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Foundation Course 2018/2019

Deadline for application: 1st of June 2018

What is the foundation course?

The Foundation Course is a study programme composed of two fields of study: Humanities (Foundation Course in Humanities-FCH) and Sciences (Foundation Course in Science-FCS), taught in English and primarily aimed at candidates who do not possess the minimum schooling requirements outlined in current legislation for enrolment at Italian universities.

Attendance of the Foundation Course is mandatory and students must accumulate all the credits provided by the course and achieve a B1 level in Italian language in order to obtain the final qualification.

As for Italian language courses, in order to obtain the four credits required in each module, the candidates must pass the relative language test as well as achieve a minimum of 80% attendance of lessons. 

Students who successfully complete the FC programme will be able to apply to a Bachelor's or Master's single-cycle degree programme at the University of Pisa without the need to sit the Italian language exam which is expected of NON EU students.

Suitable candidates for the foundation course

Candidates who satisfy the following requirements are eligible for application to the FC programme:

  • possess a secondary school leaving qualification obtained abroad after 10 or 11 years of schooling;
  • possess an American high school qualification which does not include any Advanced Placements (APs) required for enrolment according to current legislation;
  • possess knowledge of the English language at a B2 level (international certificates or alternatively attendance at a secondary school taught in the English language are acknowledged).  

Candidates may also apply for the Foundation Course, even if they are in possession of the 12 years of schooling required for enrolment, in order to fill in any educational or linguistic gaps, by choosing single MODULES within the module list offered by the Foundation Course.

Specific admission procedures for the Foundation Course for Italian citizens in possession of an American High School Diploma (HSD):

Italian citizens in possession of an American High School Diploma may be admitted onto the Foundation Course if they have:

  • achieved positive results from at least 2 years’ attendance at a foreign educational system which did not include the necessary Advanced Placements for enrolment at an Italian University, as outlined in current legislation. Such candidates are obliged to substitute 24 Foundation Course credits (FC cr) in modules related to the Italian Language and Culture with credits of equal value from the module list offered by the Foundation Course;
  • achieved positive results from one year of attendance at a foreign educational system and are in possession of the necessary Advanced Placements for enrolment at an Italian University. Such candidates are obliged to substitute 24 FC cr in modules related to the Italian Language and Culture with FC cr of equal value from the module list offered by the Foundation Course.

Foundation course study options

1. Foundation Course in Humanities (FCH) - 60 FC cr

The modules are divided in the following way:

- Italian Literature: an introduction 12 FC cr
- Modern European History 9 FC cr
- Greek and Roman Archaeology 6 FC 
- History of Art: an introduction 6 FC cr
- Introduction to Philosophical Thought 3 FC cr

The remaining 24 credits will consist of courses in the Italian Language and Culture to make up a total of 60 credits.

Registration cost: € 5,000 + € 16 (tax).

2. Foundation Course in Sciences (FCS) - 60 FC cr

The FC prepares students interested in studying a degree programme in Agriculture, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Maths, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy and Physics. The courses contents shall take into account both the admission test to the Degree Programme in Medicine and the evaluation tests required to access the Scientific Degree Programmes.

Courses are divided in the following way:

- Basic Mathematical Language, Modelling and Reasoning 12 FC cr
- Physics 9 FC cr
- Chemistry 6 FC cr
- Biology 6 FC cr
- Principles of Economics and Management 3 FC cr

The remaining 24 credits will consist of courses in the Italian Language and Culture to make up a total of 60 credits.

Registration cost: € 5,000 + € 16 (tax).

Fields of study within the foundation course

a) Study option for candidates with 10 years of schooling - 96 FC cr (with the possibility of studying a total amount of 120 FC cr)

The modules are divided in the following way:

- 36 FC cr within the Foundation Course in Humanities
- 36 FC cr within the Foundation Course in Sciences
- 24 FC cr from courses in Italian Language and Culture

The study option of 120 FC cr must include a total of 48 credits in Italian Language and Culture.

Tuition fees:

For the 96 FCC programme – total amount 7,500 + € 16 (revenue stamp) as follows:
first instalment € 1,016 by June 15, 2018; second instalment € 4.000 by September 30, 2018; last instalment € 2,500 by September 30, 2019.

For the 120 FCC programme – total amount € 10,000 + € 16 (revenue stamp) as follows:
first instalment € 1,016 by June 15, 2018; second instalment € 4.000 by September 30, 2018; last instalment € 5,000 by September 30, 2019.

b) Study option for Italian native speakers or those who have an Italian language certificate at a C1 level (together with a diploma obtained after at least 11 years of schooling) - 60 FC cr

The 60 credits must be obtained by studying modules offered in both, the FCH and the FCS.

