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University of Perugia (Italian Università degli Studi di Perugia) is a public-owned university based in Perugia, Italy. It was founded in 1308, as attested by the Bull issued by Pope Clement V certifying the birth of the Studium Generale.The official seal of the university portraits Saint Herculan, one of the saint patrons, and the rampant crowned griffin, which is the city symbol: they represent the ecclesiastical and civil powers, respectively, which gave rise to the university in the Middle Ages.
In recent years, the University has undertaken a broad renewal of its degree programs and curricula, which prepare students to meet the demands of the labor market and to satisfy the needs for innovation expressed by employers in private and public sectors. Nowadays, the University of Perugia offers a vast array of degree programs, which cover nearly all fields of study authorized by the national Ministry of Higher Education. The University's teaching faculty combines a long and solid tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation and an interdisciplinary approach that ensures students the synergies needed for the acquisition of flexible educational training based on a mixture of skills and abilities. Post-graduate degrees are offered in top rated specialization schools and doctoral programs, as well a variety of masters programs in the various academic disciplines.
On the international level, the University remains firmly committed to developing collaborative relationships with European and non European Universities, to facilitate and improve international advanced study opportunities for its students. The European Commission has recently awarded the University the prestigious ECTS label for excellence in the application of the European Credit Transfer System in all of its degree programs – first and second cycles and single cycle – confirming the high quality of our expanded international endeavors.
Commitment to internationalization has been given concrete form through the establishment of working agreements with 361 institutions of higher learning throughout the European Union eligible for participation in the Erasmus program, and about 90 cooperation agreements with European and extra-European universities for the development of collaborative initiatives in research and education. Several degree programs available at the University of Perugia already confer double degrees or European degree.
The University holds a Language Center (CLA) that delivers Italian courses to international students, as well as English, French, German courses and is endowed with the most up-to-date facilities of language learning and a staff of highly qualified mother-tongue teachers. The University holds a Library Services Centre (CSB), operating 13 libraries, and the University Centre for Scientific Museums (CAMS). Furthermore, students' academic and scientific training is enriched and supplemented by career services, provided by the Orientation Service and the Job Placement Service, and by outstanding sports and athletic facilities: the University Sports Centre (CUS) and the Giuseppe Bambagioni Sports and Recreation Centre. The University has a strong commitment towards disabled students, and is making constant efforts to improve their studying and educational experience.
Currently, there are about 50 research groups that received grants from the European Research network. The scientific research and education conducted in the University Departments is amplified by the activities of numerous specialized institutes and centers, the Teaching Hospital in Veterinary Medicine, and three internationally recognized centers of excellence: the Centre for Innovative Applied Nanostructural Materials in Chemistry, Physics, and Biomedicine (CEMIN), the Beer Research Centre (CRB), and the Centre for Innovative Applied Scientific Technologies in Archaeological and Art Historical Research (SMAart).
Department of Economics
Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences
Department of Letters-Ancient and Modern Languages, Literatures and Civilizations
Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology
Department of Experimental Medicine
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering
Departments of Political Science and Literature - Ancient and Modern Languages, Literatures and Civilizations
Department of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Department of Political Science
Department of Philosophy, Social Sciences, Humanities and Education
Department of Physics and Geology
Department of Surgical and Biomedical Sciences
Department of Medicine
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Law
The Studium dates back to 1308, when Clement V’s Papal Bull “Super Specula” officially awarded it the status of Studium Generale, although various local Schools and Universitates Scholarium already existed before the formal papal recognition and were held in especially high regard for the excellence of their Medical Sciences and Law seminars.
In 1355 Emperor Charles IV raised the Studium to the rank of Imperial University and in 1362 the Sapienza Vecchia (formerly known as Collegium Gregorianum) was founded.
Between 1799 and 1814 the Università degli Studi di Perugia underwent many changes, and in 1824 Pope Leo XII awarded it the status of Free University.
