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Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

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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.

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.



COVID-19 Information: 

•             What is the status of planned campus admission open days/tours? 
Alma Orienta, the students' fair of the University of Bologna, is going online, Italy's main event for prospective students becomes digital and will be broadcast live on 14 and 15 May.

•             How can applicants contact the university about their application?
The University’s offices are closed to the public, but services continue to run remotely.
If you need to speak to someone in person, you can request an appointment by sending an e-mail to the relevant office.
Courses, exams and graduation sessions are taking place online.
Here is a list of the main contacts and services for students:
In particular, for International Students, he services are guaranteed by e-mail and by telephone (from Monday to Friday 9.30-13.00 and Tuesday and Thursday 14.00-15.00:

•             How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled?
Courses, exams and graduation sessions are taking place online.

•             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?
If you are a non-EU citizen living outside Italy, next to complying with the rules and deadlines established by the University of Bologna, you must pre-enrol at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country. As soon as the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) will set pre-enrolment deadlines for a.y. 2020/21, you will find the information on www.unibo.it/admissions

•             Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?
Admissions are currently open for several programmes. For other programmes, they will open later on in spring/summer.
You can browse at this link the complete programme catalogue. After selecting the programme you are interested in, open the degree programme website and then click on “Admission/Iscriversi”. Please read carefully the specific admission requirements, procedures and deadlines.

•             How are applications for university accommodation being handled?
You can find here information on university residences and housing opportunities.

Starting from March 18, at 9 pm, from Monday to Friday, #UniboSera will offer the entire university and city community the opportunity to follow to short speeches, dialogues and debates. In the first series of this segment with the title "The time of waiting", professors of our University or external scholars will address, from different perspectives, some themes of common interest, such as the change in our habits, fears, new forms of sociality, time perception, and the act of waiting projected into the future.
The University's Museum System is joining the campaign of the Emilia-Romagna Region "#laculturanonsiferma" (culture doesn't stop) and it started today posting themed content on their Facebook page, including videos on history, characters and treasures of the past, as well as thoughts about present times. Some of their posts will be dedicated to the Botanical Garden, allowing us to discover and enjoy the flowers blooming in March.
Finally, alongside culture and critical thinking, the University of Bologna also values the importance of physical activity which becomes especially relevant during this period in which we have to spend time at home. Thanks to CUSB - University Sports Centre, from tomorrow, every morning at 8.30, 15 minutes work-out videos will be posted on the University's social media profiles (Instagram (IGTV), Facebook and YouTube): a CUSB instructor will guide you for a 15 minutes training from Monday to Friday so that you can start your day with some exercise.

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

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University Highlights

Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna is one of the top Public universities in Bologna, Italy. It is ranked #160 in QS Global World University Rankings 2021.

Total students - 66,722


International students - 5,706


Total faculty staff - 2,806


Total students - 66,722


International students - 5,706


Total faculty staff - 2,806



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