INCOMING ERASMUS STUDENTS INFORMATION
FIRST THINGS FIRST
SEE or contact by e-mail your local Advisor or Referente (the person
responsible for your particular exchange program whose name is printed in
the front page of your Torino University Erasmus I.D.) for details on how to
properly fill your Learning Agreement, register and obtain credits for the
The Facoltà di Lingue INFOPOINT (via Verdi 10 9 am -3 pm Mon-Fri.
firstname.lastname@example.org) and Erasmus Office (via Po 31) will help you locate the
Schools’ advisors. All Facoltà di Lingue teachers’ Offices are either in via
Verdi 10 or via S. Ottavio 20.
Get your copy of the STUDENTS’ GUIDEBOOK, GUIDA della Facoltà di Lingue,
from any of the local bookshops, for course offerings and programs, teachers
office hours, phone and e-mail address, list of all University facilities.
COURSE SCHEDULES are posted at Infopoint
via Verdi 10 and on the website www.lingue.unito.it. All courses give 10
ECTS CREDITS but 5 credits may also be obtained by personal arrangement with
the course’s Instructor.
REGISTER in person for any course by
simply introducing yourself to the teacher the first day of class. In case
of impossibility on the first day, e-mail your teacher and show to class as
soon as possible.
Unito Main Infopoint at via Po 29 (Mon-Fri 9 am – 6pm) provides general
information on all University programs and facilities as well as Internet
Please NOTE Depending on their specialisation, lecturers and scholars belong
to three different HUMANITIES SCHOOLS: Facoltà di Lingue e Letterature
Straniere, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia and Facoltà di Scienze della
Formazione – all located at or near Via Sant’Ottavio, 20. Erasmus students
may attend courses in any of the three Schools (check individual Schools
Guidebooks and websites for info). The Facoltà di Lingue Undergraduate
Erasmus Program Coordinator is Prof. Abbate Badin
(email@example.com). The Graduate Erasmus Program Coordinator for the
Fall 2007 is Prof. Giordano
PLEASE NOTE if your program belongs to
another School’s exchange and you are attending courses in the Facoltà di
Lingue, your Learning Agreement will still have to be signed by the
Coordinator of your School or by the advisor whose name is printed on your
I.D. The coordinator for the Facoltà di Lettere is Prof. Vitale Brovarone,
for the Facoltà di Scienze della Formazione is Prof. Rossebastiano.
ACADEMIC CALENDAR AND COURSES
The academic year is organised in two semesters, each with 10 weeks of
teaching followed by an examination period (one week in January, February,
May, June and July). There is a 2-week vacation period at Christmas/New
Year, a week vacation period at Easter and a week midterm break in the Fall.
Classes begin the first Monday in October (Fall semester) and in
mid-February (Spring semester). Only Italian for Foreigners courses are
offered in July and September (see summer school link or enquire at
The University is closed on: New Year’s Day, 6th January, 25th April, 1st
May, 2nd June, 1st November, 8th December, 25th December, 26th December, the
week of August 15th
THE LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT PROCESS
Lecture courses (Corsi monografici): The formal teaching method adopted in
Italy generally centres around so-called Corsi monografici, lecture courses
in which students normally take an extensive quantity of notes. The purpose
of these courses is to guide and assist individual study by highlighting
important areas of the subject, explaining difficult concepts, encouraging
critical study, referring students to materials for further study, etc. A
solid amount of individual study is required to prepare for examinations.
Lectures are normally held over three two-hour periods per week (for a total
of 60 hrs.). Regular attendance is expected (at least 70%)
Foreign students are expected to sign up for courses that are consistent
with the learning agreement they signed with their home university before
departure. Their local referent can assist them in making the appropriate
course choices. However, students are fully responsible of their study and
course arrangements, and should make sure that they meet all requirements in
order to obtain a valid transcript at the end of their stay.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Except for some courses in English and American Studies and in few other
disciplines, lectures are in Italian, but portions of them may be in
English. Students are also normally able to make arrangements for individual
study (with texts in English) with the instructor. Italian classes are given
under the Erasmus program.
All students attending courses are expected to provide a measure of their
understanding of the subject matter and of their ability to apply what they
have learned. Most courses are assessed mainly by means of an oral
examination held during the examination period that follows the end of the
teaching period. The length of this type of examination varies according to
a series of different factors. However, students should expect to sit
through a 20 to 40-minute oral interview with the instructor.
The official language for exams is Italian but special arrangement can be
made for foreign students.
Sometimes a written examination is required, during which usage of notes or
textbooks is not allowed. Seminars are assessed primarily by means of
written papers, which at times may be the result of group work.
REGISTRATION for exams is mandatory. It is
done normally one week before the exam by signing one’s name on a list
posted on the instructor’s bulletin board (This is also where the results of
written examinations are usually posted) or by e-mail or on a website.
Official exam dates are posted on the website and on the bulletin board at
INFOPOINT via Verdi 10
IMPORTANT Notice on examinations: unlike
other universities in Europe, Italian universities require the student's
attendance during the grade registration process. Grades and credits are
registered on the Erasmus I.D. and on a sticker electronically provided to
students by one of the University totems (avoid last minute long lines)
immediately after the student has sat through the relevant examination
session or "appello". No grades can be officially registered otherwise. A
student may reject a grade, and choose to retake the exam at the next
THE GRADING SCALE
In the Italian system, marks are awarded on a scale that goes from 18 to 30.
The minimum pass grade is 18 (ETCS = E); 30 e Lode (magna cum laude, ECTS =
A) is occasionally awarded for exceptionally good performance.
Are you interested in exchanging conversation with Italian students? Please
Or go see Ms. Balbi Mussetto at Language Center: CLIFU v. S. Ottavio 20,
floor -1 from MON to FRI 9-12, 2-4pm. You may also enquire from your
University about the possibility of getting ECTS credits for this activity.