Declaration of Value for Recognition of AUR degrees in Italy (for work/study purposes)
 
The American University of Rome (AUR) is licensed by the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), in the United States.
 
The American University of Rome is authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR to operate as an American university in Italy).
 
AUR degrees can be validated in Italy by following the Italian legislative procedure on the recognition of academic titles from secondary institutions in the European Region, as determined by the Lisbon Convention, 11 April 1997, http://www.miur.it/0006Menu_C/0012Docume/0098Normat/2547Ratifi.htm.
 
Students who graduate with an AUR degree and who intend to continue their studies in an Italian university to obtain the Laurea Magistrale (5year degree), will in some cases need to provide the Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore) when applying for admission, depending on the program and the university.
 
The ‘Dichiarazione di Valore’ (Declaration of Value) is a document that certifies the value of an American degree that is obtained outside of the United States. The document is issued by the Italian Consulate General in Philadelphia: http://www.istruzione.it/urp/dichiarazione_valore.shtml

The process for requesting the Declaration of Value consists of 3 main steps:

The American University of Rome will take care of Step 1, once the student has requested the legalization of the copy of the AUR diploma from the Alumni office or the Registrar (via email to registrar@aur.edu or alumni@aur.edu).

The costs of notarization and shipping must be covered by the requesting student. AUR will assist with notarization and will try to answer any questions you might have, but will NOT cover any costs.

  • Step 1: Legalization of the copy of the AUR diploma
    • Alumni must:
      • Request a legalized copy of the diploma and original transcripts
      • Pay the fees for:
        • Notarization (100€-150€)
        • Original Transcripts (8€ per copy)
        • Shipping of documents via certified mail (if requested, cost 15€)
        • Payment of Notarization must be made directly to the Notary indicated by AUR
        • Payment of transcripts and shipping must be made through www.aur.it/Payments/
          • Under undergraduate – Other fees: Transcript fee or Transcript fee and courier delivery (depending on which service you require)
    • AUR will:
      • Create a copy of the diploma
      • Legalize the copy of the diploma with the notary
      • Prepare original transcripts
         
  • Step 2: Apostille from Delaware State of Education Department
    • Alumni must provide the following:
      • Diploma. The document must be validated by the Registrar’s office with a specific institutional seal and the university’s President’s signature in the presence of a notary.
      • Transcripts which are produced by the AUR Registrar, in a closed envelope with the AUR seal
      • $30 for the Apostille on the diploma and transcripts. Payments will be received by the State Secretary. The accepted payment methods are:
        Check: the check needs to be produced by a US bank in dollar currency. The beneficiary need to be indicated as the Delaware State Secretary
        Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. It is necessary to indicate: card number, CVV2 (the last 3 or 4 digits of the security number in the back of the card), name, address of the cardholder and expiration date.
        Cash: The State Department does not recommend sending cash. However, it is possible to pay in cash, and the accepted currency is US dollars.
      • Note that includes name, mailing address (usually this is the address of the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia- see Step 3), email address, phone number.
  • Alumni must mail the documents to:
  • Step 3: Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia
    • Once the Delaware State Department grants the Apostille on the Diploma, alumni must mail:
      • Modulo di domanda/application form (please find attached): this must be filled in all its sections with the exact names of the schools and degrees which have been achieved to date. Please specify the purpose of your request to obtain the Declaration of Value: whether you are applying for a university in Italy or for a work permit
      • a copy of your passport
      • Transcripts of records
      • Diploma with Delaware State Department Apostille
      • A prepaid shipping label (addressed to wherever you want to receive the DV) in order for all the documents to be sent back when the procedure is completed.
      • Translation of all documents into Italian*
    • Documents must be mailed to:

*NB: All documents provided must be translated into Italian (except for the apostilles) as follows:

  • Diplomas (or letters of attendance). However, the names of the degrees must remain in English (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, High School Diploma, etc.);
  • Transcripts (this includes back of transcripts too). Translations of transcripts must show grades and codes exactly as they are on the originals (A, B, C, etc.);
  • Notarizations.

There is no need for translations to be made by certified translators,  as long as they are complete, accurate, and clearly typed. Translations should follow the layout of the original documents in order to be clear and understandable to the Italian institutions. All translations, except for the ones made by certified translators, must be sent via email in a Word file, in order to allow for small corrections. In the presence of a large number of errors, the translation will not be accepted.
 
Certification of Value of AUR degrees for work/study reasons in countries that are other than Italy
 
The certification of value of the AUR diploma in countries other than Italy, vary greatly. It depends on the program/job you apply for and on the educational and diplomatic regulations of each state. In some cases, the notarization of the diploma will be sufficient, while in others an Apostille is required. We strongly suggest that you contact the Consulate or Embassy of the country that is asking for the certification in order to understand exactly what is needed precisely. The AUR Alumni Relations Office and Registrar will help you with whatever AUR is able to provide.

If the country that requires validation asks for a notarized and apostilled diploma you must follow the steps below: 

  • Step 1: Legalization of the copy of AUR diploma
    • Alumni must:
      • Request a legalized copy of the diploma (Notarization request form)
      • Request original transcripts (transcript request form)
      • Pay fees for:
        • Notarization (100€-150€)
        • Original transcripts (8€ per copy)
        • Shipping of documents via certified mail (if requested, cost 15€)
        • Payment of Notarization must be made directly to the Notary indicated by AUR
        • Payment of transcripts and shipping must be made through www.aur.it/payments/
          • Click on: ‘Make custom payment’
          • In the description of payment please indicate that it is payment for shipping and the number of transcripts requested
    • AUR will:
      • Create a copy of the diploma
      • Legalize the copy of the diploma with a notary
      • Prepare original transcripts
         
  • Step 2: Apostille from Delaware State of Education Department
    • Alumni must provide the following:
      • Diploma. The document must be validated by the Registrar’s office with a specific institutional seal and the university’s President’s signature in the presence of a notary.
      • Transcripts which are produced by the AUR Registrar, in a closed envelope with the AUR seal
      • $30 for the Apostille on diploma and transcripts. Payments will be received by the Delaware State Secretary. The accepted payment methods are:
        Check: the check needs to be produced by a US bank in dollar currency. The beneficiary need to be indicated as the Delaware State Secretary
        Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. It is necessary to indicate: card number, CVV2 (the last 3 or 4 digits of the security number in the back of the card), name, address of the cardholder and expiration date.
        Cash: The State Department does not recommend sending cash. However, it is possible to pay in cash, and the currency accepted is US dollars.
      • A note that includes name, mailing address (usually this is the address of the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia- see Step 3), email address, phone number.
         
  • Mail all of the above to:

**Disclaimer: Legal and diplomatic agreements change. The above description of the bureaucratic process required for the validation of AUR degrees was updated on January 2017. AUR advises each student to speak to the relevant institutions (universities, employers, etc.) and Diplomatic entities (Embassies, consulates, etc.) to verify their requirements.