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Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

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Founded in 1088, Bologna University is the oldest university in the world and it has been student-centred whilst attracting prominent figures from science and the arts. Today it is a leader in the European Higher Education Area and famous for its beauty and integration with the city.Its teaching catalogue is diversified and tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 215 degree programmes among its 33 Departments, 11 Schools and over 84,000 students. A further 5000 are candidates for its PhDs and 3rd cycle programmes. The calibre of its graduates, its internationally renowned teachers and its quality research give it a competitive edge, especially in the job market.

Bologna is the best Italian university for attraction of FP7 funds.Bologna has always favoured a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural approach; it invests in international, multicultural training, research and services. It has formed knowledge alliances with industry and public/private organizations, and is a hub of international networks. Of its  international and joint-degree programmes, 49 are taught in English.

Besides the five campuses (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini), there is an overseas branch (Buenos Aires) coordinating research, post-graduate training and academic liaison with Latin America. Beyond its close European links Bologna enjoys multiple international connections, with North America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Studying and beyond

Opportunities, subsidies and places of interest for studying and enjoying university life to the full.



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

Graduate employment (2016)

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 16,500 students graduate from the University of Bologna. The statistics collected by AlmaLaurea tell us that almost 70% 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 83% after three years and 88.5% after five years. The same surveys report that 85% of our graduates would choose the University of Bologna again.

Internships and Job PlacementInformation 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

Programs available

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

University Highlights

Total students - 65,852


International students - 5,587


Total faculty staff - 2,774


Total students - 65,852


International students - 5,587


Total faculty staff - 2,774



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English language requirements

This institution accepts IELTS!
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