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 Source credits (FCC).
There are three options available: residential (first and second semester in person), blended (first semester online and second semester in person) and online
The FCS prepares students interested in science courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Math, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, and Physics. 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 from the A1 to the B2 level, over the whole year of study.
Basic Mathematical Language, Modelling and Reasoning - 6 Foundation Course credits
Physics - 9 Foundation Course credits
Chemistry - 6 Foundation Course credits
Biology - 6 Foundation Course credits
Italian Language and Culture - 24 Foundation Course credits
Elective classes for a total of 9 Foundation Course credits:
Principles of Economics and Management - 3 Foundation Course credits
Ecology for Agriculture - 3 Foundation Course credits
Introduction to philosophical tought - 3 Foundation Course credits
Geosciences - 3 Foundation Course credits
Logic and Reasoning - 3 Foundation Course credits
Italian literature II B - 3 Foundation Course credits
Italian history - 3 Foundation Course credits
The program also offers extra 40 hours of study focused on the preparation of Medicine and Surgery admission test. Subjects covered are Logic, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Students who have gaps in Math may attend a preparatory course in September with dedicated tutor before the program starts.
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.
- 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 Responsibility Agreement and the remaining fees by 30 November 2022. In case this second installment 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 2022 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 30 November 2022 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 2022) 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;
The 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 2022.
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