Registration cost: € 5,000 + € 16 (tax).

c) Study option for candidates interested in taking “free-choice” modules

This study option is available to students who already have the minimum number of schooling years (12) necessary to enrol in an Italian university but who would like to fill in any educational or linguistic gaps they may have by taking modules offered within the FCH and FCS.

The registration fee is € 85 per credit + € 16 (tax).

Structure of the foundation course

The academic year is structured in two terms for which attendance is obligatory.
Each term lasts for 12 weeks and corresponds to the already existing academic semesters.

The terms are organized in the following way:

  • 1 week of orientation (which happens once the students arrive)
  • 9 weeks of classes
  • 1 week of exam preparation (winter break)
  • 1 week for exams

Important: For the 2018/2019 academic year, courses will start in September 2018 and finish by July 2019. 

Please note that in order to activate the FCH and the FCS for the 2018/2019 academic year at least 4 students must be registered in each of these.

Once a student has finished the FC programme, s/he will receive a certificate which will allow the student to request enrolment in a Bachelor’s or long single-cycle degree programme at the University of Pisa.

Admission requirements

Candidates interested in taking the Foundation Course must meet the following requirements:

  • Certified knowledge of the English language at a B2 level
  • Secondary school leaving qualification obtained overseas.

Registration timetable and procedure

Step 1: by June 1st 2018 candidates must fill out the attached application form and send it to Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. along with the documents listed in the following checklist;

Step 2: if accepted for the programme, the candidate will be notified of the admission by email on the dates outlined in the table below:

Applications submitted by: Notification of admission
2 April 2018 9 April 2018
2 May 2018 7 May 2018
15 May 2018 22 May 2018
1 June 2018 8 June 2018

 

Step 3: by no later than the 15th of June 2018, selected candidates must pay an instalment of 20% of the total registration fees, relative to the chosen study option.

Step 4: within one week of payment, the candidate will receive a letter of acceptance from the University of Pisa. For Non-EU citizens residing abroad, the letter of acceptance for the Foundation Course may be used in order to request a study visa type D from the Italian diplomatic representative responsible for the country.

Step 5: the final date for the payment of the remaining 80% of the registration fee relative to the chosen study option is the 30th of September 2018. Students, who for any justified reason, pay the fee after this date up until the 31 October 2018, will have to pay a fine of an extra 500 euros.

After having paid the registration fees and having obtained the receipt for the request for a residency permit, candidates will be assisted by a tutor who will support them throughout all the phases of enrolment.

Check list: documents to be sent for online application

  1. Application form
  2. Transcript of records of the last secondary school year
  3. Copy of your English (at least B2 level) and/or Italian language certificates
  4. Original version of the secondary school leaving qualification (or a photocopy according to the original version), officially translated into Italian, legalized (or with an "apostille") together with its corresponding Declaration of Value (DV) issued and validated by the Italian authorities of the country of residence or, alternatively, the “Attestato di comparabilità” (a certification of equivalence) issued by the CIMEA;
  5. Valid identification document (for non-EU citizens: copy of passport).

If the candidate has not yet obtained a secondary school leaving qualification at the time of the application for admission, we request, as a temporary replacement of the documentation specified in the fourth point above, a certificate issued by his or her school attesting to the candidate's student status together with the approximate date on which the student will obtain his/her diploma.

If the candidate is considered eligible in the pre-evaluation phase, he / she will have to pay 20% of the registration fee (non-refundable) by the 16th of June. Following this, to finalize the registration procedures, the candidate must then pay the remaining part of the fee and send to our offices the outstanding documentation (DoV or CIMEA Certificate) by September 30th, or later upon payment of a fine of 500 euros. In any case, the completion of the registration with relative payment cannot take place later than October 31st.

Check list: documents required for enrolment once in Pisa

  • Original version of the secondary school leaving qualification (or a photocopy according to the original version), officially translated into Italian, legalized (or with an "apostille") together with its corresponding Declaration of Value (DV) issued and validated by the Italian authorities of the country of residence or, alternatively, the “Attestato di comparabilità” (a certification of equivalence) issued by the CIMEA;
  • Valid identification document (for non-EU citizens: original passport and photocopy)
  • Photocopy of the Residency Permit or photocopy of the Post Office receipt which declares that you have already applied for the Residency Permit (you must bring the original Residency Permit or the original post office receipt)
  • Receipt of payment of the remaining registration fee.

Ultima modifica: Mar 12 Giu 2018 - 09:03

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