FOUNDATION COURSE

The Foundation Course is a bridging study programme focusing on two areas of possible entry into undergraduate study ARTS AND HUMANITIES (FAH) and ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS (FEB), taught in English and delivered for candidates who do not possess the minimum schooling/education requirements outlined in current legislation for enrolment in official Italian universities.

 

Admission requirements

The Foundation Course aims at candidates who:

  • hold a secondary school leaving qualification obtained outside Italy after 10 or 11 years of schooling;
  • hold an American high school qualification or similar which does not include any Advanced Placements (APs) required for enrolment according to current legislation.

Candidates may also apply for the Foundation Course in order to support their academic career by choosing single MODULES within the list offered by the Foundation Course.

 

Successful completion of the course allow participants to enrol automatically as full time registered students at Link Campus University, the International University in Rome as Italian Government recognised academic courses.

 

Attendance of the Foundation Course will be monitored and is compulsory. Students must accumulate all the credits provided by the course by successfully completing all the assessments in order to obtain the final qualification.

Assessment is comprised of written/oral/practical sessions, which held at the end of each module.

The Foundation Course is organised once a year for an academic year period.

 

The modules available within the Foundation Course are taught in English (in parallel a course in FOUNDATION ENGLISH will be organised for all participants whose level of the language is below B2).

Foundation Course in Arts and Humanities (FAH)

- 60 FOUNDATION COURSE CREDITS

 

MODULES:

  • An introduction to Italian History 6 FC cr
  • Europe and Geo- Politics - an Introduction 6 FC cr
  • Digital and Social/Media Communication 6 FC cr
  • An Introduction to Theatre and Performing Arts 6 FC cr
  • Introduction to Philosophy 6 FC cr
  • An Introduction to Italian Literature 6 FC cr

The remaining 24 credits consist of courses in Italian Language and Culture to make up a total of 60 credits.

 

 

Foundation Course in Economics and Business (FEB)

- 60 FOUNDATION COURSE CREDITS

 

The FEB prepares students interested of following a degree programme at Link Campus in Business and Economics. Courses are articulated in the following way:

  • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting 6 FC cr
  • Introductory Statistics for Business and Economics 6 FC cr
  • Introduction to Business Communication 6 FC cr
  • Principles of Microeconomics 6 FC cr
  • Principles of Macroeconomics 6 FC cr
  • Introduction to IT and Data analysis 6 FC cr

The remaining 24 credits consist of courses in Italian Language and Culture to make up a total of 60 credits.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE 24 FC cr

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
The course consists of a part devoted to teaching Italian language (in the morning) and a part given over to Italian culture (the afternoon and two evenings a week). During the weekends, walks around ROME and excursions to art/historical/archeological SITES are organised in ROME.

The aim of the course is to reach Level B1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference.

 

Level B1+: independent use of the foreign language
The student is able to understand the main points of a speech provided that a clear, standard language is used and it concerns familiar topics relating to work, school, leisure time, etc. He/she is able to get by in most situations that may be encountered while travelling in the regions where the language is spoken. He/she is able to express himself/herself, simply and coherently, on familiar subjects concerning his/her own spheres of interest. He/she is able to communicate an experience or an event, describe a dream, a hope or an objective and to supply reasons and brief explanations relating to an opinion or plan.

 

CONTENTS AND STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE / SYLLABUS

  • Timetable: Monday to Friday since 9 a.m. to 12.15 p.m.
  • Total hours: 80 lessons of 45 minutes of classroom teaching (including language laboratory activities)
  • Timetable of seminars on reading and textual analysis (optional): Monday to Friday from 12.30 to 13.15
  • Total hours: 18 lessons of 45 minutes
  • Lectures, workshops, films: approximately 60 lessons of 60 minutes

First module

Verbs sapere and conoscere in the present perfect and imperfect. Verbs fare e lasciare + infinitive. Meglio and migliore. Past perfect. Verbs farcela and andarsene. Expressions visto che and dato che. Combined pronouns. Present and past subjunctive. Verbs that require the subjunctive. Passive form with essere and venire. Conjunctions perché, poiché, siccome. Dopo + past infinitive. Lexis relating to contexts and communicative situations of everyday life, culture and society. Development of comprehension, production and oral interaction relating to matters and complex situations of everyday life, culture and society. Written comprehension of various types of texts (news stories, narrative and informative texts). Written production about matters of daily life, culture and society (descriptive texts and argumentations).

Second module

Revision of present conditional. Use of se and quando. Past conditional. “Passato remoto”. Altered names. Indirect speech Quello/ ciò + relative pronoun. Imperfect subjunctive. Other verbs, expressions and conjunctions that require the subjunctive. Conditional of possibility Conditional of unreality Past perfect subjunctive. Lexis relating to contexts and communicative situations of everyday life, culture and society.
Development of comprehension, production and oral interaction relating to matters and complex situations of everyday life, culture and society. Written comprehension of various types of texts (news stories, narrative and informative texts). Written production about matters of daily life, culture and society ( descriptive texts and argumentations).

Modules in Italian Culture

The programme includes a full series of activities - in the afternoon (since Monday to Friday), and in the evening (twice a week) - that together provide a rich introduction to several aspects of Italian culture. University lecturers, scholars and famous authors will hold conferences, seminars, laboratories (in Italian and lasting from one to three hours) open to everyone and diversified according to the linguistic level of competence of the students.

 

The afternoon programme will focus on the following cultural areas:

 

  • Literature - 4 conferences on aspects and authors of Italian literature from its origins to the present day, 2 meetings (one in the first two weeks and one in the last two weeks) with successful authors.
  • Cinema/Theatre - 5 lessons on the history of Italian cinema, using some of the most important films from the 1940s to the present day. The lessons will also include the viewing of some of these films.
  • Music - 4 seminars on moments and protagonists of the history of Italian music, both classical and popular, listening to songs and with live exhibitions.
  • Art Appreciation - 4 lessons (one in the first two weeks and one in the last two weeks) with expert Italian artists.
  • Fashion - 5 lessons on a particular aspect of the history of Italian fashion
  • History/tradition/current topics -  attendance of 2 conferences on matters of particular socio-cultural interest organised at Link Campus.

 

Three laboratories will also be set up:

  • Lexical laboratory - 4 workshops for elementary courses aimed at promoting socio-linguistic knowledge and skills in cultural contexts, such as gesture, cuisine and music.
  • Cuisine laboratory - 2 workshops on Italian culinary art, from the Renaissance to the present day.
  • Popular and Renaissance Theatre laboratory - 2 workshops for discovering and practising some traditional Italian dances.

 

The evening programme foresees:

  • Film sessions - To add to the afternoon lessons and viewings, one evening a week will be dedicated to the showing of other key films for the history of the Italian cinema, together with explanations from lecturers and subtitled in the original language, to make them more easily understandable.
  • Gastronomic event - One evening at the beginning of the third week, a trip immersed in the local culture of food will be offered, with a presentation and tasting sessions run by an expert.

 

Guided visits

  • guided visit to the Vatican
  • excursions to some historic sites in Rome. Excursions take place on Saturdays. The excursions require a minimum number of participants and are not included in the price of the course; relative fees may be paid directly on the premises. The detailed programme will be available a few days before each excursion.
  • on the first Sunday walk is organized through Testaccio and or Trastevere old town centre, with visits to some of the artistic monuments in the town.

Parties

On the first evening of the course, LINK offers refreshments to welcome all the course participants. At the end of the course a buffet will be organized to say farewell to all the students who are leaving.
The course management reserves the right to modify the programmes on the basis of number of students enrolled.