University of Modena and Reggio Emilia has a longstanding tradition and is considered one of the best universities in Italy for teaching and research. It is ranked 2nd among public universities according to Italy's leading financial daily, and among the top 8 medium-sized Italian universities by the Times Higher Education Ranking 2011-2012. UNIMORE, which has just over 27,000 students including 3,500 postgraduates, is large enough to offer all the facilities one would expect from a major university (well-stocked libraries, computer rooms, free internet connection and study support services) but small enough to retain a personal and friendly learning environment.
UNIMORE is composed of 13 Departments, offering a wide range of degree programmes at undergraduate level, right up to doctoral studies in most disciplinary areas, from the humanities and social sciences to engineering and technology, and from physical and natural sciences to medicine and life sciences. UNIMORE is located in the heart of one of Europe's wealthiest and most dynamic regions, which is world-renowned for its production of mechanical parts, engines, sports cars (e.g. Ferrari and Maserati) as well as for its agro-food sector, ceramic tiles and manufacturing industries. UNIMORE is located in two cities with the highest quality of living standards in Italy. Both Modena and Reggio Emilia are considered important cities of art and culture, and Modena's cathedral and main square are on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage sites.
The university is divided into fourteen Departments:
- "Enzo Ferrari" Department of Engineering
- Department of Engineering Sciences and Methods
- Department of Life Sciences
- Department of Communication and Economics
- "Marco Biagi" Department of Economics
- Department of Education and Humanities
- Department of Law
- Department of Studies on Language and Culture
- Surgical, Medical and Dental Department of Morphological Sciences related to Transplant, Oncology and Regenerative Medicine
- Department of Diagnostics, Clinical and Public Health Medicine
- Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences
- Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences
- Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences
- Department of Physics, Informatics and Mathematics
Some famous students who attended the University include Ludovico Antonio Muratori, a noted Italian historian and scholar who graduated in 1694, the playwright Carlo Goldoni in the 17th century and, in the last century, Sandro Pertini, who became President of the Italian Republic.
Department of Economics "Marco Biagi"
Department of Engineering "Enzo Ferrari"
Department of Communication and Economics
Department of Life Sciences
Department of Linguistic and Cultural Studies
Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences
Department of Physical, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Education and Humanities
Department of Law
Department of Engineering Science and Methods
Department of Science and Methods of Engineering
Department of Diagnostic, Clinical and Public Health Medicine
The University of Modena dates back to 1175, a few decades after the founding of the University of Bologna, making it one of the oldest universities in Italy and the world. It was established by the city of Modena, which financed professors' contracts through local taxation. The first to be invited to teach was Pillio da Medicina from Bologna. The School of Law (Studium iuris) was subsequently formed around him and made up the nucleus of the University.
In the two centuries that followed, the Studium expanded from legal studies to include the training of notaries and the study of medicine as well. The subsequent history of the University was profoundly marked by the changing fortunes of the ruling Este family. Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when the Court of Este settled in Ferrara, academic titles were no longer awarded, and the activities of the Studium were greatly reduced.
Only after the Court moved to Modena in 1772 did the University regain its original splendour and academic prestige, receiving an imperial charter from Duke Francis II. The University offered multiple disciplines, including law, medicine and surgery, pharmacy, and mathematical, physical, and natural sciences.
The Department of Economics was established in 1968, followed by the Department of Engineering in 1989. The year 1998 was of fundamental importance in the history of the University when the Reggio Emilia site was instituted and the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia was founded, with the support of local institutions.
In fact, Reggio Emilia already had an ancient and noble tradition of university studies which ended in 1772 following the reform of Duke Francis II of Este. A School of Law, proposed by the city, is mentioned as early as 1188. In 1532, Emperor Charles V granted the College of Judges the privilege of awarding diplomas and degrees in Law. Duke Alfonso II of Este established a Medical College in 1561 and ten years later, Emperor Maximilian II authorized the conferral of degrees in medicine. In the seventeenth century, a School of Letters was opened at the Seminary and, in the following century, a chair of Scholastic Theology was established along with schools of grammar and rhetoric. In 1752, the University of Reggio was inaugurated in Palazzo Busetti and consisted of four faculties: Law, Theology, Medicine and Philosophy. However, its activities continued only until 1772 when, after the reform of Francis II, its right to grant degrees was taken away and given solely to the University of Modena.
The creation of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia not only combined the ancient traditions of the two cities into one institution, but also gave a new and powerful boost to the development of the University, resulting in a substantial growth of scientific and academic activities, which still continues today.
The Department of Engineering and Agriculture was established in Reggio Emilia in 1998, followed in 1999, by the Department of Arts and Humanities in Modena. Subsequently, the University witnessed the birth of the Departments of Communication Studies and of Education Studies in Reggio Emilia, while growth continued in Modena with the institution of the Department of Biosciences and Biotechnologies.
Entry requirements for degree programmes at Unimore
Students willing to apply for admission to a degree programme at Unimore must meet academic requirements.
