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Pre-program courses

The LUISS Guido Carli Department of Law offers intensive pre-program courses to give students the opportunity to acquire specific skills on fundamental topics that will not be covered during the degree program. 

Pre-program courses offered in 2017-2018

  • Logic
  • Studying Efficiently 

Features and objectives of the pre-program courses 

All first-year students are strongly recommended to attended pre-program courses in order to sharpen crucial skills for their chosen bachelor’s degree programs.

The Logic pre-program course aims to analyze thought and language to develop direct reasoning skills. Students will learn to construct fully thought-out, step-by-step reasoning through games and group exercises. Students will study fundamental theory to guide them in practical exercises, that can then be applied in all areas of their subsequent studies. The course is coordinated by Professor Ermanno Bencivenga, one of the world’s greatest living logic experts. 

The Studying Effectively pre-program course uses an interactive method to teach students new studying techniques to help them face the challenges of starting university.  Students will be involved in group exercises and role-playing situations that will help them develop to approach their university studies with new learning mechanisms and time-management skills. The course is also an excellent opportunity to meet and work with future classmates. 

Students are welcome to register for both courses.

Class schedule

 The Studying Effectively pre-program course is divided into five four-hour lessons while the Logic course is divided into five three-hour sessions. Each course will be held August 28 - September 8, 2017 (both for students who passed the April 2017 and Summer School admission tests).  Students will be divided into groups upon registration, and each group will have a specific schedule.

Students who pass the September 1, 2017 admission test can register forthe intensive pre-program course session, September 11-15, 2017.

Both courses require a minimum number of students in order to take place and have a maximum number of participants. Students will be accepted into the courses on a first-come, first-served basis; interested students should therefore register as soon as possible. 

Course calendars (in Italian):

How to participate

Registration is free of charge. No official grades will be given for these courses, and attendance is strongly recommended but not mandatory.

Only students who have passed the admission test can apply for pre-program courses.

Applications for students who passed the admission test in the April 2017 or Summer School sessions must be received between June 26 and July 22, 2017.

Applications for students who pass the admission test in September 2017 must be sent between September 2 and 8, 2016.

No applications received outside of these dates will be considered.

To apply send an email to, specifying:

  • First and last name
  • Name of degree course
  • Name of pre-program course/courses of interest
  • Email
  • Mobile telephone number

More information

T: 06 85225077