- Founded :1596 year
- Type of University : Public
- StudyQA ranking: 15 pts.
- Offered programms: 29 Bachelor 30 Master
- No. Students: 19000
- No. Staff: 600
- Study mode: 59 On campus
- Languages of instruction: English, Italian
The University of L'Aquila (Italian: Università degli Studi dell'Aquila) is a public research university located in L'Aquila, central Italy. It was founded in 1964 (its history begins in 1596) and is organized in nine departments. The university presents a scientific-technological character with many research groups. It is best known for its Engineering, Medicine, Psychology and Science schools.
The University located in L'Aquila, the administrative center of the Abruzzo Region, our University is a public teaching and research institution offering a full range of academic programmes including biotechnologies, sciences, economics, engineering, education, humanities, medicine, psychology, and sports sciences. With seven departments, the University of L'Aquila offers its over 18,000 enrolled students 64-degree courses (divided between first and second level degrees), eight research doctorate programmes, specialization schools, specializing-master courses and vocational courses. Many members of its distinguished faculty of about 600 professors and researchers have received international recognition and are considered leaders in their fields of research.
The University of L'Aquila has set, as one of its strategic objectives, the internationalization of teaching, based mainly on teacher and student mobility and on the establishment of international degree courses set up in collaboration with foreign universities. These courses provide integrated curricula and student mobility strategies allowing for the reciprocal recognition of the credits earned within the course. Students enrolled in these courses shall carry out established alternate study periods within the University of L'Aquila and its foreign university partner(s).
International degree courses allow students to obtain double, multiple or joint degrees. By double and multiple degrees we mean that upon completion of the course the student shall obtain a degree from the University of L'Aquila and a degree from the foreign university(s) where he/she carried out the established study periods earning required credits. A joint degree instead is a single degree issued by universities who have officially agreed upon and established a joint international degree course.
Some of our courses are held entirely in English while others offer certain course units in English if foreign students are enrolled.
On 11 October 1458 and again on 9 May 1464, the city of L'Aquila petitioned King Ferdinand of Aragon to open a Studium equivalent to those in Bologna, Siena and Perugia. Shortly before, the town had withdrawn support for the last of the Angevin and surrendered to the Spanish sovereign. The King granted this request, but there is no documentary evidence to suggest that the city authorities opened the Studium. On the other hand, records do show that both before and after the date of the petition, citizens of L'Aquila (Fra' Giovanni da Capestrano, for example, and Berardino di Ludovico, nephew to the chronicler Francesco d'Angeluccio di Bazzano, who took a degree in 1474) went to study civil and canon law at the Studium in Perugia. During the last years of the late 16th century, from 1596 on, the Jesuits were providing higher instruction at their college in L'Aquila. When, by a decree of 1767, the Jesuits were expelled from the Kingdom, the Aquilanum Collegium became the Collegio Reale. To the chairs of theology, philosophy and history, mathematics, literature and Greek were added, in 1785, those of sciences such as chemistry, anatomy and the theory and practice of medicine, and in 1792 surgery and midwifery. But when, by the decree of 30 May 1807, Joseph Napoleon reorganized all the Royal Colleges, he suppressed the one in L'Aquila and opened one at the Abbey of the Holy Spirit of Morrone, near Sulmona.
Seven years later, on 21 August 1814, a school of higher instruction for the whole Abruzzi area, with university level teaching in medicine, was inaugurated in L'Aquila by Joachim Murat, Napoleon's brother-in-law and king of Naples. Immediately after the Restoration, by a decree on 14 January 1817, King Ferdinand settled that in L'Aquila, as in Bari, Salerno and Catanzaro, a Reale Liceo be opened, teaching law, anatomy and physiology, surgery and midwifery, chemistry and pharmaceutical studies as well as forensic medicine and various scientific subjects. By a decree of 3 December 1874, the students of the L'Aquila Reale Liceo were recognised as qualified to practise pharmacy, surgery and land-surveying, but degrees were conferred by the University of Naples, upon which the Licei were dependent. As a result of this decree, the number of students attending the school in L'Aquila, which in 1861 had become the Scuola Universitaria di Farmacia, Notariato e Chirurgia minore, dropped considerably.
In 1923 the "University Schools" ceased to exist. It was not until the summer of 1949 that, due to the efforts of Vincenzo Rivera, professor of agricultural science, fellow of the Accademia Italiana, member of the Costituente and several-time member of Parliament, summer courses at university level were started in L'Aquila mainly for the benefit of Abruzzi students enrolled at the University of Rome. The success enjoyed by these courses formed the foundation for a free University of L'Aquila, and, thanks to support from local bodies, on 15 December 1952 teaching was inaugurated at the Istituto Universitario di Magistero. It was also thanks to Rivera that an astronomical observatory was established at Campo Imperatore on the Gran Sasso, at 2200 m above sea level, as well as the observatory and high altitude botanical gardens, the geo-dynamics observatory, the national magnetism observatory and the museum of paleontology.
