CALL FOR APPLICANTS
Founded in 1567 by Pope Pius V, the Ghislieri College of Pavia expanded to welcome female students in 1966. The college has had the title of “Institution of Superior Cultural Qualification” conferred upon it by the Ministry for Universities, which supervises its activities. The Ghislieri College is under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.
Over the course of its 450-year history it has had many illustrious and reknowed alumni, including Carlo Goldoni.
The 16th century college palazzo is situated in the ancient centre of Pavia, within walking distance from the university.
Call for Applications for the academic year 2018-2019
1. Place availability
The following places are available by admissions test for students enrolling for undergraduate courses at the University of Pavia:
– 16 male places
– 16 female places at the Sandra Bruni Foundation (the female section of the Ghislieri College)
The following additional places, subject to the selection procedure specified in section 8, are available to students enrolling in graduate courses at the University of Pavia:
– 1 male place
– 1 female place at the Sandra Bruni Foundation (Ghislieri College female section)
The Administration Boards reserve the right to avail themselves of the rankings lists of the entrance exam to assign additional discretionary places subject to availability.
Some places may be assigned in the name of the following individuals/organisations: the Alumni Society, the Aurelio Beltrami Foundation, Antonio Carini, Valentino Gerosa Crotta, Vittorio De Biasi, Giancarla Griffa, Giuseppe Mariani, Gino Gerolamo Quirici, Luigi Radici, Bruno Serri, Mercangelo ed Edvige Sostero, Cesare Tonti, Carlo Zambelli and Rosalinda Cabrini.
2. Services offered and residence requisites
The College offers single accommodation, with free Ethernet and WiFi. Rooms are cleaned and linens are changed on a regular basis. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also prodaily in the College Hall. Students can make free use of the library (which counts over 130.000 volumes), study rooms and common rooms, the computer room, the music room, the gym, the football pitch and tennis court.
The College promotes and organises a wide variety of cultural and academic events, some of which are officially recognised by the University, whereas others are also open to the public.
Successful applicants must register for a “Personalised Training Project” in association with the College, prescribing an educational project complementary to their formal university course, consistent with the objectives pursued by the Conference of Merit-based University Colleges, the Ministry of Education, Universities and of Research of which the Ghislieri College is a member (www.collegiuniversitari.it).
The College facilitates the successful completion of the “Personalised Training Project” by promoting and organising numerous cultural events (debates, conferences, seminars, language courses etc.) touching a variety of academic fields.
College places are liable to annual review on the basis of the merit requisites expected of the students, and dependant on other conditions established by the College Regulations. Regarding the merit requisites, for a College place to be annually confirmed the student must have successfully completed the “Personalised Training Project”, and have passed all the prescribed University exams set for the previous academic year (scoring a minimum average mark of 27/30 and no less than 24/30 in individual exams).
At the termination of their sojourn and together with the Conference of Merit-based University Colleges, students will receive a “College Diploma” certifying completion of the formal studies undertaken whilst in residence.
3. Financial Support: college fee bursaries and partial reimbursements
Places are offered upon payment of the College fee (covering maintenance costs) of €10.500, guaranteeing in any event a benefit compared to the normal cost of a college place.
Furthermore, College fee bursaries are awarded on the basis of hardship, financial situation and in accordance with the academic merit demonstrated by students in the admission tests:
- Candidates whose ISEE (Fiscal Index) does not exceed €17,000 (* except for the full reimbursement of possible scholarships obtained as quantified by the Administration Board) are offered a full reimbursement of the College fee of the total value of €10.500. In this case, candidates are obliged to apply to the EDiSU (Organisation for the Right to University Studies) for scholarships (see deadlines on edisu.pv.it).
- Students who have qualified for one of the study prizes listed in sections 8 and 14 of the application procedure notice for the IUSS (University School for Higher Studies) in Pavia are offered a full reimbursement of the College fee of the total value of €10.500. These students are required to reimburse the College such study prizes received and, subject to qualification, apply to EDiSU (Organisation for the Right to University Studies) for scholarships (see above).
- The male and female student who obtained the highest in their admissions test (minimum 285/300) are offered, for the first year only, a full reimbursement of the College fee of the total value of €10.500. In the event of parity in ranking, the student with the lower ISEE (Fiscal Index) will be granted precedence.
- Students with a Fiscal Index between €17,000,01 and €50.333,33 may qualify for a partial reimbursement of their College fee of the total value of €8.500, minus the 15% difference between their Fiscal Index and €17.000.
- For Fiscal Indexes between €50.333,34 and €69.999,99, a partial reimbursement of the College fee of the total value of €3.500 is offered.
- For Fiscal Indexes between €70.000 and €80.000, a partial reimbursement of the College fee of the total value of €2.000 is offered.
- For Fiscal Indexes between €80.000,01 and €90.000, a partial reimbursement of the College fee of the total value of €1.000 is offered.
The fee payable to the College by students who live alone or with a family not their own or whose parents are separated or divorced is calculated on the basis of their combined financial circumstances.
To avoid cross-transfers of money, all reimbursements are paid in the form of a deduction from the €10.500 College fee.
The Administration Board reserves the right to modify the threshold for free places and the criteria for calculating subsidies annually.
The above-mentioned bursaries and reimbursements are not applicable to those already benefiting from other types of subsidies or hardship funds.
From the second year in College, certain places may be the beneficiaries of subsidies recognised by INPS (National Health Service), ENAM (Teacher Assistance Organisation), IPOST (Post Office Organisation).
4. Admission requirements
The applicant must have obtained a minimum mark of 80/100 at school-leaving examinations or, if already a university student, have passed the prescribed course exams with a minimum average mark of 27/30 and no less than 24/30 in individual exams.
