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Childcare and family life

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

We understand that bringing family is an important decision to make and there are many issues foreign researchers need to consider such as housing, finance, employment, healthcare, schooling and childcare, immigration, and the social and cultural impacts on their family. The information provided is to help them understand some of the issues and concerns they and their family may face.

Family Housing

Temporary accomodation solutions at the University of Trento Campus can be arranged with the support of 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 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 the issues and concerns.

Children will be allocated a place in a school near where they live, so it is important that parents know where their accommodation will be 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 found a couple of schools they are interested in, the best thing to do is to visit them in person and meet the head teacher in order to make sure they find the right school for their child.

State Schools are the main school system and are open to the public. They are free up to the age of 16 years old and compulsory for children aged 5 – 16 years old. State schools are divided into four types:

Nursery School (for children aged 3 – 5 years)

Enrollment is made directly at the school. Early enrollment (“preiscrizione”) is required before the end of February, while the final enrollment has to be done in June, submitting the requested documents (certificates of domicile and vaccinations).

School registration is free; meals and the school bus only are charged according to family income-based rates.

Primary School (for children aged 5 – 11 years)

Enrollment is made directly at school and it is due in January of the year the child will turn six years old. Schools accept applications at any time of the year.

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

 

Middle School (for children aged 11 – 13 years)

Enrollment is made directly at school.

To attend the first class it is necessary to take the “primary school certificate” in Italy, or having obtained a comparable qualification in the country of origin.

Enrolment is due in January of the year the young is attending the last year at the primary school. Schools accept applications at any time over the year.

 

Secondary School (for children aged 13 – 18 years)

Enrollment is made directly at school.

To attend the first class it is necessary to take the “middle school certificate” in Italy, or having obtained a comparable qualification in the country of origin. When the student is attending the third year of middle school, it is necessary to apply at school by the end of January.

Schools accept late applications at any time over the year.

The study courses last 5 years and end with a “state exam” (“esame di stato”). Students who pass the final examination are awarded a diploma. After getting the diploma, they can start working or continue studying at university.

At the end of the third year at vocational schools (“professionali”), you will have to take a qualification exam. After passing it, you can start working or continue your study for further 2 years in order to obtain a final diploma.

This diploma is a more complete qualification, of a higher level, which will also enable you to continue your studies at university.