Foundation Year at Sapienza University of Rome

Sapienza University of Rome presents the “Foundation Year” Programme 2019-2020

Call for application 2019-2020 is now open Full details are available here (pdf)

Deadline for payment the final instalment of € 2,000.00 is November 15, 2019.

To pay   the final instalment  student have to ask a payment slip to: “Settore Master” will give instructions how to pay the last tuition fees.


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 for 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). Total amount of classroom activities: 400 hours.

Nov - Dec 2019 
150 hours

4-5 days per week

Intensive Italian language and culture

Jan - Mar 2020
50 hours

4 hours per week

Italian language and culture

Jan - Apr 2020

150 hours

4-5 days per week

Science OR Humanities


 Art History

Apr – Jun 2020

50 hours

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


Registration cost: € 5000

First instalment € 1,000.00 by July 2019; second instalment € 2,000.00 by September 2019; final instalment € 2,000.00 by November 2019.
Please note that in order to activate the FYH and the FYS for the 2019-20 academic year, at least 10 students must be register in each.


Registration Timetable and Procedure
Full details are available in the call for applications 2019-2020


Info and Contact


Marco Polo Building
Via Circonvallazione Tiburtina, 4  
00185 Rome

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