Foundation Year

The preparatory training course for students who wish to study in Italy

Programme Objectives and General Information

The Foundation Year Programme is a preparatory training course aiming to enable international students who wish to study in Italy with the aim to:

> fill any educational gaps in the disciplines assessed in the admission tests to year Bachelor’s and Master's Degree Programme in Medical Biological and Nursing fields.

> improve their Italian/English language skills for academic purposes. 

Where and When From 1st September 2022 to 31st May 2023 at UCBM
Course Language English/Italian
Available places 20 Medical Biological and Nursing fields

First Call for Admission: from 28th January 2022 to 20th April 2022 by 1.00 p.m. (CET)

Second Call for Admission (if applicable): from 20th May 2022 to 20th June 2022 by 1.00 p.m. (CET)

>> Guidelines Foundation Year


  • Non-EU students who wish to prepare to the admission procedures to the Medical Biological and Nursing programmes;
  • Non-EU students who have failed to pass the admission tests and wish to try again in the following year, specifically working on their knowledge gaps, improving their chances of passing the admission test.

Potential Candidates

  • Non-EU citizens not residing in Italy who have obtained or will obtain in the academic year 2021/2022 the High School Diploma or another qualification valid for entry to University in their country of origin, with at least 11 years of schooling;
  • Eligible candidates must have an upper-intermediate level of English (B2).

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;
  • Counselling services with a personal tutor;
  • Academic and language tutoring (support is given in English and Italian);
  • Peer-to-peer meetings;
  • Intensive Italian language course (3 weeks, 60 hours);
  • Standard Italian language course for the duration of the Foundation Year.

Teaching Methods and Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is organised on a weekly basis from Mondays to Saturdays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Every week there are between 20 and 25 hours of teaching activities scheduled, including frontal lectures and online learning, problem-based learning (PBL) and collaborative learning. Attendance is compulsory for at least 75% per subject.

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 1st September 2022 to 15th January 2023
    1st Exam session from 7th January 2023 to 5th March 2023
  • Second semester: from 8th March 2023 to 4th June 2023
    2nd Exam session from 3rd June 2023 to 30th July 2023

 Students enrolled in the Foundation Programme will study the following subjects: Italian, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Logic (600 hours).

Learning Assessment

Learning assessment is evaluated through in-itinere tests and final examinations. These tests may 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.

Enrollment at UCBM

Students of the Foundation Year who pass the final assessment and who are interested in UCBM Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programmes may apply to the calls for admission published annually on the university website. Exclusively for the Degrees taught in English, these candidates are exempt from the Italian Language test (B1 level CEFR).

Submission of Applications

Candidates who intend to pursue the preparatory training course are required to submit the application form exclusively online by clicking on the appropriate button on the admission website.

The registration to the procedure requires:

  1. registration on the registration portal and creation of credentials (username and password);
  2. confirmation of registration (step 1) through the link that the candidate receives by email;
  3. access to the portal with candidate’s credentials and filling in the application form;
  4. submission of the application using the "submit" button.
  • From 28th January 2022 to 20th April 2022 by 1.00 p.m. (CET) for the first session;
  • From 20th May 2022 to 20th June 2022 by 1.00 p.m. (CET) for the second session (if applicable).

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • Copy of passport
  • Other school/academic certificates

 The secondary-school diploma and the Declaration of Value can be submitted at a later stage.


Admission to the Foundation Year is based on the merit ranking defined according to the school grades achieved by each candidate and calculated as specified below:

  • School grades (up to 10 points);
  • Online interview based on what stated in the application and verification of knowledge of the English
  • Language (up to 30 points).

 The merit ranking shall be published by 29th April 2022 for the first session and by 27th June 2022 for the second session (if applicable).

 For the enrolment procedure please see the Foundation Year Programme Call For Admission 2022/2023.

Tuition Fee

The total cost of the Foundation Year programme is € 6,000.00 (six thousand/00), divided into two instalments:

  • € 3,000.00 (three thousand/00) at the time of enrolment;
  • € 3,000.00 (three thousand/00) by 16th December 2022.