University of Salento
  • No. Students: 17529
  • No. Staff: 789
  • Study mode: 54 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English, Italian
  • Phone:
  • +390832291111

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The University of Salento is a community formed by students, teachers and technical-administrative staff, that recognizes the free promotion of research and teaching as tools of human development, of the affirmation of pluralism and the pursuit of equal dignity and social, in full independence from any ideological orientation, political, religious, economic. Within the university community, no one may be discriminated against, in any way or form, by reason of his or her choices of study, research and teaching. The University of Salento guarantees its students equal opportunities and equal dignity by promoting merit and enhancing excellence and supports applied and basic research recognizing itself in the principle of evaluation.

Next to the two fundamental objectives of education and research, the University of warwick pursues a third mission, the work that is to promote the direct application, the development and use of knowledge to contribute to the development of social, cultural and economic development of the territory in which it operates. On the international level, the University of Salento pursues all forms of collaboration aimed at fostering mutual knowledge and enrichment between cultures, the circulation of knowledge and the exchange of students and staff.

This is a young dynamic university, keen to expand and to prove itself at a national and international level. Since 1955 the Università del Salento has had the aim of promoting knowledge, skill and merit and has offered a large range of educational opportunities. From law to science, economics to engineering, humanities to media studies, the university provides academic pathways to a range of professions as well as post-graduate and specialist courses tailor made to meet the needs of the workplace. Eight Departments providing services and information for students, as well as thirty-three Research Centres throughout the Salento area. The Università del Salento has grown rapidly in recent years, consolidating and reinforcing its role as the keystone of the local cultural and social system. It also has a Phd. School and Post-graduate schools for Cultural Heritage and for the Legal Professions. The prestigious ISUFI Grandes écoles school offers high-level undergraduate and postgraduate courses for scholarship students to promote excellence.

  • Faculty of Economics

  • Faculty of Engineering

  • Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, Languages and Cultural Heritage

  • Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences

  • Department of Economics

  • Faculty of Education, Political and Social Sciences

In 1767, the Jesuits who monopolized the teaching in this Land of d’Otranto (terra d’Otranto) were cast out by Ferdinand IV when he closed the schools and colleges they had founded. This led to the birth of Royal Schools (Scuole Regie) where organisation of the schools shifted to the state, and teaching moved from a church based doctrine to a more enlightened secular teaching.
In the first decades of the 1800s, as a natural consequence of the spreading of schools and state colleges, The Royal University (la Regia Università) was instituted in the Land of Otranto - with poor results.

In 1852, after a period of repression by the Bourbon dynasty, the Jesuits reclaimed the Royal Academy (Regio Liceo), which they renamed the College of Lecce (Collegio Leccese). The unification of Italy meant new disruption for teaching in the South which saw the suppression of almost all the collegi and the outlawing of all higher education. This restriction, clearly, affected the Academy of Lecce as well – and all the teaching posts were suspended. On 18th of June 1869 The Ateneo di Scienze Legali was founded. It was managed by Rector Vitaliano Pizzolante and his Vice Rector Leonardo Stampacchia. An endeavour, though, that lasted after only two years.

Even though there was a strong request for a university in Lecce, the situation was not resolved until1955, when The University Consortium was founded. It worked with the Province of Lecce and the majority of towns in the surrounding area to create the Autonomous Teaching Magisterium Institute (Istituto autonomo di Magistero). While waiting to be recognized legally as a state university, the Magistero started its first university courses. Legal recognition arrived in 1959 which allowed students to be awarded a recognized degree. The university itself was recognised as a national university in 1967, with the institution of the Faculty of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.

In 1987 the Faculty of Economics and Financial Sciences was born, now called the Faculty of Economics and Commerce. The Faculty of Engineering was instituted in the 1990. In 1995 the degree program in Foreign Languages and Literature was transformed into the Faculty of Languages. In 1997 the first lessons in the Faculty of Cultural Heritage started, along with the institution of the Science of Educational Training Faculty. 1998 was the turn of the Law Faculty and in 1997 the Faculty of Engineering began diploma courses in Logistics and Production Engineering, which transformed into the degree course in Industrial Engineering. A second Faculty of Engineering sprouted at the Brindisi campus of the university. There, the Faculty of Industrial Engineering, developed the Masters course in Aerospace Engineering.

Also, in 2006 at the Brindisi campus, the Faculty of Social, Political, and Regional Science was instituted. In September of 2006 the Università di Lecce was renamed the Università del Salento, the University of Salento to respond to the growth of the university in Salento with the addition of the Brindisi campus.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission at the University of Salento, you must have completed Upper Secondary School, hold the necessary school exam certifications (in Italy Diploma di Scuola), and have attended school for at least 12 years (please read the related links section very carefully, on your right).

If in your Country (whether it is a EU member or not) school lasts less than 12 years, you have to produce the following documents:

  • if your higher education ends after 10 years : High School Diploma or Certification with ALL the passed exams scheduled in the first two academic years at home university
  • if your higher education ends after 11 years : High School Diploma or Certification with ALL the passed exams scheduled in the first academic year at home university.
  • Alternatively, a higher degree obtained in a post-secondary school professional institution.

