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The University of Macerata (UniMC) was founded in 1290 and is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Over the years thousands of UniMc graduates have become distinguished professionals, entrepreneurs, leading public figures, educators, researchers: without any doubt, a bit of Italian, European and international history has been built by the alumni of UniMC.
This glorious past is projected into the future and UniMc is strongly committed to innovation both in teaching and research: the focus on the humanities and social sciences is UniMC’s main strength, and “innovating through the humanities” is its motto. Those interested in Law, Political Science and International Relations, Economics and Business, Education, Tourism and Cultural Heritage, Communication, Languages, Philosophy, and History, can find at UniMc a perfect place.UniMC provides an international environment and by state-of-the-art services. At the same time it offers a unique opportunity to experience a typical Italian way of life: the university is located in the town center, with its historic buildings and medieval pathways. It is a “campus in the town".
The various Departments and Offices of the University are in the old centre within its medieval walls. The average age of UNIMC teachers, who are used to discussing both academic and current events with their students, is 40. The University of Macerata has seven Faculties to choose from: Cultural Heritage (in the nearby town of Fermo), Economics, Law, Literature and Philosophy, Media Studies, Education Sciences and Political Sciences. Some offer courses entirely in English.
These are the 7 faculties in which the university is divided into:
- Faculty of Communication Sciences
- Faculty of Cultural Heritage
- Faculty of Economics
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Letters and Philosophy
- Faculty of Political SciencesThe historical debate on the origins of Macerata’s Studium Generale has been extensive and bitter. Some maintain that it is was founded by Pope Nicholas IV in 1290 while others affirm that it was not founded until 1540 by Pope Paul III Farnese.
Department of Economics and Law
Department of Law
Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Department of Political Science, Communication and International Relations
Department of Humanities – Languages, Language Liaison, History, Arts, Philosophy
Department of Humanities
The historical debate on the origins of Macerata’s Studium Generale has been extensive and bitter. Some maintain that it is was founded by Pope Nicholas IV in 1290 while others affirm that it was not founded until 1540 by Pope Paul III Farnese. This was the period in which Nicholas IV was Pope, a man from The Marche himself, so Macerata, like other Communes in the area, enjoyed his favour. However, some scholars suggested that the proclamation based on the papal bull of Nicholas IV to set up a Studium Generale can be absolutely ruled out, as there is no documentary evidence to prove this. Given the available sources, it can be argued that in the year 1290 it was not a Studium Generale that was established in Macerata but a Law school run by a private master who was not qualified to confer gradus doctorales.However, in contrast with most similar schools of the time which were simply private, this one was set up and run under the protection of the Commune, thus having the features of a public institution.
The Studium reopened after the Napoleonic period on the 23rd August 1816 with a provision by Pope Pius VII and a set of rules for its administration drawn up by Bishop Strambi. There then followed a period of serious difficulty for the Studium due mainly to the dire financial situation of the local authority. This continued until the 28th August 1824 when, with Leo XII’s Bull “Quod divina sapientia”, which re-organised all the Universities of the Papal State, Macerata was included among the secondary Universities.
Thus the University of Macerata, having been Communal for centuries, became papal, or in other words a State University. Having survived the inspection of the Congregation and despite the continuing severe financial problems, which threatened its closure, the Studium was adequately organized and the scholastic year 1825-6 was solemnly inaugurated. There were 4 Faculties (with 20 professorships): theology, Law, medicine and surgery and Philosophy, as well as physics, natural history, anatomy and pathology laboratories. There was also a chemistry and pharmacy lab, a botanic garden to which was also annexed an agricultural laboratory: a subject which was taught for a few years and then dropped but which was reinstated in 1859.
After various requests to the Government, the University was granted first class status in a Law of 1901. This followed an increase in the original contribution by the Local Authority and Provincial government and a prolonging of the Syndicate. In 1923, the reform by Gentile redefined the distinction between major and minor universities classifying Macerata as the latter. With the 1924 Royal Decree no.1676 the worthy Syndicate was abolished but the Local Authority and Provincial government continued to give lavish contributions autonomously. Later, in 1929, they made an agreement with the State and the local Cassa di Risparmio bank for the upkeep of the University.
