The Foundation Year is a preparatory course taught in Italian designed for:

  • students who do not meet the minimum 12 years of schooling required for enrollment in an Italian University Degree course.
  • students who want to access undergraduate degrees at the University of Pavia.
  •  students interested in learning Italian or improving their Italian language skills.

For the academic year 2020-21, starting on October, 15 2020 and ending on June, 19 2021, you can choose between two available options:

  • Foundation Year - residential option: you will attend all courses, both Italian and Area Studies courses  in presence in Pavia from October 2020 until June 2021
  • Foundation Year - blended option: you will attend the intensive Italian course online from October 2020 until February 2021; then you will attend in presence in Pavia the Italian language course and the area study preparatory courses from March until June 2021. 

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Attend our webinar on Foundation Year 2020-21!

We are glad to inform you that the University of Pavia is launching a Webinar to present the Foundation Year Program for the academic year 2020/2021, which will be held on the 8th of […]


New Foundation Year (blended and residential) e-brochure!

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New Foundation Year Blended edition!

Have finished high school, want a taste of life at university, and yearn to learn more about the world and its cultures? Then you will be interested in our 2020/21 Foundation Year Program.
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