Non-EU citizens residing abroad Italy
There is a set number of places reserved for non-EU citizens. Non-EU citizens residing abroad, holding a foreign degree, and wishing to enrol in one of the Unimore courses must:
- Normally in July, submit a pre-enrolment application for the relevant degree programme, to the Italian Embassy/Consulate in the country where their diploma was issued.
- Take a language test in the Italian language scheduled in early September, unless exempted.
- Once in Italy, hand over to the Registrar's Office the following documents issued by the embassy / Italian consulate in the country where the qualification was obtained.
For the enrolment in a first-cycle degree programme, non-EU citizens must provide the following documents to the Registrar's Office at Student Services:
- An original copy of the secondary-school diploma, translated and legalised by the Italian Embassy, or a certificate proving at least 12 years of schooling; if the secondary-school diploma was obtained after 11 years, a certificate stating that all the examinations provided for the first university year have been passed; If the diploma was obtained after 10 years, students must submit a certificate proving that all the exams included in the first two university years have been passed. Students may also complete their 12 years of schooling by submitting a post-secondary education certificate obtained at a non-university high-school/college.
- A document called "dichiarazione di valore in loco" (in-site declaration of value): this document provides a description of the secondary school leaving certificate; it is issued and legalised by the Italian Embassy and proves a period of schooling of at least 12 years. For further information, visit the Study in Italy website.
- A document stating that, where provided, the academic suitability test was passed for admittance to the University of the Country of origin.
- Any linguistic skill certificates
- Certificates that students may have in relation to partially-completed academic studies (exams passed and official documentation regarding examination programmes). These are required for direct access to a year other than the first year, or to complete the compulsory 12 years of schooling required for admission to an Italian University.
- A valid passport
- A valid residence permit or relevant receipt
Non-EU students holding a university degree are eligible for a second-cycle degree programme and must provide the following additional documents:
- The university degree in original copy, translated and legalised by the Italian Embassy;
- An official transcript of the courses taken and grades obtained, translated and legalised by the Italian Embassy;
- The programme for each subject attended;
- A document called "dichiarazione di valore in loco" (in-site declaration of value) for the degree. Issued and legalised by the Italian Embassy, this document provides a description of the final degree. For further information, visit the Study in Italy website.
- Any certificates proving the language skills
- A valid passport
- A valid residence permit or relevant receipt
If students want to enrol in a limited-access programme, they can contact the Registrar’s Office to fill-in the application by the deadline indicated in the call for applications.
Enrolment for the academic year starts on July, 10th and will end according to the following deadlines.
Bachelor's degree programmes and Single Cycle Master's degree programmes with no fixed number of places
If you are a EU citizen or a non-EU citizen residing in Italy or an Italian citizen with a foreign academic qualification, you must apply to the Registrar's Office (Segreteria Studenti) during the above period.
If you are a non-EU citizen residing abroad, you must also show your valid visa (a tourist visa is not accetable). There is a quota of places reserved for each degree couse.
Master's degree programmes taught in English
Unimore, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia offers four Master's degree programmes taught entirely in English. Students wishing to enrol in these master's degree programmes should apply for a preliminary online evaluation.
Master's degree programmes taught in Italian
Students holding a foreign qualification wishing to enrol in these Master's degree programmes should request a preliminary e-mail evaluation.
Italian Language Test
If you are a non-EU student residing abroad you must sit an Italian language test in order to be admitted to any degree programmes at Unimore.
Students who are in any of the categories on the list are exempted from taking the Italian language test. Unimore will notify the Italian Embassies/Consulates, where students completed their pre-enrolment, of the time and location of the test.Students wishing to enrol in the following degree programmes can also take the test remotely before August 31. On the day test a valid passport is required for admission to the test (also in the case of a remote test). Students successfully passing the Italian language test will then be able to sit the entrance exams or assessments relevant to the specifc entry requirements of their chosen course, or if there are none set, they will be able to enrol from 23 July.
Erasmus Application Procedures
Once we have received your nomination from your Home University, you will receive a password and username to access the online application form and other useful information within a specific deadline communicated by email. Before starting the on-line application form, students must carefully read the Registration Guide for Incoming Students.
Course catalogue - select the academis year then, according to the Department you'll apply, you can choose the courses.
IMPORTANT: in case of doubts regarding didactic matters, please get in touch with the Erasmus Coordinator and/or the contact person of the Department you'll apply (you can find their e-mail contact in the e-mail we will send you with all the information regarding the Application procedure).
When the on-line application procedure has been completed, please register yourself and upload the following list of documents at the web page of the University
- Copy of the Application form (signed by you); (pdf format);
- Copy of the Learning agreement (signed by you and your Home Coordinator); (pdf format);
- Copy of the Transcript of records (it is a certificate that lists the exams you've already passed, it's issued by your Home Institution); (pdf format);
- Copy of your valid passport/Identity card; (pdf format);
- One Picture (passport size) (.jpg format);
The International Relations Office will then send the Learning agreement to the Erasmus Coordinator in UNIMORE for his/her approval.
Founded in 1175, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Modena, Emilia-Romagna. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Reggio Emilia. 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 Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMO) is a large coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMO) 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.