In 1969 the degree course in Political Science was started within the Law Faculty; then in 1990 it was transformed into a Faculty with two-degree courses, Political Science and Finance, Banking and Insurance. The latter became the Faculty of Economics in 2001.In 1996 the Faculty of Educational Studies was set up and inaugurated in the academic year 1998-9. The Faculty of Communication Science was set up in 2004 and inaugurated on 1st November of that year. The Faculty of Cultural Heritage has been active in Fermo from the 15th December 2006.
At the present time, the University of Macerata, with its long history, plays a very remarkable role. Its Departments make up a homogeneous whole in which academic staff and students can find common cultural interests and points for discussion in the spirit of a real universitas studiorum.
The University of Macerata is not in any way associated with any agents/representatives, so not responsible for their actions. We strongly advise applicants not to cooperate with any such agents/representatives nor to apply through any agents/representatives. For information, applications and support throughout the enrollment process, applicants can directly contact the University of Macerata International welcome desk (the service is free of charge). Furthermore, assistance in applying for VISA and pre-enrollment is provided directly by Italian Embassies.
To be admitted to a Bachelor’s Degree Course ('Laurea') or Master’s Degree Course ('Laurea Magistrale'), you must satisfy entrance requirements.All details on student career administration may be found in the specific Regulation. You can not enroll in two or more courses at the same time.
Pre-enrollment Application for Admission to a Master’s Degree Course ('Laurea Magistrale') in English. You may submit your transcripts to the University of Macerata to ascertain whether they satisfy entrance requirements for enrollment in a Master’s Degree Course ('Laurea magistrale'), even before submitting your pre-enrollment application to the Italian Consulate:
- Visit the webpage dedicated to International degree programs
- Click on the name of the course you are interested in
- Submit your pre-enrollment application
You may pre-enroll, enroll, submit a conditional application for enrollment, or apply for validation of your previous career: from 1st August to 31st October. After 31st October and by 15th January you may apply for deferred enrollment only in Bachelor’s Degree Courses ('Laurea') and Master’s Degree Courses ('Laurea Magistrale') without an entry test, paying the supplementary fee.
How to pre-enroll or enroll in first year
Before proceeding with registration and enrollment online, you must have the following documents ready for uploading in digital format:
- front / back copy of valid identification document (PDF or JPG format)
- passport-size photograph on digital file in JPG format. For further information: Police web site
- copy of a valid residence permit belonging to you or a receipt of application for such permit (only if a non-EU citizen) - if you have it
To register and enroll online
- Visit the website
- If it is your first contact with the University, sign up in the Registration Area [‘Registrazione’] to receive your username and password
- With username and password log in the Log-in Area [‘Area Riservata’]
- Click on Registration and Pre-enrollment [‘Immatricolazione e Pre-iscrizione’] and follow the instructions
To complete your enrollment
In order to complete your enrollment, return the following documents to the Student Administration Office of the Department:
- A copy of a valid residence permit belonging to you or a receipt of application for such permit with the obligation, in the latter case, to submit a copy of the residence permit when the relevant authorities issue such permit (if you are a NON-EU citizen) - if you not uploaded it
- A copy of your Tax Code Number (applicable to students with a permanent address in Italy only)
- Any other necessary documents
To enroll in a Bachelor’s Degree Course
To enroll in a Bachelor’s Degree Course ('Laurea') or single cycle Master’s Degree Course ('Laurea magistrale a ciclo unico')
- The original copy of your final secondary education diploma, obtained after at least 12 years of study or a certified copy or a legal substitute certificate, authenticated and submitted with an official translation in Italian
- A declaration briefly explaining your qualification status, known as 'Dichiarazione di valore in loco,' or a declaration released by an ENIC-NARIC center or a declaration from an official foreign institution
- A certificate declaring you have passed any relevant university entrance exams (where provided for in your country), authenticated and submitted with an official translation in Italian
If the diploma was issued after a period inferior to 12 years of study, provide:
- A certificate confirming you have partially completed your university degree (in the case of a request to shorten the length of the course, this certificate should specify the exams you have passed)
- or your post-secondary qualification concerning a subject that is related to the course you have chosen, earned in a non-university higher education institute
- or a foundation course certificate
To Enroll in a Master’s Degree Course ('Laurea Magistrale')
- Your original degree awarded by a university or your post-secondary qualification awarded by a non-academic higher education institution enabling you to proceed to the subsequent level of education in the country where it was issued (or a certified copy), authenticated and submitted with an official translation in Italian
- A declaration briefly explaining your qualification status, known as 'Dichiarazione di valore in loco', or a declaration released by an ENIC-NARIC center or a declaration from an official foreign institution or Diploma Supplement
- A certificate listing exams you have passed (transcript), issued by the relevant university, authenticated and submitted with an official translation in Italian
If you submit a Diploma Supplement to enroll in a Master’s Degree Course ('Laurea Magistrale') or to validate your previous student career, you don’t have to submit a certificate listing the exams you have passed.
