Frequently Asked Questions

Are you accepting new students?

Yes. The call for applications for new students is currently open for the academic year 2023/2024. The deadlines are the following:

  • 29/5/2023, h:14.00 for the regular Call for Students
  • 02/5/2023, h:14.00 for the Call for Apple Programs Participants

Where is it possible to submit the application?

Applications should be submitted exclusively online through the application form available at the following URL: https://www.developeracademy.unina.it/en/enrollment

How much does this course cost?

Thanks to the support from Apple, the Developer Academy program is free. The Campania Regional Government has granted to the University of Napoli Federico II funds to provide scholarships to all students admitted. The rules to be eligible for receiving them are detailed in the call for applications.

What’s the difference between “Call for students” and  “Call for Apple Programs Participants”?

There are two separate Calls for Applications.

The first one is named “Call for Students.” This is our general call which is an open door for applicants from all walks of life. We love to encourage a diverse group of learners to join us at the Apple Developer Academy. Unless you have already completed one of our previous academy programs in Naples we would encourage you to apply.

The second one is named “Call for Apple Programs Participants” and it is a specific call for those applicants that have already attended and completed any of the following programs: any of the Apple Foundation Programs (including the ones held at one of the Regione Campania Universities and the Federico II Foundation Program); any of the Apple Developer Academy Programs in Brazil, Indonesia, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Korea, or USA; the iOS Development Lab in Mexico.

Who can NOT apply for the “Call for Students” and the “Call for Apple Programs Participants?

If you already attended the Apple Developer Academy at University Federico II in Naples unfortunately you cannot apply this year. Attendees who completed the Apple Developer Academy program at the University of Naples Federico II in the academic years 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, 2019/2020, 2021/2022 or 2022/2023 are excluded from both of these calls for applications.

Could someone apply for a second time?

If you already attended the Apple Developer Academy program in Naples at the University of Naples Federico II in the academic years 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019, 2019/2020, 2021/2022, 2022/2023, unfortunately, you cannot apply a second time.

If you attended and completed any of the other programs such as any of the Apple Foundation Programs (including the ones held at one of the Regione Campania Universities and the Federico II Foundation Program); any of the Apple Developer Academy Programs in Brazil, Indonesia, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Korea, or USA; or the iOS Development Lab in Mexico, you can apply to the specific “Call for Apple Program Participants”.

Could someone apply again if they were not selected in a previous year?

If you applied for the Apple Developer Academy in the past but have not successfully completed the program then you are welcome to apply for the applicable call again this year.

What information should the certificate/diploma contain? How can I get some support on this topic?

To be eligible for the selection, the applicant must have a valid High School level diploma in their home country, issued by upper-secondary educational institutions. The diploma must have been earned within the scholastic year 2022/2023 or earlier. If you need support on this topic you can write an email to: developeracademy@unina.it

How do I get prepared for the selection?

As detailed in the Call for Applications – Annex A, the selection procedure is based on the outcome of two phases.

  • Phase 1: The Online Exam
    To prepare themselves for the Online Exam the applicants have the opportunity to access a selected set of online materials and take an initial online self-assessment. The self-assessment is focused on information from the materials provided inside the self-assessment tool and does not require previous knowledge in any specific field. The online self-assessment is aimed at better preparing the applicants for the selection process. This self-assessment does not represent a formal step towards acceptance at the Academy. If you would like to take advantage of this preparatory resource the self-assessment module is accessible at the address: https://moodle.developeracademy.unina.it/

  • Phase 2: Motivational Interview
    Phase 2 of the selection consists of a motivational video-conference interview in conducted in English language. Be ready to discuss the topics described in the Call for Applications – Annex A.

What is the start date of the Academy?

The first day of class will be at the end of September 2023. We recommend that you are settled into the city at least a week in advance. This will ensure that your accommodation is all set and that you have a comfortable first day.

When are we going to sign the contracts?

The contracts will be signed in presence in September 2023.

Is the Academy a remote or an in-presence experience?

The Academy is an in-presence learning experience. The course will take place in presence at the Apple Developer Academy, University of Naples Federico II, Campus of San Giovanni a Teduccio, Corso Nicolangelo Protopisani 70, Naples, Italy. In presence class attendance is mandatory. Participants are required to respect the minimum limit of attendance which is 80% of the scheduled hours.

Where and how do I get the equipment?

Equipment is loaned to students at the beginning of the academic year when they arrive at the Academy. Students are required to properly care for the devices that are assigned to them. Your student kit includes an iPhone and a MacBook. In addition during the academic year there will be opportunities to gain access to short term loans of other test equipment from our centralised loan pool process.How will the Academy communicate important information? Via email, official website or other means? 

Official and administrative information will always be communicated via either email (developeracademy@unina.it) or the official website (https://www.developeracademy.unina.it), or both. Other specific means of communication will be set for the admitted students during the pre-academy time-frame to share practical information about the program.

I am a non-EU student. Will I be able to get a VISA?

You will need to have a signed certificate of admission as proof of enrolment in our program in order to obtain your VISA. However, we strongly suggest getting in touch in advance with an Italian Consulate near you in order to get detailed information about the VISA procedures.

Are there any student discounts for public transport provided by Federico II?

You can refer to the web page  http://www.international.unina.it/academic-and-student-life/ to find information about public transportation (including pricing and discount options) in Naples.

I cannot find a place to stay in Naples. Are there any halls of residence I can refer to?

There are plenty of options. On the web page http://www.international.unina.it/academic-and-student-life/ you will find useful information about finding an accommodation in Naples. Besides that, after signing the contract you will be given access to our internal (and more informal) communication channels that will help you find an accommodation, as well as provide additional information and resources about important aspects of daily life in Naples.

Is there any health-care support for international students?

Italy has a public health care system called Servizio Sanitario Nazionale (SSN) which is divided into local units called Aziende Sanitarie Locali (ASL). The City of Naples has 3 local units: ASL Napoli 1 (Center); ASL Napoli 2 (Nord); ASL Napoli 3 (South)

For EU Students:

  • If you possess the EHIC card (Tessera Sanitaria Europea – TEAM). If you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your home EU country, you can receive all medically necessary health care services. To get the services, you can go directly to a doctor or a public or contracted health facility and show the EHIC. The assistance is in a direct form and therefore nothing is due, except the payment of any contribution (“ticket”), which is your responsibility and non-refundable.
  • If you hold an Entitlement Certificate (e.g., E106, E109, etc.) different from EHIC card. If you hold a certificate of entitlement other than the EHIC, as a rule, in order to be eligible for health care, you must first present this certificate to one of the local ASL’s Single Points of Contact (CUP), which verifies whether you can be enrolled in the National Health Service (SSN), and if so, you will be entitled to full health care under the same conditions as for Italian citizens.

For Non-EU Students:

  • Non-EU students must register with the Italian National Health Service (Servizio Sanitario Nazionale) or have valid health insurance in Italy. Health insurance coverage (against illness, accident, maternity) is required to obtain a residence permit. The duration of the residence permit for study is a maximum of one year. Find out more at the following page: https://www.agenziaentrate.gov.it/portale/web/guest/italian-health-insurance-card-and-foreign-citizens
  • As an alternative to registering with the SSN to apply for a residence permit, you can demonstrate that you have a private health insurance valid in Italy. The insurance must be: in your name; cover illness, accident, maternity; valid in Italy for the duration of the course of study or mobility