After Italy’s reunification in 1861, which brought along with it a major cultural and social revolution, the university was put directly under the jurisdiction of the Rector Magnificus (the Chancellor) and the City Council. During its seven centuries of history many world-famous scholars have taught and given lectures within the University’s majestic walls: Cino da Pistoia, Bartolus de Saxoferrato, Luca Pacioli, Baldus de Ubaldis, Albericus Gentilis, Gentile da Foligno just to name a few, and many others, among whom a good number of Popes and famous public figures, have been educated here.
The University of Perugia remains to this day one of the top academic institutions in Italy, always striving to maintain its reputation for excellence and to keep up with the ever-changing reality of the modern world.
General information for EU and Non-Eu students
EU citizens and Non-EU citizens considered equivalent, who intend to enroll in Degree Courses at the Università degli Studi di Perugia, must refer, with regard to the enrollment procedures and the required documents, to the regulations issued by the Ministry of Education.
The following are to be considered equivalent to EU students with regard to admission to University courses:
- Citizens of: Vatican City, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and the Republic of San Marino;
- Non-EU citizens officially residing in Italy, for any reason, and not applying for a Visa, in accordance with art. 39, paragraph 5 of the D.Lgs. 286/1998 and subsequent modifications and integrations, thereby including refugees and those who benefit from official subsidiary international protection, more specifically:
- Foreign citizens holding a permit of stay or a residence card - Foreigners with a residence card or permit of stay issued for employment or self-employment reasons, family reasons, political asylum, humanitarian asylum or religious reasons;
- Foreigners that have been legally residing in the country for at least one year and possessing a secondary education degree obtained in Italy;
- Foreigners, regardless of their place of residence, possessing secondary-school diplomas issued by Italian schools abroad or by foreign or international schools operating in Italy or abroad and that are subjected to bilateral agreements or special regulations for the recognition of academic qualifications, on the condition that they meet the general conditions required for study entry.
Enrolling in a single-cycle Bachelor's or Master's Degree
The evaluation procedure of the foreign secondary school qualifications for the admission to Bachelor’s or Master’s Single-Cycle Degrees does not transform the foreign title into an Italian title, but it can ensure admission to University Degree courses provided that the foreign title has all of the following elements:
- It is an official final degree issued by a a secondary school of the foreign reference system;
- It is a title that, in the reference system, allows students to enroll in courses having a similar nature (e.g. from an academic point of view);
- It is a title obtained after at least 12 years of education;
- In case a national test or final examination is provided for, aimed to admission to secondary school education, such requirement must be met also for admission to Italian courses.
In case the secondary education qualification has been awarded at the end of a period of less than 12 years of education, students will have to submit, apart from the secondary school diploma, the following:
- An academic certification attesting that all first-year University examinations have been successfully passed (in case the local educational system calls for 11 years of education), and for the first two years of University education in case the local educational system calls for 10 years of education);
- The post-secondary qualification obtained in a Non-University higher education institution.
To enroll, candidates are required to submit the secondary school final degree, in original or “copia conforme” (copy that is declared to be equivalent to the original copy), or a replacement certificate for all legal purposes, together with comparability certificate and verification of the title performed by Cimea, Centro di Informazione sulla Mobilità e le Equivalenze Accademiche (Information Center on Mobility and Academic Equivalences), in agreement with the Università degli Studi di Perugia. Alternatively, they can submit, accompanying the final secondary education degree:
- Official Italian translation of the qualification, legalization (if required) and “dichiarazione di valore in loco”, in original copy, by the Diplomatic/Consular representation pertinent for the territory in which the title was awarded;
- OR official translation in Italian of the qualification, together with legalization (if required) and comparability certificate issued by ENIC/NARIC centers.
Single-cycle and Master Degree Courses can have either a limited/restricted admission policy (on a local or national basis) or an unlimited/open-to-all admission policy. In both cases, passing a verification test of the candidate’s preliminary competencies and knowledge is required.
