University of Trieste
  • No. Students: 15851
  • No. Staff: 1000
  • Study mode: 58 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English, Italian
  • Phone:
  • +39040558711

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The University of Trieste (Italian: Università degli Studi di Trieste, or UniTS) is a public research university in Trieste in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in northeast Italy.  The historical international vocation of the University of Trieste is witnessed by its intense and high-level activity: Trieste is the centre of many research facilities, with which the university is connected by cooperation agreements. Among them, there are the International School for Advanced Studies, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the National Institute of Oceanography, the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, the Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste Facility, the Trieste sections of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), and many others, building up the so-called "sistema Trieste" (Trieste System).

Moreover, the number of international inter-university co-operation agreements rapidly increased these last years. These agreements involve staff and student mobility, both within EU Programmes like the Socrates programme and agreements exclusively concerned with research activities.

The principal ambition of the University of Trieste is to prepare the future class of leaders and professionals for a world of work in which the required level of knowledge and preparation changes every day. Adaptability to change and continual learning are among the main values that we emphasise. For many years, the University has held a leading position in the ranking of Italian universities, while it is one of the few Italian institutions also found in international rankings. Recently, UniTS received the highest assessment of ‘very positive’ on the MIUR (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) scale, placing the University in Band A. 

The University’s goal is to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate education, along with the development of new skills through research and creativity.

UNITS invest extensively in programmes that offer students international opportunities through agreements with other European and world universities that can provide high quality education and rich personal development. The range of first and second level degrees, together with the PhD and specialisation courses, as well as the excellent staff-student ratio that ensures students can actively participate in their learning, guaranteeing access to internships, laboratories, libraries and study facilities, are all key strengths that distinguish the University of Trieste from other top institutions.

The exceptional beauty of the city of Trieste offers a lively environment which has flourished once again in recent years with renewed interest in Research, Culture and Science. The city was chosen to host ESOF 2020, the most important European occasion focusing on the debate within science, technology, society and politics. The quality of life is enviable; there are a multitude of student events, and a great variety of sports and cultural activites with prestigous theatres and high-profile artistic occasions.

The University of Trieste:

  • Provides the highest level of education and preparation for professionals and citizen of the future;
  • Generate and disseminate knowledge;
  • Commit itself with the local community to tackling the core issues of our times;

The University of Trieste is dedicated to the discovery, development, transfer and application of knowledge in a wide range of academic and professional fields. 

The University welcomes and supports men and women of all the ethnicities and geographic origins, with the aim to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population and a global economy.

  • Department of Humanities

  • Department of Legal Sciences, Language, Interpretation and Translation

  • Department of Life Sciences

  • Department of Economics, Business, Mathematics and Statistics "Bruno De Finetti"

  • Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

  • Department of Engineering and Architecture

  • Clinical University Department of Surgical and Health Medical Sciences

  • Department of Political and Social Sciences

  • Department of Mathematics and Geosciences

  • Department of Physics

  • Department of Political Science and Administration

Before World War I, when Trieste was still a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Italian-speaking population strongly supported the idea of building a university in the town, but Austrian authorities repeatedly rejected the proposal. After the annexation of Trieste to Italy, the already existing Superior School in Commerce was granted the same rights of similar schools in Italy, and in 1924 it was turned into a university, by king's decree (8 August 1924, n. 1338). In 1938, with the institution of the Law faculty, the second after the Economy and Commerce faculty, the university became a Studium Generale (General Studies) one, and thus was given the title of Regia Università degli Studi (King's University). In the same year, the construction of a new building to house the faculties began on the Scoglietto hill, in a position dominating the Old City. The building, which still hosts the directive board and some faculties, was designed by architects Raffaello Fagnoni and Umberto Nordio. The first stone was posed in a ceremony on 19 September 1938 in the presence of the Italian Prime Minister and other authorities.

World War II slowed down the planned enlargement of the university. Indeed, the faculty of Engineering, although established in 1942, was restricted to naval engineering until the end of the war, while the opening of the faculty of Literature and philosophy, planned in 1943, was postponed till 1945. After the war, Trieste was put under the joint control of the United Kingdom and the United States of America, in preparation for the establishment of a fully independent State, the Free Territory of Trieste, which nevertheless never came to exist. The Allied Government allowed the foundation of the new Literature and Philosophy faculty, instituted the faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, and completed the construction of the main building on the Scoglietto hill, inviting an emissary of the Italian government to the inauguration ceremony.

In 1954 Trieste was given back to Italy thanks to an agreement between the American and the Italian governments. To celebrate, the university awarded the President of the Italian Republic Luigi Einaudi a honoris causa degree in Economy and Commerce. In a short time new faculties were added (Pharmacy, Teaching Sciences, Medicine and Surgery, Political Sciences), while also new buildings were inaugurated on the Scoglietto hill and in other parts of the town. In 1978 the School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators was given the status of faculty; in 1997 the faculty of Psychology and in 1998 the faculty of Architecture completed the range of faculties currently present at the university.

