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The UPO (University of Piemonte Orientale), were founded as a State University in 1998, though the history dates back to the 13th century, when a “Studium generale” was established in Vercelli, the only university in the region of Eastern Piedmont. Multi-campus means widespread territoriality, plurality, diversity: a distinctive feature of our university in the Italian higher education system. Multi-campus structure embracing the cities of Alessandria, Novara and Vercelli, gives an identity to this territory, which is an excellent site for pioneering companies and networking organisations.
The University of Eastern Piedmont Amedeo Avogadro is a college spotted in Alessandria, Novara and Vercelli, Italy. The University of Eastern Piedmont aims, among its principle destinations, to fortify its coordination into national and global systems through research projects, cultural and scientific exchanges and educational programmes. Specifically, the Department of Humanities has been included in various philosophical examines, including a task on Pathologies of Autonomy. Additionally, the University of Eastern Piedmont has numerous exploration focuses, for example, the CESPI (Interdisciplinary Centre for the Studies of the Law of Multicultural Relations and Policies of Integration).
UPO is one of the top-ranked institutions in Italy for the high quality of its facilities, research and teaching: it ranks 12th among 61 institutions in the general ranking of State Universities, and 1st for customer’s satisfaction and for internships.
TheUniversity offers a number of courses with specific entry tests and assessment procedures to evaluate the knowledge of incoming students.It is possible to opt for either a full-time or a part-time study plan. Undergraduate degree programmes last three years, with the exception of the 5-year or 6-year single cycle degrees. Please, check the enrollment availability for each Department.The UPO proposes also a double degree programme.
Department of Economics and Business Studies
Department of Science and Technological Innovation
School of Medicine
Department of Law and Political, Economic and Social Sciences
Department of Humanities
Department of Humanist Studies
The history of UPO officially starts in 1998, but the first Studium generale dates back to 1228 and was established in Vercelli. It was the seventh university to be settled in Italy and the twelfth in Europe, according to the History of the University in Europe by Jacques Verger (1992).
In 1228 Vercelli was a wealthy, flourishing commune, which levied duties and taxes, provided financial support to the foundation of free villages, enlarged its urban area and built the majestic Saint Andrew’s Basilica, the world-famous symbol of the town made known thanks to the diplomatic mission of Cardinal Guala Bicchieri in England. Little by little the town became suitable for an international community of scholars, according to the trend of endemic migrations that characterized the history of the very first European Universities. That is why a group of Bononian students settled in Padua decided to move towards North-Western Italy. Two delegates of the commune of Vercelli – Alberto Bondono and Guglielmo Ferrario – and the representatives of the Paduan University endorsed the Charta Studii, which was the document that formally instituted the University of Vercelli. The commune of Vercelli placed 500 lodgings at students’ disposal, granted favourable loans and paid the salary to fourteen teachers.
It is only from 1969 that the name of the University of Vercelli starts to be used again. That year, on initiative of the Town Hospital and of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Turin, some academic courses are offered in Vercelli and, some years later, in Novara. On 30th July 1998 the University of Eastern Piedmont was evntually founded. On that day Luigi Berlinguer, former Minister of University and Scientific Research, signed the institutive decree. The dedication of the institution to the famous scientist Amedeo Avogadro was due to the necessity of giving a unifying characterization to the University that was spread over three different provinces. The Statute was published on 4th January 2002 and included seven faculties.
Due to the reform of the University system in 2011, the older faculties disappeared and seven new departments were established; teaching and research are now linked and carried out together.
The University offers a number of courses with specific entry tests and assessment procedures to evaluate the knowledge of incoming students.
It is possible to opt for either a full-time or a part-time study plan. Undergraduate degree programmes last three years, with the exception of the 5-year or 6-year single cycle degrees.
For detailed information concerning:
- the enrollment of international students residing abroad;
- the enrollment of EU citizens, wherever they may reside; of foreign citizens officially residing in Italy; of Italian citizens with a degree earned abroad;
- the enrollment of non-Italian EU citizens residing in Italy; non-EU citizens officially residing in Italy; non-EU citizens residing abroad
You need to consult the regulations on the MIUR (Ministry of Education) website. Before enrolling, we suggest that you check whether your documents are valid at the Segreterie Studenti (Registration Offices) of the course you are interested in.
Application for international students
You are an international student if you hold a foreign qualification/degree (your citizenship is not relevant). Step by step pre-enrolment procedure for international students. If you have a qualification issued by a non-Italian High School or University and you wish to apply for an undergraduate, postgraduate, 5-year or
6-year degree program, the online pre-enrolment procedure on a website of UPO. As an international student, you must pass an exam to demonstrate your basic knowledge of the Italian language. Alternatively, you must show evidence that you possess a CILS certificate.
CILS Certification for international students
CILS (Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language) is a qualification on the competence in Italian as a foreign language. It is awarded by the University for Foreigners of Siena, and is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and throughout the EU, conforming with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It grants acceptance in any higher education institution in Italy. The CILS certificate is useful to anyone who studies Italian, works and studies in Italy or is in contact with Italy, and to those who simplywish to measure their competence in Italian.
Each CILS level certifies the ability to communicate in several different contexts and situations. All foreign citizens, Italian citizens residing abroad (descendants of Italian emigrants) and foreign immigrants in Italy can enroll to CILS exams.
There are no age limits and it is not necessary to have special qualifications or to have passed a CILS examination of lower level. The tests are not tied to specific teaching methods or language courses. Applicants can prepare for CILS exams in the ways they consider to be the most appropriate and suitable to each of the levels.
30th June for fall semester/ all year
31st October: spring semester
Registration on a website of UPO : fill with all the information and you will create a new user with password.
There are some compulsory documents in our online application:
- Identity Card
- Languages certification or Self- certification English and/or Italian (Nursing students should provide a English B2 level or B1 Italian.)
- Learning Agreement signed by the Sending Institution.
The Public University of Eastern Piedmont is a non-profit public higher education institution in Italy 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 del Piemonte Orientale (UPO) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale (UPO) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 22 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.
The formal system for accreditation of State University programs in Italy began in 1933. This law accredits a set of Universities, faculties, and courses. It involves two separate but correlated programs that were instituted at the same time: First, each University went through a four-step process to adopt and approve its own Regolamenti Didattici di Ateneo (RDA). The RDA establishes the rules for the organisation of teaching at the university, including establishing the requirements and objectives of each degree program, the curricula, credits awarded and requirements and objectives of examinations.
The RDA's were developed in consultation with representatives of the individual university, the regional coordinating committee (CRC), employers and the National University Council and are ultimately approved by the Ministry of Education (MIUR). Second, a series of formal, objective standards was adopted as minimum requirements for approval of any programs.
UPO organises a wide range of public engagement events and there are many examples of departments, research groups, individual researchers and students who get involved with public engagement initiatives.
The big events UPO coordinates include:
- the Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year (January);
- the Graduation Day (June);
- the European Researchers’ Night (September);
- the Career Day (October);
- the Viotti International Competition of Music (October), in partnership with the Società del Quartetto.
The UPO offers a wide range of services for students.
Library System (SBA) has been established to coordinate, rationalize and develop the activities of our libraries, whose mission is to enhance, preserve, and foster the use of book and document collections.