How can I prove my English language knowledge to enter the Foundation Course Program?
Are there any scholarships available?
Yes, there are two scholarships available to the best two students of the Foundation Course Program (enrolled from the academic year 2019/20) who want to keep studying at the University of Pisa.
The best two students will get a total tuition fee waiver for the first year of enrollment in any bachelor’s degree program chosen at the University of Pisa.
Moreover, if you successfully finish the Foundation Course and then you decide to continue to study at the University of Pisa in a Bachelor’s Degree Program, you will be able to apply for an ordinary DSU scholarship like all the other students. Please find some useful info about the scholarships here: https://www.unipi.it/index.php/tuition-fees-and-financial-support/item/2275-dsu-scholarship
Do marks of secondary school qualification have a role in the evaluation procedure? If yes, how much?
There is not a minimum grade to apply for our program. However, the evaluation commission can decide not to admit a candidate if their marks are too low.
Once enrolled, can I change from one Foundation Course option to another (for ex. from Humanities to Science)? If yes, until when?
Yes, you can do that at the most by the first two weeks from the beginning of the classes.
Can I apply to any Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Pisa after the successful completion of the Foundation Course? What about the Italian language requirements?
Both the successful completion of the Foundation Course Humanities and Science gives the student the chance to apply for any Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Pisa.
About the Italian language requirements to enroll at the University of Pisa, the B1 level is required for Bachelor’s Degrees in English (IPH, Management for Business and Economics), while the B2 level for the ones taught in Italian.
The deadlines to obtain the language levels are: B1 and Foundation Course Diploma: the 31st of December of the year after the one of enrollment (for ex. if you enrolled on September 1st 2018 you can obtain the level and the Diploma by December 31st 2019); B2 level: the 31st of March of the second year after the one of enrollment (for ex. if you enrolled on September 1st 2018 you can obtain the level by March 31st 2020).
Students who have obtained the FC Diploma with a B1 level by the 31st of December are allowed to enroll to a Bachelor’s Degree in Italian “under condition” and they must reach the B2 level by the 31st of March of the subsequent year. If they do not obtain the B2 level by the end of March they are not allowed to continue to study at the University of Pisa.
If you do not obtain the Foundation Course Diploma you are not allowed in any case (except if they already have a Secondary School qualification obtained after 12 years of schooling) to enroll (nor even under condition) at the University of Pisa.
Italian language proofs accepted after the end of the Foundation Course program:
Italian language test at CLI (University of Pisa linguistic center)
Does the Foundation Course exempt me from taking the entry/evaluation tests to enter the Bachelor’s Degree Programs?
No, it does not. Having obtained a Foundation Course Diploma does not exempt you from taking the entry or the evaluation tests expected for some Bachelor’s degree programs. You can find additional info here: https://matricolandosi.unipi.it/en/evaluation-tests/
What if after the Foundation Course I want to apply to another Italian (or foreign) University which is not the University of Pisa?
If a student wants to apply to another University, they should ask them in advance what the academic requirements are for the enrollment, apart from having a High School Diploma/Secondary School Leaving Qualification and the Foundation Course Certificate (Humanities/Science).
The Foundation Course is recognized by the Italian government as a way to fill the gap between the secondary school and the University, but each University holds a certain degree of autonomy regarding the admission of its students, so please contact the Universities of interest to you in advance and ask them whether or not they will accept you with your Secondary School Leaving Qualification plus a Foundation Course certificate.
Will the foundation course prepare me for the entry test to enter the Medicine degree taught in Italian or in English?
The Foundation Course Science includes a series of subjects (such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Basic Mathematical Language, Modelling and Reasoning) structured in a level equivalent to the one taught in the last year of an Italian high school, so they can give you a general knowledge which may be really helpful if you want to take the admission test in Medicine. Moreover, it includes 24 credits of Italian language through which you can reach up to the B2 level (which is the level generally required to enter the Italian Universities). However, please note that the admission test in Medicine does change every year and that the Foundation Course Science does not focus its attention on how to specifically prepare for it.
How can I improve Italian and make new friends outside of the university?
You have many different ways to improve your language skills and to make new friends.
First of all, about the language make an effort to speak Italian instead of English and hang out as more as you can with Italian people. Moreover, watch movies with Italian subtitles and read whatever you can in Italian (books, newspapers, essays and so on).
Secondly, there are several university associations that enable international students meeting Italian (and other international) students, such as AEGEE (https://www.aegeepisa.it/), ESN (http://www.esnpisa.it/) and, for those of you who like sports, the group Meet up, Keep fit and Make friends (https://www.facebook.com/meetupkeepfitmakefriends/). Contact them and enjoy your experience in Pisa!