The creation of an institute of medicine is due to the efforts of Professor Paride Stefanini. In the academic year 1982-83 the Faculties of Education, Medicine, Engineering and Sciences, which had until that time constituted the free University of L'Aquila (established by a decree of the President of the Republic of 18 August 1964), became state institutions. In 1985 the Faculty of Medicine established the first Italian chair of pediatric Otolaryngology. In 1991 the Faculty of Economics was added and in 1993 the Faculty of Education became the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy. The late 1990s saw the addition of two new faculties: Educational Sciences in 1996 and Sport Sciences in 1999. In 2005 the Faculty of Psychology and the Faculty of Biotechnologies were established.
To enrol in university you must have an Italian secondary school diploma or an equivalent diploma obtained in another institution. Enrolment conditions and procedures generally vary according to applicants' nationality and place of residence.
For general information on requirements and procedures for admission and enrolment in degree programmes by:
Before you begin online pre-enrolment or enrolment make sure you have:
To enrol in the first year of an open-admission Bachelor’s level degree course follow the online student registry enrolment procedure (Segreteria virtuale), consisting in the following steps:
Once you have completed the online enrolment procedure, you must:
Online enrolment is open to graduates who have obtained a Bachelor's level degree at the University of L’Aquila or at another university.
Before you begin pre-enrolment or online enrolment make sure you have the following:
To enrol in an open admission Master’s level degree course you must complete the online student registry office enrolment procedure consisting in the following steps:
Once you have completed the online enrolment procedure, you must:
At the end of the enrolment procedure the Student Registry office assigns a matriculation number which will be sent to the e-mail address you have provided.
Enrolment is open from 1st August to 31st October
Non-EU citizens residing abroad may enrol in the first year or in following years according to a quota established by Departments for each of the degree courses offered. Foreign students wishing to enrol in a degree course of an Italian University must fill in an application form indicating the study course they wish to enrol in and present it to the competent Consular Authorities operating in their country.Within the month of August applicants will be able to view the lists of students admitted to sit the Italian language test. Students taking the test must remember to bring valid ID in order to be admitted.
The Italian language test is administered at the beginning of September.
Non-EU citizens residing in Italy with foreign academic qualification applying for enrolment or equivalency of qualifications are required to present the following documents to the Student Registry office:
In certain cases in which the foreign academic Degree obtained abroad is not fully recognized in our University, the student may obtain a curtailment of the study plan required for the degree course chosen.
University of L'Aquila is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of L'Aquila, Abruzzo. 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'Aquila (UNIVAQ) is a large coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi dell'Aquila (UNIVAQ) 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 corresponding section of Italian portal of the university you can find useful information on accommodation available in L’Aquila. If you are studying at the University of L’Aquila through an international agreement, you can e-mail the International relations office to reqest any information you may need.
The corresponding section of Italian of the university portal provides students with info on where to find University canteens in L’Aquila offering students discounts and special rates; canteen opening hours are also listed.
This service, founded in 1991, has always aimed at offering students enrolled in the University of L’Aquila support and help in overcoming difficult periods due to set backs in their studies or psychological problems.
The University sports centre managed by the CUS L'Aquila. is situated along the S.S. 17 in the area just outside the centre of L’Aquila called “Centi Colella”.
Thanks to the conductor ‘Maestro’ Raffaello Angelini, the University of L’Aquila’s Choir was re-established in 2017 opening participation to students, technical-administrative staff and professors. The Choir’s activities promote culture and both choral and instrumental music within the University. The activities and events organised aim at fostering musical awareness and musical training, offered to students, graduates and staff through concerts and other musical events carried out autonomously or as part of ceremonies and events promoted by the University, and also in collaboration with analogous university organizations in Italy and in other European countries.
This center offers courses in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and an Italian courses for foreign students.
This Centre of Excellence for the integration of remote sensing techniques and numerical modelling for the early warning of severe meteorological events has the main objective of developing techniques to prevent and predict meteorological phenomena which may lead to flooding and landslides.
Microscopy Centre. This is an inter-departmental service centre of the University of L'Aquila. The main aim is to provide scientific assistance to Departments active in the field of microscopy while also offering service in this area to local, national and international productive, scientific and teaching institutions.
The University Library System is a network of five library units which offer support for teaching and research activities carried out within the University of L’Aquila.