Expect an average of 27, with a final exam grade of 108.
Individual courses are graded on the 0 – 30 scale, with 18 required to pass the year-end tests. In addition, students must take a final comprehensive exam in order to complete the degree; a perfect score on the final exam is 110, with 66 being the lowest passing grade. Students may receive a mention of “e lode” – with honor – for the final exam, or for courses in which they receive a grade of 30.
Most students who received a degree after 2002 will receive a diploma supplement which will show their grades on the 0-30 scale, and the equivalent ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grade for each course.
A top 10% of the cohort
B next 25%
C next 30%
D next 25%
E next 10%
ECTS credits – US schools cut these back by half.
(“Laurea” means degree)
Diploma Universitario 2-3 years. Vocational qualification. Students may go on to Laurea.
Laurea, or Laurea di Dottore, 4 – 6 years (old system, although still being offered). Comparable to US master’s.
3+2+3. 3 years for the first degree, 2 years for the second level (master’s level) degree, 3 years for the doctorate.
(ECTS credits – US schools cut these back by half)
Laurea (1st level) 3 years, 180 ECTS credits.
Laurea Specialistica (2nd level) – 2 years, 120 ECTS credits. Comparable to US master’s. The 180 credit Laurea is required for admission.