The Foundation Course in Science is aimed at candidates with a School Leaving Qualification obtained after 11 years of schooling and it is composed of a total of 60 Foundation Cource credits (FCC).
The FCS prepares students interested in scientific courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Math, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy and Phisics. The program's modules are based on last year's curricula of scientific subjects as given at Italian scientific high schools.
There are 288 hours of lessons in english and 320 hours of italian language classes over the whole year of study.
The total cost is 5000 euros (+16 euros for administrative fee).
Courses are divided in the following way:
Basic Mathematical Language, Modelling and Reasoning 12 Foundation Course credits
Physics 9 Foundation Course credits
Chemistry 6 Foundation Course credits
Biology 6 Foundation Course credits
Principles of Economics and Management 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.
Students who have problems with Math may attend a preparatory course in September with dedicated tutors to fill their gaps.
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.
Structure of the foundation course
The academic year is structured in two terms for which attendance is obligatory.Each term lasts for 12 weeks and corresponds to the already existing academic semesters.
The terms are organized in the following way:
1 week of orientation (which happens once the students arrive)
9 weeks of classes
1 week of exam preparation (winter break)
1 week for exams
Once a student has finished the FC program, s/he will receive a certificate that will allow the student to request enrolment in a Bachelor’s or long single-cycle degree program at the University of Pisa.
Once a student has obtained the FC certificate, should the student be interested in pursuing a degree program at another Italian university, it will be the student’s responsibility to contact the University of interest in order to request information about the procedure and timetable for a pre-evaluation and possible enrolment. According to ministerial decree n. 7696 of March 23rd, 2016, the Italian legal system foresees that each university has full autonomy regarding the admission criteria requested from students interested in studying at their university.
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.
Candidates interested in pursuing the FC must meet the following requirements:
Certified knowledge of the English language at a B2 level.
Secondary school leaving qualification obtained overseas.
- 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 first installment of the tuition fees (1016 euros) must be paid in two weeks after signing the Responsability Agreement and the remaining fees by 29 October 2021. In case this second instalment is paid after that deadline you will be asked to pay a penalty fee of 500 euros.
- What is the admission process for this program?
Step 1: By no later than June 30 2021 please send all of the documents required for the application to email@example.com
Step 2: In case of positive evaluation, you will have to sign a Responsibility Agreement and you will have to pay the first installment of the tuition fees in two weeks.
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 29 October 2021 you will have to pay the remaining part of the tuition fees and you will have to submit the remaining documents required for the enrolment.
Payments submitted after the above deadlines (and in any case no later than 31 December 2021) will produce a penalty of 500 euros.
- What documents are required to apply to this program?
Application form (attached below);
Transcript of records of the last year of secondary school;
English language certificate (at least B2 level) or proof of attendance of at least one year of secondary school in the English Language;
The original version of your High school diploma/ Secondary School Leaving Qualification;
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);
Valid identification document (for non-EU citizens: a copy of your passport);
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.
In these cases the DV or the ENIC-NARIC certificate may be submitted by 31 December 2021.
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