University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Modena, Italy
UNIMORE has a longstanding tradition (it was founded in 1175) and is considered one of the best universities in Italy for teaching and research. It is ranked 2nd among public universities according to Italy’s leading financial daily, and among the top 10 medium-sized Italian universities by the Times Higher Education Ranking 2008.
  • #370 Ranking
  • 4 Masters
  • 20000 Students


UNIMORE has a longstanding tradition (it was founded in 1175) and is considered one of the best universities in Italy for teaching and research. It is ranked 2nd among public universities according to Italys leading financial daily, and among the top 10 medium-sized Italian universities by the Times Higher Education Ranking 2008.

UNIMORE, which has just over 19,000 students including 3,500 postgraduates, is large enough to offer all the facilities one would expect from a major university (well-stocked libraries, computer rooms, free internet connection and study support services) but small enough to retain a personal and friendly learning environment.
UNIMORE is comprised of 12 Faculties and 32 Departments, offering a wide range of degree programs at the undergraduate level, right up to doctoral studies in most disciplinary areas, from the humanities and social sciences to engineering and technology, and from physical and natural sciences to medicine and life sciences.
UNIMORE is ranked among the top 8 universities in Italy for its high level of research, according to the most recent independent research assessment sponsored by the Italian Government (MIUR-CIVR). It offers state-of-the-art facilities with internationally sponsored research activities.

UNIMORE has over 300 international exchange agreements and cooperation programs to encourage students to actively interact in a globalized world. It is located in two of the most multicultural cities in Italy and 6% of the student body is non-Italian. The University offers numerous facilities and services designed specifically for its international students.

UNIMORE offers a modern and efficientUniversity Language Center where intensive and extensive Italian Language classes are available free of charge to all international students. Personalized language assistance is also offered through the three University Self-Access Centers, which provide comprehensive independent study facilities (satellite television, multimedia computers, CALL facilities, electronic resources, e-journals, etc.) and where experienced tutors are available for individualized language support.

UNIMORE is located in the heart of one of Europe's wealthiest and most dynamic regions, which is world-renowned for its production of mechanical parts, engines, sports cars (e.g. Ferrari and Maserati) as well as for its agro-food sector, ceramic tiles and manufacturing industries.

UNIMORE benefits from a longstanding relationship with the area's firms and corporations, which provide private support for university research and a unique opportunity for on-the-job training before graduation. Statistics show that graduates from the University have excellent job prospects, well above the national average.
UNIMORE is located in two cities with the highest quality of living standards in Italy. Both Modena and Reggio Emilia are considered important cities of art and culture, and Modenas cathedral and main square are on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage sites.

UNIMORE is ideally located between Italy's Eastern and Western coasts on the Mediterranean sea and between the Apennine and Dolomite mountains. The University is surrounded by other world-renowned cities of art and culture. The cities of Parma, Verona, Mantua, Padua and Bologna can be reached in under an hour, while Florence, Venice and Milan are less than two hours away. Both cities are situated close to major highways and train lines and Bologna International Airport is only 40 minutes away.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia!


Situated in the heart of the Emilia Romagna region, Modena and Reggio Emilia are an important link between Northern and Southern Italy and between Italy and the rest of Europe. The cities are only 19 km apart and connecting trains run approximately every half hour.

From Modena and Reggio Emilia, one can reach Milan in under two hours, Florence in an hour and a half, and Rome in three and a half hours. The Bologna airport, situated 39 km from Modena and 58 km from Reggio Emilia, serves all the main national and many international routes. The other international airports closeby, Linate and Malpensa and Orio al Serio, are around Milan.

The Romagna Riviera, famous throughout Europe for its beaches and night clubs, is only an hour and a half by car or train. Those preferring the mountains can enjoy the 50 km of ski trails in Monte Cimone, the largest ski resort in the Northern Apennines. In addition to skiing, the Apennines (see and offer excursions, fun and relaxation, and are only between half an hour and an hour from Modena or Reggio Emilia.

Student Life

With a population of 180,000, Modena is a city where you can enjoy the good life, whether it is through beautiful music, fine cuisine, or the high speed of a sports car. Ferraris and Maseratis can often be seen gliding down the roads of Modena and its surroundings this is the area where the two legendary car makers are based.

After the Second World War, the area was economically depressed and there was very little industry. However, within the space of only fifty years, the city and the province are now acclaimed throughout the world for their flourishing and prosperous industrial districts and their cultural events and gastronomy. Today, Modena is one of the most advanced provinces in Europe, ranking 10th in average income per capita in Italy (2007 survey from Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy's leading financial daily newspaper).

Modena is also rich in architectural treasures such as the Ghirlandina Tower, the Cathedral and Piazza Grande, which was added to the World Heritage list by UNESCO in 1997. Other attractions in the province include Carpi and its renaissance architecture, the Ducal Palace of Sassuolo, and the Nonantola Abbey.

Among the city's contemporary landmarks are works by great architects such as Aldo Rossi, who designed the San Cataldo Cemetery, and the Ferrari Gallery by Massimo Iosa Ghini.

The people of Modena are lovers of theatre and music. Each year, the province is a stage for more than 1,500 live performances and the Fondazione Emilia Romagna Teatro, a foundation for the production and promotion of theatre, has its headquarters in Modena. It is not surprising that Modena is the hometown of one of the greatest tenors in history, Luciano Pavarotti.

The rich calendar of cultural events held every year in Modena also includes the prestigious Festival of Philosophy, an event attracting tens of thousands of people.

The city is also home to a collection which is unique in the world, the Museo delle Figurine, a museum dedicated to stickers which belong to the City of Modena and the Panini Publishing House, which is also world renown in the area of comic books and gadgets.

