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FBK welcomes the families of researchers and strives to develop and provide services, support and advice to help them adjust to life in Trento. 

We understand that bringing family with you is an important decision to make and there are many issues you need to consider such as housing, finance, employment, healthcare, schooling and childcare, immigration, and the social and cultural impacts on your family. The information provided below helps you understand some of the issues and concerns you and your family may face.

  • Family Housing

 Temporary accomodation solutions at the University of Trento Campus can be arranged with the support of the FBK Welcome Office. However, the University of Trento has a very small number of family houses suitable for parents with one or two young children. The vast majority of researchers with families prefer to live in rented housing in the community near to other families with children and close to local schools and other facilities. Please click here to view a list of home rental options.

  • Schooling

There is a lot to consider when selecting a school for a child and parents should be aware of some issues and concerns.

Children will be assigned to a school based on the district they live in, so it is important that parents know where they will be taking residence before applying to a school, and may want to take this into consideration when finding a place to live. State schools can vary so parents should check the school in person before applying.

Once parents have identified a couple of schools, it is best to visit them in person and to meet the head teacher in order to make sure they find the right school for their child.

State Schools account for the main school system and are open to the public. Education in Italy is free up to the age of 16 years old and mandatory for children aged 5 to 16. The Italian education system is divided into:

  • Kindergarden (for children aged 3 to 5)

Enrollment applications must be submitted to the school. Applications for early enrollment (“preiscrizione”) must be submitted within February, while enrollment must be finalized in June, by producing the requested documents (certificates of residence and vaccinations).

Enrollment is free; meals and school bus fees are charged based on the family income.

  • Elementary School (for children aged 5 to 11)

Enrollment applications must be submitted to the school and are due in January of the year the child will turn six years old although schools accept late applications at any time of the year.

If a child has already attended some years of school in his or her country of origin, the school will decide in which class to admit him/her. Enrollment and textbooks are free. Meals (for full-time options) are charged on income-based rates.

  • Middle School (for children aged 11 to 13)

Enrollment applications must be submitted to the school.

In order to be admitted to the first year, students must have obttained their “primary school certificate” in Italy, or have obtained an equivalent qualification in their country of origin.

Enrollment is due in January of the year the student is attending his or her last year of elementary school. Schools accept late applications throughout the year.

  • Secondary School (for youths aged 13 to 18)

Enrollment applications must be submitted to the school.

In order to be admitted to the first year, students must have obtained their “middle school certificate” in Italy, or have obtained an equivalent qualification in their country of origin. Enrollment is due by the end of January of the year the student is attending the third year of middle school.

Schools accept late applications throught the year.

Study courses have a duration of 5 years and provide for a “state examination” (“esame di stato”). Students who pass the final examination earn their High School diploma. After graduation, they can either start working or enroll in the University.

Students attending vocational schools (in Italian, istituti professionali), must pass a qualification examination at the end of the third year. the end of the third year. If passed, they can either work or continue their studies for two more years in order to obtain a final diploma. This higher qualification diploma enables them to continue their studies at the university.