University of Bologna
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The University of Bologna (Italian: Università di Bologna, UNIBO) is a research university in Bologna, Italy. Founded in 1088 by an organised guild of students (hence studiorum), it is the oldest university in the world,as well as one of the leading academic institutions in Italy and Europe.It is one of the most prestigious Italian universities, commonly ranking in the first places of national rankings.It was the first place of study to use the term universitas for the corporations of students and masters, which came to define the institution (especially its famous law school) located in Bologna.

The university's emblem carries the motto Alma mater studiorum ("nourishing mother of studies") and the date A.D. 1088, and it has about 86,500 students in its 11 schools. It has campuses in Ravenna, Forlì, Cesena and Rimini and a branch center abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.It also has a school of excellence named Collegio Superiore di Bologna. An associate publisher of the University of Bologna is the Bononia University Press.

Higher education processes are being harmonised across the European Community. Nowadays the university offers 101 different "Laurea" or "Laurea breve" first-level degrees (three years of courses), followed by 108 "Laurea specialistica" or "Laurea magistrale" second-level degrees (two years). However, other 11 courses have maintained preceding rules of "Laurea specialistica a ciclo unico" or "Laurea magistrale a ciclo unico", with only one cycle of study of five years, except for medicine and dentistry which requires six years of courses. After the "Laurea" one may attain 1st level Master (one-year diploma, similar to a Postgraduate diploma). After second-level degrees are attained, one may proceed to 2nd level Master, specialisation schools (residency), or doctorates of research (PhD).

The 11 Schools (which replace the preexisting 23 faculties) are:

  • School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Economics, Management and Statistics
  • School of Engineering and Architecture
  • School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Interpretation and Translation
  • School of Law
  • School of Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Heritage
  • School of Medicine and Surgery
  • School of Pharmacy, Biotechnologies and Sport Sciences
  • School of Political Sciences
  • School of Psychology and Education Sciences
  • School of Sciences
  • School of: Economics, Management, and Statistics

    As of A.Y. 2012/2013, the Bologna University School of Economics, Management and Statistics coordinates teaching activities on the Study Programmes pertaining to it, activated according to Department proposals.

    The School of Economics, Management and Statistics offers students in these disciplines an ideal context in which to acquire a globally-oriented cultural and professional grounding. The School runs first-cycle Degree Programmes on a sound methodological basis acquired by rigorous training with an international bias, and extending to various different disciplines. This gives the student a range of transversal skills in the fields of economics, company management, statistics and finance. Teaching programmes are closely connected to the business world, thanks to a gamut of practicals and placements involving over five hundred firms.

    The School also offers second-cycle degree programmes and a range of University Masters geared to attaining specialist and more in-depth skills in wide-ranging sectors – managing cultural and artistic organizations, health management, economics and law, tourist agency management, cooperation with non-profit organizations, financial and insurance analysis, management of international companies, and much else besides.

    Internationalization is a watchword of the entire School curriculum. Students may opt for degree programmes conducted in English, degree programmes liaising with foreign universities (Multiple Programmes and Double Degrees), and degree programmes in Italian offering study, placement and research periods via international mobility arrangements in Europe and overseas (Overseas Programmes).

    The School of Economics, Management and Statistics works on a Multi-Campus basis, its learning opportunities being shared between the Campuses of Bologna, Forlì and Rimini.

  • School of Economics, Management and Statistics

  • School of Engineering and Architecture

  • School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

  • School of Arts and Cultural Heritage

  • School of Psychology and Education Sciences

  • School of Pharmacy, Biotechnology and Motor Sciences

  • School of Science

  • School of Medicine and Surgery

  • School of Political Science

  • School of Languages and Literatures, Translation and Interpretation

  • School of Law

  • Imola campus

    Imola Campus

    Imola Campus is located in the Plesso Vespignani, a prestigious historic building recently renovated and used as a university venue thanks to the generous intervention of the Cassa di Risparmio di Imola Foundation, is now the main teaching center of the University of Bologna in Imola. In the Vespignani Plexus, which houses a computer lab, a study room and a library in addition to the classrooms and studies for teachers, educational activities are held in the fields of Agricultural Sciences, Pharmacy and Medicine and Surgery.

    All the spaces of the Vespignani Plexus, including the classrooms, are accessible to disabled people.

    The Almawifi wireless network is active in the Vespignani complex. The network is available for all teachers and students who have an active University account. For more information on the Almawifi network.

    Various offers and references are posted on the notice boards located inside the Plexus which can be useful for finding an apartment or bed in Imola and for eating a meal at favorable conditions.

    For information on the city of Imola and its services, visit the Municipality website.

    How to reach the Vespignani Plexus:

    • If you arrive by car, find the route on Google Maps.
    • If you arrive by bus: line 101 Bologna / Imola / Bologna - from the bus station, follow the signs for Centro and Università - Palazzo Vespignani.
    • If you arrive by train: from the Imola railway station, follow the indications towards Centro and Università - Palazzo Vespignani. See train timetables.

The main data of the history of the University of Bologna from the beginning to the Bologna Process:

1088: the Bologna "Studium" was founded by students and for students. It is the oldest university in the Western world.

