Overview of the course

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 2021/2022, you can choose among three available options:

  • Foundation Year – Residential option: you will attend all courses, both Italian and Area Studies courses in-person* 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-person* 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.

Students who pass the Foundation year final exams will

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

Please note that students applying to degrees with limited enrollment must still take the admission test.

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