Course exams not yet sat at the time of application must be passed no later than 31 October 2018 subject to the above conditions.
5. Application process: supporting documents
The hardcopy of the signed application – available online at www.ghislieri.it or on request from Amministrazione del Collegio Ghislieri, piazza Ghislieri, 4, Pavia (tel. 0382 3786217; fax 0382 23752; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) – must be submitted to the administration no later than midday, Monday 3 September 2018.
The application must include the University Fiscal Index (ISEE) certificate (“ISEE – Università”, see D.GLS. 31/3/1998 n. 109 and 375/2000 n. 130, with subsequent amendments and additions).
Applicants who live alone or with a family not their own or whose parents are separated or divorced are required to include the tax returns of their respective parents.
Inaccuracies and omissions relating to the parameters for calculating the Fiscal Index (ISEE) may lead to the applicant’s exclusion from the application process or the forfeiting of his/her place. The College reserves the right to verify the submitted documentation with the relevant fiscal authorities.
In the event of the applicant undertaking to pay the maximum College fee (a Fiscal Index (ISEE) exceeding €90,000), he/she is exempt from submitting the above fiscal documentation.
It is emphasised that applicants wishing to apply for a place with the IUSS (University School for Higher Studies) Pavia should apply separately directly to the IUSS no later than midday, Monday 3 September 2018 (in accordance with section 5 of the IUSS application procedure notice).
University applicants should include their exam certificates with relative pass marks.
Applicants for postgraduate degrees (see section 8) should include a detailed curriculum vitae et studiorum.
6. Application process: admission test and interviews
The examination commission comprises university academics appointed by the Chancellor of the University of Pavia.
The process comprises two written and two oral examinations. Applicants must bring valid ID with them on the day of the examinations.
The written admission test are organised by the IUSS (University School for Higher Studies) Pavia and take place on Wednesday 5 September 2018 at 9.30am in a classroom in accordance with section 6 of the IUSS application procedure notice.
It is emphasised that students intending to apply for places only at the Ghislieri College and not at the IUSS are obliged to sit the written test.
Interviews (oral examinations) take place at the Ghislieri College (piazza Ghislieri 5) commencing Thursday 6 September 2018 in accordance with the schedule published on the College website from Tuesday 4 September.
Interviews comprise two subjects chosen by the applicant from the following categories:
- For courses in Economics, Law, Political Science and Communication: History, Philosophy, Italian and Mathematics.
- For courses in Literature, Languages, Philosophy and Psychology: Italian, Latin, History and Philosophy.
- For courses in Medicine, Pharmacology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Biotechnology and Physical Education/Sports Studies: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
- For courses in Engineering: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science.
Applicants are examined in each of the subjects specified based on the syllabus published on the website collegio.ghislieri.it. Applicants are judged in terms of their preparation, intellectual maturity and academic mindset in their subjects, taking into account possible university courses already completed.
7. Place and offer
Places are allocated based upon four exam rankings (separately for male and female applicants) corresponding to: (1) Literature, Languages, Philosophy and Psychology; (2) Economics, Law, Political Science; Communication Sciences; (3) Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology; (4) Medicine, Pharmacology, Biology, Biotechnology, Physical Education/Sports Studies.
Rankings are calculated as the sum of the marks obtained in the combined written test (in hundredths) and the separate marks of the interviews (in hundredths). Applicants are granted access to the rankings of shortlisted applicants if they obtain a minimum score of 240/300, having scored a minimum of 70/100 in the written test.
In the event of parity in ranking, precedence will be given to the applicant in more straitened financial circumstances.
Shortlisted candidates for 2018 entry will be told whether or not their application has been successful on 13 September 2018.
Successful applicants should confirm acceptance of their places by 1pm on Monday 17 September 2018 by email to the address email@example.com.
8. Application process for graduates
Admission to the College for students enrolling in the first year of graduate courses is granted on the basis of their CV and an eligibility interview with a specific commission seeking to evaluate candidates’ motivation for choosing the College and their potential for contributing constructively to its cultural environment.
Places are assigned according to two separate rankings for the male and female section. Each applicant will receive a mark in hundredths.
Candidates will be shortlisted if they obtain a minimum mark of 80/100.
Applicants must have the following prerequisites: a minimum average mark for each undergraduate year of 28/30 with at least 24/30 in each exam; a First Class degree obtained within the designated time limit with a minimum mark of 110/110. Students who have yet to graduate at the time of application are required to do so by 31 December 2018.
The College will communicate the interview date to the applicants by Friday 7 September 2018 using the telephone number supplied by them.
The services offered are implemented in accordance with section 2, whereas possible partial reimbursement of maintenance costs will be implemented in accordance with sections 3 (excluding point c).
The application form and documents required for admission to the interview should be presented in accordance with section 5.
Pavia, June 2018
Prof. Gian Arturo Ferrari, President
Prof. Andrea Belvedere, College Dean
Dr Francesco Andreoni, Secretary
Application deadline: midday, Monday 3 September 2018
Oral exams schedule: Tuesday 4 September
Written exams: 9.30 am,Wednesday 5 September 2018
Oral exams: commencing on Thursday 6 September 2018 (according to the schedule)
Exams Rankings: by 13 September 2018
Signed application form:
Amministrazione del Collegio Ghislieri – piazza Ghislieri, 4 – Pavia
Tel.: 0382.3786217 – Fax: 0382 23752 – e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written exams: see IUSS application
Oral exams: Collegio Ghislieri – Piazza Ghislieri, 5 – Pavia
Exams Rankings: www.ghislieri.it – Tel. 0382.3786204 – e-mail: email@example.com