FAQ for students in the CS@GSSI PhD program
What is the grading system used in course evaluations by CS@GSSI?
Immigration and core courses are evaluated using the following grades: A (excellent), B (good), C (sufficient) and D (insufficient). The grades for the courses are only used as an internal reference.
Which exams and how many should I take?
Every student of the PhD program in Computer Science must attend all courses. Moreover, they must pass the exams
of the following courses:
- ALL three immigration courses (90 hours total);
- 1 core course for each pillar (42 hours total);
- 4 core courses of the student’s choice (56 hours total).
See page 4 of the PhD Rules available at PHD rules
Can I attend summer schools and courses at other institutions?
Students are encouraged to follow courses that fit with the topic of their PhD theses also at summer schools or at other institutions in Italy or abroad. Before registering for such schools, students should seek the authorization of the coordinator of the PhD programme and of their internal tutor. Typically, students can follow up to two external courses or summer schools.
After having attended a PhD school or a course at another institution, a student should
- submit to the coordinator of the PhD programme a short written report describing the topics and the presentations as well as the areas for future research suggested by the lecturers he/she found most interesting, and
- deliver a 20-minute talk to students and faculty at the GSSI describing the content of the report.