Adaptation to the Bologna Process
The Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) is a recognized Higher Education Institution of the Holy See and it has the right to award academic degrees under the authority of the same Holy See which is a full member of the Bologna Process/European Higher Education Area since 19 September 2003.
The programs of study of the PISAI follow the qualifications framework of the Holy See (www.education.va) and are regularly evaluated by AVEPRO*, which gained full membership in ENQA* 2014.
* AVEPRO Holy See’s Agency for the Evaluation and Promotion of Quality in Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties (www.avepro.va)
* ENQA European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (www.enqa.eu)
Registration must be completed before the beginning of the academic year by all students and for each year of study. Exceptions to this rule may be considered occasionally for individuals on receipt of a written request from the candidate. The licentiate programme must be completed within a maximum period of nine years after first registering for courses.
Requirements for registration
• Registration form (available from the Secretary or online at the PISAI website)
• 2 recent passport photos
• Photocopy of a valid identity document
• Photocopy of academic qualifications already obtained with originals to hand for verification
• Letter of introduction from a competent ecclesiastic authority
Categories of students
• Regular: those seeking to receive the academic qualifications of Licentiate or Doctorate
• Special: those following one or a number of courses and presenting themselves for the corresponding exams, with the possibility of requesting the credits/ETCS for those courses and receiving the Certificates in Islamic Studies (Levels I and II)
• Auditing students: those who enrol for individual courses or seminars and are entitled to a certificate of attendance. Unregistered students may not attend Arabic language classes.
Registration in other faculties
Regular students may not enrol as regular students in another faculty. They may, however, attend courses in other faculties with permission from the respective academic authorities providing there is no clash with courses at PISAI, attendance at which is obligatory.
Candidates intending to register as regular students in the Licentiate programme must have completed the Baccalaureate in Theology or an equivalent qualification (Cycle I)
For the normal running of the programme of studies, whether in the Arabic language or in Islamic Studies, students should have prior knowledge in the following areas:
• A good or very good knowledge (Level C1/C2) of one of these two languages: English and Italian.
• A basic/fair knowledge (Level A2/B1) of the other language, at a level which enables students to follow lessons without too much effort.
This basic requirement, especially regarding Italian, is in line with the requirements of the Pontifical Roman Universities. Although knowledge of French is not a mandatory requirement, it will be highly considered in view of admission.
Full time (Licentiate programme)
• Introductory Year € 3000
• Licentiate 1st Year € 3000
• Licentiate 2nd Year € 3000
Part Time (Islamic Studies)
• Islamic Studies – Level 1 € 1000
• Islamic Studies – Level 2 € 1000
• Islamic Studies – Level 3 € 2000
Pending thesis defence* € 1000
* This annual fee must be paid by students of the Licentiate cycle who, having completed all the required courses and exams, must defend their Licentiate thesis at a date after the completion of the final examinations.
• Presentation of topic € 500
• Annual registration € 800
• Presentation of thesis € 500
• Defence € 500
• Doctorate Diploma € 200
1. Licentiate in Arabic and Islamic Studies (Bologna Second cycle, EQF level 7): awarded at the end of the 2nd Year of Licentiate studies.
2. Doctorate in Arabic and Islamic Studies (Bologna Third cycle, EQF level 8): requires a minimum of three years to complete. Applicants must hold a Licentiate in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the rank of Summa cum Laude or an equivalent qualification.
Admission is governed by a special set of rules, one of which is that doctoral research projects must include substantial work with Arabic sources, classical or contemporary. Further information can be obtained from the Director of Studies or from the President of the Institute.
* EQF: European Qualifications Framework
Certificates in Islamic Studies (Levels I and II): awarded respectively after completion of the courses in Islamic Studies of the Introductory Year and the 1st Year of the Licentiate.
Postgraduate Foundation Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies: awarded at the end of the Introductory Year.
Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies: awarded at the end of the 1st Year of the Licentiate.