The aim of the Foundation Year Programme is to enable international students who wish to study in Italy to:

- strengthen their knowledge on the subjects covered in the admission tests regarding the 6-year Master’s Degree Programme in Medicine and Surgery, the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and the Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition, in order to improve their chances of being admitted

- improve their Italian/English language skills for academic purposes

Potential Candidates

Candidates are eligible to apply if they:

- have a secondary-school diploma obtained abroad after at least 11 years of schooling

- have an upper-intermediate level of English (B2)


- Non-EU students who wish to prepare to study medicine or nursing or food science and human nutrition in Italy

- Non-EU students who have failed to pass the admission tests and wish to try again the following year, specifically working on their knowledge gaps, improving their chances of being admitted

Programme admission is subject to the evaluation of the applications received between the 19th of June 2020 and the 15th of July 2020 (first Call for Admission). Should the available places (not more than 15 total places for Medicine and Surgery and Nursing; 5 for the bachelor’s degree of Food Science and Human Nutrition) not be allocated by the 27th of July 2020, a second Call for Admission may open from the 1st of August to the 25th of September 2020.


Where and When

From the 1st of September 2020 to 31st of May 2021 at UCBM, also in blended mode
Course Language Italian/English

Teaching Methods and Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is organised on a weekly basis from Mondays to Saturdays. Every week there are between 20 and 25 hours of teaching activities scheduled. These include frontal lectures and online learning  and collaborative learning. Attendance is compulsory for at least 75% per subject (also in online mode).

Students enrolled in the Foundation Programme will have free access to the University's libraries and study areas.

The programme is organised in two semesters followed by two standard Exam sessions:

First semester: from the 28th of September 2020 to the 15th of January 2021
1st Exam session (the 7th of January to the 5th of March 2021)

Second semester: from the 8th of March to the 4th of June 2021
2nd Exam session (from the 3rd of June to the 30th of July 2021)

Students enrolled in the Foundation Programme will study the following subjects:

Subject  ECTS  Hours
Physics 3  37,5
Chemistry 5  62,5
Biology 9 112,5
Italian 24 300
Mathematics 3 37,5
Logics  4 50
  48 600

Learning Assessment

Learning assessment is evaluated through in-itinere tests and final examinations. These can be carried out in written and/or oral form. 

Final assessment

In order to obtain the final qualification of the programme, students must achieve:

- at least 75% of attendance in each single course

- a positive assessment in each single course

Students of the Foundation Year programme, who have passed the academic year 2021/2022 admission test to the Master’s Degree Programme in Medicine and Surgery or to Bachelor's Degree in Nursing or to the Bachelor's Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, will be exempt from taking specific modules of their first year’s exams if they have passed the corresponding subjects of the Foundation Year with a positive evaluation. 

Other activities

In order to enable students to further develop their academic skills UCBM provides the following services:

- logistical support with regard to accommodation and visa procedures

- academic and language tutoring (support is given in English and Italian)

- peer-to-peer meeting

- counselling services with a personal tutor