Foundation Year

Foundation Year (A.Y. 2019/2020)

Collaboration between the University for Foreigners in Siena and the University of Siena


Given the success of the year-long preparatory course named “Foundation Year” in a.y. 2018/2019, the University for Foreigners in Siena will again offer the course in academic year 2019/2020.

In light of the agreement with the University of Siena, the “Foundation Year” is an entry path for study at the University of Siena, in particular in the fields of economics, science and the humanities.


The preparatory course enables students who completed studies in educational systems that differ significantly from the Italian one to access academic study programmes in Italy: students will not only improve their language proficiency but also acquaint themselves with teaching and study methods traditionally adopted in European contexts. The “Foundation Year” is tailored for international students with less than 12 years of schooling who wish to enrol on first cycle degree programmes at Italian universities and for all those who must integrate their academic studies prior to enrolment in Italian universities.


The calendar of activities for A.Y. 2019/2020 is:


Course calendar

I semester

1 October 2019 – 10 January 2020

II semester

17 February– 29 May 2020


Exam sessions

Winter session

13 January – 14 February 2020

Summer session

3 June – 31 July 2020


To be admitted to the “Foundation Year” programme students must have at least level B1 proficiency in Italian.

At the end of the “Foundation Year” students are guaranteed to have level B2 proficiency, the level required for admission to first cycle degree programmes at Italian universities.

Students who plan to enrol on degree courses taught in English may follow special course pathways.


The enrolment fee for the “Foundation Year” is € 4,700.00 per student. Enrolment is at the University for Foreigners in Siena. Detailed information is available at the following link:



Students must submit the Declaration of Interest in the “Foundation Year” to the University for Foreigners in Siena by 30 September 2019; they must attach the Declaration of Value of their last academic qualification and a copy of their passport. Students are advised to start procedures at the diplomatic mission well in advance (June-July). The University for Foreigners in Siena reserves the right to check student language and cultural proficiency through entry tests to be completed prior to admission.