EU & Non-EU Living in Italy

If you are a EU citizen (no matter where you live) a non-EU citizen legally resident in Italy with a residence permit (permesso di soggiorno) or an Italian citizen with a foreign Secondary School Diploma, you need to register on line at the University of Salento Students Portal and you have the following documents:

Undergraduate programmes

  • Secondary School Exam Certificate
  • Where obligatory in your own country, a certificate which states that you have passed the qualifying examination for the admission to University (e.g. Concurso Vestibular, Gao Kao, Pruebas de Selectividad, Veveosi Prosvasis)
  • Where your school education is less than 12 years, a certificate which states ALL the exams passed in the first one/two post-school years of further education; or higher degree obtained in a post-secondary professional institution
  • a certificate which states ALL the exams passed at University, in case you want to enrol with "abbreviazione di corso" (if you have already studied at University, without obtaining a degree, and you want to transfer to University of Salento; or if you have already gotten a degree and you want to enrol in the University of Salento obtaining the recognition of your credits). In this case, it is compulsory to hand in also the abstract of the passed exams
  • dichiarazione di valore (declaration of value) related to your high school certificate
  • any certificate which states the knowledge of the Italian language (not compulsory)
  • your passport (and Permit to Stay for Extra European Students)
  • 2 photos

Graduate Programmes

  • your Degree certificate
  • dichiarazione di valore (declaration of value) related to your degree certificate
  • a certificate which states ALL the exams passed at university in your Country
  • the program for each exam
  • any certificate which states the knowledge of the Italian language
  • your passport
  • 2 photos 

All the documents that you hand in must be translated into Italian. You can translate your documents either using Italian Court recognised official translators, or through your own Embassy or Consulate in Italy.

Please note: For the Dichiarazione di valore (declaration of value) go to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your own Country. The Dichiarazione di valore is not required if you have an official Diploma Supplement in English describing your undergraduate studies.

Non-EU Living abroad

If you are a non-EU national and you do not live in Italy, there are a limited number of places available specifically for non EU Nationals. You should submit your application (Form A) to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your Country. Every year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs determines the deadlines for submitting the applications.

Please contact the Italian Embassy in your home country for detailed information or the Ministry of Education, University and Research and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the application form you must enclose:

Undergraduate programmes

  • Secondary School Exam Certificate
  • Where obligatory in your own country, a certificate which states that you have passed the qualifying examination for the admission to University (e.g. Concurso Vestibular, Gao Kao, Pruebas de Selectividad, Veveosi Prosvasis)
  • Where your school education is less than 12 years, a certificate which states ALL the exams passed in the first one/two post-school years of further education; or higher degree obtained in a post-secondary professional institution
  • a certificate which states ALL the exams passed at University, in case you want to enrol with "abbreviazione di corso" (if you have already studied at University, without obtaining a degree, and you want to transfer to University of Salento; or if you have already gotten a degree and you want to enrol in the University of Salento obtaining the recognition of your credits). In this case, it is compulsory to hand in also the abstract of the passed exams
  • dichiarazione di valore (declaration of value) related to the high school certificate
  • any certificate which states the knowledge of the Italian language
  • a copy of your passport
  • 2 photos.

Graduate Programmes

  • your Degree certificate 
  • dichiarazione di valore(declaration of value) related to your degree certificate
  • a certificate which states ALL the exams passed at university in your Country
  • the program for each exam
  • any certificate which states the knowledge of the Italian language
  • a copy of your passport
  • 2 photos

All the documents that you hand in must be translated into Italian. The translation must be "official". The Italian Embassy/Consulate in your Country will issue a Dichiarazione di Valore (Declaration of Value), which attests your School and University qualifications.

Once your documents have been checked by the University of Salento we will send an acceptance letter to the Embassy, who will be able to give you the required study visa for Italy. However, to complete the procedure you will need to pass an Italian as a Foreign Language Test and then, like any other Italian student, sit the course Admission Test.

Once you have passed the admission test you will register on line at the University of Salento Students Portal.

University of Salento is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the large town of Lecce , Puglia. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Salento. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italia (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy), Università del Salento (Unisalento) is a large coeducational higher education institution. Università del Salento (Unisalento) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, doctorate 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.

University of Salento is ranked 251-275 among the top world's university and fifth in Italy in 2015. In 2018, it was ranked 501-600, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 

Accommodations

Students enrolled at the University of Salento can apply for accommodation in student residence halls. Contact Adisu, the regional authority for student support in higher education.
Accommodation is assigned on the basis of academic merit or financial circumstances. A selection procedure is carried out annually by Adisu. Applications can be made online. Rents in student halls of residence vary from a minimum of €120 to a maximum of €200 depending on the type of room and students' financial circumstances. There are 5 student residences to choose from. They are all double room with WC/Bathroom and no cooking facilities). Please note that these residences esidences close during Christmas and Easter holidays.

Canteens

At present there are 3 student canteens. Two of them are located in town, in the Students’ Residences in via Adriatica and in via Lombardia, here two meals a day are served including Sundays. The third one is situated at the Ecotekne where only lunch is served from Monday to Saturday. They all close during Christmas and Easter holidays. Prices start from € 3,00.

Libraries

Apart from the Interfaculty Central Library there are 22 other university libraries located in the various departments and faculties. Book patrimony of the University consists of approximately 1 million volumes, 600 national and international magazines and a precious collection of rare manuscripts and letters.
The library system offers also free electronic access to electronic resources such as e-journals, databases and digital maps.

Language Centre

The Language Centre (Centro Linguistico di Ateneo, or CLA, in Italian) supports the teaching and learning of languages at the University of Salento. It offers foreign language courses to Italian students as well as Italian language courses to international students enrolled at UniSalento or coming to Lecce for an exchange programme. The Language Centre also helps students organise tandem learning activities.

Sport Centre

The University Sports Centre organises a number of well-subsidized activities, from fitness training and zumba to rugby and scuba.

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