University of Insubria

Varese, Italy
Site: www.uninsubria.eu Founded: 1998 year Type of University:Public StudyQA ranking: 10 pts. No. Students: 11000 No. Staff: 400 Languages: Italian Phone: +39800011398
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The University of Insubria (Italian: Università degli Studi dell'Insubria) is an Italian university located in Como and Varese, with secondary locations in Busto Arsizio and Saronno. It was founded in 1998, it has been named after the area where it is situated, the historical-geographical region of Insubria.

According to the ranking made by Il Sole 24 Ore in 2011, the University of Insubria places itself 16th out of the 58 state-supported Italian universities; third in Lombardy after Politecnico di Milano and University of Pavia.[1]

The Faculty of Law in Como has passed from the 9th to the 6th place in the CENSIS 2010/2011 Faculty of Law table. In 2013 the Faculty of Law was ranked 7th place nationally, with a rating of "AAA", within the list drawn up by the "Great University Guide" prepared by the newspaper La Repubblica, in collaboration with Censis (was in 4th place in 2011 and the 6th place in 2010).

There are seven departments at the university which include biotechnology and life sciences; law, economics and culture; economics; medicine and surgery; science and high technology; theoretical and applied sciences and human sciences and innovation.

The university provides 22 undergraduate degree programmes, 12 master's courses, 26 specialisation schools in the medical and dental area and eight PhD courses.

The institution provides up to 40 scholarships for students as well as over 150 international mobility agreements with universities around the world including in France, Germany, Iceland, Lithuania, Poland and Greece. 

The university focuses on four core values which are freedom, respect, excellence and motivation and merit. 

There are a number of activities that the university holds to highlight the work it does to students, families, schools and future students. These include The Researchers' Night, Concert Season, The Scientific Degrees Plan and various exhibitions throughout the year.

  • Department of Biotechnology and Life Sciences

  • School of Medicine

  • Department of Science and High Technology

  • Department of Theoretical and Applied Sciences

  • Department of Economics

  • Department of Law, Economics and Culture

The University of Insubria, which includes two main sites, in Como and in Varese, was incorporated on July 14, 1998, but the institution which thus became a University had earlier origins. In 1972, a University Centre had been established in Varese as an extension of the Faculty of Medicine of University of Pavia followed in 1990 by an extension of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences and of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Milan. In 1989, a University Centre had been established in Como as an extension of the Engineering Faculty of the Politecnico di Milano university and of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of the University of Milan.

In Como during the fifteenth century at the College of Chartered Jurisconsults there was a University School with three chairs: Moral Theology (active since 1473), Mixed Canon Law (founded in 1656 by Thomas Verga) and Institutions (founded in 1656 by Francesco Benzi). This University remained active until the year 1795.

Since 1989 indeed Como has been the center for regular degree courses in Engineering which were arisen precisely from Politecnico of Milan as well as in Science and since 1994 in Law, originated from the University of Milan.

In the frame of Governmental reform designed to solve the problems of overcrowed universities in Italy, plans were made to establish new universities, some of which had to include a network of sites.

In 1996-1997, the Osservatorio Nazionale, the Italian national office for the assessment of the University system, had visited the facilities in the University sites in Como and Varese, where other Faculties had been opened in the meantime, and had suggested that a new University featuring an organisation based on two Delegacies should be opened.

In Italy, this was one of the first proposals aimed at establishing a University network. The new University of Insubria is in a large centre of population, and has close cultural and academic relationships with the Universities of Milan and Pavia, upon which it is based, as well as with the other Universities in the Insubria territory, including the Canton Ticino(Switzerland).

The University of Insubria acquired full status on July 14, 1998. The newly established University, which is anchored to the traditions of the Insubria territory is the first example of a network based organisation as suggested by the Osservatorio Nazionale in its assessment of the Italian University system.

The University of Insubria implied a radical change in the local historical development, which was socially and economically expensive because the territory was organised as a suburb of city of Milan, and horizontal connections were inadequate for the population growing needs.

General admission

Admission requirements for International Students (EU and non-EU students): 

  • students having a High School  Diploma attained after a total period of 12 years of Education may apply to first cycle (bachelors) and single cycle Master programs
  • students having a Bachelor Diploma (at least 3 years of University education or 180 ECTS for EU citizens)  may apply to second cycle (master) programs

All international candidates from non EU countries must start their application procedure at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where they live. Pre-applications must be submitted directly to the Italian Embassy or Consulate from March 7th to July 24th 2019. Furthermore, all international candidates willing to apply to programs taught in Italian, must pass an Italian language test that will take place on September 2nd 2019 in one of our seats (the official information about place and hour of the test will be published on this page).

