At any university, sooner or later, will be required to submit a plan of study. But what is it exactly? A curriculum is the set of learning activities that the student take place in order to acquire the degree. It includes mandatory exams , the choice exams , so-called free credits, and any other activities (such as seminars, internships , etc..).

To compile a study plan is first necessary to have well understood what are the different activities that will have to be included therein. Each Faculty (or rather, each department, as the faculty have formally ceased to exist from January 10, 2013, in accordance with Law 30 December 2010, n. 240) provides an own organization, which can vary depending on the title of study achievable. Then we’ll talk in general terms of the most frequent types of activities.

The mandatory exams are the tests that need to be overcome in order to finish their studies. The choice examinations, however, allow greater freedom: they are placed in a group of educational activities more or less numerous, in which each student will have to choose more than one he sympathetic.I free credits exams are at the discretion of the students. For each exam is assigned a certain number of credits (unit of measurement used to indicate the amount of study required). If you finish the course of study are required, say, 12 free credits, each student will be able to freely choose some exams offered by the University, provided that their sum reaches 12 credits (eg, two exams to 6 or a 9 and l ‘ other 3). The other activity, finally, include internships , trainings and seminars organized and required by certain universities.


Now that we have clarified the kind of activity that should be included in a plan of study, we can go to the practice mode of compilation. Also in this case we are forced to speak in a very general way, since each University may use different methodologies. In principle, however, all of you are equipped, in recent years, with online platforms that greatly facilitate the student in tasks of this kind. Until recently, the curriculum was printed, you had to request a form to the relevant departments and put pen to the list of exams that everyone expected to support. Finally had to deliver it personally to the educational secretariats.

Today, however, at the time of registration for an undergraduate course you also receive a user name and password needed to access the private area of the website of the university. Here you will find all the key information about the student’s career (fees paid, exams etc..) And many sections specifically designed to address several bureaucratic issues. Almost certainly there will be one dedicated to the compilation of the plan of study. We should not do is connect, select the activity choices and save it within the deadline fixed by the university. Will itself be a worry to retrieve the data of each member.