1888: the celebrations of the Eighth Centennial relaunched the role of the University of Bologna within Europe, thanks to the work of Giosuè Carducci, who in 1906 won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1988: on 18 September in Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, the rectors of 430 universities from all the continents signed the Magna Charta Universitatum Europaeum during the nine hundredth anniversary of the University of Bologna, formally recognised as the Alma Mater of all universities. Subsequently signed by another 400 rectors, the Magna Charta affirms the autonomy of universities, the solid ties between teaching and research, rejecting any limits posed by "all geographical and political boundaries".

1989: previously limited to the province of Bologna, the Alma Mater initiated a programme of decentralisation throughout Romagna, becoming the most extensive of all Italian universities. In 2000 the University recognised special forms of autonomy for the Romagna campuses, establishing the scientific and teaching campuses of Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini.
In 1998 the University also inaugurated a campus in Buenos Aires.

1993: the first reform of the University Statute, inspired by the principle of autonomy of the university.

1999: on 19 June in the Aula Magna of the University of Bologna, 29 European Ministers of Higher Education signed the Bologna Declaration, establishing a European Higher Education Area. This was the start of a reform process known as the Bologna Process, committing the signatory countries to a project to restructure the university systems with a view to convergence, ending in 2010.

2012: the entry into force of the new Statute (11 January) concluded the process of university reform which began in 2010, and the implementation of the new university organisation begins.

Requirements for non-EU students

Non-EU students with residency abroad, pre-enrolment at Italian Embassies and entry visa. Every year, a quota of reserved places for non-EU students with residency abroad is set for each degree programme.

Find out how many reserved places there are by consulting the online database on the MIUR website. For restricted access degree programmes, the quota is also indicated in the calls for applications. For enrollment, first submit your application for pre-enrolment (Form A) at an Italian Embassy (or Consulate) in the country you live in (only under exceptional circumstances can you contact an Italian Embassy in a third-party country, and in such cases the Embassy may refuse your application).

You will be able to pre-enrol for a.y. at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country in April/May. This page will be updated with more detailed information as soon as the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) will set pre-enrolment deadlines for a.y.

Important: pre-enrolment at the Italian Embassy alone does not grant admission to degree programmes. In order to matriculate you also need to complete the admission procedures required by the University of Bologna for the degree programme you have chosen.

Required documents

You must take the following documents to the Italian Embassy:

  • the application for pre-enrolment (Form A) duly completed;
  • any language competence certificates (for more details please refer to the information provided concerning the possibility for exemption from the Italian language test and exemption from the Italian language test and the quota);
  • two passport photos; 
  • the documents required for the visa application, including a health insurance policy where applicable;
  • the required documents if you hold a foreign qualification.

You must obtain the following documents from the Italian Embassy:

  • an authenticated passport photo; 
  • an entry visa to Italy for study  purposes (“studio- immatricolazione università”);
  • a stamped health insurance policy, where applicable;
  • the required documents if you hold a foreign qualification:
    find out how to enrol in a First cycle or Single cycle degree programme and the required documents if you hold a foreign qualification
    find out how to enrol in a Second cycle degree programme and the required documents if you hold a foreign qualification 

Itailan Language test

Italian language test and exemptions from the reserved quota for non-EU students with residency abroad

If you are a non-EU students with residency abroad and you want to enrol in a degree programme taught in the Italian language, you must successfully pass an Italian language test. After passing the Italian language test, you also need to complete the admission procedures set for the degree programme you have chosen. The University of Bologna offers Italian language courses to international students.

University of Bologna is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Cesena, Ravenna, Rimini, Buenos Aires. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italia (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy), Università degli Studi di Bologna (UNIBO) is a very large coeducational higher education institution.

Università degli Studi di Bologna (UNIBO) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.  This 932 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. The admission rate range is 50-60% making this Italian higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.


Housing, university residences and services for students away from home looking for accommodation in Bologna and on the other Campuses.

Canteens and catering

Canteens and other catering facilities in Bologna and on the Campuses.


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.

Bologna University Sports Centre - CUSB

Browsing these pages students can find all the necessary information to carry out a sporting activity, competitive or amateur level, at the Alma Mater Studiorum. Physical activity including courses, tournaments, and activities carried out for mere play or at a competitive level are an integral part of education.For this reason the University offers the combination of sport and study through the University Sports Centre of Bologna (CUSB).  This is directly connected to the Committee for University Sports which organises and manages sports at the University

University Language Centre - CLA

The Language Centre has been teaching and assessing the language competences of students and staff of the University of Bologna since the early 1970s.The CILTA was founded in Bologna in the early 1970s at the initiative of the Centre's first director, Luigi Heilmann, Professor of Glottology and Director of the Institute of Glottology at the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Bologna. Just two years earlier (May 1967), Heilmann had been one of the promoters of the Italian Linguistic Society.

UniboCultura initiatives

Exhibitions, concerts, master classes, conferences, ongoing events in visual arts, music, cinema, dance, theatre, poetry and scientific popularization: the University of Bologna’s engagement with the public offers all this.

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  • Domestic students: $ 2.97k / Year
  • International students: $ 6.52k / Year
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