University of Trento
  • No. Students: 16000
  • No. Staff: 600
  • Study mode: 58 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English, Italian
  • Phone:
  • +390461281818

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The University of Trento (Italian: Università degli Studi di Trento) is an Italian university located in Trento and nearby Rovereto. It has been able to achieve considerable results in didactics, research, and international relations[1] according to CENSIS and the Italian Ministry of Education.

The didactic and scientific activities are concentrated around three main "areas": the city area, with the Departments of Economics and Management, Sociology an Social research, Humanities, the Faculty of Law and the School of International Studies; the hill area, with the Departments of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, Information Engineering and Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and CIBIO - Centre for Integrative Biology; the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science and CIMeC - Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences in Rovereto.

The University of Trento was founded in 1962 and has always aimed at building alliance and reciprocal efficiency with Italian and foreign institutions and organizations. In 1982, the University (until then private) became public, with a statute that guaranteed self-government. 

The Milan Agreement, signed in 2009 between the Government and the Autonomous Province of Trento (together with that of Bolzano and the Regional Authority), regarding the change to the special Statute of autonomy on financial regulations, gave the Province new authority over the University. This is a further step forward in the development of the University and guarantees that the financial resources will be allocated and sufficient.  

The University has partnerships with prestigious universities and research centers all over the world and is part of important cooperation networks (for instance Consorzio Time, Asea-Uninet GE4).

Aside from the LLP-Erasmus project, since 1997 the University has also supported double degree agreements. The most recent one is the double degree in Civil Engineering with the University of Tongi China (May 2008): students can achieve a Master in Civil Engineering and the two year Master course in Civil Engineering in Trento. The University is part of the Erasmus Mundus programme and the Erasmus Mundus External cooperation window (now called action 2 of Erasmus Mundus II).

University of Trento and Microsoft Research open in Trento "The Centre for Computational and Systems Biology" (COSBI). The University of Trento has been increasing the number of courses available in English in parallel with its increased internationalization. The University has a number of bilateral agreements with universities in Asia, America, the Middle East and Oceania.There is collaboration for development co-operation with African and Latin American universities. Foreign Tenured scholars and Visiting professors are 10% of the total number of professors. Collaboration with Germany brought Trento to the Italian seat of the Italian-German University, an institution that deals with coordination for advanced training and research between Italian and German universities.

  • Department of Economics and Management

  • Centre For Integrated Biology

  • Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering

  • Interdepartmental Center Mind & Brain

  • Faculty of Law

  • Department of Information Engineering and Science

  • Department of Humanities and Philosophy

  • School of International Studies

  • Department of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

  • Department of Industrial Engineering

  • Department of Sociology and Social Research

  • Department of Mathematics

  • Department of Physics

  • Agriculture, Food and Environment Centre

The University of Trento was founded in 1962 as a higher University Institute of Social Sciences, by Bruno Kessler.

In 1968 it is the first university to be occupied in Italy and becomes the cradle of the student movement of the Sixty-Eight and the protestation, among the first leaders of the movement are Mauro Rostagno and Marco Boato. In this period, under the direction of Francesco Alberoni, the "critical" University comes to life, a model of university based on direct participation in teaching choices.

With a view to expanding the training offer, in 1972 the Faculty of Sciences was established and in 1973 the Faculty of Economics; in the same year the University became a free university, remaining such until 1983, when it was recognized State University with a statute guaranteeing competences of self-government. The academic project was strengthened in 1984 with the faculties of letters and jurisprudence and in 1985 with the Faculty of engineering. More recently, in 2004, the Faculty of cognitive Sciences was established, the first in Italy, based in Rovereto.

In 2016, the university opened the Centre for Agriculture, Food and the environment in San Michele all'adige, while in August 2013 an agreement was signed in Alpbach, on the occasion of Tyrol day at the European Forum, between the Universities of Trento, Bolzano and Innsbruck. The purpose is to create a structured collaboration, based on research and high training, common projects, shared lines of teaching, trade short-term or long-term professors and researchers, and the possibility for students to test multiple languages.

