Talenti e Territori Honours Programme – Advanced training programme on the themes of global interdependence

The 2023-2024 call for admissions must be submitted online by Monday 16 October 2023 at noon (GMT +2).

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About TALETE    

TALETE, designed by the University of Trento and Centro per la Cooperazione Internazionale (Center for International cooperation) along the lines of the honours programmes of British and American universities, is an advanced training programme that students can take in addition to their studies to give them an international dimension and explore the world of cooperation.


The complex interdependence that characterizes the global context calls more and more for professionals who are able to deal with very complicated situations.

Alongside this, people with specific technical skills who are open to work in an international setting are in high demand on the labour market, provided that they have the cross-sector abilities that are necessary to work in demanding settings. 

The sector of international development cooperation offers many opportunities to develop soft skills, giving students the chance to expand their horizon while maintaining the positive attitude required to establish positive relationships with others.


  • Make the participants’ profiles more international-oriented
  • Provide the participants with intercultural and cross-sector skills
  • Ensure that the participants’ profiles are more attractive for the areas of international cooperation, intercultural programmes, community development, local activities and, in particular, for the world of work and companies that operate at international level.

Programme details

The programme awards 24 university credits (CFU) that add up to those awarded by the students’ course (and corresponds to 5 month of extra work). The participants have two years to complete the programme.

Who is it for

The seventh edition of the programme, in the academic year 2023/2024, is open to students enrolled to Master's degrees in: 

  • Civil engineering;
  • Energy engineering;
  • Environmental engineering;
  • Architecture and Building Engineering
  • Environmental meteorology;
  • Global and local studies;
  • Organizations, society and technology;
  • Methodology, organisation and evaluation of social services;
  • Sociology and social research;
  • European and international studies
  • Management of sustainability and tourism
  • Behavioural and Applied Economics
  • Law


Available positions and admission requirements

There are 15 places available.

Applications to the Honours Programme are open to students in the 1st year, students in the 2nd year who have already earned at least 18 credits, and students in the 4th or 5th year of a single-cycle Master's degree who have already earned at least 60 university credits.


The online request for admission must be submitted by Monday 16 October 2023 at noon (GMT +2).

The deputate committee evaluates the admission requirements as specified on the call for admission and ranks candidates basing on the following criteria:

  1. titles and qualifications: study programme, knowledge of foreign languages, past work and volunteering experiences, non-academic training (up to 30 points);
  2. short work, with a dissertation proposal (up to 30 points);
  3. interview and assessment groups to evaluate the candidates’ ability to work in a group and manage stress (up to 40 points).

Interview and assessment groups

Candidates must obtain at least 40 points in order to be admitted to interview and assessment groups.

The list of applicants admitted to interview and assessment groups will be published by 23 October 2023.

Interviews and assessment groups will be held in-person in Trento between 24 October and 7 November 2023.

Ranking and place confirmation

Candidates must obtain at least 65/100 points to be admitted to the programme.

The admission ranking list will be published by 14 November 2023
Admitted students are required to confirm their participation in the programme within 5 days of the publication of results.

Non-confirmation is equivalent to waiver.

Any positions that become vacant will be made available following the ranking order.


Individual study plan and supervision

Admitted students will work both individually and in group under the supervision of a tutor, who will guide them through the training and the internship phases. The study plan will be drafted bearing in mind each student’s knowledge and experience, gained from past education and employment positions.

Each student shall contact the tutor at the beginning of the programme in order to draft the study plan, which will be submitted to the coordinating committee and, if required, to the steering committee. The students’ progress will be assessed on a regular basis as provided by the individual study plan. 

The study plan may be amended.

Dissertation and Internship

Dissertation work and participation in an internship programme in an international setting are a vital part of the learning experience offered by TALETE.

Work and study experiences abroad give students first-hand knowledge of international dynamics in fields such as that of sustainable development, the opportunity to put into practice and to strengthen the cross-sector skills learned in the classroom, and the chance to use sector-specific and technical expertise. For many students the internship is the first work experience.

Through the dissertation work and the internship, students establish new relationships at the national and international level that are useful to future employment.


Students who have completed the TALETE Honours Programme will receive a final certificate (in compliance with article 2 (2) of the regulation) from the University of Trento and Centro per la Cooperazione Internazionale.

Scholarships and mobility opportunities

Students can participate in mobility programmes and apply for scholarships for thesis research and post-graduation internships abroad. Information on admission requirements, application procedures and the amount of mobility scholarships are available on the web page for outgoing programmes.

After completing the master's degree, the students of the Honours Programme are required to carry out, in compliance with current legislation on post-graduate internships, an internship of at least 2 months on topics consistent with the study course.

The internship must begin within 12 months of graduation and can be carried out in Italy or abroad.

Internships in Italy are managed by the Job Guidance Office of UniTrento (jobguidance [at] unitn.it).

Internships in foreign countries are managed by the relevant International Mobility Office (mobility-st [at] unitn.it for the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering; mobility-ssh [at] unitn.it for the Department of Sociology and Social Research, the Department of Economics and Management , the Faculty of Law and the School of International Studies).

At the end of the internship, in Italy or abroad, all students are required to submit a detailed report on the activities carried out and a positive assessment by the tutor of the host organization.