The Foundation Course is a pre-university program taught in English and Italian that includes two study tracks: Humanities and Science.
It is primarily aimed at candidates who do not have the minimum school requirements (12 years) requested to apply for an undergraduate program in an Italian university.
Also, the Foundation Course is ideal for US students holding a High School Diploma without either 3 AP courses or 2 years of college (Associate degree) as well as for students with a british curriculum without 3 A levels.
If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen undergraduate course, a foundation course may offer you an alternative admission route.
This program is also meant for students interested in learning or improving their Italian language skills. There are 288 hours of lessons in English and 320 hours of Italian language classes over the whole year of study.
Moreover, it is available a preparatory Italian language course (online) of two months (July/August) that all the students can take before starting classes in September, and you will have around 80 additional hours of conversation with Italian native speaking students who will be your buddies throughout your entire study experience at our University.
Each Foundation Course credit (CFC) is equivalent to 8 hours of lectures in class.
If you successfully complete the Foundation Course you will be able to apply for an undergraduate program at the University of Pisa without passing the Italian language exam normally required to international students.
Also, Foundation Course students who choose to take Math and Principles of Economics and Management and obtain the vote equal to or greater than 27/30, can get 3 up to 5 points in the evaluation procedure for the admission in the BA in Management for Business and Economics at the University of Pisa.
Last but not least, throughout the year a dedicated tutor will be always available to help you with administrative issues, university orientation and any kind of problem you may have.