Foundation Course in Humanities (FCH)

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Program Description

Foundation Course in Humanities (FCH) - 60 Foundation Course credits

The modules are divided in the following way:

  • Italian Literature: an introduction 12 Foundation Course credits
  • Modern European History 9 Foundation Course credits
  • Greek and Roman Archaeology 6 Foundation Course credits
  • History of Art: an introduction 6 Foundation Course credits
  • Introduction to Philosophical Thought 3 Foundation Course credits

The remaining 24 credits will consist of courses in the Italian Language and Culture to make up a total of 60 credits.

What is the foundation course?

The Foundation Course is a study program composed of two fields of study: Humanities (Foundation Course in Humanities-FCH) and Sciences (Foundation Course in Science-FCS), taught in English and primarily aimed at candidates who do not possess the minimum schooling requirements outlined in current legislation for enrolment at Italian universities.

Attendance of the Foundation Course is mandatory and students must accumulate all the credits provided by the course in order to obtain the final qualification.

The modules available within the Foundation Course are taught in English and a certificate of knowledge of the English language at a B2 level is required.

Suitable candidates for the foundation course

The Foundation Course is primarily aimed at candidates who:

  • possess a secondary school leaving qualification obtained abroad after 10 or 11 years of schooling;
  • possess an American high school qualification which does not include any Advanced Placements (APs) required for enrolment according to current legislation.

Candidates may also apply for the Foundation Course, even if they are in possession of the 12 years of schooling required for enrolment, in order to fill in any educational or linguistic gaps, by choosing single MODULES within the module list offered by the Foundation Course.

Specific admission procedures for the Foundation Course for Italian citizens in possession of a secondary school leaving qualification

Italian citizens in possession of a secondary school leaving qualification may be admitted onto the Foundation Course if they have:

  • achieved positive results from at least 2 years’ attendance at a foreign educational system which did not include the necessary Advanced Placements for enrolment at an Italian University, as outlined in current legislation. Such candidates are obliged to substitute 24 Foundation Course credits (FC cr) in modules related to the Italian Language and Culture with credits of equal value from the module list offered by the Foundation Course;
  • achieved positive results from one year of attendance at a foreign educational system and are in possession of the necessary Advanced Placements for enrolment at an Italian University. Such candidates are obliged to substitute 24 FC cr in modules related to the Italian Language and Culture with FC cr of equal value from the module list offered by the Foundation Course.

FAQ

- What other options do you have for this program?

10 years of schooling, Native Italians, Free Choice modules.

- Can I pay for this program in installments?

Yes, the 20% of the tuition fees must be paid by no later than 15 July 2020 (for non-EU citizens residing abroad) or 31 July 2020 (for EU citizens and non-EU citizens residing in Italy), and the remaining 80% by 16 October 2020.

- What is the admission process for this program?

Step 1: By no later than 30 June 2020 (for non-EU citizens residing abroad) or 15 July 2020 (for EU citizens and non-EU citizens residing in Italy) please send all of the documents required for the application to studyabroad@unipi.it

Step 2: In case of positive evaluation, you will have to sign a Responsibility Agreement and you will have to pay 20% of the tuition fees by no later than 15 July 2020 (for non-EU citizens residing abroad) or 31 July 2020 (for EU citizens and non-EU citizens residing in Italy).

Step 3: Within one week after the payment and the signing of the Responsibility Agreement you will receive a conditional acceptance letter for the Foundation Course. If you are a Non-EU citizen residing abroad you will use the acceptance letter to apply for a Type D Visa for study at the Italian Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence.

Step 4: By no later than 16 October 2020 you will have to pay 80% of the tuition fees and you will have to submit the remaining documents required for the enrolment.

Payments and/or documents submitted after the above deadlines (and in any case no later than 31 December 2020) will produce a penalty of 500 euros.

- What documents are required to apply to this program?
  1. Application form;
  2. Transcript of records of the last year of secondary school;
  3. English language certificate (at least B2 level) or proof of attendance of at least one year of secondary school in the English Language;
  4. The original version of your High school diploma/ Secondary School Leaving Qualification;
  5. Official translation into Italian of the Diploma/Secondary School Leaving Qualification, legalized (or with an "apostille") and validated by the Italian diplomatic authorities in their home country with the Declaration of Value (DV) (Dichiarazione di Valore) - issued by the Italian diplomatic authorities in their home country and verifying that at least 10 or 11 years of schooling have been already attended. Alternatively, the ENIC-NARIC certificate is accepted (in Italian or in the English Language);
  6. Valid identification document (for non-EU citizens: a copy of your passport);
  7. One passport-type picture.

Optional documents: Italian tax code; Italian language certificate.

The candidate who has not obtained a secondary school leaving qualification/High School Diploma at the time of the application for admission must submit, as a temporary replacement, a certificate issued by their school attesting to the candidate's student status together with the approximate date when the student will obtain the diploma.

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Last updated November 2019

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