The University of Trento, in addition, together with other entities of the Trentino system of higher education and research, is involved in the IEEE smart cities-Trento project whose supervision is entrusted to the Italian section of the IEEE.

In 2012, the University of Trento celebrated its first 50 years: a tradition that brings it to be acknowledged as one of the leading universities in Italy, as indicated by several national rankings: the quality of the University of Trento was confirmed by the first national evaluation carried out by MIUR (The Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) and published in the summer of 2009. The University of Trento, according to the ministerial criteria, proved to have reached the best national standards for the quality of its research and teaching. With this result the University earned the title of “the most virtuous university in Italy”. The 2013 Report by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University system) UniTrento ranks first in the category of scientific production of medium-sized universities.

General information

To be admitted to Bachelor's or Master's degrees in English language you always have to participate in an open call, and then be selected according to the requirements of each degree programme.

You can find a complete list of our English-taught programmes in Academic offer in English.

Admission procedure to Bachelor's or Master's degrees in Italian language is different whether you are EU citizen, non-EU citizen permanently living in Italy, or non-EU citizen living outside Italy. Non-EU citizens living outside Italy can apply only for selected degrees, that reserve specific places for them. You can find a complete list of these Italian- taught degrees in Academic offer in Italian.

EU citizen and non-EU citizen permanently living in Italy can apply for Bachelor's degrees in Italian language following the instruction given on Infostudenti, or for Master's degrees by writing an e-mail to the Secretary of the Master's degree chosen.

Admission procedure 

You apply online by the application deadline. Specific admission requirements and procedures are listed in the Master's degree webpages.

Non-EU students 

Contact the relevant Italian Diplomatic Representation in your country of residence in order to personally submit your pre-enrolment request along with the following documents:

  • pre-enrolment form in two original copies (Form A available in the Download box);
  • University degree or educational qualification, already legalized by the relevant authority of the country where it was issued or with Apostille stamp (if applicable), and officially translated into Italian;
  • transcript of records, officially translated into Italian;
  • the admission letter;
  • two passport-sized pictures, one of which shall be signed.

Educational documents required for enrolment

  • Copy of your passport;
  • Copy of your stay permit/receipts of application of the Italian stay permit;
  • Original of the University degree or educational qualification, legalized (or with Apostille stamp if applicable) by the Authority of the country which issued the certification, and officially translated in Italian; If applicable, declaration of value issued by the Italian diplomatic Representation based in the country in which the University has its official branch (e.g. if you obtained your degree from a Brazilian university based in US you need to request the declaration of value to the Italian diplomatic Representation in Brazil);
  • Transcript of records, either in the original English, French, German or Spanish version or officially translated in Italian.

University of Trento is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): Rovereto. 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 Trento (UNITN) is a large coeducational higher education institution. Università degli Studi di Trento (UNITN) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study.This 58 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 50-60% making this Italian higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

In the yearly CENSIS results, made in junction with the Grande Guida, and published by La Repubblica, the University of Trento is always in the very first positions. In the last edition (2015-2016) it is confirmed the second place in the mid-size universities (between 10 and 20 thousand students), an improvement of the score from 97,8 to 99,8.  By the last Sole 24 Ore ranking of the best Italian State Universities, the University of Trento is the second.

In the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Trento placed #198 in the world.

In the Best University Under 50 Years Old by Times Higher Education World University Ranking, the University of Trento was ranked #37 in the world.

The Department of Computer Science of Trento U was ranked top 50 in Europe through Microsoft Academic Ranking, and was placed #92 in the world by Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2020.


More than 1,500 places in halls of residence or shared apartments are made available to students from out of town by Opera Universitaria, in various convenient locations. In collaboration with the Opera Universitaria, Trento University offers 1500 accommodations in the San Bartolameo Campus, in student residences or flats that have special agreements with the University.