The Regional Authority for the Right to Higher Education, can help you with your search by offering places at the university residences of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Accommodation is assigned in two ways:
- facilitated access is reserved for prospective students from outside the local area who are on the eligibility list published every year in the month of July. The eligibility list is compiled by ER.GO on the basis of parameters relating to student needs and achievement;
- free access is for all students, including exchange students those participating in international mobility projects, who require part-time or temporary accommodations.
The Collegio San Carlo is a Hall of Residence located in a 17th century building in the heart of Modena. Students from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Accommodation can also be arranged independently in private rooms or affiliated hotels.
Restaurants for students
Modena and Reggio Emilia offers a wide choice of places to eat, suitable for all tastes and budgets, ranging from trattorie and traditional restaurants in the city center, to pizzerias, kebab shops and ethnic eateries. For more casual dining you can have a quick bite at a bar or a tavola calda (snack-bar).
The aim of the student associations is to bring students of shared background and interests together for fun and friendship. There are variuos assositations for students. (politcal, international, general, course-based).
The Student Council is made up of 14 members, at least one per Department, elected by the students, and 8 ex officio members.
It ensures the participation of students in the University organization. It expresses opinions on matters relating to the organization and development of teaching, student services, student fees, and the right to study. Council meetings are public and are usually held once a month.
The Library System at UNIMORE has 7 branches in Modena and Reggio Emilia and offers an expanding collection of print and electronic materials. It supports the needs of all University departments, and holds over one million printed documents, extensive runs of journal literature and e-journals, a wide range of electronic resources, and prestigious collections of rare books.
International Welcome Desk
Unimore provide a specific office to support international students.
Throughout the university there are designated "hot spots" where students can connect to the wireless network with their portable computers and devices. There are a variety of computer facilities available to students within the different departments and libraries of the university. The computers are primarily intended for study purposes.
The University Sports Center, Centro Universitario Sportivo (CUS), in Modena organizes various sports activities for university students and professors.In the city of Modena alone there are over 500 facilities for a wide range of sports, from swimming to soccer. Recently, a new state-of-the-art rugby stadium was opened in the city, and continues to capture the imagination of the most avid sports fans in Italy. Reggio Emilia boasts numerous facilities for all kinds of sports, such as swimming, tennis and rugby, to name a few.
The Language Center offers the following courses for prospective non-Italian students and for those already enrolled at UNIMORE.
10 reasons to study at Unimore, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia:
- UNIMORE has a longstanding tradition (it was founded in 1175) and is considered one of the best universities in Italy for teaching and research. It is ranked 2nd among public universities according to Italy's leading financial daily, and among the top 8 medium-sized Italian universities by the Times Higher Education Ranking 2011-2012.
- UNIMORE, which has just over 27,000 students including 3,500 postgraduates, is large enough to offer all the facilities one would expect from a major university (well-stocked libraries, computer rooms, free internet connection and study support services) but small enough to retain a personal and friendly learning environment.
- UNIMORE is composed of 13 Departments, offering a wide range of degree programmes at undergraduate level, right up to doctoral studies in most disciplinary areas, from the humanities and social sciences to engineering and technology, and from physical and natural sciences to medicine and life sciences.
- UNIMORE is ranked among the top 8 universities in Italy for its high level of research, according to the most recent independent research assessment sponsored by the Italian Government (MIUR-CIVR). It offers state-of-the-art facilities with internationally sponsored research activities and with the two technopoles of Modena and Reggio Emilia, UNIMORE is part of the High Technology Regional Network.
- UNIMORE has over 300 international exchange agreements and cooperation programs to encourage students to actively interact in a globalized world. It is located in two of the most multicultural cities in Italy and 6% of the student body is non-Italian. The University offers numerous facilities and services designed specifically for its international students.
- UNIMORE offers a modern and efficient University Language Centre where intensive and extensive Italian Language classes are available free of charge to all international students. Personalized language assistance is also offered through the three University Self-Access Centers, which provide comprehensive independent study facilities (satellite television, multimedia computers, CALL facilities, electronic resources, e-journals, etc.) and where experienced tutors are available for individualized language support.
- UNIMORE is located in the heart of one of Europe's wealthiest and most dynamic regions, which is world-renowned for its production of mechanical parts, engines, sports cars (e.g. Ferrari and Maserati) as well as for its agro-food sector, ceramic tiles and manufacturing industries.
- UNIMORE benefits from a longstanding relationship with the area's firms and corporations, which provide private support for university research and a unique opportunity for on-the-job training before graduation. Statistics show that graduates from the University have excellent job prospects, well above the national average.
- UNIMORE is located in two cities with the highest quality of living standards in Italy. Both Modena and Reggio Emilia are considered important cities of art and culture, and Modena's cathedral and main square are on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage sites.
- UNIMORE is ideally located between Italy's Eastern and Western coasts on the Mediterranean sea and between the Apennine and Dolomite mountains. The University is surrounded by other world-renowned cities of art and culture. The cities of Parma, Verona, Mantua, Padua and Bologna can be reached in under an hour, while Florence, Venice and Milan are less than two hours away. Both cities are situated close to major highways and train lines and Bologna International Airport is only 40 minutes away.
Unimore has two main campuses in Modena and in Reggio Emilia.