International Foundation in Humanities & Social Sciences

Italian University Pathway program


At the heart of Classicism and Renaissance, Italy is not just a country but an experience. For students of humanities and social sciences, it’s an unparalleled journey through time, ideas, and cultures. When you study in Italian universities, you don’t just learn – you live the narrative.

When you choose to study in Italian universities, you’re choosing to weave yourself into a tapestry of narratives that have shaped our world. Begin that journey with our International Foundation in Humanities and Social Sciences.


Your Pathway to study in top ranked universities in Italy


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Top reasons to join the Humanities & Social Sciences track


Expert Designed Courses 

While our curriculum covers global perspectives, there’s a strong emphasis on Italian art, literature, history, and sociology, offering students a rich, localized experience.

Experienced Faculty


Learn from experienced professors who understand the nuances of Italy’s 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  –  Bridge to Excellence

Our program is designed as a pathway for international students to seamlessly transition into top Italian universities, ensuring they’re well-equipped to dive deep into advanced studies.

# 2  –  A melting pot of Cultures

Italy’s location at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East has made it a rich tapestry of cultures and ideas. This intermingling provides a profound understanding of societal structures and human behaviors.

# 3  –  University Partnerships

Our close ties with premier Italian universities mean that our students receive detailed insights into the enrollment process, increasing their chances of securing a spot in their desired institution.

Program Information

What are the program fees and dates?

Application Fee: € 60

Student Services Fee: € 290

Tuition Fee: € 7,500 (paid in installments)

Program Duration: 9 months

- September  to  June

- January to September

    Complete your application and upload documents here:

    What are the prerequisites to enroll?

    1. Must have completed at least 11 years of schooling (from primary school to high school diploma) and have obtained a high school diploma (final certification) accompanied by a transcript or report card of the last year.
        • An official translation should be provided for original documents that are not in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish or Portuguese.
        • if the student is still studying at the time of application, they can submit the diploma at a later stage
    2. Must have an independent level of English language. Native English speakers and students who have completed their secondary education in English are exempt (in some cases, a remote oral competence test can be requested). All other students are required to provide proof of certification with a minimum level of:
      • IELTS Academic 5.0
      • Cambridge Scale: 150 points (Preliminary B or higher)
      • Duolingo English Test: 80 points, or equivalent)
      • TOEFL iBT: 45 points 
      • equivalent certified tests from recognized assessment bodies
    3. Must be between 17 and 30 years old by the start of the program.
        • For minor students, a legal guardian is required. During the enrollment process, it is necessary to fill out and send via email to a form confirming that the student will turn 18 by the end of the program.

    What are the enrolment deadlines?

    Review the Application Deadlines here

    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 (€ 60)

    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

    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.

    Final Deadline for next Foundation Year intake applications: apply early to secure your place!








    Courses taught in English


    Embark on a multifaceted exploration of Italy’s dynamic media landscape, the societal nuances it reflects, and the rich art history it often draws upon. This course delves into the interrelation between Italy’s media — from age-old print to contemporary digital platforms — and the society it mirrors and molds. As we traverse through the evolution of media, we simultaneously journey through Italy’s art history, understanding its transformative influence on communication, perception, and societal values. This module not only educates but also prompts students to critically analyze the intertwining threads of media, society, and art in shaping Italy’s distinct narrative.

    Delve deep into the vibrant tapestry of Italian and European contemporary culture, exploring the myriad facets of art, society, and their interplay. This course offers students a panoramic view of Italy’s rich cultural landscape, drawing parallels and contrasts with broader European contexts. It’s not just a study of art and society, but an immersive journey through the evolving ethos of a continent.

    The Italian language course is offered as:

    9-month program: up to B2 level

    – 6-month program: up to B1 level

    Embrace the beauty and nuance of the Italian language while immersing in its rich cultural traditions. This course offers a holistic experience, intertwining language proficiency with an understanding of Italy’s cultural nuances, traditions, and lifestyle. It’s more than just linguistics; it’s a heartfelt conversation with Italian heritage.

    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.

    Equip yourself with the essential academic skills pivotal for university success. This course focuses on honing analytical abilities, fostering critical thinking, and strengthening logical reasoning. Beyond just academic prowess, it lays the foundation for a discerning, inquisitive mindset, vital for Humanities and Social Sciences.

    Master the intricacies of university admission tests with a blend of strategic insights and hands-on simulations. This course demystifies the admission process, offering students tailored strategies and simulated test experiences, ensuring preparedness and confidence when the actual test day arrives.

    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 Humanities and Social Sciences students in Italy

    1. Academia & Research: Pursue further studies, conduct research, or teach in renowned institutions worldwide.
    2. NGOs, Diplomacy & International Relations: Engage in non-governmental work and diplomacy, leveraging the multicultural understanding gained from studying in Italian universities.
    3. Journalism & Media: Chronicle the evolving societal narratives, both within Italy and globally.
    4. Cultural Preservation & Curation: Work in museums, archives, or with cultural heritage organizations.

    Empowering the Global Citizen: advantages of studying Humanities & Social Sciences in Italy

    1. Multilingual Edge: Immersing in Italian culture not only adds another language to your skills but also enhances your understanding of linguistic nuances.
    2. Broadened Perspectives: Studying in a country steeped in history and culture enhances one’s worldview, making them truly global citizens.
    3. Networking: Engage with a diverse cohort of international students, academics, and professionals, paving the way for global opportunities.

    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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