Support service

The University provides a support service to help its staff experiencing work-related psychological discomfort. University staff can ask for help for issues concerning workplace relationships, stress, lack of motivation and other work-related problems. Please note that personal issues cannot be taken into consideration.


In Trento there are 5 University restaurants, two in the city centre To access catering services you need the Student Card, which is issued free of charge by Opera Universitaria at its desk in via Malpensada 140 to all students enrolled in a course at the University of Trento in undergraduate and graduate programmes, post-degree courses, advance training courses, the Institute for interpreters and translators, the Conservatory of Music, the three-year Medicine courses available in the Province of Trento, to foreign students participating in European and bilateral projects and doctoral students. University restaurants and cafeterias are managed by Opera Universitaria.

Students associations

Student associations are essential to university life not only with their study-oriented activities, but also because they represent students and organize and promote social, cultural, sport and leisure events.They play a fundamental role in improving the students’ social relations and their involvement in academic life and in the initiatives supported by departments and centers. They are created by students to respond to their needs, continue to exist thanks to their commitment, and are open to anyone who wants to be part of them. The University of Trento welcomes these student initiatives and supports the events they organize, providing spaces and rooms, funding and specific media.

Welcome Office

The Welcome Office, the University supports International students and researchers in the administrative procedures connected with their arrival and stay in Trento (entry visa, residence permit, health insurance, accommodation, National insurance number, etc.) and gives information as regards the modalities and documentation needed to enroll.

University Sport Center

UNITRENTO was created to promote sport in the University.Sport, a university network of sports facilities and services dedicated especially to students. The initiative, which is proposed as one of the first projects at the national level with regard to sport in the university, to look at sports not only as an opportunity for entertainment and as a tool for the search for personal well-being, but also as a training opportunity, and of growth from the point of view of relationships."

Board of the University’s student associations

The Board of the University’s student associations (TAUT, Tavolo delle Associazioni Universitarie Trentine) was established on the initiative of the Department for Education and Youth policies of the Autonomous Province of Trento. Since its establishment in 2006, the board has served as the place where student associations discuss and promote common projects, acting as a contact point for associations, the University, students and citizens. In March 2013 the board became an independent association

Library system

The library was created in 1962 initially as a facility to support the teaching and research activities of the Istituto Superiore di Scienze Sociali (Advanced institute of social sciences) which turned into the first Faculty of Sociology in Italy, in 1972. The system then developed following the evolution of the University, in particular in 1972, with the creation of the Faculty of Sciences, in 1973, with the opening of Economics and in 1984 and 1985 with creation respectively of the Faculty of Humanities, Law and Engineering. The library has been a member of the Bibliographic Catalogue of Trentino since 1984 thus making it possible to search its contents online. Later on the Library was included in the Trentino Library System and it became a highly specialized bibliographic and cultural centre, which is accessible not only for students and teachers of the University, but also for all citizens. The University has a central library composed of different buildings (in each Faculty) where students can consult books or borrow them, study or use the internet, with long opening hours (even until midnight), open Saturday and Sunday.

Students Grants

Thanks to the Opera Universitaria, the University is able to offer students grants. Starting from academic year 2008/2009, the University radically changed its university fees system, emphasizing merit and students' efforts.

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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Domestic students: $ 3.39k / Year
  • International students: $ 11.3k / Year
  • Ranking:
  • 1158 StudyQA
  • Duration:
  • 1 year
    University of Trento logo
    • Tuition Fee:
    • Domestic students: $ 3.39k / Year
    • International students: $ 6.78k / Year
    • Ranking:
    • 1820 StudyQA
    • Duration:
    • 1 year
      University of Trento logo
      • Tuition Fee:
      • Domestic students: $ 3.39k / Year
      • International students: $ 11.3k / Year
      • Ranking:
      • 756 StudyQA
      • Duration:
      • 1 year
        University of Trento logo
        • Tuition Fee:
        • Domestic students: $ 7.91k / Year
        • International students: $ 11.3k / Year
        • Ranking:
        • 1255 StudyQA
        • Duration:
        • 1 year