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 2021-22, you can choose among three available options:

  • Foundation Year - residential option: you will attend all courses, both Italian and Area Studies courses  in presence* in Pavia from October 2021 until June 2022
  • Foundation Year - blended option: you will attend the intensive Italian course online from October 2021 until February 2022; then you will attend in presence* in Pavia the Italian language course and the area study preparatory courses from March until June 2022. 
  • Foundation Year - online option: you will attend all courses, both Italian and Area Studies classes entirely online from October 2021 until June 2022. 
  • *The in-person options will take place only if the sanitary conditions will be favorable and allow for in-person lessons. On the contrary, the program will be held entirely online, without any possibility of reimbursement or reductions of the tuition fees.

Applications for the a.y. 2021-22 are open!

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Brochure 2021/2022

Download the brand-new brochure of the Foundation Year Program for the academic year 2021/2022 here!       Read
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Watch the Foundation Year 2021-22 Webinar

Did you miss our Webinar? Do not worry! Watch the replay here: Read
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Webinar Academic Year 2021/2022

The Foundation Year Program is happy to announce its Webinar for the academic year 2021/2022, which will take place on 3 March 2021 at 2.30 p.m. (Italian time)
This is a great chance to […]

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NEW: Foundation Year – Online Option

The University of Pavia is happy to present its brand new option for its Foundation Year Program: the Foundation Year – Online Option.

Students who choose Foundation Year – Online will attend the entire program ONLINE, from […]

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The University of Pavia is awarding 100 tuition fee waivers providing exemption from the payment of university tuition fees to foreign students enrolling in degree programs for the 2021/2022 academic year.
If you are […]


Applications for a.y. 2021-22 are now open!

Applications for the a.y. 2021-22 are now open until September 30 2021! You can apply here  Read
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