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Foundation Course 2017/2018

Application for year commencing: September 2017

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 in order to obtain the final qualification.
The modules available within the Foundation Course are taught in English and a certificate of knowledge of the English language at a B1 level is required. However, in order to follow the course effectively, a B2 level is preferable. Therefore, candidates who are not at this level will be required to attend a supplementary course in the English language at their own expense.

Suitable candidates for the foundation course

The Foundation Course is primarily aimed at candidates who:
• possess a high school diploma 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;

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 a High School Diploma (HSD)

Italian citizens in possession of a HSD 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 cr
- 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 to be paid in one instalment by September 15th of every year.

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 content of the courses takes into account the admission exam to Medicine and the evaluation tests students must take in order to access a degree programme.

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 to be paid in one instalment by September 15th of every year.

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.

The deadline to register and pay for the registration fee in one instalment is September 15th of each year:

96 FCCs: €7500
120 FCCs: €10,000

b) Study option for “Native Italians” (i.e.: Italian citizens)-60 FC cr

The modules are divided in the following way:

60 FC cr which may be chosen amongst the modules offered in both, the FCH and FCS.

The registration fee is €5,000 and must be fully paid by September 15th of each year.

c) 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.

The registration fee is €5,000 and must be fully paid by September 15th of each year.

d) 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 and must be paid in one installment by September 15th of each year.

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

Please note that in order to activate the FCH and the FCS for the 2017/2018 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.
Once a student has obtained the FC certificate, should the student be interested in pursuing a degree programme at another Italian university, it will be the student’s responsibility to contact the university of interest in order to request information about the procedure and timetable for a pre-evaluation and possible enrolment. According to ministerial decree n. 7696 of March 23rd 2016, the Italian legal system foresees that each university has full autonomy regarding the admission criteria requested from students interested in studying at their university.

Admission requirements

Candidates interested in pursuing the FC must meet the following requirements:
-Certified knowledge of the English language at a B1 level
-High school diploma obtained overseas.

Registration timetable and procedure

By June 16th, 2017 candidates must fill out the application form and send it to Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.

If application form is sent by--Candidates will be informed of possible admission by:

5 May 2017--12 May 2017

19 May 2017--26 May 2017

2 June 2017--9 June 2017

16 June 2017--23 June 2017

N.B.: For non-EU citizens residing abroad, the acceptance letter 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.
It is reminded that, within the first 8 days after arriving into Italy and before enrolling in any courses, you must request a residency permit, complying with the deadlines and instructions indicated on the following link

In addition, after having obtained the final certificate for the Foundation Course, candidates can apply for enrolment in a Bachelor’s or in a long single-cycle Master’s degree programme at the University of Pisa (without needing to pass an Italian language exam required for non-EU applicants who need a visa-this information is based on the Ministry of Education’s document relative to the enrolment of international students).

Selected candidates must pay the total registration fees, relative to the chosen study option that will be indicated in the acceptance letter, by and not after September 15th 2017.
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.

Documents requested for registration

• Original version of the High school diploma (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;
• Passport photo in electronic format
• 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 registration fees.

Application form

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