DV) of British qualifications – issued by recognised educational institutions (schools, colleges and universities) or professional bodies – that fall under the British education/university system (part of England and Wales).

The Italian Consulate in Manchester is competent for those qualifications obtained in their catchment area and includes: Cheshire County, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Durham, East Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Tyne and Wear, West Midlands, West Yorkshire and the Isle of Man.

Scotland and Northern Ireland qualifications fall within the jurisdiction of the Consulate General in Edinburgh.

To have your British qualifications recognised in Italy, whether to continue your studies (school/University), or for work purposes, you will need to contact the relevant Italian Consulate, who will issue a “Dichiarazione di Valore” (DV).

This is a declaration whereby the Consulate confirms the value of the qualifications attained in Great Britain, with reference to the local educational system.

The “DV” is neither an equivalent of an Italian qualification nor a comparability certificate.

It will be up to the relevant Italian institutions (Ministry of Education, Uffici Scolastici Provinciali, Universities, etc.) to subsequently declare if a foreign qualification has a similar Italian equivalent: this is called “equipollenza” (equivalence/certificate of comparability).

It is possible to ask CIMEA (Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence) for a Statement of Comparability and a Statement of Verification for your academic and non-academic qualifications

The above mentioned Statements from CIMEA are accepted by Universities and by numerous Institutions (recognition procedure for public competition, Pension related reasons etc)

Please note that the “Declaration of Value” can only be requested for already-completed study cycles (e.g., A-level, Bachelor, Master, etc.).

Recognition of Italian qualifications in the United Kingdom

Those who need to have their Italian qualifications recognised in the UK need to contact ENIC

For the translation of Italian qualifications into English, please note that this Consulate General does not certify translations carried out by the interested parties.

Schools and academic authorities as well as British professional associations accept translations carried out by “certified translators”. For a list please visit the website of the “Yellow Pages” ( or consult the list of translators available from the website of this Consulate General.

How to request a “Declaration of Value”

Applications for “Declarations of Value” can only be submitted by post by sending the relevant documents to the following address:

Ufficio Titoli di Studio
Consolato Generale d’Italia
“Harp House”, 83/86 Farringdon Street,
EC4A 4BL London

The cost of the Declaration of Value corresponds to articles 66N (DV) and 72A (certified translation) in the consular fees chart.

We request that applicants make the payment once the documentation has been received by the Qualifications Office and that the exact amount to pay has been communicated by our office via email ( The email will include the instructions for the bank transfer together with the exact fees to pay.

The applicant must reply by attaching the confirmation of the bank transfer as well as the translation of the certificate/degree/qualification in editable Word format.

If the applicant is a UK resident, in addition to the required documents, they need to include a prepaid postal envelope, preferably “Special Delivery”.

PLEASE NOTE: this office does not accept Postal Order payments issued through Royal Mail.


Free-of-charge service

The DV is issued free of charge only if you intend to continue your studies in Italy. The service is free of charge for all foreign nationals, regardless of where they reside, and those Italian nationals residing in Great Britain who can enclose proof of residence at the time of their request (for example AIRE registration, copy of their utility bills, council tax payment, bank statement) and proof of registration with the Italian University.

Compulsory documents

In order to issue a “Dichiarazione di Valore” of British qualifications, in addition to the relevant form duly completed and signed, and a copy of a valid identity document (passport or national ID card), this Consulate General requires ad hoc documentation, which varies according to the qualification, here are the main types of educational/professional qualifications:

For any other information please send an email to the following email address:

Here the Consular fees.