The program targets young leaders and students in the final stage of their studies (both Bachelor and Master). We also try to create a homogenous group in terms of age. However, applicants aged 29-30 might be considered as well.
Because it is the minimum age students might obtain their bachelor (considering the different national educational systems). Apart from their ages, applicants must be graduated.
If you have more specific questions or you couldn’t find an answer either on the website or on the call for participants, you can write to [email protected] and the International Relations staff will answer.
The call opens every year in Autumn and closes around February. Every year the call is open to candidates coming from specific countries and areas, which are detailed on the website: https://callforparticipants.rondine.org/.
Yes, if you complete your Bachelor by the beginning of the program (check the starting date either on the call for participants or on the website, timeline section). You are not eligible if you must complete more than one year of your Bachelor’s.
No. The program includes an academic part that requires at least a Bachelor’s degree. If you are doing your Bachelor, please check “Can I apply if I am doing my Bachelor?”
Yes. Even if you already have a Master, you will enroll in a Master (or equivalent course) while in Rondine, as part of the World House program.
Yes. You must complete it by the beginning of the World House program (check the starting date either on the call for participants or on the website, timeline section) or, if you have such possibility, to pause your studies and complete the Master once you finish the program in Italy.
No. It is not possible to continue studying for a Master’s degree that you were completing in your home country while being part of the Rondine program. Nor it is possible to transfer credits to an Italian University to complete said degree.
English is not a precondition to be accepted to the World House program. However, a good level of English is desirable for a profitable participation.
No. Applicants’ level of English does not impact on the candidate evaluation.
You should fill in the application form. Send it on time with all the documents needed and you should be available for an individual interview.
The Italian test is the last selection step. The selection committee sends applicants a list of topics and suggested materials to self-study Italian (A1 level). Each candidate will have around 2 months to study before the test. After the individual interviews, shortlisted candidates only will be invited for the Italian test. It may include tests on reading, speaking, listening, and grammar skills. Since we expect selected candidates to reach the A1 level individually, the online course (July-September) is A2 level.
The form serves to present the candidate’s idea on her/his personal and professional vocation. We also ask the candidate to submit a draft project having a social impact in her/his region. Those are the starting points for the project design module in the second year of the program. You can find the form attached to the call for participants in the final pages.
Where can I find it? The Notice on Personal Data Protection is a form that makes us compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679. If you do not sign it, we cannot process your personal data and, consequently, we cannot consider you as an applicant. You can find the form attached to the call for participants, in the final pages.
Yes. You can submit the copy in the following selection stage. A copy of your ID card might substitute the passport during the selection phase.
Yes. You can submit a copy of your expired passport and later send a copy of the renewed one.
Yes. You can submit the copy in the following selection stage. A transcript of records or other documents issued by the university can substitute the diploma during the selection phase.
Yes. You can submit a recommendation letter as soon as you receive it. Remind that you need at least one recommendation letter (by a university professor, or a supervisor of a non-profit organization in which you are engaged) in order to complete your application.
Yes. A driving license is not mandatory to participate in the program.
Yes. You can convert your driving license into an International Driving Permit if you are selected, before your arrival to Italy. See also “Can students drive?”, Life in Rondine section.
Once a participant is selected and formally accepts to participate in the program, the International Relations Office provides letters and other papers needed in order to apply for the visa and other required documents.
The International Relations Office may also be the connection between participants and the Italian diplomatic delegations in their country if any concern arises.
Selected students must collect information related to specific procedures required by the Italian consular section in their country. They cover costs related to visa and other documents.
The scholarship covers:
Personal expenses such as hygiene, cosmetics, medical, travels (to and from Italy), leisure. Special projects may have different conditions regarding economic aspects.
World House is an international experience of civic engagement for conflict transformation.
Their everyday life is based on contact with other participants coming from different countries. Cohabitation is a process that over time leads to the deconstruction of the idea of the enemy and to the uncovering of a real person behind that. Participants also receive high-level training on topics related to conflict management, communication abilities, and methodologies. The third part of the program is a professional and academic specialization, which includes participation in a master course or other school of high professionalization.
You can study a First Level Executive Master (Master di I livello) in universities in Tuscany and Umbria (Siena, Pisa, Perugia, and Firenze). You can search for a Master on the Universitaly portal: https://www.universitaly.it/index.php/public/cercaOffPL. Please, sort your research by:
– Tipo di Laurea: Master di Primo Livello
– Region: Toscana, Umbria
Applicants are invited to select 2 options (searching for more details directly on each Master’s website) at the application phase. Later, candidates can review their choice, which will be agreed upon with the educational staff and finalized at the signature of the Learning and Participation Agreement, to confirm acceptance to the World House program.
No. Eligible Masters must meet the following conditions:
Universitaly updates the list as soon as Universities renew their academic offer for the following year. Generally, Masters and their conditions do not change substantially from one year to another, therefore you can base your choice upon the current offer. If any major changes occur after your choice, so that the Master does not meet eligibility conditions anymore, you will discuss your options with the World House staff.
No. In order to obtain a visa, students must pre-enroll on the Universitaly platform (https://www.universitaly.it/index.php/). When the chosen University accepts the pre-enrollment request, Italian consular services are allowed to issue a visa, so there is no possibility to change the Master.
To drive in Italy, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is required.
It is any valid, required by law identity document that allows the holder to drive a private motor vehicle in any country or jurisdiction that recognizes IDPs. To be valid, the IDP must be accompanied by a valid driving license issued in the holder’s country of citizenship. Selected candidates already having a driving license, shall obtain the IDP before their arrival in Rondine.
Around 30, 15 coming each year.
Participants can use the common laundry room to wash their laundry.
You can take 10 days off for each year, additionally to holidays.
The use of these days shall be agreed upon with the World House staff.
They can. Your family is welcome, and your relatives (mother, father, sister, brother, wife, husband and children), in the maximum number of 3 at the same time, can be accommodated at the guest house in Rondine for a maximum period of one week each for each year of stay of the student. The relatives during their stay are also hosted for meals at the inn. Guests of students other than relatives as indicated above can be accommodated at the guest house in Rondine by agreeing with the Director at least 15 days in advance. Because the WH is managed by a voluntary organization and that the management of the house for guests still entails costs, for guests of students other than relatives, a contribution will be asked for accommodation and meals in the inn.
Yes. The “World House rules” include guidelines and information. The staff will introduce the document to participants in detail during the trial period.