(Programma Operativo Nazionale) is an EU funded scholarship programme for Italian public school students. PON projects are coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Education and operate at a national level. Funding is available until 2023 for projects under the current 7-year programme.
Programma Operativo Regionale) programmes are regionally administered projects. Italian regions administering POR projects under the current scheme include Molise, Veneto, Calabria and Puglia. The policies for regional and national projects differ in regard to final language certification (for example, POR programmes allocate specific funds solely for an exam).
Groups of students aged between 16 and 19 receiving PON funding for either of the following projects may travel to the UK, Ireland or Malta:
Students participating in either the Alternanza Scuola Lavoro or the Cittadinanza europea project must already have achieved certified B1 level of English before departure for the stays abroad.
Certificates must be issued by an awarding body on the Italian Ministry of Education list, such as Trinity’s GESE Grade 5 and Grade 6 and Trinity ISE I at CEFR level B1.
It is possible, though not obligatory, to add an English language test at the end of the stay abroad.
The minimum certification level for the end of the stay abroad is CEFR B2. Trinity GESE Grades 7, 8, 9 or ISE II at CEFR B2 are approved tests suitable for this purpose depending on the aims of the project.
For PON projects that include a Trinity exam at the end of the stay, the schools in the UK and Ireland listed opposite under 'book a course' have successfully offered courses leading to Trinity exams. Trinity College does not accredit or endorse courses or schools - details are provided for information only.
Italian schools wishing to obtain PON funding must follow 4 steps:
Use the button below to find schools that offer courses for PON students in the UK, Ireland and Malta.
Trinity College London does not accredit or endorse courses or schools. These details are provided for information only.