Foundation Year at Sapienza University of Rome

The call for application for A.Y. 2020/2021 will be published soon

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 English 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.  For those who do not have the required certification, it is possible to hold a Skype interview to assess their English level.

Study Options

The "Foundation Year" Programme is composed of a common part (Italian language and Italian culture) and of one of the following fields of study: Humanities (Foundation Year in Humanities-FYH) or Sciences (Foundation Year in Science-FYS). The total amount of classroom activities: 400 hours.

Nov - Dec 
150 hours

4-5 days per week

Intensive Italian language and culture

Jan - Mar 
50 hours

4 hours per week

Italian language and culture

Jan - Apr

150 hours

4-5 days per week

Science OR Humanities


 Art History

Apr – May

50 hours (each)

Preparation for  Admission Test: Medicine, Architecture, Engineering, Design, Humanities, Economics, Sciences



Info and Contact


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Via Circonvallazione Tiburtina, 4  
00185 Rome

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