International Foundation in Architecture

Italian University Pathway program


Welcome to the threshold of iconic architectural education in the vibrant landscape of Italy. Our International Foundation Program is your gateway to mastering the world of design and architecture in Italy’s prestigious institutions.

Your admission to Architecture degrees in Italy


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Top Reasons to join the Architecture track on the International Foundation Program


Preparation for Admission Test


We ensure students are well-prepared for the Italian university admission tests, enhancing chances of securing a spot in their desired institution.

Experienced Faculty


Learn from experienced professors who understand the nuances of Italy’s architecture education system and are committed to student success.

Language Support


While the program is in English, we provide Italian language courses to enrich your educational journey and help in adapting to the Italian life.

# 1  –  Academic Excellence

Architecture programs at Italian universities are globally celebrated for their groundbreaking research and avant-garde design philosophy.

# 2  –  Hands-on Experience

From the Roman Colosseum to Renaissance palaces, Italy is an architectural wonderland that offers an immersive learning experience. Dive deep into Italy’s rich tapestry of art, history, and culture, providing a holistic education experience. Study in the very heart of architectural marvels, allowing for unique fieldwork and exploration opportunities.

# 3  –  Customized Syllabus

Our foundation program bridges the educational gap, ensuring international students are well-equipped for advanced architectural studies in Italy. Dive deep into Italy’s rich tapestry of art, history, and culture, providing a holistic education experience.

Program Information

What are the program fees and dates?

Student Services Fee: €290

Application Fee: €60

6-month track: January, 5th 2024  -  June, 15th 2024 

Tuition Fee: € 5,600

9-month track: September 2024  -  June 2025

Tuition Fee: € 7,500

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What are the prerequisites to enrol at The Italian Academy?

Students seeking to join the International Foundation Program at The Italian Academy should have:

  • Secondary school leaving certificate or diploma. Students that have not yet received their certificate may send it after completing the application. 
  • B1 English language: Cambridge Preliminary, IELTS (5+), TOEFL (40+ points), DUOLINGO English Test (80+ points) or equivalent. Students that experience issues accessing a language certificate will be required to take an interview online with our admissions committee.
  • Minimum 16 years old

What are the enrolment deadlines?

To apply to the program, students should follow the following steps:

  1. Complete the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and upload the documents
  2. Complete payment of the Application Fee (€ 350)

Students that complete the application will receive an offer and the program contract. To complete the enrollment students should then:

  1. Make the payment of the 1st installment of the tuition fee
  2. Sign the Program Agreement document


Tuition Fee Payment deadlines:

1st instalment (50%) is to be paid at 30 days prior to the start date of the program:

2nd instalment (50%) is to be paid within 60 days after the start of the program

NB. non-EU students that require a study visa should pay the 1st instalment of the Tuition Fees at least 60 days prior to the start of the program in order to receive the letter of enrolment for the Italian consulate. In the unlikely case of visa denial, the Tuition Fees are fully reimbursable.

Application Deadline for Fall 2024 Intake








Courses taught in English


Delve deep into the intricate world of mathematics as it aligns with Italy's secondary education curriculum, laying a robust foundation for advanced architectural studies. Covering topics ranging from algebra, calculus, to statistics, this course prepares students for the mathematical rigor expected in Italian bachelor degree programs, ensuring a smooth transition to university-level engineering studies.

In alignment with Italy's secondary education standards, this course encapsulates the core principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and modern physics. It offers students an in-depth understanding of the physical world, equipping them with the essential knowledge required for architecture in Italian universities.

The Italian language course is offered as:

- 9-month program: up to B2 level

- 6-month program: up to B1 level

The program is intended to allow students starting at beginner levels to achieve the required intermediate (B1) or upper intermediate (B2) level of Italian language competence required for enrolment into Italian university programs. Such language objectives require commitment and dedication on behalf of each student, our instructors and student service team are here to support to create an optimal learning enviroment for students to succeed.

Students are taught by expert, highly qualified native Italian language instructors that implement the communicative method in the classroom to achieve the best results in all 4 linguistic skills: speaking, writing reading and listening comprehension. Students are taught by expert, DITALS II qualified native Italian language instructors that implement the communicative method in the classroom to achieve the best results in all 4 linguistic skills: speaking, writing reading and listening comprehension.

International Foundation may also sit the CILS exam. The CILS exam is Italy's most widely recognized language certification and is administered by the University of Siena. Student who wish to sit the exam will go over best practices for academic writing, preparation tests with CILS past papers and oral exam simulations led by instructors that are University of Siena CILS examiners.

This course emphasizes the cultivation of critical thinking, logical analysis, and academic writing - all pivotal for success in Italian higher education. Drawing from Italy's secondary education expectations, it not only hones students' analytical abilities but also equips them with the skills to articulate and present their arguments effectively.

