University of Messina
  • No. Students: 23316
  • No. Staff: 1075
  • Study mode: 74 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English, Italian
  • Phone:
  • +390906768933
  • Fax:
  • +39090717762

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The University of Messina (Italian: Università degli Studi di Messina; Latin: Studiorum Universitas Messanae), known colloquially as UniME, is a state university located in Messina, Sicily, Italy. It is organized in 12 departments offering more than 80 Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees, over 20 Master's Degrees and 13 PhD Programmes. Among them, 7 are English-taught. The University counts more than 23.000 students distributed in the 4 campus facilities spread across the city. Over the centuries the University of Messina has been a centre of attraction for esteemed scholars and historical figures, such as Giovanni Pascoli, Marcello Malpighi, Gaetano Salvemini and Vittorio Emanuele Orlando.

The University of Messina was founded in 1548 and has an ancient tradition going back more than 500 years.  But today it is a particularly young university that is constantly projecting itself into the future. In the most recent national evaluation of research quality, UniME was voted as having demonstrated the best performance.  Additionally, the number of enrolments has been constantly increasing since 2015. Furthermore, UniME currently ranks as the second Southern University for its quality of teaching. 

Internationalization programmes are at the centre of the UniME development policy.  Today the University welcomes students from 27 foreign countries as well as numerous visiting professors and visiting researchers. This is a  natural vocation for UniME because of its location.The union of these elements makes studying at the University of Messina a unique experience.   Facilities, services and an ample educational offering allow students to follow paths of excellence  (some of which are entirely in English) in a context where cultural enrichment and entertainment are assured.

  • Department of Economics

  • Department of Mathematical and Computer Science, Physical Sciences and Earth Sciences

  • Department of Human Pathology of Adult and Evolutionary Age "Gaetano Barresi"

  • Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences

  • Department of Biomedical Sciences, Dentistry and Morphological and Functional Images

  • Engineering Department

  • Faculty of Economics

  • Department of Ancient and Modern Civilizations

  • Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine

  • Department of Cognitive, Psychological, Pedagogical and Cultural Studies Sciences

  • Department of Political and Legal Sciences

  • Department of Law

  • Department of Veterinary Sciences

The Studiorum Universitas was formally established by Pope Paul III in November 1548, although the city of the Strait boasts an ancient cultural tradition as well as a teaching tradition connected to a Law school in the late 13th century and a well-known Ancient Languages school in the 15th century. However, the regular working activity of the Athenaeum was paralysed by disputes with the Jesuits, in order to prevent them from monopolizing the Universities of the whole island.

The University began its activities only in 1596. It was the beginning of a short but intense existence which ended in 1678, when the Athenaeum was closed as a result of the anti-Spanish insurrection. During these years the University of Messina represented a strong political and cultural influence. It reached high levels, featuring top professors including Giovanni Alfonso Borelli, Pietro Castelli, Giovan Battista Cortesi, Carlo Fracassati, Giacomo Gallo, Mario Giurba, Marcello Malpighi and Francesco Maurolico.

The Athenaeum was refinanced in 1838 by King Ferdinando II, but it was closed again in 1847 because of an Anti-Bourbon Revolt and reopened only 2 years later.After these years the University included numerous prominent lecturers such as Pietro Bonfante, Leonardo Coviello, Vittorio Martinetti, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, Giovanni Pascoli and Gaetano Salvemini.

In 1908 an earthquake destroyed the city of Messina. Fourteen lecturers died under the ruins, while the majority of libraries and scientific facilities were destroyed. The University reopened in October 1909 starting with the Faculty of Law. During the years 1914-1915, the Faculty of Sciences, Pharmacy and Medicine reopened among outstanding difficulties.

Between 1919 and 1920 all the courses of the Faculty of Medicine were carried out thanks to the local institutions, which approved the establishment of a consortium managing the Civil Hospital where clinics had a temporary location. In the same year, the University of Messina proved the recovery of its dynamism by regaining the title of Athenaeum of the Strait.

Year by year, the Athenaeum strengthened its buildings and was playing a major role in cultural events of the country, overcoming also the difficult period of reconstruction after World War II, thanks to the Rectors Gaetano Martino and Salvatore Pugliatti.

All international students may enrol in one of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycle programmes of the Italian University System. To be eligible for enrolment in the Italian University system, students must be at least 17 years old and have completed 12 years of schooling. The evaluation of foreign qualifications presented for enrolment in a degree course is the exclusive jurisdiction of each University.