To be granted admission the student must sit for:
- For non-EU students residing abroad: Italian language test (mandatory, except when the candidate is exempted);
- If the selected course has an open-admission policy: the test assessing the candidate’s competencies along with the possible Additional Learning Requirements (OFA - Obblighi Formativi Aggiuntivi) that can be ascribed to the student. Those must be fulfilled within the first year of the course (OFA tests may vary according to the Department of pertinence: detailed information is available on the Departmental website);
- If the selected course has a limited/restricted admission policy: the admission test
To gain admission to the selected study program and/or the recognition of periods of study abroad as well as of foreign degrees, foreign and Italian citizens holding a degree obtained abroad must submit the following documentation.
Students who wish to enroll in a Single-Cycle Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree programs:
- original (copia conforme), together with the comparability certificate and verification of the degree issued by Cimea, Centro di Informazione sulla Mobilità e le Equivalenze Accademiche (Information center on mobility and Academic equivalencies), in agreement with the Università degli Studi di Perugia. Alternatively, the following must be submitted, together with the secondary school final degree
- Foreign secondary school final degree, in original copy or in copy declared to be equivalent to the official translation in Italian of the title, legalized (where required) and “dichiarazione di valore in loco” (local Declaration of Value), in original copy, by the Diplomatic/Consular representation that is competent for the territory; or an official Italian translation of the degree, legalized (where required) and comparability certificate issued by ENIC-NARIC centers;
- If the secondary school qualification has been awarded after less than 12 years of education, the following must be attached: A certificate attesting the applicant’s academic studies specifying the examinations that have been successfully passed (in case of an application for the reduction of the course the official documentation on the examination programs must also be submitted); or the post-secondary degree awarded by a non-University secondary institution; or the foundation course certificate: A certificate attesting that the applicant has successfully passed the academic eligibility test, if required for admission to University education in the country of origin.
Students wishing to enroll in Non-Single Cycle Master’s Degrees:
The academic qualification obtained at a foreign University or College-education institutions, in original copy or copy that has been declared equivalent to the original (copia conforme), or certificate legally valid for all legal effects, together with a comparability certificate and verification of the qualification, issued by Cimea, Centro di Informazione sulla Mobilità e le Equivalenze Accademiche (Information center on mobility and academic equivalences), in agreement with the Università degli Studi di Perugia. As an alternative, the following must be submitted together with the academic qualification:
- An official translation in Italian of the qualification, legalization (where required) and “dichiarazione di valore in loco” (local Declaration of Value), in original copy, by the Diplomatic/Consular representation that is competent for the territory;
- Or an official Italian translation of the degree legalized (where required) and comparability certificate issued by ENIC-NARIC centers;
- A certificate issued by the pertinent University certifying all the examinations that the applicant has successfully passed (transcript) as well as, for each subject, the academic program required to obtain the aforementioned titles, together with the official translation in Italian (original copies in English, French and Spanish will be accepted). Post-Secondary studies (examinations and credits) can be attested by the “Diploma Supplement”, where adopted.
- Translation and legalization of academic titles
As for the legalization of academic degrees and certificates, that is required to ensure their authenticity, students will have to ask the pertinent territorial authority. Legalization is not required if the country where the title was awarded has signed the Hague convention (1961). Legalization is to be replaced, in this case, by Apostille. Furthermore, legalization is not required if the academic title has been awarded by an institution operating in the following countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Latvia (Brussels Convention, 1987), Germany (Rome Convention, 1969) or Austria (Wien Convention, 1975).
