International Programme in Humanities


    The International Programme in Humanities (IPH) is a one-year programme taught exclusively in English.

    It is also the first year of a three-year Bachelor’s Degree Programme in:

    • either History
    • or Cultural Heritage Studies
    • or Science of Communication and Performing Arts.

    Students will experience a full immersion into Italian language and culture, which will then prepare them to study years 2 and 3 mainly in Italian.

    A Brochure is available here.



    The first year is divided into two terms, which last for 14 weeks each.

    These are the term dates for the academic year 2017-18:

    First term: 11th September – 20th December 2017

    Second term: 19th February – 29th June 2018

    Students are advised to arrive in Pisa by September the 7th at the latest. The welcome meeting will be held on Friday the 8th (More details to follow)



    Students must obtain 30 ECTS credits for each term: 24 ECTS credits are obtained from attending lessons taught in English (and passing the respective exams) and 6 ECTS credits are obtained from attending an Italian language course at the University Language Centre, CLI (and passing the final exam).

    Those who pass all exams from the two terms will receive 60 ECTS credits. This will be recognised as equal to the first year of one of the four Italian degree programmes previously mentioned.


    For details on applying for the Programme, see below sections (How to Apply; Requirements)


    Range of courses offered

    Students will obtain 24 ECTS credits each term, by choosing from a selection of courses

    Please, bear in mind that for these courses to be activated, it is necessary to have a minimum number of students. As a result, by September the 1st we will let you know which courses (among those listed below) will be activated.

    First / second term* N. ECTS credits Weeks/Hours
    Classical Civilizations 6  9 weeks (4 hours a week)
    Classical Archaeology 6  9 weeks (4 hours a week)
    Medieval Art 6 9 weeks (4 hours a week)
    The Renaissance in Italy 6 9 weeks (4 hours a week)
    Modern and Contemporary Art 6 9 weeks (4 hours a week)
    Introduction to Philosophy 6 9 weeks (4 hours a week)
    Modern Italian History 6 9 weeks (4 hours a week)
    Italian Literature I 6 9 weeks (4 hours a week)
    Italian Literature II 6 9 weeks (4 hours a week)
    Italian Cinema 6 9 weeks (4 hours a week)
    Italian Music 6 9 weeks (4 hours a week)

    * These courses were activated in the academic years 2015-16 and 2016-17


    Fees and Services


    Year 1 of the IPH programme: €2,500 (IPH fees) + Tuition fees

    Years 2 and 3 of the Bachelor’s degree programme: Tuition fees only

    Tuition fees vary between € 407 and € 2,354 depending on country of origin and academic merit. These will be paid in 4 instalments: the first one in September, the second one in March, the third one in April and the firth one in May. Details will be provided once students are enrolled.


    This cost includes in year 1:

    – Lesson time

    – Italian language courses at CLI

    – Individual sightseeing trips

    – Access to the University dining halls (with discount) and the University library

    – Assistance from an Academic Tutor and a Logistics Coordinator


    The total amount of IPH fees (2,500 €) is due before you get to Pisa, not later than September the 8th, 2017 

    Payments must be made via bank transfer  to the Università di Pisa.

    You will need the following information in order to make the payment:

    IBAN number: IT22Y0856270910000011156494

    BIC or SWIFT code: BCCFIT33

    Reason for payment: PROGRAMMA IPH – Prof. Arturo Marzano

    Make sure you ask for a receipt.


    How to Apply

    In order to apply, students must fill in this Application Form and send it to this email address in addition to the following documents: a copy of your passport; your CV; an official Transcript or a copy of your Transcript; a copy of your High School Diploma; a certificate confirming the knowledge of English language (see below).

    Application deadline: May 15th, 2017 (EU students who do not need VISA are allowed to apply until June the 29th, 2017)

    Students will be informed whether they have been accepted or not within two weeks after applying. Those who have been accepted will receive by email an acceptance letter.


    Requirements to apply to the Programme

    Students who are interested in applying are required to have:

    – A good knowledge of English (B1 language level). Some form of certificate is required. Knowledge of Italian is not required (students will learn Italian during their first year).

    – A High School Diploma after studying a minimum of 12 years (i.e.: elementary, middle and high school combined). If you have not finished High School yet you can send your latest school evaluation.                                                         American students, please beware that in order to enroll in an Italian university, it is not enough to have 12 years of schooling. You must have also obtained 3 Advanced Placement courses before finishing High School. These courses must include one in Italian and two others in topics related to the degree programme you wish to pursue. Alternatively, there are two other options: you must have either already studied two  years of College/University  or you must have studied one year of College/University and have studied 4 Advanced Placement courses as described above.

    Please, bear in mind that you must follow a pre-enrolment process at the Italian embassy of your country of residence. This process has to be carried out only if students have been accepted and have received the acceptance letter. For more details, please visit the following website.

    Non-EU students must follow the guidelines.

    EU students must follow the guidelines.


    General Information 

    For more information concerning Pisa, have a look at this website.