Thanks to the Marco Polo programme, Chinese students wishing to enrol in a university course in Italy can obtain an entry visa without prior knowing of the Italian language. The programme requires students to successfully complete a ten-month Italian language course at one of the universities or language schools involved, before starting the university course of interest.
The Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage course includes an admission exam, which for students in the Marco Polo programme will be held online on 20, 21, 22 and 23 April 2021.
If admitted to the course, students will be able to enrol in the Italian language and culture course of the Marco Polo programme activated for the Istituto Restauro Roma at the Scuola di Mediatori Linguistici "Gregorio VII" in Rome.
The course, reserved for the Chinese students in the Marco Polo programme, consists of Italian language and culture lessons and guided tours for a total of 1000 hours, divided into 40 weeks (from December to October with an interruption from 1 August to 21 August). Lessons are held at the premises identified by the Institute's Management and last a minimum of 4 hours a day for 5 days a week, mainly in the morning from Monday to Friday, from 8.30 to 13.30.
Restoration laboratory activities are foreseen for the Master's degree course for which students have passed the pre-selection exam; class attendance is compulsory.
E-learning lessons are also provided in accordance to the current requirements due to the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Italian language lessons are held by qualified teachers and are aimed at learning the language, to bring the students to a full knowledge and understanding of the specific academic vocabulary for study purposes.
Lessons develop the following skills: listening, reading, ability to write a text, ability to express oneself in a conversation, grammatical reflection.
On the first day of the course, students will take a placement test (written and oral) to establish their starting language level. If necessary, classes will be differentiated according to the different language levels. There will be periodic monitoring, with written and/or oral tests, on the progress of the learning of the language.
At the end of the course, an Italian language exam will be held, certifying the Council of Europe B1 level of competence, to be integrated with the B2 level by the end of the degree course.
Attendance is compulsory and no more than 20 days of absence are allowed in total. Students are required to sign the attendance register at the beginning and end of each lesson.
The course is supervised by a teaching and laboratory activities coordinator and a student tutor.
Any student arriving more than thirty minutes late for class will be considered absent. The programme also includes optional supplementary activities such as excursions, specific workshops and guided visits to cities of art in Italy or Europe; the cost of which will be borne by the students.