The Erasmus Program (now ERASMUS+), which stands for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students, was founded in 1987 through the work of the European Community and provides the possibility for a college student to perform study periods in foreign universities, which will be legally recognized from their universities. The program’s name comes from Dutch humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus (XV century), who traveled across Europe several years to understand the different cultures. The ERASMUS project includes a very broad and differentiated range of activities. In addition to the exchange of students and teachers, it is also possible to develop  study programs or intensive programs worldwide. In addition, the program may take the form of the Thematic Network.


The ISIA of Faenza participates in the EU programme Socrates Erasmus, now Erasmus+, since 1993. Occasionally has directly signed bilateral agreements outside of recognized programs, with public and private institutions in Australia, the United States and Brazil, in the field of mutual mobility of students. The strategy comes from the need for a school located in a small town, to equip its students and staff for constant international reference not only in the activities of study, but also in everyday culture and human relationships.



Foreign students from a partner institution entering the ERASMUS program can attend at the ISIA – Faenza teaching and / or materials provided in the ordinary curriculum, previously agreed by the Learning Agreement, and may take the exams to obtain their ECTS credits and evaluations, certified on the Transcript of Records. The students will have to specify the courses they want to attend and the relative exam they intend to sit for. It is not necessary that all the courses followed correspond to the year of study to which the students themselves have been admitted. Before leaving for Italy, students are advised to procure all the documents necessary for providing details regarding their curriculum and to facilitate the organisation of the relative study programme. Following several interviews a number of Tutors are nominated to whom each student shall refer during their stay at the institution. As all the courses are held in Italian the foreign students will need to know the language to an adequate extent. If necessary they may attend Italian courses that the ISIA organises within the institution. Halfway during their stay, each student must sit for an exam that aims at assessing their progress and, if necessary modify their study programme slightly. At the end of their stay each student must sit for an exam for all the courses undertaken and is issued a certificate stating all of the exams taken, the relative Credits obtained and the marks awarded.



 GRADING SYSTEM The Italian grading system is based upon a scale of thirty marks: 18 is the minimum mark to pass successfully an exam, 30 is the highest mark, and a “cum Laude” merit may also be added, which corresponds to an additional three marks. This is awarded when the test is considered exceptional. The ECTS grading system on the other hand, is based upon a scale of six levels, illustrated according to performance grades. The differentiation of marks is obtained through a statistical analysis of the frequency of grades in the traditional system; the ISIA of Faenza has elaborated the following differentiation table:

Comparazione dei voti
A = excellent excellent test result totally fulfilling the requirements 30 e lode
B = very good very good test result with personal re-elaboration and very few errors 30-29
C = good good test result, with a few errors 27-28
D = satisfactory satisfactory test result with considerable errors 24-26
E = satisfactory satisfactory test result that only fulfils the minimum requirements 18-23
F = unsatisfactory unsatisfactory test result, with totally inadequate preparation equal or less than 17