I know it's not that simple, but that was the most succinct tag line I could come up with.
I've actually been working on this problem for over a year now, and think I've been almost completely defeated by Italian bureaucracy, but I thought I'd try a question one last time here with what I've learned.
We're an American homeschooling family. We moved to Italy about nine months ago and our daughter (just finished her junior year, by US reckoning) took online classes in the US while attending a high school level conservatory. She'd like to move on to the college level there, but she needs a piece of paper with a stamp on it saying she has the maturita' or some equivalent. The question is, what equivalent?
We've followed various trails all year on how we might could achieve this. One of the ones I've most often seen is that she can get a GED (so says the consulate in NY) plus 4 APs and a year of college. http://www.studiare-in-italia.it/studentistranieri/moduli/allegato1.pdf
4. TITOLO STATUNITENSE DI HIGH SCHOOL
Ai fini dell'immatricolazione al primo anno accademico, tale titolo deve essere seguito e integrato: da due anni
completi del corso ulteriore di "College" e dalla conseguita idoneità per il passaggio al terzo anno, ovvero da un anno
completo del corso ulteriore di “College” con la conseguita idoneità per il passaggio al secondo anno ed il superamento di
quattro “Advanced Placements statunitensi” (APs) , in materie diverse attinenti al corso di studio universitario richiesto. Se
uno degli “Aps” è in italiano è da ritenersi valido per tutti i corsi accademici.
L’integrazione è da ritenersi valida anche se la frequenza del percorso successivo al conseguimento del titolo di
High School ha luogo presso istituzioni universitarie di altro Paese. In tal caso, i competenti Organi accademici valutano la
congruità del percorso stesso che non può comunque avere durata inferiore ad un anno.
But we've had a series of meetings this week in which the personnel involved have said there's no way to say whether this will be accepted. Bascially, this is one of those maddening situations in which there must be a way for an American to enter an Italian university/conservatory, but since there's no way to get the piece of stamped paper the conservatory director needs, then practically speaking, there really isn't after all.
The only think we can think of to do at this point is to send her to an IB school for the last two years of Italian high school, and that's what we'll do if we have to, but for any number of reasons (including that she'd miss chemistry and US history altogether), it's not either my daughter's preferred way to end her high school education, or mine. We have to make the decision in about a week.
So, does anyone know of an American student who has managed to get into an Italian university without attending Italian high school? And if so, what was the path they took? We know some non EU people who attend the conservatory, but they're all biennio, or graduate, students, so they already had an entire foreign uniiversity degree when they came in.
I know, call me an American idealist, but there's got to be someone who's done it! (Sorry, don't know what happened to the font.)