The Foundation Course is a study programme mainly taught in English that encompasses several fields of study.
It is primarily aimed at candidates who do not have the minimum schooling requirements (12 years) requested by the current legislation for the university access.
It is aimed also at American Students who have an High School Diploma without one of the additional qualifications required by the current Italian legislation for the university access (3 advanced placement courses (APs); 2 complete years of college (Associate Degree)
If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen undergraduate course, a foundation course may offer you an alternative entry route.
This course 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 lessons in italian over the whole year of study.
Each Foundation Course credit (CFC) is equivalent to 8 hours of lectures in class.
Moreover, you will have around 100 additional hours of conversation with italian native speaker students who will be your buddies during your whole study experience in our University.
If you successfully complete the Foundation Course programme you will be able to apply to a first cycle degree programme at the University of Pisa without passing the Italian language exam normally required for non-EU students.