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Foundation Course

University of Pisa
Full time
Foundation / Pathway program
Scholarships available

Program description

Foundation Course 

Join the Foundation Course 2021-22 Open Day!

We’ll tell you about the the study options available, the admission requirements and the university life in Pisa!

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May 12 at 3:30 pm CET

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The Foundation Course is a study program 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 enrollment at Italian universities.

The program also enables students to get ready for the Medicine and Surgery admission test thanks to 40 study hours dedicated to it!

There are three options available: on-campus, blended and online

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 B2 level is required.

Foundation course study options:

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

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:

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

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

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

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 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.

Courses are divided in the following way:

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

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

Fields of study within the foundation course

a) Study option for candidates with 10 years of schooling - 96 CFC  (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
- 36 credits within the Foundation Course in Sciences
- 24 credits 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.

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Admission requirements

The Foundation Course is primarily aimed at candidates who:

possess 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.

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 2021

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Summer Courses & Master Programs at University of Pisa, Italy

Established in 1343, the University of Pisa is an internationally-renown public institution, ranking among the top eight Italian universities and top 300 universities world-wide. The university has 20 departments with many high-level research centers, such as: Agriculture Astrophysics Computer science...

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Why study at University of Pisa

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

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