Political Sciences (SPO)
Through a typically multidisciplinary approach, the degree programme in Political Sciences is designed to provide students with a sufficient knowledge basis and methodological competences in the economic, legal, political science, sociological and historic fields, targeted at conducting a comparative analysis of the key structures and processes of contemporary society.
Graduates in Political Sciences can pursue careers in various areas, such as:
- national and multinational private organisations and firms;
- administrations; - authorities;
- national, supranational and international public organisations;
- non-governmental and third sector organisations;
- research centres;
- consultancy firms;
- journalism and publishing.
Employment statistics (Almalaurea)
Application and admission: Limited enrolment with access test.
Access is subject to passing a test (TOLC-E, CISIA OnLine Test, www.cisiaonline.it ) which will give rise to a merit ranking.
Additional learning obligations (OFA)
Students who do not pass the entrance examination on one or more areas provided for by the degree course, are assigned additional learning obligations (OFA, Obblighi formativi aggiuntivi) that they must fulfil in accordance with the provisions of the Programme Structure.
OFA: English language
Students must have level B2 proficiency in English. Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B2 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) Placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December.
Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification before the completion of their degree.
International mobility is strongly encouraged, in line with the programme's profile.
You can spend a study period abroad under the Erasmus+ programme, attending courses, taking exams, working on your thesis or doing research. The training activities carried out abroad will be recognised in your academic career.
The degree programme has entered into Erasmus+ agreements with universities based in 8 European countries, for the areas of sociology, politics, economics, history and law. Some of these agreements are shared by other degree programmes of the Faculty. The total agreements cover over 20 Erasmus+ scholarships in Spain, 18 in Germany, 14 in France, 4 in Portugal, 2 each in Belgium and Norway, and 1 in the United Kingdom and Denmark.
As detailed in the annual call for applications, the exchange programme provides for a minimum number of 18 ECTS credits. You will have to define your Learning Agreement with the degree programme's Erasmus manager, Prof.Cristiano Vezzoni, before departure. Upon returning, you will then have to complete the recognition procedure with the Erasmus desk of the Department of Social and Political Sciences.
Erasmus+ Traineeship Programme
The programme provides for traineeships abroad in companies or other organizations, with paid internships for up to 12 months.
Highly recommended, not mandatory
For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:
- the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students
- the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’- that is variable.
Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:
- lowering for students who meet high merit requirements
- fixed amounts calculated on the basis of the student's citizenship group for those with income/property abroad
- support for students who have political refugee status.
More info at: Fees - current academic year
Scholarships and benefits
The University also provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students), including:
Admission, ranking and enrolment