The documents listed above must be submitted with an official translation in Italian. The official Italian translation must be attached to any document submitted in a foreign language. Such translation may be produced in your country or in Italy by local courthouses or by official or courthouse translators. Translations must then be certified by the relevant Italian Consulate, unless there are special agreements to the contrary. If your certificates are in English and the course of your choice is delivered in English, you do not have to provide certificates translated into Italian.
Qualifications must be authenticated by the relevant authorities of the country where they were issued, where provided for in that country. In countries that signed the Hague Convention on 5th October 1961 an “Apostille'’ stamped by the relevant local authorities may replace authentication. Authentication is not mandatory when the qualification has been issued in a signatory country of the Brussels Convention of 25th May 1987, ratified in Italy by means of Law No. 106 of 24th April 1990 (Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland), or in Germany, due to the Italian-German Convention providing for exemptions from instrument-authentication, signed in Rome on 7th June 1969 and ratified by means of Law No. 176 of 12th April 1973.
Relevant course syllabuses
If it is deemed relevant for the purpose of evaluating your educational qualification, the University of Macerata may request that you submit syllabuses for the exams you have passed.
Statement of comparability of qualification issued abroad
You may apply for a statement of comparability if you hold a qualification issued abroad, by returning the documents listed below to the Student Administration Office of the Department within the enrollment deadline:
- An application for a statement of comparability of the foreign qualification addressed to the Chancellor, specifying the type of qualification you wish to obtain at the University of Macerata
- A copy of a valid residence permit or of a receipt of application for such permit (only if you are a non-EU citizen permanently living in Italy)
- The original copy (or certified copy) of your qualification, authenticated and submitted with an official translation in Italian
- A declaration briefly explaining qualification status, known as 'Dichiarazione di valore in loco', or a declaration released by an ENIC-NARIC center or a declaration from an official foreign institution
- A certificate listing exams you have passed (transcript), issued by the relevant university, authenticated and submitted with an official translation in Italian
The Student Administration Office of the Department will inform you of result of your application. If a statement of comparability is issued confirming that your qualification is equivalent to one in this country, you must pay the fees and tax due to enroll full-time, as well as € 71,38 in connection to the issuing of your degree on parchment and to delivery costs to your address.
University of Macerata is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the medium-sized town of Macerata , Marche. 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 Macerata (UNIMC) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Macerata (UNIMC) 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 higher education institution does not have a selective admission policy. 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.
There are two university canteens in Macerata: one is in the historic town centre and the other in the Faculty of Education-Tourism. Both are run by ERDIS (the Regional Agency for students services). You will need a rechargeable card to make use of the canteens and pay for your meal.
RUM is the radio of the University of Macerata. It fosters independent music and free information for university students.
If you feel like practicing sports you can contact the University Sports Centre. It offers a wide range of sports courses at competitive prices. You will find volleyball, football, tennis, aerobics, aikido, karate, modern dance courses and many more.
There are various art activities in UniCM as Theatre Lab, Music Lab,UniMc Chorus.