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SAIS Europe | Pre-Term

Pre-Term at SAIS Europe is designed to give students the opportunity to settle into life in Bologna, learn some Italian, and possibly fulfill a program requirement in order to leave more space for other courses during the fall and spring terms.

Pre-Term 2021 is expected to run on campus at SAIS Europe in Bologna from Monday, August 16 to Saturday, September 11, 2021. Registration will be available online from Friday, May 28 until midnight (CEST) June 28, 2021. Admitted students will receive detailed information before the online registration form becomes available around mid-May.

Below is the list of courses which we plan to offer in Pre-Term 2021.

Pre-Term courses offered at SAIS Europe:

Some non-native English speakers may need to further develop their English skills in preparation for graduate coursework.  If the Admissions Committee felt that you need to improve your english skills before the start of the academic year, it was so indicated in your letter of admission.

In summer 2021, SAIS is offering a four-week online English reading and writing course from July 5 to July 30. Details will be made available to all students before preterm registration opens, toward the end of May. In addition, a listening and speaking course will be offered on campus in Bologna during preterm from August 16 through September 10.

During Welcome Week, all non-native English speaking students will take a Diagnostic English Proficiency exam. Students who do not pass this exam will be required to take a further English class during the Fall term. 

This course is the best way to begin learning Italian and get the most out of your year(s) in Italy. The course consists of approximately 100 hours between classroom instruction and individual tutorials. Depending on prior language background and aptitude, students may be placed in an intermediate level course in the fall semester and may consequently qualify to take the Italian Proficiency exam at the end of the academic year.  Because of the number of classroom hours per day (4-5), Intensive Italian cannot be taken alongside any other pre-term course. Given the very intensive nature of this course, it is best suited for in-class learning. 

This beginner-level course is designed to help students interact in Italian during everyday life in Bologna. It consists of approximately 50 hours of classroom sessions and individual tutorials. This course can be taken alongside Statistics. Depending on the enrollment numbers, we expect to offer a number of different sections with an online option for students who may not be in Bologna for Pre-Term. 

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic statistical tools required to conduct and evaluate empirical research in economics and the social sciences. The course fulfills the data analytics requirement for the MAIR degree and enables those students to take an additional elective course during the program. Topics covered include elementary probability theory, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, big data and Machine Learning. Special attention will be given to the application of these statistical tools to the analysis of real phenomena. Students who attend Statistics in Pre-Term will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop on STATA in the fall or spring, as scheduling permits.

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Pre-term courses do not count for course credit and therefore cannot be counted toward the overall number of courses required for any SAIS program. MAIR students who complete Statistics for Data Analysis in Pre-Term will have fulfilled the Data Analytics requirement, but will still need to take 16 courses within the MAIR program. Successful completion of Pre-Term courses is noted with High pass (HP) or Pass (P) on the transcript. No mention of Pre-term is noted for failed courses and grades do not affect the student’s grade point average (GPA).


Principles of Economics Prerequisite: Prior to the beginning of Pre-Term, you must have successfully completed (or be in the process of completing) a course covering principles of micro- and macroeconomics. Proof of having met this requirement must be provided to the Admissions Office by the start of the Pre-Term course. If you take the Online Principles of Economics, results will be transferred internally at the school. If you do not pass an approved Principles of Economics course, you will not be allowed to attend the corresponding economics course in Pre-Term; nor will you be allowed to enroll in courses in the fall.