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


The 2018-2019 edition is aimed at students enrolled in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (DICAM) and in the Department of Sociology and Social Research (DSRS).

The list of students admitted to the TALETE Honours Programme in the academic year 2018-2019 is now available (in the download box)

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 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 second edition of the programme, in the academic year 2018/19, is aimed at students enrolled in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (DICAM) and in the Department of Sociology and Social Research (DSRS), seeking a degree in

  • Civil engineering (LM-23);
  • Engineering for the environment and the territory (LM-35);
  • 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).


Number of places available and admission requirements

There are 10 places available, of which:

  • 5 for students enrolled in a master’s degree programme in Engineering for the Environment and the Territory (LM-35) and in Civil engineering (LM-23)
  • 5 for students enrolled in a master’s degree in Sociology and social research (LM-88), Management of organisations and territorial networks (LM-88), and Methodology, organisation and evaluation of social services (LM-87)

Applications are open to students in the first or second year of the above master’s programmes who have already earned 18 (first year students) or 48 credits (second year students) before the applications deadline.


Candidates must follow the application procedure on the course web page


under “Talenti e Territori”, by Monday, September 24 at 11:59 pm.

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

  • titles and qualifications: study programme, knowledge of foreign languages, past volunteering experiences, non-academic training (up to 30 points);
  • motivational letter (max. 30 points);
  • group assessment exercise to evaluate the candidates’ ability to work in group and manage stress (max. 40 points).

Candidates must obtain at least 40 points to get to the interview stage. Candidates must obtain at least 65/100 points to be admitted to the programme.

Applicants admitted to the interview/ aptitude test will be notified by Wednesday 26 September 2018 by e-mail; information will be available also on the web page dedicated to the TALETE.1 programme. The aptitude test will take place on 28-29 September 2018. Interviews will take place on 1-2 October 2018.

The list of admitted students shall be published within 10 days of the interview/aptitude test and shall be either sent via email to candidates or published in the webpage of the TALETE programme. Successful students are required to confirm their participation in the programme within 5 days of the publication of the results. The participants 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.

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

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 their 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.

Scholarships and mobility

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 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.

To conduct their dissertation research abroad, students are required to apply online 

http://international.unitn.it/it/outgoing/bandi-attivi. The deadline to apply is the last day of each month. Students may start their mobility 30 days after the expiration of the monthly deadline (e.g. with a 31 October deadline, students can leave from 1 December). The scholarship eligibility requirements are listed here: https://international.unitn.it/it/outgoing/opportunita-di-mobilita-internazionale-per-ricerca-tesi/prova-finale-allestero.

After graduation, Honours Programme students are required to participate in a post-degree internship of at least 2 months, in compliance with the regulation in force. The internship must begin within 12 months of their graduation. Once they have completed the internship, students are required to submit a report on the experience and must receive a positive evaluation from their tutor in the hosting institution. To obtain and complete the internship contact the Ufficio Job Guidance d’Ateneo (jobguidance [at] unitn.it).


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