The University of Genoa, known also with the acronym UniGe (Italian: Università di Genova), is one of the largest universities in Italy. It is located in the city of Genoa and regional Metropolitan City of Genoa, on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region of northwestern Italy. The original university was founded in 1481.The University of Genoa is one of the most valuable cultural and scientific heritage of the Mediterranean and the Italian north-western area. It is deeply interconnected with the city of Genoa and its economic framework. The University is located throughout the region, with campuses also in Savona, Imperia and La Spezia. The University meets the people's needs by offering physical resources – schools and departments, study centres, management offices, as well as a computer centre – and human resources – teachers and the administrative staff.The University is strongly engaged in promoting the progress and the values of our society.
According to Microsoft Academic Search 2016 rankings, the University of Genoa has high-ranking positions among the European universities in multiple computer science fields:
- in machine learning and pattern recognition the University of Genoa is the best scientific institution in Italy and is ranked 36th in Europe;
- in computer vision the University of Genoa is the best scientific institution in Italy and is ranked 34th in Europe;
- in computer graphics the University of Genoa is ranked 2nd institution in Italy and 35th in Europe.
The University of Genoa has a strong collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), since its foundation in 2005.
The University of Genoa is currently setting up a big project for a new Faculty of Engineering within the Erzelli Great Campus science technology park, in the Western side of Genoa. The contracts were signed in October 2018, the final project should be released in 2019, the construction works should start in 2020, and the new faculty should open in 2023.
School of Social Sciences
Section Interscuola Politecnica del Dibris
School of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences
School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Interscuola Section of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of the Dibris
Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences
School of Humanities
Department of Law
Already in the 13th century in Genoa there were Colleges which conferred degrees in law, theology, medicine and arts. The College of Theology was established officially in 1471 with a Papal Bull of Sixtus IV (Francesco della Rovere). Some years after dates the promulgation of a Statute of the College of Medicine by the Council of the Elders in 1481.
In 1569, by a decree of the Senate of Republic of Genoa, the Colleges were incorporated into the schools run by the Jesuits. The Jesuits settled near the old Church of San Girolamo Del Rosso, and enlarged their premises by buying some land on which to house their College and schools. The building, which is now the main University premises, was designed by the architect Bartolomeo Bianco, and began to be used in 1640. After the suppression of the Society of Jesus in 1773, a special Committee reorganized the various courses of study, dividing them in higher education (Canon Law, Philosophy, Civil Law, Theology, Logic and Metaphysics, Physics) and primary education (courses in Rhetoric, Reading and Writing).
After the establishment of the French Empire, which absorbed the Republic of Genoa, higher education was subdivided into different special Schools: Law, Medicine, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Commerce, Language and Literature, Chemistry. The University of Genoa was affiliated to the Imperial University of Paris. It was reinstated as a separate university in 1812. After the fall of Napoleon, the provisional Government of the Republic appointed a new Committee in charge of higher education, and at the Congress of Vienna in 1815 it was decided that the University of Genoa be entrusted to the Kingdom of Sardinia, enjoying the same privileges as those granted to the University of Turin. The university was closed owing to political disturbances between 1821 and 1823 and again between 1830 and 1835.
In 1870, two first technical institutes of higher education were established: the Royal Naval School and the Royal School of Economic Studies, that in 1936 were absorbed by the Royal University of Genoa, becoming the Faculties of Engineering and Economics respectively.
In the late 20th century, the university expanded rapidly, with new regional campuses. In 1996 some departments were established in Savona within a remodeled Army Barrack area. That campus hosts the Department of Engineering and also courses in Business. New laboratories have been made in Simulation, Logistics & Industrial Engineering, among others.
In January 2001, an "Institutional Review of University of Genoa" was given by CRE Institutional Evaluation Programme. This evaluation, surveys taken and reports made, explain The University's current promotion of invitations to outside professorships and student body.
Admission procedure for non-EU students abroad Italy
If you are a non-EU student with residence abroad and a foreign diploma and you want to enrol at the University of Genoa. You should: Contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country. Here you will submit your pre-enrolment at the University of Genoa and choose the course you want to apply for. The Italian Embassy or Consulate will translate and legalise your diploma and will also issue its Declaration of Value.
