Grades and Certification of attendance and of teaching activities not included in the curriculum

Information on grades and exams according to the Italian University system, certification of attendance for teaching activities not included in the curriculum and transcript of records for activities carried out during the exchange period.

Grades and passing exams

The grades in the Italian university system are expressed out of thirty.

You pass an exam or internship with a grade of at least 18/30.

If you obtain full grade (30/30) the examination board may also decide to award you honours (lode).

Important: failed exams are not usually recorded in Almaesami and therefore they are not listed in your Transcript of Records. If your university requires failed exams to also be listed in your Transcript of Records, you must explicitly ask the professor to record the “fail”, immediately after the exam.

The failed exam can be recorded as “respinto” (rejected), if you finished and failed the examination, or “ritirato” (withdrawn), if you didn’t finish the examination. It is not possible to record a numerical grade lower than 18. If you fail the exam you do not obtain the relative credits.

For some activities, i.e. language exams, including the Italian language courses, some internships, laboratories and seminars, you will not be given a grade but merely a “Idoneo”/“Pass”. The same “Idoneo”/“Pass is listed in the Transcript of Records. The “Idoneo”/”Pass” can never be transformed into a numerical grade.

In the Transcript of Records, which is issued to you at the end of the exchange period, the grades are indicated in the Italian scale out of thirty and are converted in the ECTS scale.

Certification of attendance and of teaching activities not included in the curriculum

If you need a certificate of attendance, ask the professor for it during the first lesson. The professor will decide whether to issue a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

In the Italian system, attendance alone is not sufficient for obtaining credits.

If you wish to take part in activities that are not in the course unit catalogue and which can therefore not be included in your study plan (some internships, seminars, preparation of the dissertation, etc.), you must immediately agree with the professor on how to perform them and certify them.

The actual performance of these activities and their evaluation can be certified by the professors on stamped and signed headed paper, but they cannot be recorded in Almaesami and therefore are not reported in your Transcript of Records.

Always check in advance whether your university accepts this kind of certification.