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Foundation Course

University of Pisa
Full time
Foundation / Pathway program
Scholarships available
On campus
Pisa
English
September 2022
Application deadline: 30 June 2022

About this program

Foundation Course

First in Italy since 2016

Applications fot the Foundation Course 2022-23 are now open!

About the Foundation Course

  • Pre-university program
  • 1 year duration
  • 2 study tracks: Humanities and Science
  • 3 study options: online, blended, on-campus

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen undergraduate course at the University of Pisa, the foundation course may offer you an alternative entry route!

What will you get?

  • 288 hours of English medium classes in Humanities and/or Science subjects
  • Online Italian preparatory module (find outhereabout it)+ yearly Italian language course (A1-B2 level)+ Italian conversation activities with native speaker students for a total of more than 400 hours
  • Math preparatory course
  • Medicine and Surgery national admission test preparation: 40 hours focused on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Logic and Reasoning
  • Minimum entry requirements for all the undegraduate programs of the University of Pisa
  • Benefits for undergraduate programs in English, namelyManagement for Business and Economics (MBE)andInternational Program in Humanities (IPH)
  • Dedicated tutors always available to help you with administrative issues, university orientation and any kind of stuff related to your study experience and stay in Italy
  • Trips + social, cultural and orientation activities

Foundation course study fields:

  • Humanities
  • Science
  • 10 years of schooling
  • Native Italian Speakers
  • Free choice modules

Admission requirements

The program is primarily designed for students with

  • a secondary school qualification obtained after 10 or 11 years of school
  • an American high school diploma without 3 Aps or 1 year of college
  • International General Certificate of Education/ General Certificate of Education without 3 A-levels

Applications are assessed case by case for students with

  • IGCSE/ O levels/ As levels
  • High School equivalency certificates
  • Vocational qualifications

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proficiency in English(at least a B2 level) that can be shown with an international certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Assessment), one full year of school in english or an interview.
  • Asecondary school leaving qualificationobtained after 10 or 11 years of schoolora US High School Diploma without 3 AP courses or 1 year of college/university;ora british school qualification without 3 A levels
    If you have not obtained your Secondary School Qualification yet, it is enough a school enrollment certificate

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

Deadline: 30 June 2022


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Program content

1. Foundation Course in Humanities (FCH) - 60 Credit Foundation Course

There are 288 hours of lessons in English and 320 hours of italian language lessons (+80 hours of italian conversation classes) over the whole year of study.

The modules are divided in the following way:

Mandatory modules

  • Italian Literature: an introduction I
  • Italian Literature: an introduction II A
  • Greek and Roman Archaeology
  • Modern European History
  • History of Art: an introduction
  • Italian Language and Culture

Optional modules

First semester (3 CFC):Principles of Economics and Management / Ecology for Agriculture / Introduction to philosophical thought

Second semester (3CFC):Geosciences / Logic and Reasoning / Italian literature II B

2. Foundation Course in Sciences (FCS) - 60 Credit Foundation Course

There are 288 hours of lessons in English and 320 hours of italian language lessons (+80 hours of italian conversation classes) over the whole year of study.

The FCS includes 40 hours of study focused on the preparation of Medicine and Surgery national admission test. Subjects covered are Logic, Biology, Chemistry and Physics

The FCS prepares students interested in scientific courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Math, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy and Physics. The programme’s modules are based on last year’s curricula of scientific subjects as given at Italian scientific high schools.

Mandatory modules

  • Basic Mathematical Language
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Italian Language and Culture

Optional modules

First semester (3 CFC):First semester (3 CFC):Principles of Economics and Management / Ecology for Agriculture / Introduction to philosophical thought

Second semester (3CFC):Geosciences / Logic and Reasoning / Italian literature II B

Further fields of study within the Foundation Course

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

The modules are divided in the following way:

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

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

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 CFC

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

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.

Scholarships & funding

2 Scholarships worth 1000 € and 2 tuition fee waivers to the best Foundation Course students who enroll to a Bachelor’s or to an Integrated Master’s degree at the University of Pisa.

The two benefits above mentioned are given at the end of the FC year and they are valid only for the first year of the undergraduate degree chosen.

Program delivery

On-campus: first and second semester in person in Pisa

Blended: firs semester online and second semester in person in Pisa

Online: you will attend the entire program online.

First semester: September 2022-January 2023

Second semester: February-June 2023

**The activation of one or both semesters in-person will depend on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in the next months. Online lesson will be guaranteed in any case for the entire year.

Tuition

Foundation Course Humanities and Science

On-campus option: 5000 €

Blended option: 4500 €

Online option: 4000 €

Foundation Course 96 credits

On-campus option: 7500 €

Blended option: 7000 €

Online option: 6500 €

Foundation Course 120 credits

On-campus option: 10000 €

Blended option: 9500 €

Online option: 9000 €

Single modules

85 €per credit

Qualification

You will obtain your final FC qualification if you will meet the following requirements:

  • Regular attendance in each class
  • Achievement of all of the expected credits in the chosen study track
  • Achievement of at least the B1 Italian Language level

Continuing studies

FC Science studentscan obtain up to 5 points in in the evaluation procedure for the admission in the BA inManagement for Business and Economics (MBE)at the University of Pisa. Details will be available in the nextMBE call.

Furthermore, FC students who decide to enroll to theInternational Program in Humanities (IPH)at the University of Pisa will have a discount of 1000 € in the tuition fees of the program.

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Founded in 1343, the University of Pisa is one of the most prestigious universities in Italy. Famous alumni of the University include Galileo Galilei, 3 Nobel prize winners and 2 Fields medalist.It is amongst the top 3 universities in Italy (ARWU).Nowadays the University of Pisa represents a prestigious modern center for teaching and advanced research.Pisa offers international students the unique opportunity to study and experience the richness of Italian history and culture in a beautiful and stimulating environment. Famous across the world for the Leaning Tower, almost all of its departments are located in the heart of the city. Its strategic geographical location, the international airport and the excellent rail connections offer the possibility of weekend trips to other parts of Italy and Europe.

The Foundation Course

A one-year programme taught exclusively in English, which bridges the gap between High School and University studies and it equips students with the appropriate academic grounding for an Italian degree at the University of Pisa.This programme is aimed at International students who have 11 or 10 years of schooling and have successfully completed High School and at American students who have not taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses during the last year of High School nor have attended 2 years of College

Summer Schools

Intensive academic courses for international students and also for graduates.They mostly last from 1 to 6 weeks and take place in an international context, with students and lecturers coming from various parts of the world and all lectures delivered in English.They are characterized by nonconventional teaching formats (workshops, tutorials, excursions, cultural events, business testimonials, etc.) and a multidisciplinary approach. Professors are experts in their areas and have a keen interest in what they do.Summer Schools meet strict academic regulations: each grants at least 3 ECTS credits and the participants who successfully pass the final exams will receive an official academic transcript.

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University of Pisa

Lungarno Pacinotti 43
56126 Pisa
Italy

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www.unipi.it

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