The Foundation Year Program

University of Pavia's Foundation Year Program was founded in the 2018-2019 academic year and perfectly aligns with University of Pavia's distinctive internationalism.

Since its very inception, the Program, entirely carried out in Italian, set out to offer high-quality preparation and training to:

  • Students who do not meet the minimum 12 years- of- schooling requirement, or other specific requirements, necessary for enrolling in an university degree program in Italy.
  • Students who wish to pursue a degree program at University of Pavia 
  • Students who want to learn Italian or improve their Italian language proficiency 

In the 2023/2024 academic year, the Program will offer :

  • a 450-hour Italian language & Culture course,with different levels available, beginner to advanced (October 16, 2023  to June 21, 2024)
  • Four courses, for a total of 300 hours of instruction,entirely delivered in Italian, in a study area selected by the student among Humanities, Science and Medicine, Social Sciences (from February 19, 2024 to June 21, 2024)

To successfully complete the courses students must:

- Meet the minimum attendance requirement (85%) in each course, that is, the Italian language course and the four courses specific to the study area selected 

- Pass all the exams scheduled for each one of the selected course, (passing score = 18/30)




Learn about all the opportunities offered by the Foundation Year Program at the University of Pavia 

Register on the portal and watch the course presentation now!


Foundation Year Brochure (English)
brochure spanish