ADMISSION A maximum of 20 students is admitted each year, based on curriculum. The minimum admission requirement is a three-year BA for applicants from the EU (in Italy: "laurea triennale"), the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; a four-year university degree for all other applicants. Our applicants typically hold degrees in languages and literatures or a cognate humanities field (political/social sciences, history, etc.). A certification of English proficiency is a firm prerequisite for admission (see below). If you are a graduating student (i.e. if you do not yet hold the required minimum degree) you may still apply for this program, provided you receive the required degree NO LATER THAN October.
Applications are received from February through September. The MA board evaluates applications and announces admissions on a rolling basis, beginning in April. Early applicants stand better chances of being admitted to the program. 
COST Overall cost of tuition: 3,500 euro. Tutition fee includes application, lab and university fees. Once admitted to the program, payments are made in two installments, one in September, and one by the start of the second semester.
English language proficiency is an essential prerequisite for succeeding in this program. Unless they are native speakers of English or graduates of universities in the UK, Ireland, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand,applicants must also submit proof of English language proficiency (minimum level required: B2). Here is a list of the language certifications (with minimum score, if applicable) we accept. Certifications must be LESS THAN 3 YEARS OLD.
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).
  • IELTS. Minimum required score: 5.5 out of 9.
  • TOEFL. Minimum required score: 72 out of 120 (IbT)
  • Trinity College ISE II
Alternatively, applicants may take an English Language Proficiency test at the University of Torino. We offer this service, free of charge, between February 1st and June 30 and throughout September. This test is valid only for the purposes of an application with the MA in American Studies at Torino and no test score transcript is provided. To make an appointment for an English Language Test, please send an email to with at least 2 weeks notice. This test may only be taken once, is free of charge and must be taken BEFORE submitting an application.
PLEASE NOTICE: Applicants holding a university degree in Foreign Languages including English from an Italian university (minimum score 100/110) need not provide proof of English language proficiency.
Although our program is FULLY TAUGHT in English, a BASIC COMPETENCE OF ITALIAN is REQUIRED in order to live and study in Italy. We do not test Italian language competence as a prerequisite for admission to the program; however, applicants should understand the need for basic Italian language competence and take measures, if necessary, to bring their Italian up to the minimum "survival" competence BEFORE seeking admission.