The 2010 university reform and the subsequent statute which came into force in 2012 re-organized the university structure and abolished the faculties, favouring instead a department-based system with specific mandates for both teaching and research.

Admission Requirements 

Documents For 1st Cycle (Laurea) and Single cycle Degree (LM a ciclo unico, i.e. Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, Architecture):

  •  Form A;
  • final school leaving qualification, achieved on completion of minimum 12 years of global schooling, giving access to university in the issuing country, particularly to the equivalent course of study (go to eligible qualifications);
  • a Statement of comparability and qualifications certification of your final school leaving qualification, issued by CIMEA. CIMEA issues statements of comparability to UniTS candidates in 15 days only. To request your statement of comparability, click here;
  • certificate of the national university entrance examination, if compulsory for eligibility to undergraduate programmes in the country where you have studied (e.g. Gao Kao in China, Matura Shtetërore in Albania, etc.); 
  • transcript of records concerning the first year or two years of university studies, if the school qualification was awarded after 11 or 10 years of global schooling, respectively. The transcript must prove the successful fullfilment of the first year or two years of university studies. Please note that if this is your case, all exams taken in the first or in the first two academic years give right to enrollment in the first year only and can not be taken into consideration for credit transfer from prior academic studies;
  •  transcript of records including scores and credit hours, if you apply for credit transfer for prior academic studies. In such a case, you might be able to gain your degree in less than the normal time. For credit award you also need to submit the syllabus for each exam topic listed in the transcript. Student syllabi are accepted in English or Italian. Please check here if additional languages other than English and Italian are accepted by your Department;
  • certificate of Italian language proficiency (CELI, CILS, PLIDA, CLIQ): the minimum level required is B2. This certificate is not compulsory;
  • If you obtained your High School qualification in UK or USA, your enrollment request can be accepted only if your A levels/APs will be considered to be congruent with the elected Degree course;
  •  If you obtained an International Baccalaureate (IB), please remember that IBs have to be legalized by the Italian Consulate in Geneva. For further information you can contact the IB Legalization Service. IBs obtained at some schools are recognized by the Italian State: for further information, see list;
  • residence permit;

 Documents for Second Cycle Degree applicants (Laurea Magistrale)

  •  Form A;
  • degree certificate;
  •  if you graduated in a non-EU country: a Statement of comparability and qualifications certification of your degree certificate, issued by CIMEA. CIMEA issues statements of comparability to UniTS candidates in 15 days only. To request your statement of comparability, click here;
  • if you graduated in a EU country: Diploma Supplement issued by the foreign university; 
  • transcript of records including scores and credit hours. If such details are provided in the Diploma Supplement, a separate transcript is not required;
  •  syllabus, i.e. an outline of topics covered in the courses; the syllabus has to be requested directly to the awarding university and has to be submitted in the original or certified copy (simple print out form the internet will not be accepted). Student syllabi are accepted in English or Italian. Please check here if additional languages other than English and Italian are accepted by your Department;
  • final high school leaving qualification, to be submitted only if it was awarded after 10 or 11 years of global schooling. The qualification has to be submitted in the original or certified copy, legalized, translated into Italian (the Italian translation is not required for documents written in English) and along with its Statement of Comparability. Please note that admission to the second-cycle Degree requires a minimum amount of 15 years of previous education;
  • residence permit.

Admission test

Admission test: it is compulsory for admission to restricted-access programmes (regulations are set out in the relevant programme’s Call for Applications).

Candidates are placed by rank order of their test scores and, if successful, can apply for enrollment. A limited number of places is available on each program for non-EU citizens on a student visa. Please note, however, that applicants from international schools are not subject to such quotas, therefore, in case of limited-access programmes, they compete with EU students (and non-EU students residing in Italy).

You do not have to take this test if: 

  1. you hold a qualification from an international school;
  2. you apply for a master-level programme (laurea magistrale);
  3. you hold a certificate of competence in Italian (at least level B2), recognized by the CLIQ Association (Quality Certification), e. g. CELI, CILS, PLIDA;
  4. you apply for an English-taught programme. In this case, you must pass a test in English.

Assessment test: for access to open-admission programmes, either first or second cycle, the student’s knowledge must be assessed. Each programme establishes its specific requirements and how they should be met. Link to Immatricolazioni to check conditions of admission to your programme.

Please note: Before taking the entrance test you need to pass the Italian language test (see exceptions above) and pay the admission exam fee by credit card during the online process or, if you are unable to use the online payment method, you can pay in a bank on arrival in Italy using the invoice you’ll have downloaded and printed out (make sure to pay before sitting the test!)

