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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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

Brochure 22-23

Download our brand new Brochure for the academic year 2022-2023 here! Read

On 15/10/2021, the Inauguration Ceremony of the 21/22 academic year of our Foundation Year program was held.
On this occasion, the students were welcomed by the Program Director, Prof. Stefano Rastelli, the Pro-Rector, Prof. […]


Opening Ceremony Academic Year 2021/2022

The Director of the Program, Prof. Stefano Rastelli, together with the Vice Rector, Prof. Antonella Forlino, and the teaching staff are delighted to welcome our Foundation Year students with an Opening Ceremony for […]


Foundation Year 20/21 Closing Ceremony

The Foundation Year Closing Ceremony for the 20/21 academic year was held on 25/06/2021.
On this occasion, 33 students were awarded the Statement of Successful Completion of the Program.
Congratulations to all!

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Why Study a Foundation Year at the University of Pavia

Do you still have doubts about choosing the Foundation Year at the University of Pavia? Read the following article: Read

Watch the New Video on our Foundation Year

Here is our brand new video on Foundation Year at the University of Pavia:         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 […]