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Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Location

Bologna, Bologna Italy

Ranking

# =133QS World University Rankings

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103Undergraduate programs

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157Postgraduate programs

International

6906International students

About Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

International Talents @Unibo: scholarships for international students

Over the years, the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world, has paved the way for innovation thanks to an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research, a convincing third mission strategy and a growing international perspective.

Since its foundation in 1088, the University of Bologna has been student-centred, and, thanks to its five campuses (in Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini) and its Buenos Aires branch, it offers its student a varied course catalogue that is tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 260 degree programmes within its 31 departments and 5 schools.  

Its community of more than 90, 000 students makes the University of Bologna one of Italy’s largest universities, ranking first in Italy in terms of number of its students in exchange programmes abroad and within the top 5 universities in Europe in terms of number of exchange students.  Moreover, the University of Bologna is among the top 5 Italian universities in major international rankings (QS, Shanghai, Times Higher Education, GreenMetric).

The University of Bologna is deeply committed to sustainable development and actively contributes to the achievement of the 17 sustainable development goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda.  As a comprehensive research university, the University of Bologna invests in multidisciplinary cross-cultural approach to research and teaching, which are considered as inseparable parts of the same unit. In the European landscape of research and academic cooperation, the University of Bologna is surely among the most active institutions. Indeed it has shaped and maintains alliances with industries as well as public/private organizations and also represents a crucial hub for international networks with its lively relations with America, Africa, Asia and Australia, that add up to its great networks in Europe. In fact, it is one of the founders of the prestigious Una Europa alliance, which is striving to build the integrated university of the future.

About Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

International Talents @Unibo: scholarships for international students

Over the years, the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world, has paved the way for innovation thanks to an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research, a convincing third mission strategy and a growing international perspective.

Since its foundation in 1088, the University of Bologna has been student-centred, and, thanks to its five campuses (in Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini) and its Buenos Aires branch, it offers its student a varied course catalogue that is tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 260 degree programmes within its 31 departments and 5 schools.  

Its community of more than 90, 000 students makes the University of Bologna one of Italy’s largest universities, ranking first in Italy in terms of number of its students in exchange programmes abroad and within the top 5 universities in Europe in terms of number of exchange students.  Moreover, the University of Bologna is among the top 5 Italian universities in major international rankings (QS, Shanghai, Times Higher Education, GreenMetric).

The University of Bologna is deeply committed to sustainable development and actively contributes to the achievement of the 17 sustainable development goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda.  As a comprehensive research university, the University of Bologna invests in multidisciplinary cross-cultural approach to research and teaching, which are considered as inseparable parts of the same unit. In the European landscape of research and academic cooperation, the University of Bologna is surely among the most active institutions. Indeed it has shaped and maintains alliances with industries as well as public/private organizations and also represents a crucial hub for international networks with its lively relations with America, Africa, Asia and Australia, that add up to its great networks in Europe. In fact, it is one of the founders of the prestigious Una Europa alliance, which is striving to build the integrated university of the future.

Available programs

The Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna offers 101 first cycle degree programmes/Bachelor  (3-year full time length courses; the academic qualification is obtained after having completed 180 ECTS credits) and 14 single cycle degree programmes  (5 or 6-year full time length courses; the academic qualification is obtained after having completed 300 or 360 ECTS credits). The Programme catalogue covers all subject and all sectors.

For information and admission procedures: http://www.unibo.it/en/teaching/degree-programmes

The University of Bologna offers 137 second cycle degree programmes/Master  (2-year full time length courses; the academic qualification is obtained after having completed 120 ECTS credits). Among those,   96 are  international Degree Programmes,   79  of which are taught in English.

For information and admission procedures: https://www.unibo.it/en/teaching/degree-programmes

THIRD CYCLE PROGRAMMES

Third cycle Programmes/postgraduates courses are also available: 48 PhD programmes, 56 Specialization Schools,   92  first and second-level Professional Master’s Programmes.

