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.

The course includes both Italian language classes and preparatory courses from one of the following study areas: (1) Humanities; (2) Science and Medicine; (3) Economics, Law and Politics.

    For the academic year 2022-2023, Italian and Area Studies courses will be held in person* in Pavia from October 2022 until June 2023.

      Students who pass the Foundation year final exams will:

      • meet the minimum entry requirements for undergraduate study and be exempted from the first year of University fee at the University of Pavia.
      • be exempted from the Italian Proficiency University admission test.

      Students applying to degrees with limited enrollment must still take the admission test.

        *In case of a negative evolution of the pandemic situation which could lead to restrictions on the in-presence activities, the courses will be held online, without any possibility of reimbursement or reduction of tuition fee. The inability to attend the online lessons live due to the unfavorable time zone difference, will not allow any kind of reduction or refund.

          Applications for the a.y. 2022-2023 are open!

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Foundation Year end of seats


We would like to inform Foundation Year candidates that we have exceeded the capacity of the program.

For this reason, it will no longer be possible to apply for the academic year 2022/23.

If you […]

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Foundation Year seats availability


We would like to inform Foundation Year candidates that we have received a high number of applications that may exceed the capacity of the program.

For this reason, we are expecting from now on […]


Foundation Year 21/22 Closing Ceremony

The Foundation Year Closing Ceremony for the 21/22 academic year was held on Wednesday 22 June 2022 in the historical Aula Scarpa.

A total of 130 students from over 40 countries around the world […]

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Supporting initiative for Ukrainian students: The FY offer ten full exemptions of the tuition fee

In order to allow Ukrainian students to continue their education, and as part of our University initiatives to support them, the Foundation Year Program of the University of Pavia offers ten full exemptions […]

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Watch the Foundation Year 2022-23 Webinar!

Did you miss our Webinar held on March 16? Don’t worry! You can watch the recording here: Read
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The FY hosts an Erasmus+ program: we warmly welcome Professor Pietrobono from the Escuela oficial de idiomas de Madrid-Carabanchel!

During the Week of 7 to 11 March, Professor Annamaria Pietrobono, Italian language teacher at EOI de Madrid-Carabanchel was invited by the FY Program to hold a Job Shadowing Program within the framework […]


Great news: the FY’s teaching offer is further strengthened with the CILS exam!

For the A.Y. 2022/23, the Foundation Year Program will offer the opportunity to take the CILS certification exam and the cost is already included in the 5.000 euros fee!

The CILS (Certificazione di Italiano […]


Happy Winter Holidays! 🎄

The Foundation Year Team wishes you the happiest winter holidays and a new year full of joy and luck! Read

Open Applications for 2022-2023

Applications for the academic year 2022-2023 are now! What are you waiting for? Apply now! You have time until 31 August 2022. Read
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