University of Trieste is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Trieste , Friuli Venezia Giulia. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Gorizia, Pordenone, Portogruaro. 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 Trieste (UNITS) is a large coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Trieste (UNITS) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study.  International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

The University of Trieste is accredited with the "A-very positive" and a score of 7.61, the highest score - along with Trento - among those published so far.

The 2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked it second among Italian universities. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report placed it at #67 among the top 100 universities in the world for Space Science.In the 2018 Round University Rankingof world universities, it stands at #99 for Life Sciences in the world.

With Resolution n.161 of 03/07/2019, the Board of Directors of the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research System (ANVUR), confirms the judgment proposed by the Commission of Experts of the Evaluation (CEV) at the end of the Accreditation visit in November 2018, which includes, we remind you, a careful analysis of the documentation whose results were verified in 5 days of intense checks and interviews at the University.

A few days ago, in fact, the ANVUR Periodic Accreditation Report on the Agency's website was published on the sites and courses of study of the Julian University. It is a document that summarizes in 30 pages the in-depth report that the CEV sent to the University at the beginning of May and that shows how the University has implemented in recent years a concrete and credible Quality Assurance System.


If they fulfil the necessary academic and economic requirements and are on the ranking list drawn up by ARDISS, students may be able to apply for a room.University Residence in the former Military Hospital. This modern and functional residence accommodates students, researchers and academic staff from all over the world. It was created following the renovation of the former Military Hospital, an imposing building built in 1863 during the time of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire in Trieste.


On the main university campuses, ARDISS provides various canteens which students can use at special rates. Further reductions are also available depending on individual economic circumstances.

Health Service

Italian students not resident in Trieste, as well as EU and non-EU students can have access to a family doctor and use the general medical services provided by the Family Clinics of the Trieste Integrated Health Service as specified in the conditions shown in the service's information sheet.


Through ARDISS, students can also obtain special season ticket rates on both local train and bus services.

Student associations

The University of Trieste participates in associations such as ESN (Erasmus Student Network), AEGEE (Association des Etats Généraux des Étudiants de l'europe / European Students' Forum), AIESEC (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales), EESTEC (Electrical Engineering Students' European assoCiation) and ELSA (European Law Students' Association). Since 2008, the non-profit association RadioInCorso has also been active, which manages the University's students ' web-radio of the same name. Initially, it develops as a multimedia laboratory, later it becomes a journalistic head and begins to broadcast twenty-four hours a day. Since December 2013 is active the local office of the Italian Association of dental students with headquarters at the hospital Maggiore in Trieste.

Botanical Garden

Orto Botanico dell'Università di Trieste (4.2 hectares) is maintained by University of Trieste. Founded in 1963, the Botanical Garden of the University of Trieste has an extension of about 2 square kilo meters plus two more woods on Mount Valerio.

Library system

The library system of the university manages the local pole of the National Library Service and is composed of more than 1,700,000 volumes and 14,000 between paper and electronic periodicals.

Museum system

The museum system of the University of Trieste (SmaTs) is a network built around a nucleus made up of some of the sites, museums: the museum of mineralogy and petrography, the biological museum and the botanical garden (with adjoining greenhouse coffee) and the "Fondo librario Marcello Finzi" of the Department of legal sciences, language, interpreting and translation. In the case of the paintings, about forty works by artists such as Giuseppe Santomaso, Afro Basaldella, Nino Perizi, Ottone Rosai, Leonor Fini – was acquired as a result of the national Exhibition of contemporary Italian painting, promoted in 1953 by the University, in collaboration with the Superintendent. Since 2010, as a result of a collector bond affixed by the Ministry for cultural heritage and activities, the c

The University of Trieste aims to be an active player on the European stage through an excellent educational system, as to contribute to make the society more educated, innovative, cohesive and sustainable.

Our academic activity must be oriented to transfer a large contribution of knowledge endowments, as to provide young generations with the appropriate skills for wide overviews and real innovation through a cultural process of knowledge integration.

We intend to range the University of Trieste among the best Italian and European Universities reinforcing the interconnections between scientific research, education and knowledge transfer.

We wish to contribute to the cultural, technological and scientific development of our country and the territory to which we belong, through the promotion and support of new businesses and the creation of fledged job opportunities for young generations.

By 2020 the University of Trieste will be distinguished by:

  • excellent learning outcomes, quality and richness of the student experience;
  • graduated students prepared to enter the job market flexible and able to provide global contributions;
  • a safeguarding of equity and excellence, which reinforce each other within a framework of high-level standards;
  • strong interconnections between education and research;
  • first-class research groups and a stimulating culture of intensive research;
  • innovative solutions to social, economic, political and technological challenges;
  • creative and substantial contributions for the prosperity and welfare of Europe;
  • agility and adaptability in establishing and maintaining relationships with businesses and the community;
  • highly efficient personnel and renowned national and international partners;
  • long-lasting and mutually beneficial connections with alumni worldwide;
  • a strong sense of shared goals.
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