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The University of Sassari (Italian: Università degli Studi di Sassari, UniSS) is a university located in Sassari, Italy. The University of Sassari was founded in 1558 by Alessio Fontana, a distinguished gentleman of the Town of Sassari. The official launch dates back to May 1562, when the Jesuits started their activity as scholars and teachers for the local clergy.
The University of Sassari earned first place in the rankings for the best “medium- sized” Italian university, in 2009–2010, by the Censis Research Institute while in 2012 tumbled down to the 6th position among the best Italian universities.
Today, this medium-sized University, with over 12,000 students and around 700 scholars, consists of 11 Departments, which also collaborate with a number of academic and research centers and institutes. In addition to its 50+ institutional courses, it also offers a wide range of post-graduate studies and research activities, including PhD courses, medical specialisation schools, advanced training programs and international exchange projects.
The university organizational structure includes 10 Departments, namely:
- Architecture, design and city planning
- Chemistry and Pharmacy
- Business and Economics
- Veterinary medicine
- Biomedical sciences
- School of Medicine
- Humanities and social sciences
- History, human sciences and education
Department of Economics and Business Sciences
Department of Agriculture
Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Department of Surgical, Microsurgical and Medical Sciences
Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy
Department of Political Science, Communication Sciences and Information Engineering
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of History, Human Sciences and Education
Department of Natural Sciences
Department of Medicine and Experimental Clinic
Department of Law
Department of Veterinary Medicine
The birth of the University is linked to the figure of Alessio Fontana, who in 1558 left his assets to the municipality for the establishment of a College of studies entrusted to the Society of Jesus. However, King Philip III granted the status of Regia University only on 9 February 1617, with the consecration of Sassari as Regia University. A second founder is Antonio Canopolo, who provided the University with new classrooms, the majestic Aula Magna and numerous donations of money. His coat of arms is still visible in the entrance hall.
In 1765 an internal regulation was approved with the recognition of four faculties: philosophy and Arts, theology, jurisprudence and medicine; with a cultural exchange were transplanted Piedmontese teachers starting the University sassarese towards a European culture and expanding scientific research. The" restoration " of the sabaudo government, began the search for the problems of Sardinia, enhancing the cultural and economic potential of the island.
In 1877 the University of sassarese was parified to the secondary ones, thus opening a new cycle of renewal. Towards the beginning of the Twentieth Century the University experienced a new cultural ferment, with the introduction of positivistic culture in the field of Medicine, Sciences and law. In the first three years of the Twentieth century, thanks to the implementation of the "national university system", established the new faculty of Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine and, in 1950, the faculty of Agriculture lays the foundation for an economic and social rebirth of Sardinia.
General Information Admission
If you are a non-EU citizen living abroad and you wish to study at the University of Sassari, you are required to first submit your application to the Italian Consulate based in your country of residence, within the time limits laid down by Ministry of Education.
For the academic year 2018/2019, the provisions laid down by the Inter-ministerial Decree of 18 February 2018, as amended and supplemented, applies concerning the enrolment of non-EU citizens residing abroad, non-EU citizens regularly residing in Italy, EU citizens residing in any Country, Italian citizens having an academic qualifications issued by a foreign institution.
Non-EU citizens residing abroad can enrol within the reserved quotas, as set for each course of study annually by the Academic Bodies and reported in the ministerial database.
Non-EU students residing abroad who have submitted a valid application to the Italian Embassy or Consulate based in his or her Country of residence, in accordance with the terms and conditions laid down by the above-mentioned provisions, will have to take an Italian language proficiency test, that is mandatory for all courses except the exemption set by ministerial regulations.
Since the University of Sassari joined the "Marco Polo" mobility programme, it allocates a number of positions for Chinese citizens.
If you are a EU citizen, non-EU equivalent citizen, Italian citizen with a foreign academic qualification, you can apply directly to any tests.
Before participating in any entry tests, those who already hold a foreign degree qualification are required to deliver the confirmation of their test registration to the Ufficio Segreterie Studenti e Offerta Formativa (Via del Fiore Bianco, 5, Sassari), fully filled-in on-line, together with the original qualifications awarded.
If you wish to attend an Italian language course for foreigners, our university will give you the opportunity to attend one for free.
The Residence Permit
If you are a non-EU national and plan to come to Italy for a period exceeding three months, you must apply for a residence permit.
If it is your first time in Italy, you must make an application within 8 working days from your arrival in Italy
The application can be submitted in the same authorized post office. The following documents are required to submit the application:
- The Modulo 1 duly filled in
- A revenue stamp (“marca da bollo”; you can buy it in “Tabacchi” shops) of € 16.00 to be attached on Modulo 1
- Your valid passport or any other equivalent travel document bearing an entry visa
- Photocopy of ALL pages of the passport (blank pages included)
- The letter of invitation from the University of Sassari declaring the duration of your study period with the stamp of the consulate/embassy
- Photocopy of your health insurance
- The payment slip of € 27.50, filled out with your name, surname, address, city and zip code (for Sassari: 07100)
University of Sassari is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Sassari, Sardegna. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Alghero, Olbia, Nuoro. 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 Sassari (UNISS) is a large coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Sassari (UNISS) 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 462 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. 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.
The Regional Agency for University Studies (ERSU) offers an accommodation at the student residencies to a maximum of 15 incoming students at Euro 170.00 for a double room and Euro 225.00 for a single room equipped for students with special needs. In the allocation of seats, priority will be given to long-stay mobilities in order of arrival, subject to room availability.
Foreign students and professors can make use of the canteen service provided by the two University canteens of the city at reduced fee (Via dei Mille and Via Padre Manzella) and by those in Alghero, Olbia, Nuoro and Oristano. To be granted access to the catering service, you must possess and ERSU card.
Students may refer to the Delegate for disability matters of each Department, in order to discuss specific learning needs.
Access to the library system and network services of the University Incoming students can take advantage of the efficient University Library System, consisting of 22 libraries, offering 1,700 seats, hundreds of Internet stations and wireless connections. They can also take advantage of the European Documentation Centre and Network Services of the University.
Italian Language courses
Free courses of Italian Language and culture are granted to incoming students by the University Language Center (CLA): elementary and intermediate level are taught throughout the two semesters of the academic year, while intensive courses are organized in September and in February, just before the starting of each semester.
ERSU encourages student participation in ERASMUS events and cultural activities, arts, and sports. In particular, thanks to the agreement signed between ERSU and the University Sports Centre (CUS), ERASMUS students are granted access: to university sports facilities, free of charge; to CUS scheduled activities, carried out in other locations within or just outside the urban centre.
Some good reasons to choose The UNISS
- The University of Sassari is a public university with deeply rooted traditions, a wide syllabus, multi-disciplinary courses and top-quality scientific research.
- A medium-small sized university favours the integration of incoming students within the academic community and the establishment of enriching personal relationships. The University grants free access to a number of libraries, study rooms and hotpoints with LAN or wi-fi connection.
- The University Language Center offers a multiple choice of both institutional and intensive free courses of Italian language and culture.
- All incoming students may benefit of special facilities for accommodation, canteen, transportation, health, cultural and recreational activities
- Sassari is a student-tailored city, with an active social life animated by the ESN Association and the many other student associations at departmental level.
- Well connected to many Italian and European airports, Sassari is located in the island of Sardinia, that is known as one of the most beautiful island of the Mediterannean basin. Its natural and cultural peculiarities will turn your stay into an unforgettable experience!