Italian university system

THREE-YEAR BACHELOR’S DEGREES AND TWO-YEAR MASTER’S DEGREES

With the Ministerial Decree no. 270 of October 2004 the Ministry of Education brought in extensive reforms of the Italian University system so that there now exist two levels of degree (laurea).

  • the first-level degree is the Laurea Triennale obtained at the end of a three-year course. It prepares students for intermediate job positions in the labour market.
  • the second-level degree is the Laurea Magistrale, a post-graduate degree obtained after a two-year course. It prepares students for higher, managerial and professional positions.
  • it is then possible to undertake a Ph.D. Programme (Dottorato di Ricerca), which lasts 3 years


WHAT ARE CREDITS?

The University credit system (CFU) which is based on the ECTS system, is represented by numerical values allocated to course units to describe the student workload. Each credit is equivalent to 25 hours of work including: lessons, hands-on practice, laboratories, internships and self-study. The total work of an Italian student is calculated as 60 credits which correspond to 1500 hours per year. A course unit is awarded credits once the relevant examination is passed by the student with a minimum grade of 18/30.

  • For further information on the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

 

WHAT ARE CLASSES? (classi)

Under the new system, following the reform, all degree courses are grouped into classes (classi) which relate to a specific field of study. Degrees belonging to one class all have the same legal value.

Last update Nov 14, 2012