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

The 2020-2021 edition is aimed at students enrolled in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (DICAM), the Department of Sociology and Social Research (DSRS) and the School of International Studies (SIS).

The 2020-2021 call for admissions is available in the download box.

Applications must be submitted through the online application form by Thursday 15 October 2020.

About TALETE    

TALETE, conceived by the University of Trento and Centro per la Cooperazione Internazionale along the lines of honours programmes in British universities, is an advanced training programme that students can take in addition to their studies to give them an international dimension and take a look at the world of cooperation.


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

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 fifth edition of the programme, in the academic year 2020-2021, is aimed at students enrolled in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (DICAM), the Department of Sociology and Social Research (DSRS), the School of International Studies (SIS), seeking a degree in: 

  • Civil engineering (LM-23);
  • Engineering for the environment and the territory (LM-35);
  • Construction engineering - Architecture (LM-4);
  • Environmental meteorology (LM-75);
  • Global and local studies (LM-62);
  • Management of organisations and territorial networks (LM-88);
  • Energy engineering (LM-30);
  • Methodology, organisation and evaluation of social services (LM-87);
  • Sociology and social research (LM-88);
  • European and International Studies (LM-52).


Number of places available and admission requirements


There are 12 places available for students enrolled in:

  • a Master’s degree in Engineering for the Environment and the Territory (LM-35) and Civil engineering (LM-23), Environmental meteorology (LM-75) and Construction engineering - Architecture (LM-4);
  • a Master’s degree in Sociology and social research (LM-88), Management of organisations and territorial networks (LM-88), Global and local studies (LM-62), and Methodology, organisation and evaluation of social services (LM-87);
  • the Master’s degree in Eureopean and International Studies (LM-52)


Applications to the “Talenti e Territori” Honours Programme are open to students enrolled in one of the above master’s programmes who, by the deadline to apply, are in the first year of study or are in the second year and have already earned at least 18 university credits (CFU).




Candidates must follow the application procedure on the programme's web page: under “Talenti e Territori”, by Thursday, 15 October at 23:59.


The selection committee, whose members are designated by the Programme’s steering committee, is appointed by Rector decree and will rank the candidates based on the following:

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


Candidates must obtain at least 40 points to get to the test/interview stage. 


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


The list of applicants admitted to the test/interview stage will be available in the download box by Thursday 22 October 2020.


The list of admitted students will be available within 10 days of the test/interview in the download box. 


Successful students are required to confirm their participation in the programme within 5 days of the publication of results. The successful students who do not register within the given deadline will not be considered. Any unfilled places will be offered to other applicants in the list of successful candidates.


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.


The dissertation and internship in an international environment are fundamental aspects of the TALETE programme.


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 information. 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


Admitted students will receive a scholarship to carry out their dissertation research, amounting to 900 euro if their hosting institution is in a European country or 1,800 euro if it is in a non-European country.


Students must spend at least 3 months abroad. The scholarship must be considered as a mobility allowance. It is subject to taxation. The recipients are not entitled to any social security allowance nor to recognition to be used in future careers in legal or economic professions.


After completing the master's degree, the participants in the Honors Programme will be 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 from the date of graduation and can be carried out in Italy or abroad.


For internships in Italy, the participants are required to make contact with the Job Guidance Office (jobguidance [at]


For internships in a foreign country, the participants are required to contact the relevant International Mobility Office (mobility-st [at] for the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering; ssh [at]">mobility-ssh [at] for the Department of Sociology and Social Research 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.


Students who have completed the TALETE Honours Programme will receive a final certificate from the University of Trento and Centro per la Cooperazione Internazionale.