Tailored to meet the specific demands of Italian university entrance examinations, this course offers students strategic insights and hands-on practice with simulated tests. By familiarizing students with the format, content, and techniques required to excel, it enhances their confidence and competence, ensuring they are well-prepared for the real challenge ahead.

Students may choose to dedicate free time to improve their sports skills in a range of different areas. The city of Siracusa has excellent sport facilities, teams and coaches. At close vicinity from the school there are swimming pools, gyms, running and cycle tracks, football fields, basketball and handball facilities, as well as world-famous tennis and paddle clubs. There is also an excellent golf course "Monasteri" on the outskirts of the city.

Siracusa is also famous for a range of water sports, with students having the option to join Stand-Up Paddle surfing (SUP or Paddleboarding), kayaking, rowing, kyte-surfing and sailing clubs in the Great Harbour and on the Ciane river, where the historical naval battles of Ancient Syracuse took place, and where sportspeople still battle it out today.

Students may choose to dedicate time to social and/or environmental volunteering, to develop their interpersonal and intercultural skills and enrich their CV. Activities will be conducted with NGOs that our institution supports, and will vary based on the needs of the organization, the students’ age, interests and skillsets. Students in the past have volunteered in the role of teaching assistants for language and homework support, participated in the clean up of beaches and historical sites.

Employability and Career prospects for Architecture students in Italy

For those pursuing architecture in Italy, the horizon of opportunities stretches far and wide. Italian universities have a rich tradition of bridging academics with real-world experience, often offering international students exclusive internships at renowned architectural firms both within the country and across Europe. This hands-on experience in design hubs like Milan, Florence, and Rome equips students with a unique global perspective and invaluable practical skills. Moreover, these internships often lead to job placements, giving students a stepping stone into companies that shape the world's architectural landscape. Beyond Italy, the European architectural realm, with its blend of history and modernity, offers myriad opportunities for fresh graduates to carve their niche and make a global impact.

Progam Location: Syracuse, Sicily

Student housing


While the outgoing nature and warm hospitality of Italians is appreciated worldwide, international students living in the small and safe city of Syracuse are always surprised at the open arms welcome they receive from local people, which helps to create the friendly and comfortable atmosphere that all our students gladly recount.


Syracuse is also a strategic base for those who wish to enjoy all the beauties of Sicily, just a stone’s throw away from all the other major attractions of the island: the Valley of the Temples and the Scala dei Turchi in Agrigento, Mt. Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, and the hill-top city of Taormina. It is also very easy to reach all main Italian locations: the nearby Fontanarossa Airport connects Syracuse with all major cities (Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples), daily and with low cost flights.


Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian), listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a treasure trove located on the southeastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily. Over 3 millennia, it has collected a wealth of art and precious architecture, which bears witness to the passage of many glorious civilizations.


Today the city of Syracuse is a warm-welcoming, lively city with much to offer to adventurous souls and culture vultures alike: one may choose to explore the labyrinth of narrow streets of the historical center, take a stroll around the medieval castle that overlooks the natural harbor or explore the pristine beaches and marine reserves that surround the city.


Syracuse Academy regularly organizes yracuSltural exchange events to allow international students to meet and make friends with local students. It is easy in a city like Syracuse to make long-lasting connections and build friendships with Italian peers. We acknowledge that engaging with locals plays an essential role in developing confidence in the spoken language.


Student housing options

Student Residence: Private rooms

Students may choose to live with other international students attending language and culture courses at the Syracuse Academy. All accommodation is at a short walking distance from the Academy.

Homestay: Private Room, Half-board

Students may choose to live with a Sicilian host-family in comfortable apartments close to the school with private bedrooms. Homestay accommodation includes 2 meals per day, breakfast and dinner.

This type of accommodation guarantees a safe, comfortable and fully immersive experience, which enhances our students' linguistic and cultural learning.

About The Italian Academy Neapolis & Ortigia Study Centers

The Neapolis Campus is a state-of-the-art International Study Center set in a historical villa surrounded by a lush 2-acre garden with outdoor study areas and Mediterranean terraces where students enjoy immersing in the greenery. Social and cultural events are organized weekly at the campus. Located in the city center of Syracuse (Sicily), next to St. John’s Church, which gives access to the Catacombs, that run underground a few feet below the campus and are considered one of the first places of Christian worship in the West.  The villa is also adjoining the Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of Our Lady of Tears, while the Greek Theater, the beaches and the island of Ortigia are at a short walking distance.



The Ortigia Study Center is located in the central square of Syracuse on the island of Ortigia. The center is located in the 12th century baroque Palazzo Beneventano, with classrooms overlooking the world-famous Duomo cathedral.

Your Pathway to University degrees in Italy

Take the first step and contact our team. We are here to help! 

Our team of student advisors is glad to support you every step of the way: from enrolment and visa application, to departure preparations, orientation and settling into your new city and home.


Head Office: Piazzale San Marziano, 1, Siracusa, Italy

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Phone: +39 0931 61424

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