Study plans

Every aca­d­e­m­ic year, stu­dents have two time win­dows for the pre­sen­ta­tion and mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the study plans of both Bach­e­lor and Mas­ter Degrees. The first win­dow falls at the begin­ning of the first semes­ter (September/October), while the sec­ond at the begin­ning of the sec­ond semes­ter (February/March).

The detailed rules for study plan sub­mis­sions are giv­en here

Please note that dur­ing the first semes­ter study plan sub­mis­sion win­dow it is pos­si­ble to intro­duce changes (addi­tion and removal of cours­es and vari­a­tion of course sta­tus from Effec­tive to Excess and vice ver­sa) relat­ed to exams of the first and sec­ond semes­ter and for each aca­d­e­m­ic year up to the cur­rent year of presentation.

Instead, dur­ing the sec­ond semes­ter study plan sub­mis­sion win­dow, which is a win­dow for option­al changes to the plan pre­sent­ed in Sep­tem­ber, stu­dents can only:

  1. add or remove cours­es of the sec­ond semes­ter of the ongo­ing aca­d­e­m­ic year;
  2. change the sta­tus from Effec­tive to Excess and vice ver­sa lim­it­ed to cours­es in the first and sec­ond semes­ter insert­ed in the plan dur­ing the ongo­ing aca­d­e­m­ic year.

Please note that, for Bach­e­lor stu­dents and Mas­ter stu­dents enrolled in the first semes­ter, sub­mit­ting a study plan in the Sep­tem­ber win­dow (even for the sole change of the course sta­tus, from Effec­tive to Excess or vice ver­sa) entails enroll­ment in the fol­low­ing aca­d­e­m­ic year. This may lead to the pay­ment of addi­tion­al uni­ver­si­ty fees as well as to the fore­clo­sure of grad­u­a­tion ses­sions reserved to stu­dents enrolled in a spe­cif­ic aca­d­e­m­ic year. Sim­i­lar rules apply to Mas­ter’s Degree stu­dents who enroll in the sec­ond semester.

Plans that are con­form to the mod­el pro­posed in the Bachelor/Master pro­gram are auto­mat­i­cal­ly approved. Under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate stu­dents may need to sub­mit a plan that is not com­pli­ant with the Bachelor/Master Pro­gram for some rea­sons, including:

  1. inclu­sion in the plan of cours­es cor­re­spond­ing to years dif­fer­ent than the cur­rent one;
  2. inclu­sion of cours­es that are not present in the tables of the Bachelor/Master program;
  3. inclu­sion of align­ment cours­es / pro­hi­bi­tions decid­ed by the com­mit­tee for the admis­sion to the Mas­ter pro­gram (this applies for stu­dents of the Mas­ter’s Degree only).

In these cas­es, the study plan must be approved by the study plan com­mit­tee, which oper­ates accord­ing to the fol­low­ing guidelines:

  1. For approval, it is essen­tial that:
    • all manda­to­ry cours­es are includ­ed in the plan (except for pro­hi­bi­tions);

    and, for Mas­ter stu­dents only, that:

    • among the elec­tives there are at least 20 cred­its cho­sen from Tables 1 and 2 of the Mas­ter Pro­gram;
    • there are no more than 10 cred­its relat­ing to cours­es not present in the Tables of the Mas­ter Pro­gram.
  2. The inclu­sion of exams cor­re­spond­ing to years dif­fer­ent from the cur­rent one is accept­ed for valid and moti­vat­ed rea­sons only.
  3. The inclu­sion of autonomous­ly cho­sen cours­es that are not present in the Tables of the Bachelor/Master Pro­gram (in Bach­e­lor, these cours­es cor­re­spond to 15 cred­its to be cho­sen in the third year, while in Mas­ter, they must be no more than 10 cred­its among elec­tive cours­es) is allowed pro­vid­ed that the select­ed cours­es: do not over­lap with oth­er cours­es in the plan; do not cor­re­spond to cours­es already offered in the Bachelor/Master pro­gram; are con­sis­tent with the edu­ca­tion­al project of the Bachelor/Master pro­gram. The assess­ment of con­sis­ten­cy is at the full dis­cre­tion of the study plan committee.

Note that the study plan com­mit­tee can pro­ceed with the eval­u­a­tion of the plans only after the dead­line for study plan pre­sen­ta­tion. Plan eval­u­a­tion typ­i­cal­ly takes two to three weeks. In the case that a plan can­not be approved, stu­dent will be con­tact­ed by email to agree on a suit­able mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the plan, which is then imple­ment­ed by the com­mit­tee itself.

Final­ly, stu­dents are remind­ed that out­go­ing Eras­mus stu­dents are required to pro­duce study plans com­pli­ant with all the rules indi­cat­ed above and also report­ed in the Bachelor/Master pro­gram. This is instead not required for incom­ing Eras­mus stu­dents, unless they are dou­ble degree stu­dents. Eras­mus stu­dents are any­way invit­ed to con­sult the cor­re­spond­ing sec­tion in the website.

Every year an infor­ma­tive meet­ing on study plan is organ­ised. The pre­sen­ta­tion of last meet­ing is avail­able here.