The American University of Rome (AUR) is licensed by the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) in the United States. It is incorporated in Washington, D.C. and is authorized to operate as an American university in Italy by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).

Statement of Comparability and Qualifications Certification - Diplome

Students who graduate with an AUR degree and who intend to either work in Italy or continue their studies at an Italian university will need to provide a Statement of Comparability and/or a Qualifications Certification (Diplome) issued by MIUR.

CIMEA – Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence was established by the MIUR in 1984 and has been appointed to advance academic mobility in all aspects, facilitating the understanding the Italian system and foreign superior education and training systems, and to sponsor the principles of the Lisbon Recognition Convention on qualifications recognition.

The Credential Information Service - CIS operates through CIMEA. It is a certification and comparability service for Italian and non-Italian qualifications, created to make academic degrees increasingly understandable and recognizable in an international context.

Because The American University of Rome is a registered participant of the CIS Diplome service, the ‘Dichiarazione di Valore’ (Value Declaration) is no longer necessary for recognition of its degrees.

The ‘Dichiarazione di Valore’ (Declaration of Value) is a document issued by an Italian Consulate General with jurisdiction over the document, used by Italian institutions to compare the value of a degree that is obtained in a non-Italian educational system. Requesting this document is a lengthy process including obtaining an apostille, translating all of the apostille documents and all individual course descriptions listed on the transcript, before submitting all to the consulate for recognition that the documents were official. The final decision as to whether the foreign degree will be accepted is determined the Italian institution.

How to obtain the Diplome

The procedure to obtain a Statement of Comparability and Qualifications Certification – Diplome, for an AUR degree is as follows:

  1. Visit the CIMEA website at It can be read in either Italian or English.
  2. Click on the tab
  3. Click on the CIS – The American University of Rome link in the red box on the left side of the page. Follow the directions there.
  4. AUR will send the necessary documents directly to CIS. AUR has waived the fees for the required official transcripts, so the AUR graduate will only pay the CIS fee.

How Long will it take to obtain the Statement?

CIMEA - NARIC Italia will send the original Statement of Comparability in PDF format to the email address indicated in the Application form within 15 working days from the acceptance of the request.

How much will it cost?

The cost of each Statement of comparability, including the service of verifying the title/degree, is currently € 120 (VAT included). Please see the online application form for any updates.