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Frequently Asked Questions

This page answers your most frequently asked questions about the TOMidEast Summer School programme.

It is not usually but in this moment it is: COVID 19

The approach followed by the TOMidEast organising committee is to prioritise and guarantee the safety of all participants and Faculty members. In recognition of the global health situation and persistent health concerns in Italy, the Organising Committee has decided that the 2020 edition of the TOMidEast Summer School will be delivered entirely online on the CISCO Webex platform. The date of the course are unchanged (22 June – 27 June) and the program will reflect as closely as possible the one which has been advertised.


Should you fail to find an answer to your question in this page, please contact Miss Marcella Re (see details in the “Contact us” section of this website).

  • Who organizes the Summer School?

The Summer School is organized in the frame of TOMidEast, a working unit of the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin especially set up to deal with contemporary Middle Eastern affairs. The School is organized as part of the cooperation activities in the frame of the agreements with the Bilgi University (Istanbul) and the St. Joseph University (Beirut). The scientific coordinator of the Summer School is Professor Rosita Di Peri (rosita.diperi@unito.it)

  • Who can apply for the Summer School?

Any professional or student who is in possession of the required qualifications. These are a Bachelor honours degree at 1st or 2nd level (or an equivalent European title, such as the laurea triennale for Italian students with a minimum grade of 100/110) and good command of the English language.

Undergraduate students (ie. students who will not yet have a degree at the start of the School) who are enrolled in an area-studies university course focusing on Middle East or in a university course in Political Science and International Relations are also welcome, provided that they have completed at least one year of course.

Special attention will be devoted to those applicants who can demonstrate their proficiency in English by means of an international qualification. Though this is not a mandatory requirement, an ideal proof would be a minimum TOEFL score of 620 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test), or 100 (Internet test), or IELTS 7.0 or their equivalent (e.g. the Cambridge Advanced or CPE Certificate). Previous studying experience abroad will also be taken into consideration.

The compulsory requirements must be met by Tuesday 31th May 2020 for the application to be considered.

  • What is the ratio of successful applications?

Competition for admission to the School is intense. Early application is highly recommended.

  • What is the closing date for applications?

Candidates may apply until the 2nd June 2020, 5 pm Rome time. Late applications will not be considered.

  • When will application results come out?

The selection procedure will be carried out by a Committee of scholars who will address every application cleared by the TOMidEast office. All complete applications reaching TOMidEast by April 15th 2020 5pm (Rome time) will be evaluated by April 20th and official confirmations will be sent individually immediately thereafter.

All remaining applications sent by the closing date (June, 2nd 5 pm Rome time) will be assessed and results communicated by June 5th 2020.

  • Are scholarships available?

Yes, they are. One type of scholarships is available:

FREETORINO – 10 scholarships covering ONLY lodging in Torino. Those who are awarded a Freetorino scholarship will be lodging at one of Torino’s student halls from June 21st to 27th June 2020 (included). A single or double (depending on availability) en-suite room will be provided. These scholarships may be applied for by all School participants who are currently students (ie. undergraduates who will not have yet completed their degree at the time of the School, or applicants who either are studying at the postgraduate level or will be doing so in the 2020-21 academic year). These scholarships may be applied also to applicants who graduated in December 2019 and later and who are not currently employed full-time. Applicants must not be resident in either Torino or its province. See the “Fees and scholarships” and the “How to apply” sections of this site for further information on how to apply for a scholarship.

  • What themes are treated in the programme? And who are the lecturers?

The short courses taught at the School will tackle key political and social issues of contemporary Middle East and its current transformations. The Summer School favors a political science approach offering interpretations that are useful to understand the main critical issues at the international, regional and national levels. Specific methodological sessions will be foreseen. The variety of approaches is designed to provide the students with a valuable, inter-disciplinary set of tools whatever their primary interest may be in the wider realm of Middle East’s politics, political economy and foreign policy.

The programme is a learning experience made unique by the diverse mix of participants and instructors, drawn from the best universities, institutions and think tanks in the world. Lecturers are international distinguished scholars on contemporary Middle East and are committed to providing scientifically rigorous classes while addressing key themes of the current transformations in the Middle East region. All Summer School participants are considered part of the wider Turin University community and are afforded the same rights and privileges as regular students. The atmosphere around the Campus Luigi Einaudi is convivial and interactive, making it easy to develop friendships which will last well beyond the programme’s conclusion.

  • When is the School held?

Classes will start at 9.30 am on Monday 22nd of June 2020. The final exam will be on Saturday 27th June 2020 from 9.30 to 11.30 am.

  • What are the lecture times?

Lectures are held Monday-Friday from 9.30am to 5.00pm. A lunch break is scheduled between 12.30pm and 3.00pm. Additional events such as video projections and debates will take place between 5.30 pm and 7.00 pm. All the Summer School sessions will take place in room 3D233, 3rd floor, Department of Culture, Politics and Society, Lungo Dora Siena 100.

  • What expenses should I expect in order to participate?

Tuition fees are 400€ for students and 500€ for professionals (VAT included). TOMidEast staff can help you with reservations and info on how to save money for meals and transports. For these logistical reasons too it is best to apply as soon as possible. Information on accommodation, transport and lifestyle in Torino can be found in the “Living in Turin” section of this website.

  • How can I apply?

Just follow the procedure in the “How to apply” section of this web site.

  • Can I get some sort of official certification when I complete the course?

Participants who successfully complete the School (ie. participate to a minimum of 18 out of the 20 hours of lectures/seminars and pass the final exam) are awarded an official certification by the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Torino. The certificate will indicate the title of the School, the sessions attended and the grade obtained at the final exam.
Italian students might wish to know that the TOMidEast Summer School certificate may be used to claim CFUs. TOMidEast staff will be happy to send all necessary documents to other universities for the CFUs to be awarded to their students too.

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