The decision on the issuance of a visa for study purposes is the exclusive jurisdiction of the Diplomatic/Consular Authorities. Documentation produced by Universities for candidates to enrol in degree courses in the process of requesting visas is to be considered only a support for the evaluation procedures of the diplomatic missions, and does not automatically imply the issuance of the visa.

Students are allowed to submit applications for three different programmes. Please choose the programmes according to your previous studies and review the admission requirements before submitting your application.

Please note:  the deadline for applying is June 18. No applications will be accepted after that date. Please note that the  documents you need to attach must be in English or translated into Italian by the Italian Diplomatic/Consular representation abroad.

Pre-enrolment at UniME

Pre-enrolment at UniME: evaluation of foreign qualifications. Bachelor’s Degrees (Laurea)

Please send the following documents:

  • High school diploma obtained after at least 12 years of study with the “Dichiarazione di Valore” (Declaration of Value) issued by the Italian Diplomatic/Consular Authority or a certification released by ENIC-NARIC centres; 
  • Copy of a valid passport;
  • English language certificate (highly desirable). Students who have studied in an English-language based school or come from a country where English is the official language are not required to submit the above. Students with other types of English language certification may be subject to a Skype-based exam conducted by UniME. 

Students must have 12 years of schooling; if not, they must submit an academic certificate demonstrating that they have completed the years that are missing i.e. for 11 years, one year of university, or for 10 years, two years of university.

If you don’t have your diploma yet, you can send an official provisional certificate issued by your school.Upon approval of the documents, students will receive a pre-acceptance letter and can start the process of requesting a visa at the Italian Diplomatic/Consular Authority.

Please note that upon arrival in Messina students must hand over the High school diploma and the Bachelor’s degree in original along with the “Dichiarazione di Valore” issued by the Italina Diplomatic/Consular Authority or a certification released by ENIC-NARIC centres.

Non-EU students

Non-EU students have to pass a test of Italian language (B2 level) unless:

  1. they apply to a Degree course taught in English;
  2. they hold an Italian language competence certificate corresponding at least to level B2 as determined by the Council of Europe, issued within the CLIQ system (Certificazione Lingua Italiana di Qualità) by the University of Rome III, the University for Foreigners in Perugia or Siena, or the “Dante Alighieri” Society, or in agreement with Italian cultural institutions abroad or other institutions.
  3.  they have an Italian high school diploma (obtained in Italy or abroad);
  4.  they have a supplementary Middle School diploma attained in Argentina, confirming attendance in an Italian-language curriculum for at least 5 years.

UniME arranges the language test ONLY via Skype. It will be held in August. Candidates will be contacted to provide their Skype address.

University of Messina is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the large town of Messina, Sicilia. 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 Messina (UNIME) is a very large coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Messina (UNIME) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study.International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

In the Italian university quality rankings, UniME ranks second among large Southern Italy universities.UniME is among the top 15 Universities in Italy (11th) for the sustainability of Degree Courses and for the competitiveness of research (14th place), namely the ability to attract resources on the various projects.


The application to rent a room in a  University Residence must be sent to the ERSU (Regional Agency for the Right to Higher Education) well in advance, before the start of the academic year, to allow scheduling of arrivals and booking of rooms. Since the number of rooms for foreign students and visitors is limited, assignment of rooms is subject to availability.


International students and guests have access to four main University canteens located in different areas, all close to Departments.In order to have access to the canteens, students must apply for a CARD available at ERSU.


University students have the opportunity to use public transportation at a reduced price.

Sport centre

UniME offers a modern and fully equipped sports centre run by the University Sports Centre (CUS-UNIME). Sports facilities promote amateur sports and are among the most advanced in Italy. Students can participate in sports and take courses in all main indoor and outdoor sports. Sports facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, dance room, a large multi-gym area, rugby, baseball, tennis, soccer and hockey pitches, and more.


The UniME has a well-stocked library including the best scientific and academic publications. The on-line integrated library database (S.B.A.) and updated information on academic and research activities and services (LISI–SCOPUS) are freely available at the University website.Each Department has its main library as well as individual departmental specialized libraries.

Language courses 

The Department of Ancient and Modern Civilizations (DICAM) provides free courses of Italian language for Erasmus+ students. Elementary and intermediate level courses are organized throughout the two semesters of the academic year.


All University premises are equipped with free wi-fi connection.

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