Fondazione Collegio San Carlo di Modena

Friday, January 18, 2008

Fondazione Collegio San Carlo di Modena

The Fondazione Collegio San Carlo (recently restored from an early seventeenth-century teaching institution founded in Modena) is a private, non-profit institution with a wide social reach. It is situated in the historical centre of the city and, along with the adjoining Church of San Carlo, is one of the city’s most prestigious Baroque buildings. As outlined in its Statute, the Foundation places the personal development of its students amongst its priorities along with research into social and religious sciences.

To this end, in addition to the university college reserved for students registered at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, it hosts the international School of Advanced Studies in ‘Science and Culture’ for Italian and foreign postgraduates, the Cultural Centre and Religious Studies Centre which promote public research and study programmes, the Library and Archives. In 1970 the university College – founded in the seventeenth century as a Collegium Nobilium- resumed its original role in the pursuit of academic excellence.

It is open to students enrolled at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and is situated in the historical town centre: therefore, all faculties can be reached within 20 minutes at most. It is a mixed college with 60 places, approximately 10 of which are competitive. Five scholarships are awarded to students with the best average results and lowest income. New recruitments (based on an assessment of the applicant’s curriculum and performance at an interview) are restricted to freshmen; a third of the places are reserved for Arts students; to retain a place at the college students have to take part in the compulsory formative programmes that the College organizes and demonstrate a lively involvement in the college community.

They also have to reach the standards of merit established in the regulations (pass exams totalling at least 28 credits by the summer session with an average of 25/30 or over). The College ensures efficient and effective student support through constant tutoring assistance and by supplementing the university syllabus with specific courses and internal activities designed to enrich the student’s personal and professional formation
Services and facilities

Residential services: accommodation in single study rooms with Internet access; refectory service (breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday); laundry and ironing service; weekly change of bed linen, daily cleaning of communal areas.

Resources and facilities for study and leisure activities: library (34.000 books and 1.300 periodicals); lecture and study rooms; computer room, areas designated for leisure activities, chapel.

Cultural and formative activities: tutoring, internal courses, English language courses with native speakers and multimedia supports; computer courses; courses on the use of bibliographic tools; seminars and conferences; guided tours; work placements in companies.