Course units and programme of study

The programme of study is the set of compulsory and elective course units that the student must take in order to graduate.
Submission of the programme of study for your year of enrolment is compulsory and is required, in particular, in order to register for examinations and complete the teaching evaluation questionnaires.
All current students must submit their programme of study online via the Esse3 system
The programme of study may differ according to the academic year of enrolment ('cohort'); it may also provide for a choice between different study paths ('curricula').
To see the list of course units that you can include in your programme of study, select the academic year of enrolment and, if available, the curriculum.
Search the course units of the programme of study

Write a short introduction here

List of courses

How the programme of study works

The list of course units in the programme of study represents all the training activities available for each of the years of the degree course and changes according to the year in which the student enrols. ‘Free-choice or restricted-choice' course units are optional learning activities that students may include in their programme of study according to the choice criteria specified on this page; the remaining course units are compulsory for all students.
The programme of study must be submitted online by the student for each year using the ESSE3 system (see dedicated section).
Students are allowed to submit their own programme of study with options other than those presented on this page (and available in ESSE3), as long as it is consistent with achieving the course's learning objectives. In that case, the programme must be submitted to the Course Council for approval.


In order to be able to take the examinations of certain course units ('restricted choice' course units), you must first have passed the examinations of certain core course units ('propaedeutic' course units).
Propaedeuticities related to the programme of study for A.Y. 2022/2023:

‘Language proficiency - English language B2’ preparatory to ‘English for international law’

Training offered A.Y. 2022/2023 - 'Free-choice’ training activities

With regard to the optional activities (TAF D) in the first and second years of the programme of study, students may choose:
1) Course units offered by the DEGREE COURSE;
2) Course units recommended but offered by other DEPARTMENTAL DEGREE COURSES or by other Departments (For a list of the course units offered, please refer to the attached document ‘Education and training offered A.Y. 2022/2023’).
It is possible to include in one's programme of study ‘free participation activities’: sporting, cultural, artistic or social activities, provided that they are certified in accordance with the provisions of the ‘Rules for Free Participation Activities’, for at least and no more than 6 ECTS credits. If the certification of these activities, considered as a whole, does not reach 6 ECTS credits, the credits certified will remain in the student's career as a supernumerary, without covering an activity under TAF D.
Students who have carried out National Civil Service may, if they expressly request it, have it recognised with 6 ECTS credits as an activity chosen by the student. For recognition, an application must be made by filling in the FORM and attaching appropriate certification. The Course Council will authorise the recognition.
(N.B. No authorisation is required for the inclusion in the programme of study of the courses/activities listed in the previous points)
7) Course units offered by other DEPARTMENTS (not expressly recommended by the Degree Course) Students may also propose the inclusion of course units other than those proposed by the Degree Course, provided that they are activated for at least 6 ECTS credits, on other university degree courses. In this case, the FORM must be completed at least five days before the meeting of the Course Council prior to the end of the period available for the online upload of programmes of study. Students must indicate the reasons for their choice and the Course Council will assess, on a case-by-case basis, the consistency of the proposed choice with the programme of study and, if consistent, will authorise the inclusion of the chosen course unit in the programme of study, in time for it to be uploaded online.

Online completion of the Programme of study - ESSE3

Every year, within a set period, regularly enrolled students (i.e. completing their course within the prescribed time) must fill in their programme of study on Esse3 for their course year.
The online submission of the programme of study is compulsory and necessary, above all, for registering for examinations and for completing the course evaluation questionnaires.
Compilation periods

For the A.Y. 2023/2024 the programme of study must be completed online in the period:

  • from 16/10/2023 to 06/12/2023
  • from 04/03/2024 to 05/04/2024 (for those who were unable to submit their programme of study in the first period or for those who want to make changes)
  • from 13 to 23 May 2024

Procedure and compilation guide

Instructions for filling in the programme of study are as follows:

  • Go to the page:;
  • From the menu in the top right (3 white lines) click on LOGIN and enter your username ( and password;
  • Also from the menu, click on the item PROGRAMME OF STUDY (career programme)
  • First year students: click on NEW PROGRAMME
  • Second and third year students: click on the MODIFY PROGRAMME button (at the bottom of the page, under the previous years' course units)
  • Read and follow the instructions by moving from one rule to the next with the ‘Next rule’ button until you reach the last rule.
  • Finally, fill in the satisfaction questionnaire.

>> Detailed instructions for filling in the programme of study on Esse3

Instructions for students not completing the course within the prescribed time

Year-2 students must pay close attention to their choice in the final year.
Students NOT COMPLETING THE COURSE WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME, if they wish to change a free-choice activity, must enrol in the 3rd year as a REPEATING STUDENT.
This means that:

  •  the repeating student must wait until the first useful session of the academic year (July) in order to graduate;
  • as in other years, before taking examinations for new course units, students must acquire attendance (i.e. wait until the end of the semester of the course to be able to take the examination);
  • students will be enrolled in the current system for year-3 students. Therefore, the student will have to follow a new system, with the obligation to take core examinations not provided for in their original system.

In order to facilitate year-2 students, an additional period in which it is possible to modify choices and/or the internship (in May) has been introduced.
See rule described in the notice above.
Students with conditional enrolment may NOT fill in their programme of study either online or on paper.
Students enrolled on a degree course closed to new candidates (Specialist Degree Course in International and European Studies – SIE) are NOT required to submit a programme of study.

Who to contact

For any problems with programmes of study (e.g. registration with exams taken elsewhere, inability to fill in the programme) and student careers (e.g. curricular activities that do not appear) please contact the Student Registry Office (Strada del Prato 4/1A). E-mail:  .
For advice on filling in online, please contact the Quality Assurance Office (Via Università, 7). E-mail:
Useful University LINKS:
Programme of study
Esse3 - Guide to compiling the online programme of study