Additional Learning Requirements - OFA

Notice

The deadline to satisfy the Additional Learning Requirements is postponed to 15 June 2020 following Decree Law No. 18 of 17 March 2020, which has extended the graduation session for the 2018/19 academic year.
The new deadlines will shortly be available on the degree programme websites.

What are Additional Learning Requirements?

Enrolment for First and Single-cycle Degree Programmes requires certain basic knowledge. The check of basic knowledge seeks to ensure that you do not have significant weaknesses in particular subjects for which appropriate preparation is required in order to tackle the selected degree programme successfully.

This knowledge is usually checked by some form of test. Even if the check identifies weaknesses in one or more areas, you can still enrol, but you will have to do some supplementary activities known as Additional Learning Requirements.

How to satisfy the Additional Learning Requirements

Each degree programme envisages specific procedures for satisfying the Additional Learning Requirements. There are essential two ways:

  • direct: by passing a specific test;
  • indirect: a list of exams is specified for each Additional Learning Requirement and the overall requirement is satisfied when they have all been passed.

For more detailed information consult the website of your chosen degree programme.

Additional Learning Requirements and Enrolment in years other than the first

If you have been assigned Additional Learning Requirements, in the year subsequent to matriculation you will be enrolled in:

  • the second year of the degree programme if you have already satisfied the Additional Learning Requirements;
  • the second year on a conditional basis until you have satisfied the Additional Learning Requirements and, in any case, until 31 March (for students enrolled in the 2018/19 a.y. this deadline is postponed to 15 June 2020): as soon as you have satisfied the Additional Learning Requirements, your enrolment will change from second year on a conditional basis to second year, but if you do not satisfy them by 31 March (for students enrolled in the 2018/19 a.y. this deadline is postponed to 15 June 2020) you will be registered as a repeater of the first year.

If you enrol in the second year on a conditional basis:

  • you can still present a study plan for the second year;
  • you cannot register for any second year exams until you have satisfied the Additional Learning Requirements (OFA); 
  • you will be able to enrol in the second year and sit the second-year exams, only after satisfying the Additional Learning Requirements (OFA);
  • you will be enrolled as "repeating the first year" if you do not satisfy your OFAs by the end of the first year (deadline 31 March. For students enrolled in the 2018/19 a.y. this deadline is postponed to 15 June 2020).

If you have not satisfied the Additional Learning Requirements by 31 March (for students enrolled in the 2018/19 a.y. this deadline is postponed to 15 June 2020), you will be registered as a repeater of the first year until you have satisfied them.

If you are registered as a repeater of the first year:

  • you can only sit exams included in the study plan for the first year of the degree programme and satisfy the Additional Learning Requirements in good time for enrolment in the second year of the degree programme in the following academic year;
  • you cannot attend lessons for years other than the first;
  • with regard to the loss of student status, repeating a year is the same as registration “fuori corso”

Deadlines

The deadline for satisfying the Additional Learning Requirements is 31 March of each year (for students enrolled in the 2018/19 a.y. this deadline is postponed to 15 June 2020), which coincides with the end of the exam session for the academic year of matriculation (e.g. by 31 March 2021 for the Additional Learning Requirements assigned to students enrolled in the 2019/20 a.y.).

Consult the website of your degree programme to find out how to satisfy the Additional Learning Requirements and the exam sessions available for their satisfaction by the established deadline.

The rules and deadlines for satisfaction of the Additional Learning Requirements also apply to part-time students.