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1. How is PIAL/ FLCC is different from other faculties of classical studies over the world?
Pontificium Institutum Altioris Latinitatis (hereafter PIAL)/ Facoltà di Lettere Cristiane e Classiche (Faculty of Christian and Classical Literature, hereafter FLCC), is approved in adherence to the apostolic constitution "Veterum Sapientia" (1962) of St. John XXIII and is founded by the Blessed Paul VI in accordance to the motu proprio "Studia Latinitatis" (1964), aims at being the bar of excellence in the Church for the education of Latin and Greek language, showing the cultural continuity between the Ancient Roman-Greek civilization and Early Christianity.
 
2. What are careers opportunities for our graduates?
Our graduates are qualified to teach Latin and Greek in schools of all levels (including seminaries), and to be professor of Patristic and Early Christian Literature; they are also fit to be readers and translators in curia and ecclesiastical chanceries, with their expertise in understanding canonical documents, liturgical texts and epigraphy. Hence, graduates are also equipped with competence to develop career in cultural institutions as librarians, archivists, editors etc.
 
3. Does PIAL/ FLCC adopt "natural approach" (Ørberg) in teaching of classical language?
Yes. PIAL/ FLCC applies the "natural approach" in teaching Latin in the undergraduate programme with adjustments where they are suitable. For Ancient Greek, Athénaze (Italian version) is chosen to be our textbook, since in many aspects this book adopts too a natural approach. PIAL/FLCC by all means promotes the active use, both written and oral, of the Latin language.
 
4. PIAL/ FLCC only prepares professors of Latin and Greek language?
No. PIAL/ FLCC also prepares specialists of Early Christianity, professors of Patristics studies and/or Early Christian Literature, cultivating students with linguistic sensitivity on the subjects. As a matter of fact, in 1989 the Congregation for Catholic Education has issued a document titled "Inspectis dierum", concerning the studies of Church Fathers for priestly formation, in which PIAL/FLCC is mentioned explicitly as an institution specialized in breeding professors in patristics.
 
5. Who are the professors?
As the Holy See entrusted the Salesians for the well-being of PIAL/FLCC, the Institute for the moment is being administered by the mentioned religious order. In particularly, the institute is supervised by prof. Miran Sajovic and prof. Roberto Spataro, both Salesians. Prof. Sajovic is full professor of Early Christian Latin Literature, specializing in the studies of St. Augustine, author of Latin textbook "Evagrius Magister" for seminarians with natural approach. Prof. Spataro is full professor of Early Christian Greek Literature, with numerous acclaimed publications on Origen, secretary of the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis (Pontifical Academy for Latin) and member of the prestigious academic organization Academia Latinitati fovendae.
 
Visiting professors are invited to share their outstanding expertise with our students: prof. Waldemar Turek, The head Latinist of the Vatican's State Department; prof. Roberto Fusco, Byzantine scholar and scriptor latinus in the Vatican's State Department; prof. Luigi Miraglia, considered to be the best latinist with perfect oral command of the Latin language; and prof. Mauro Pisini, one of the greatest living poets in neo-Latin.
 

Notable professors emeritus who are also Salesians include: prof. Biagio Amata, one the most insightful scholars on Arnobius of Sicca; prof. Cleto Pavanetto, previously elected as president of Opus fundatum Latinitas for years; prof. Remo Bracchi, prominent linguist with international reputation; prof. Enrico dal Covolo, currently Bishop and Vice-chancellor of the Pontifical Lateran University. There were other non-religious leading scholars of Early Christianity who have taught in our Institute as well, for example the late prof. Manlio Simonetti, and prof. Emanuela Prinzivalli.

 
6. How long would it take to complete the studies at PIAL/ FLCC?
The Undergraduate programme usually consists of six semesters (equivalent of a duration of three years with 180 ECTS); for Licentiate programme will be four semesters (equivalent of a duration of two years with 120 ECTS). The Doctoral degree can be earned in three years.
 
7. If a student has already taken courses of similar nature in other tertiary institutions, are they going to be recognized by PIAL/ FLCC?
Yes. As long as the student presents the official transcripts and/or certified copy of the diploma to the President-Dean or to the Professor-Delegate (Student affairs). The authority would then evaluate the candidate's previous academic experience and see if it is possible to excuse the candidate from related courses of the PIAL/FLCC curriculum.
 
8. Other than those core modules, are there any optional courses and academic activities in the curriculum?
Yes. Our programme not only aims at preparing students with linguistic competency, but also building them a versatile knowledge in Classical Literature in Latin and Greek, Roman and Ancient Greek History, Art History and Archeology of Classical Antiquities and Early Christianity. Study tours guided by professors are organized, visiting various archeological-historical sites in Rome and in the outskirt. Thus, Faculty Day, conferences, and seminars are regularly organized, inviting renowned scholars all over the world to share their latest studies, in order to broaden and to enrich students' professional knowledge in the discipline.
  
9. Are the academic degrees granted by PIAL/ FLCC to be accredited in Italy?
Yes. All academic degrees enjoy full legal standing in Italy as they are being granted by a Pontifical Institute, i.e. under direct authority of the State of Vatican, which the latter accedes to the "Bologna Process" and the "Treaty of Lisbon". Thus, in order to be eligible to take part in the Proficiency Assessment for Teachers, PIAL/ FLCC is obliged to comply with the requirements of MIUR (Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca), incorporating university credits of some of the related disciplines. In this light, PIAL/ FLCC has signed an agreement with the University of Cassino.
 
10. Is lecture attendance compulsory?
Yes. Our lectures are held from Monday to Friday. Course examination without attending the lectures can only be granted by the President-Dean or the Professor-Delegate (Student affairs) after their evaluation case by case.

 

11. When does the course start?
The first semester is from the first Monday of October till the third week of the January; the second semester from the third week of February to the end of May. There are three examination periods throughout the academic year: winter session (January - February), summer session (June) and fall session (September).
 
12. Is there dormitory around the University?
Yes. The student-clerics can indeed live inside the campus within a religious community, subjected to the approval of their Superior and the Congregation of Salesians of don Bosco. Otherwise in the neighbourhood of the University there are other institutes (as dormitories) for both religious and lay students of both sexes. In our University there is a pastoral office which provides information related to housing and accommodation.
 
13. How much is the tuition fee for one academic year?
The tuition fee is renewed every year according to the regulation of the Salesian University. For academic year 2016-2017, the tuition fee is Euro 2,050 for first and second year of the Undergraduate programme, and the first year for the Licentiate programme; for the final year of both programmes is Euro 2,250. For the tuition fee and information about the Doctoral degree, please contact us with the email provided in Question no. 15.
 
14. Can I apply for scholarship?
There are some organizations offering scholarships to the student-clerics, for example the "Papal Foundation", "Aid to the Church in Need (Kirche in Not)", etc. The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples also provides several scholarships for student-clerics. Request of such nature should be made by the superior of the applicants' religious order or the bishop of their diocese. PIAL/ FLCC on the other hand may provide limited financial subsidies depending on the donation of both private and organizational benefactors.
 
15. How could I obtain further information?
You may contact the President-Dean of PIAL/ FLCC, prof. Miran Sajovic, SDB (email: Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.); or prof. Roberto Spataro, SDB (email: Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.), Professor-Delegate on students affairs and studies; last but not least, you may obtain general information on our Institute from our Secretary, prof. José Luiz Lima de Mendonça Junior, SDB (email: Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.).
 
 
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