Foundation Year at Sapienza University of Rome

For the results of the 2022-2023 selection procedure, please see the ‘Ranking’ document attached to this page”.

What is the "Foundation Year" Programme?

The Sapienza University “Foundation Year” Programme was conceived for international students who need to complete their basic education in order to pass an admission test in Italian state universities (in a range of disciplines, i.e. Medicine, Architecture, Science, Engineering and Humanities). The programme is held in Italian and primarily addresses to students who do not meet the minimum schooling requirements outlined in current legislation for enrolment at Italian universities.
Candidates may apply for the “Foundation Year” Programme even if they already have the 12 years of schooling necessary to enrol, but wish to improve their educational or linguistic competences.
Students who successfully complete the programme will be able to apply to Bachelors or Single-cycle degree programmes at Sapienza University without having to sit the Italian language exam for Non-EU students. Attendance is mandatory for at least 75% of classrooms.

Eligible Candidates

Candidates who meet the requirements indicated below are eligible to apply for the programme:

  • holding a secondary school diploma obtained abroad after 11 years of schooling;
  • possess minimum B2 English language level or equivalent level to be assessed through an online interview.

Candidates Non-EU citizens residing abroad have mandatory to request by 29 July 2022 through the UNIVERSITALY platform (, a visa for study purposes for the academic year 2022- 2023 for “University enrolment” (see and

For further information about enrolment procedures visit Hello-Foreign Students Office page.

Study Options

The “Sapienza Foundation Year" program is composed of a common part (Italian language and culture) and of one of the elective following fields of study: Humanities (Foundation Year in Humanities-FYH) or Sciences (Foundation Year in Science-FYS). Classroom activities total 400 hours and attendance is mandatory for at least 75% of them. The final part of teaching activities includes three groups of classes on different typology of Italian university entrance tests.

Attendance is mandatory for at least 75% of them.


October 2022

50 hours


Preparatory Italian Language Online Course

Level A1-A2

Nov 2022–Jan 2023

150 hours

4-5 days per week


Intensive Italian language and culture

Classroom B1-B2

Feb 2023–May 2023


160 hours

40 hours each


Curricular classes

Art History

Contemporary History

Italian Literature

Fashion History






May 2023–Jun 2023


40 hours each


Preparatory classes

Applied Sciences

(Economics, Engineering, Management, etc.)


Clinic Sciences

(Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, etc.)

Human Sciences

(Archaeology, Art History,

Classics, etc.)



For the results of the 2022-2023 selection procedure, please see the ‘Ranking’ document attached to this page

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