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Preparing the study plan

Information on how to prepare and present a study plan.


EPOS allows you to shape your study programme so that it matches your interests and ambitions. In the first and second year all your modules are set for you and mandatory. On the 3rd year it is requested that you make some choices, and pick some electives. To do that you have to to fill in your individual study plan on StudentiOnline. Your study plan needs to be filled and submitted within certain periods in the year, and anyway before sitting the exams that you will include in it. Starting from a.y. 2023-24 students can choose to anticipate to the 2nd year some of the 3rd year elective activities (check the list here).


Students can complete the Study Plan on Studenti On-Line ("Study Plan" button) in the following two periods: 

  • 1st period:  from September 28th to October 20th 2023
  • 2nd period: from January 11th to  February 23rd 2024 

No exceptions to these intervals are possible


Log in your StudentiOnline profile, choose Teaching Activities. State your choices and press the Save button before quitting the programme.
It is possible to edit your Study Plan by adding or deleting courses in the two periods indicated. Please make sure that all the courses/teaching activities you are going to be marked for are actually included in your online study plan


In addition to your mandatory second year modules, you can add some free choices activities scheduled for the 3rd [see the list of activities available here: course structure diagrams for students enrolled a.y. 2021-22 -> third year -> 4. electives (16 ects) (max limit 48 cfu)]

Also, if you wish to take an internship, you can do it starting from the summer at the end of your second year, by including it in your second semester study-plan (see Internship** below).




in addition to your mandatory third year modules, you have to choose two optional modules:

16 cfu within one of these three tracks:



8 cfu from the


+ 8 cfu from the


You have also to choose 8 cfu between French language and Spanish language


In addition to mandatory and optional modules, in your third year you will spend 16 credits in electives (these are the credits that you can anticipate on your second year too): choose among (or combine) modules, language exams, transferable skills or an internship.

  1. A) Electives suggested by the programme: modules activated within EPOS.
  2. B) Some courses from degree programmes other than EPOS: a few non-EPOS modules taught in English are available for you to choose: you will find the list on your study plan online form form. NB: You cannot choose any course from other degree programmes but just those listed.
  3. C) Other EPOS courses not previously selected: In 3rdyear EPOS plan includes optional courses (namely "choose one/two modules in this list"). You may choose as electives EPOS optionals that you had not previously selected. To insert these courses, please click on the arrow next to Insegnamento a scelta su CORSO 5819 – ECONOMICS, POLITICS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES.
  4. D)Other elective courses of the University of Bologna:if you wish, you may ask to include, as electives, courses from other degree programmes, as long as they have some consistency with the general goals of EPOS. In such case, please click on the arrow next to Insegnamento a scelta su ATENEO 010 - UNIVERSITA' DI BOLOGNA, insert the chosen course(s) and wait for the Director's approval. Important:
  • only courses from open-access degree programmes (a numero aperto) can be selected.
  • you will need these non-EPOS choices to be approved before actually taking them. We recommend you insert sensible options, consistent with EPOS, from L taught in English. The request will be evaluated by the Programme Director and Board, then, if approved, added to your SOL records online.


If you wish, you can include an internship in your study plan and gain credits from it that will be part of your 16 electives. 

              10 CFU = 250-hour intenship 

You can either select on your study plan (and carry out) your internship in your third year, or anticipate your internship in your 2nd year, at the end of classes, between june and september. It is essential that you have included your internship in your study plan before carrying it out. For more info and advice on internships, check the relevant pages of our website.

Very important!

For all students:

  • it is not possible to fill in the Study Plan outside the two above mentioned periods;
  • you need to include your chosen modules in your study plan before sitting the related exam and select an internship before carrying it out, not after.

For 3rd year and graduating students:

  • Within the 16 CFU elective box you will note that you are allowed to select more options than you need to. This is to give you more flexibility and grant you a wider choice, also in terms of what exams dates are available before your expected graduation session. You are not bound to take all the modules that you select, BUT, the optional/elective exams that you will actually take in the end, will have to be selected in your study plan. The same applies to internhips.
  • Another arrow-shaped button in available in the study plan "Insegnamento a scelta su ATENEO" - however, we ask you to stick with the choices indicate below and not click this one: modules chosen in here will need special approval.



Outgoing Erasmus/Overseas (or other exchanges)

The Learning Agreement replaces the study plan in your period abroad and you can state your optional and elective choices on the L.A. For the optional and elective choices that you do not include in your L.A., you need to include them in the study plan within the set deadlines.

However, if you are leaving for an exchange period, it may be wise to fill in the study plan anyway as if you were in Bologna. Why? If, for example, you do not manage to sit abroad all the exams that you had planned in your L.A., having optionals / electives selected in your s.p. is a safer fall-back option if you what to take them in Bologna on your return. If they are not selected, you cannot take them when you come back.

Essentially, everything that is not a mandatory module needs to be duly selected, be it in the final version of the Learning Agreement or in the Study Plan, or both to be on the safe side.