What is a first cycle degree programme

All the information you need on the features of a first cycle degree programme and the prospects it offers.

The first cycle degree programme is the first level of university studies. To graduate, students must acquire 180 university educational credits (CFU) through a maximum of 20 exams.

The first cycle degree programme lasts for three years, and at the end of your studies you will obtain a  "Dottore" qualification.

The purpose of the first cycle degree programme is to guarantee a general preparation in the basic and core subject areas of the chosen programme, also with a view to vocational training to support future employment.

Every first cycle degree programme aims to train specific professional figures. You can consult all the information on career opportunities and professional figures in the specific sheets describing each First Cycle Degree Programme.

Having obtained a first cycle degree (L) students are qualified to access:

First cycle degree programmes are grouped into ministerial classes. There are 43 ministerial classes (plus 4 for degrees in the health profession) which group the degree programmes according to their common learning outcomes.

First Cycle Degree Programmes in the same class have identical legal value, even though study paths may differ to a greater or lesser extent due to the autonomy of the university.

For access to certain professional registers or for participation in public employment competitions, additional specific competences may be requested in addition to the possession of a qualification from a given class.

Multidisciplinary degree programmes are first cycle degree programmes in which the teaching system meets the requirements of two different classes. In these cases, when registering students must indicate the class they wish to graduate in, and may change the choice made up to year 3.