Lectures and seminars, totaling 40-45 hours of face-to-face teaching, are partly common to both curricula, partly independent with regard to teaching delivered at Sapienza in the first semester; they are articulated by curriculum with regard to teaching delivered in the Summer semester at the partner university.
Lectures on stylistic analysis or linguistics are mainly devoted to the literatures and languages in which PhD students have chosen to specialize. Lectures on the history of literary criticism, the history of linguistics and intercultural studies represent in-depth studies from which those most appropriate to the profile of the research faced by PhD students are selected by supervisors. Lectures are given by members of the Board; by professors from Sapienza outside the Board; by professors belonging to foreign institutions, within the framework of the agreement with Charles University or exchange programs (e.g., Erasmus) or other agreements and funded research projects.
Second-year PhD students actively participate in the interdisciplinary workshop, which is held in the first semester, presenting to their colleagues an aspect of the research work aimed at the preparation of the dissertation; a discussant from outside the Board, an expert in the subject, also participates in these workshops, which are also attended by supervisors.
Before or during lessons and seminars, PhD students are provided with an annotated bibliography.
Assessment of the skills acquired, which is necessary for the awarding of educational credits, is carried out by the Board members who teach courses and seminars.
In the Summer semester, institutional courses and seminars must be attended at Charles University; at the end of the semester, each PhD student takes a State examination of methodological and theoretical content at Charles University, preparatory to admission to the final exam.
Other mobility, aimed at perfecting the student's individual research and overall preparation, will be taken advantage of at universities or other foreign research institutions, within the framework of other mobility agreements (e.g. Erasmus+).
The educational and research activities independently chosen by the doctoral student (e.g. attendance of conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad, scientific collaborations), are approved by the supervisors and the Board.
Method of preparation of the thesis
During the second year, the PhD student conducts research aimed at writing the thesis. Supervisors check its congruence and effectiveness.
Admission to the third year
Each PhD student presents a report on the work he or she has done (both with regard to the in-depth studies necessary for the thesis and for the other planned activities, including the semester spent abroad), submitting it to the supervisors for evaluation; then, after an interview, for approval by the Board before October 31.