Shortly after, the Italian Embassy or Consulate transmits at the University of Genoa both your name and the course you have chosen. If the University of Genoa accepts your application, the Italian Embassy or Consulate will have to provide you with your visa and all the paperwork related to your diploma. Deadlines for each academic year are available on the MIUR website.
If you choose a course with admission test and limited access
If you apply for a course among Medicine and Surgery, School of Dental Medicine or Sciences of Architecture, you must also register for the admission test on the con Universitaly website.
Once you arrive in Italy
Once you arrive in Italy you have to go to the University’s International Students Office (SASS), where you will hand over all the paperwork related to your diploma in order to complete your enrolment. If you have applied for a degree course with admission and limited access, you have to pay the admission test fee first. For further information, please contact the International Students Office (SASS).
Documents you have to submit
In order for you to enrol in the University of Genoa you have to submit the following documents:
- your diploma, in the original or in a certified copy, already legalised by the Embassy or by the Consulate
- the Italian translation of your diploma issued by the Embassy or the Consulate OR translated by an official translator and then certified by the Embassy or the Consulate or approved by the Italian Court
- the Declaration of Value of your diploma, issued by the Embassy or the Consulate
- any certificate attesting your successful completion of the admission test – if any – required by the university of your country.
If you have obtained a diploma after less than 12 years of school:
- an academic certificate attesting the successful completion of the exams scheduled for the 1st year or for the first two years of your degree study programme
- an official Italian or foreign post-secondary diploma obtained in a higher education institution – universities excluded - subjects
- any certificate issued by an Italian University attesting the successful completion of foundation courses.
These documents should attest the attendance to courses during at least one or two years, according to whether your country has a 10-year or an 11-year education system.
If you want to apply for a master’s degree course, besides your bachelor’s degree, you also have to submit:
- the original certificate attesting all the teaching units you have attended and all the exams you have passed approved by the Embassy or the Consulate
- the course contents and the study programmes of the teaching units included in your degree course duly certified by the University
- an Italian official translation of the certificate as well as of the single units’ study programmes, unless they are issued in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese.
Every year each degree course reserves some places for non-EU students with residence abroad. Visit the MIUR website to find out the number of the reserved places you can benefit from.
Italian language test
If you obtained your high school diploma abroad you must take the Italian language test, except if you choose a course entirely taught in English.
Students who obtain an Italian degree can ask for the accreditation status of their academic qualification at CIMEA (Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence).
University of Genoa is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the medium-sized city of Genova, Liguria. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Savona, Imperia, La Spezia. 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 Genova (UNIGE) is a very large coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Genova (UNIGE) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. 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.
In the ranking of Italian universities, the University of Genoa is ranked 13th by ARWU, 18th by QS, and 18th by THE. The university is ranked 151-200 in Engineering - Civil and Structural in the QS World University Subject Rankings.Times Higher Education gave the university a rank of 150+ in the Law category in its 2020 list of subjects.
The average price for a single room ranges between 300 and 350 € per month, depending on the district and on the level of comfort required (restored apartment, internet, wi-fi, lift, terrace); the average price for a double room is 250-300 € per person per month. The price of an entire flat ranges between 500 and 700 € per month. Students should ask their landlord to subscribe a rental agreement. A facsimile is available at SASS office.The University of Genoa supports International students in their accommodation research, but does not guarantee nor reserve any kind of accommodation.
For students who do not stay in university residences, the cost for a complete meal is € 6,00. Erasmus students or students coming in the frame of any other mobility programme can submit the relevant documents to ALISEO (via S. Vincenzo 4, 1st floor) so that they will be allowed to pay € 3,50 (instead of € 6,00).
The University of Genoa provides you several guidance services starting from high schools until you enter the job market.
Our guidance services are carried out in three different steps.
The University of Genoa provides 3 different types of tutors, who can help you during your university studies. The tutoring service is free of charge. The tutors are senior students who have been specifically trained to mentor you during your university experience.
The project “School of Italian Language and Culture for International Students” (SLICIS) promotes the integration of International students in the University activities and in the Italian social life. Italian language and culture teaching activities are directed to: Students holding an International qualification enrolled in bachelor, master or PhD courses and International students who attend our University in the framework of a mobility programme