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PhD programmes 

Specialization schools  

Professional master’s programmes  


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University information

Calls for applications for degree programmes admission are available on the degree programme website. You can find them at this page: https://www.unibo.it/en/study    Important : some degree programmes require you to take Test Online Cisia (TOLC)  to check your eligibility for applying or for taking the knowledge test.
Scholarships, aid and benefits for students

University students may obtain financial support during their studies from the Emilia Romagna Region, the University of Bologna, and other external bodies. Check the requirements to apply for financial aid: https://www.unibo.it/en/study/study-grants-and-subsidies/scholarships-and-funding-opportunities

Find out detailed information about amounts, exemptions and deadlines. Tuition fees for international students will be calculated according to their country of origin and the country where their family has income and assets. https://www.unibo.it/en/study/enrolment-fees-and-other-procedures/degree-programmes/tuition-fees-and-exemptions

Libraries, digital resources and study rooms

The University of Bologna has a wide network of facilities, library and documentary services providing support for studies, teaching, research, professional and cultural activities.
http://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/libraries-digital-resources-and-study-rooms

Guidance and tutoring

The guidance services to help make the right study choices are available on all Campuses, targeting high school leavers, graduates and enrolled students.
https://www.unibo. it/en/services-and-opportunities/guidance-and-tutoring/guidance-and-tutoring

Studying Abroad

The University of Bologna promotes international exchanges and offers enrolled students several mobility opportunities for study and traineeship abroad through various programmes: Erasmus+ Study for study mobility, Erasmus+ Placement for traineeship mobility, Overseas and ICM for non-European mobility. Students can also get funding from the Schools for the purpose of preparing their final dissertation abroad.
www.unibo.it/StudyingAbroad

Careers guidance

The Job Placement service puts graduates in contact with the job market, offering concrete support in finding a profession that matches their post-study aspirations. Students and graduates also have the opportunity to undertake internships with businesses, public institutions and professional firms.
https://jobplacement.unibo.it/en

Learning languages

The University Language Centre is a reference point for students wishing to learn foreign languages – Arabic, French, English, Spanish, German – or Italian as a second language, for personal or academic purposes.
www.unibo.it/LanguageCentre

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Student life

Unibo Global Podcast - LifeBites

Embarking on a new study path is not easy, especially in another country. LifeBites is a podcast of the Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna that guides prospective students in their first steps at university thanks to experience and voice of their international colleagues.    

Unibo Global Podcast - LifeStories

University years are a pivotal moment in anyone’s life, throw in moving to a different country and they become even more challenging. LifeStories is a podcast that will take you on a journey across the globe with some of the students who have decided to leave their home country to study at the University of Bologna.

Studying and beyond

Opportunities, subsidies and places of interest for studying and enjoying university life to the full: http://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/studying-and-beyond

Find other useful information for prospect students at this page:

http://www.unibo.it/en/prospective-students

Graduate employment (2019)

Graduates from the University of Bologna have an advantage when it comes to entering into the world of work, whether in Italy or abroad. Each year more than 18, 000 students graduate from the University of Bologna. The statistics collected by AlmaLaurea tell us that more than 45% of total graduates (first-cycle graduates who do not continue their studies, second-cycle and combined-cycle graduates) obtain regular gainful employment within a year of graduation. This percentage rises to 71% after three years and 78% after five years. The same surveys report that 74, 2% of our graduates would choose the same course at the University of Bologna again.

Internships and Job Placement

Information on how to undertake internships and come into contact with the world of  work: https://www.unibo.it/en/study/towards-the-job-market/towards-the-job-market




Tuition fee and scholarships

One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

In this guide you will find:
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Where to look for scholarship opportunities

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How to apply to scholarships relevant to you

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Rankings & ratings

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna is one of the top universities in Bologna, Italy. It is ranked #=133 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #194
  • 2014
    #188
  • 2015
    #=182
  • 2016
    #=204
  • 2017
    #208
  • 2018
    #=188
  • 2019
    #=180
  • 2020
    #177
  • 2021
    #160
  • 2022
    #=166
  • 2023
    #=167
  • 2024
    #=154
  • 2025
    #=133

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The University of Bologna awards 80 new scholarships to deserving international students who wish to enrol in first, single, second cycle (Bachelor’s or Master’s) degree programmes in the academic year 2024/25.  Scholarships have a value of € 4,500 gross and include a full tuition fee waiver. These grants are awarded for one academic year, based on SAT and GRE test scores and the verification of financial status. Check the deadlines and find out how to submit your application!
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