Italian language test
Upon their arrival in Italy, all non-EU students residing abroad (who have requested a Visa) must sit for an Italian language test in order to be admitted to University academic programs. The following categories are exempted from having to take the italian language test: 1) Students wishing to enroll in a study program taught entirely in English;
Students possessing a certificate that allows them to be exempted from having to sit for the Italian language test and from the limits of the quota reserved for Non-EU students residing abroad:
- Secondary School Diploma (four or five years of schooling, if awarded by an Italian or equivalent private school abroad);
- One of the Secondary School diplomas as specified in Annex 2 of the regulations set by the MIUR Ministerial Circular;
- A certificate attached to the Diploma, obtained in Argentina and certifying that the study program includes an Italian language course with a minimum duration of 5 years;
- Italian Language and Culture degree awarded by the University for Foreigners of Perugia or Siena;
- C1 or C2-level certification of knowledge of the Italian language (according to the CEFR), issued within the framework of the CLIQ quality system*;
- Students holding a certificate that allows them to be exempted from having to sit for the Italian language test but not from the quota reserved for non-EU students.
University of Perugia is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Perugia, Umbria. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Terni. 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 Perugia (UNIPG) is a large (coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Perugia (UNIPG) 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.
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 in a Hall of Residence
Access to accommodation and cafeteria services as well as the related scholarships is provided for by a Public Call for Applications, published each year on http://www.adisupg.gov.it/ . The selection results for the next academic year (2018/2019) will be published at the beginning of October 2018 on the same website. Given that lessons are due to start before the aforementioned date, students are offered with the opportunity to stay in rooms for residential use (servizio foresteria) during their first month of stay, at the price of €8 per day for a bed in a double room and €10 per day for a single room.
Both enrolled and Incoming Students have the possibility to benefit from the services of the Adisu cafeterias, where food quality is a top priority, whether it is local or international cuisine that is being served.In addition to these, three other cafeterias and seven restaurants have signed an agreement with the University of Perugia at its branch campuses in Terni, Assisi, Foligno and Narni . Within these facilities, both full meals and single portions can be bought at reduced prices.
There are several associations at the Università degli Studi di Perugia which offer students the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Facilities for special needs students
The University guarantees support and assistance to special needs and differently-abled students during their university career through the adoption of a series of services and initiatives coordinated and monitored by a Delegate appointed by the Rector. The Rector's Delegate, along with the professors nominated as advisors by each Department, the University Commission (composed of three professors), the Administrative Director, and the Manager of the University's Information Booth for Differently-abled Students, each year plans and promotes activities, in accordance with current regulations, and research programmes.
Italian language courses
For these courses students will receive a total of 4 ECTS per year regardless of how many additional Italian language courses they attend. Please note that these credits will only be allotted if the student has, during his/her stay, dutifully attended at least 75% of the course hours.Students who have been accepted to attend the course will be informed by email several days after the application deadline.The University Language Center (CLA) reserves the right to cancel courses due to an insufficient number of enrolled students.
The University internships are aimed at helping students and graduates of the Università degli Studi di Perugia by providing them with the opportunity to come into direct contact with the world of work. The maximum duration of an internship is of 12 months.
The "G. Bambagioni" Center for Sports and Recreation is a modern facility located just outside the city center and only a few minutes away from the Department of Veterinary Medicine and that of Agricultural Sciences. Bus lines from the city center are available. The "G. Bambagioni" facility offers tennis courts, soccer fields (for 7- or 5-a-side matches), beach-volley courts, a swimming pool, recreational rooms, a playroom for children, a club house, a café, a restaurant-pizzeria, TV rooms and rooms for meetings and private parties.
The University also manages a Choir, directed by Maestro Marta Alunni Pini. Both students and staff can participate. In addition to performing at official University ceremonies (ceremonies for the conferment of honorary degrees, the annual inauguration of the new academic year, etc.) and events throughout Umbria, the Choir has established a number of cultural exchanges with other European university choirs. The University also has a Chamber Orchestra. Only Italian and enrolled foreign students wishing to join the Orchestra may audition. The Orchestra collaborates with the Choir as well as with various soloists. The University supports, through various promotional activities, those students participating in the Choir and the Orchestra who are dedicated to continuing the study of music and single musical instruments.