How the FY is organized


The course runs from September 2024 to July 2025*.

The course is divided into two semesters with the possibility to start in the middle of September 2024 (“Early bird” course), at the beginning of October 2024 (“Regular” course), or later for “Dante” programme.

  • First semester: September – January
  • Second semester: February – July.

Students enrolled on the PIFY Programme will start the course in Parma according to individually tailored agreements and will receive a reduction on the number of credits needed to complete the Programme in Parma, as determined by the FY Executive Committee.

*PLEASE NOTE: For students who will not succeed in obtaining 60 credits by July 2025, it will be possible to reenroll and take the remaing exams by the end of September 2025. Students will be requested to pay fees proportionally to the amount of remaing credits to obtain.


Students can choose between two study programmes, run in Italian or English both consisting of:

  • 310 hours of classroom lessons, 150 hours of blended lessons and 1040 hours of self-study and tutoring, 1500 hours total (60 credits).

The Foundation Year includes courses of:

Core subjects  
  Italian language
  Italian culture (in Italian and English)
  Intercultural communication (in Italian and English)
  Preparation for the exam to obtain a language certificate in Italian or English

Courses to be chosen from those offered by the University of Parma in any academic field (in Italian and English)

This option is aimed at raising students’ awareness of the Italian university system and helping them choose the most appropriate degree course

Italian history and geography (in Italian and English)

Soft skills