Admission non-EU students 

Students willing to apply to such programs have first to register on-line

Then, using the assigned credentials, students are required to fill the on-line application

At the end of the on-line application procedure a payment form for the enrollment fee will be automatically generated; print it and pay it in any Italian bank.

You will have to finalize your enrollment submitting the following documents to the students affairs:

  • High School Diploma (in original or as a legalized Copy accompanied by an official translation in Italian)
  • Any document declaring the attainment of such qualification after a total period of 12 years of school education (Dichiarazione di Valore - Declaration of Value issued by the Italian embassy); If the school education system in your country lasts less than 12 years, you could be admitted: in case of a 11 years education system, only if You passed at least all the subjects of the first year of a University program. A suitable transcript of records proofing such condition  must be submitted with the other documents; in case of a 10 years education system, only if You passed at least all the subjects of the first two years of a University program. A suitable transcript of records proofing such condition  must be submitted with the other documents;
  • Certification of admission to Higher Education studies (only if mandatory in  your country)

1st cycle Degree and single cycle Master Degree Programs

Medicine, Dentistry and Healthcare professions are programs with limited places that could be accessed by passing an admission test, with specific deadlines and procedures established by the Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), generally published by the end of February.

Students willing to apply to such programs have first to:

  • send the application and choose the University
  • apply for admission test at Università degli Studi dell’Insubria

If positively assessed, students will have to register on-line and follow the instructions mentioned above and finalize your enrollment submitting the above mentioned documents to the students affairs.

Second cycle Degree Programs (Masters)

Students willing to apply to such programs have first to contact the Program Coordinators for a qualification assessment:

  • CV European Format
  • copy of ID/Passport

If positively assessed students will have to register on-line. Then, using the assigned credentials, students are required to fill the on-line application.At the end of the on-line application procedure a payment form for the enrollment fee will be automatically generated; print it and pay it in any Italian bank.

You will have to finalize your enrollment submitting the following documents to the students affairs:

  • High School Diploma (in original or as a legalized Copy in English or accompanied by an official translation in Italian)
  • Bachelor Diploma (in original or as a legalized Copy in English or  accompanied by an official translation in Italian)
  • Any document declaring the attainment of the high school qualification after a total period of 12 years of school education and the attainment of the Bachelor Degree after at least 3 years of University study  (Dichiarazione di Valore - Declaration of Value issued by the Italian embassy); If the school education system in your country lasts less than 12 years, you could be admitted: in case of a 11 years education system, only if You passed at least all the subjects of the first year of a University program. A suitable transcript of records proofing such condition  must be submitted with the other documents; in case of a 10 years education system, only if You passed at least all the subjects of the first two years of a University program. A suitable transcript of records proofing such condition  must be submitted with the other documents;
  • Certification of admission to Higher Education studies (only if mandatory in  your country)

University of Insubria is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the large town of Varese, Lombardia. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Como. 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 dell'Insubria (UNINSUBRIA) is a medium-sized coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi dell'Insubria (UNINSUBRIA) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. 

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.

Accommodation

The University of Insubria offers accommodation for students and visitors in 3 University Residences, according to availability. To take advantage of the accommodation service, students must meet the criteria established by a competitive examination announcement, also known as “Bando”, published annually during the Summer.

 

Italian language courses

The University of Insubria provides free of charge Italian language courses to incoming Erasmus and international students in Varese and Como.Upon your arrival, you will be informed about the duration of the course itself. 

Library 

There are four libraries affiliated with the university with over 100,000 volumes of books and magazines and approximately 50,000 subscriptions to electronic magazines. The library system includes the library of economics, the law library, the Varese library of medicine and sciences and the Como library of sciences. There are two university colleges and two sports facilities.

Values and missions 

Freedom: we are a laic and pluralist University free of ideological, political and economical conditioning. We sustain the scientific research freedom, we engage in the development of  critical thinking and we believe in culture as having an essential role for the society progress.

Respect: we recognize the value of diversity and we offer the same opportunities to everybody without discrimination caused by race, gender, opinion, language or religion. We consider students' success our main goal; we help them in gaining high level knowledge, skills and competences and in entering the job market.

Excellence: we rely on the excellence of our teachers and of our staff to offer to our students high quality education and facilities, to obtain brilliant results in research both on the national and international stage. We promote the development of high level collaborations and the inter- disciplinarity of research projects.

Motivation and merit: we reward our students for their commitment and for their capability in building the future. We promote the permanent education of our staff in order to constantly  improve the quality of our University. 

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