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Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

Location Bologna, Bologna Italy
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Ranking

# =167

QS World University Rankings
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98

Undergraduate programs
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152

Postgraduate programs
International

6175

International students

COVID-19 Information: Please check the Admissions tab

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 200 degree programmes within its 32 departments and 5 schools. 

Its community of more than 85,000 students makes the Alma Mater 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 Alma Mater 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.

COVID-19 Information: Please check the Admissions tab

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 200 degree programmes within its 32 departments and 5 schools. 

Its community of more than 85,000 students makes the Alma Mater 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 Alma Mater 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.

University information

COVID-19 Information: 

•             How can applicants contact the university about their application?

The university's services are offered remotely and where necessary and possible also on site.
Admission procedures, are mainly taking place remotely, except for those run at national level (i.e. Medicine, School of Dentistry, etc.).

Courses, exams and graduation sessions are taking place both online and in presence, where possible.
Please find below the list of the main contacts for international students:

www.unibo.it/ContactsForInternationalStudents

In particular the International Desk’s services are guaranteed by e-mail, Zoom, telephone and on-site desk.

For an overview on admission procedures please also check:

www.unibo.it/admissions
Access requirements, deadlines for application, admission methods and the number of places available vary depending on the degree programme and are published on the University Portal every year, starting in January.


•             How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled?

Admission procedures are set every year taking into account the actual availability of international tests.


•             Is the university making any changes to entry requirements (i.e. test results, required documents)?
The University of Bologna will provide updated information on admission procedures that will be published on each degree programme website. Check regularly the Admission webpage of the  degree programme you are interested in.

•             How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed?

The University of Bologna allows conditional enrolment to students awaiting for the visa issue. Students can attend classes and take exams remotely for the whole period of health emergency.


•             Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?

Admissions are open to all international students. Students shall anyway consider that they may face visa issue delays and travel restrictions set both by the Italian Government and by their home countries.


•             How are applications for university accommodation being handled?

Please find here information on university residences and housing opportunities


Access requirements, deadlines for application, admission methods and the number of places available vary depending on the degree programme and are published on the University Portal every year, starting in January.
www.unibo.it/admissions

Important! Non-EU students residing abroad must preenrol at the relevant Italian Embassies or Consulates.

IELTS - Masters

Minimum score

7

Maximum score

TOEFL - Masters

Minimum score

100

Maximum score

IELTS - Bachelors

Minimum score

6

Maximum score

TOEFL - Bachelors

Minimum score

80

Maximum score

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

Total students

73,000

UG students

55%

PG students

45%

International students

6,175

UG students

40%

PG students

60%

Total faculty staff

2,913

Domestic staff

95%

Int'l staff

5%

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.   

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

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.http://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/internships-and-job-placement 


Rankings & ratings

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

Ranking criteria

47.5
Overall
78.5
Academic Reputation
43.1
Employer Reputation
3.5
Faculty Student Ratio
49.7
Citations per Faculty
7.8
International Faculty Ratio
10.8
International Students Ratio
95.1
International Research Network
40.7
Employment Outcomes

Available programs

Alma Mater Studiorum offers 91 first cycle degree programmes/Bachelor  (3-year full time length courses; the academic qualification is obtained after having completed 180 ECTS credits) and 13 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 125 second cycle degree programmes/Master  (2-year full time length courses; the academic qualification is obtained after having completed 120 ECTS credits). Among those 59 degree programmes are entirely 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, 48 Specialization Schools, more than 80 Professional master’s programmes of which 11 international.

More info at 

PhD programmes https://www.unibo.it/en/teaching/phd

Specialization schools  https://www.unibo.it/en/teaching/specialisation-schools

Professional master’s programmes  https://www.unibo.it/en/teaching/professional-master 


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