Modena is also synonymous with fine cuisine with specialties such as tortellini, zampone, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Lambrusco wines, and traditional Balsamic Vinegar. The territory boasts numerous restaurants ranging from those reviewed in the most prestigious guidebooks to quiet, peaceful inns with traditional cooking.

Reggio Emilia has a population of 164,000, while the entire province has approximately 510,000 inhabitants. It is a medium-sized city for Italian standards, making it enjoyable to visit and tour, particularly following the recent restructuring of its historical center. Reggio Emilia is easy to get around by foot or by bicycle (through an extensive network of cycling paths), and it is a place where one can enjoy nature and fresh air (thanks to its 31 parks). It abounds in world-class cultural activities, not normally found in a city of its size.

Reggio Emilia boasts three theatres offering top-class opera, concert and drama performances. The city is also home to a wide network of libraries, museums, galleries and cultural centers especially aimed at young people.

Today, Reggio Emilia is home to many ethnic groups and is becoming increasingly multicultural, with 11.4% of its population consisting of foreign residents. The city has one of the most advanced educational and social welfare systems in the country (and in Western Europe), considered one of the most innovative and relevant examples of a community with a strong social cohesion.

The province includes several towns of historical and cultural importance (such as Correggio and Scandiano) and has a beautiful countryside, with its gently sloping plains along the Po River, the Apennine mountains and several villages, all of which are popular destinations for excursions and vacations. For further information see the local tourist information website.

Reggio Emilia also boasts an illustrious history, including some of the great Italian literary figures of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries from Ludovico Ariosto (to whom the Ariosto Theatre is dedicated) to Matteo Maria Boiardo. It was here that the Tricolour Italian Flag was proclaimed (a museum bearing the same name is located inside the Town Hall), in 1797, and became the symbol of the Cispadane Republic, the first republican political experiment in modern Italian history. This led to the creation, at the end of the 19th century, and again, following the Second World War, of one of the most advanced educational and social welfare systems in the country (and in Western Europe), considered one of the most innovative and relevant examples of a community with a strong social cohesion.

Living Expenses

The cost of living in Modena or Reggio Emilia is comparable to other towns in Northern Italy.

As a general guide we estimate that you will need to allow approximately 7,000-8,000 a year to cover your living costs (that is the cost of your accommodation and utility bills, food, clothing, transport, study costs, entertainment and insurance, but not your tuition fees). However, the actual cost will depend on the lifestyle that you lead.

  • Average cost for a private room: 250/month
  • City bus ticket: 1.20 (1 trip = 75 minutes in Modena 60 minutes in Reggio Emilia)
  • Meal in a pizzeria: about 15.00
  • Breakfast at a local bar (cappuccino and croissant): about 2.40
  • Meal in a café (sandwich and drink): about 5.00
  • Cinema ticket: 7.50 (some discounts are offered on weekdays).

Getting Around Modena and Reggio Emilia

Modena has an excellent public transport network for the city and the province (see with buses running from every 10 to 30 minutes. The only line with night service is number 7, which runs from the train station to the Hospital (Policlinico), passing through the city center, after 20:30 on weekdays and after 19:30 on Sundays and holidays. Holders of bus passes can use taxis at a reduced rate if they take a taxi at one of 9 selected stops in the city (the service is called Taxibus; fares start from 3.50).

Reggio Emilia has an efficient public transport network for the city and the province (see, with buses running every 10 to 30 minutes. There is a free minibus service (called "minibù"), connecting parking areas where you can leave your car in the city center to various other important points of the city. For getting around at night, you can use the "Aladino" night bus service which allows you to plan and book various routes and choose times and stops by simply calling the number +39 0522 927654.

Discount for students

All students enrolled in the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia are entitled to special monthly passes and reduced fares for city transit, with no route or time limitations.

Bicycle moving

Apart from buses, both Modena and Reggio Emilia are easy to get around by bicycle thanks to their extensive networks of cycling paths.

Bike Sharing in Modena : The city service "C'entro in bici" offers free bike hire in Modena.

How it works: A deposit of 20 is required in order to subscribe to the service. Once you collect the key you can take a bike from any docking station.
You can use it from 7:00am to 12:00pm and then return it to the same docking station. The key can also be used in 65 other towns of the same circuit.

Getting a job

A good way to help pay for your studies and cover your living expenses is to work part-time.

At Informagiovani, an office of Modena's Town Council, you can find information on jobs offered by companies or temporary employment agencies.

The online notice board of job postings (in Italian) is regularly updated.

Reggio Emilia has its own Informagiovani office giving information on job opportunities for students.

Opportunities for part-time work within the University

Students can apply for part-time work, at a rate of 7.75 an hour, within the University. Part-time work placements for students are known as Collaborazioni studentesche retribuite (150 ore).

Applications for part-time work can be submitted to ER.GO once a year (usually before the start of the academic year). Application notices are in Italian only. If you need assistance, you can contact the local ER.GO offices.

Your Student VISA will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. Part-time work is an ideal way to earn extra money without interfering excessively with your studies.


The Library System at UNIMORE has 10 branches in Modena and Reggio Emilia and offers an expanding collection of print and electronic materials. It services the needs of all University faculties and departments, and holds over one million printed documents, extensive runs of journal literature and e-journals, a wide range of electronic resources, and prestigious collections of rare books.

As the university's main center for information retrieval, the Library System gives support to teaching and research programs through excellent digital cooperative reference facilities, library and information literacy instruction, bibliographical consultancy, online compilations of bibliographical guides, overseas document delivery supplying services, online searching, and a dynamic web portal, to mention just a few.

Services in UNIMORE libraries include:

  • OPAC searches in the university libraries and the network of public Libraries in Modena. OPAC also permits access to customized online services (e.g., reservations, loan requests, purchase suggestions);
  • assistance in bibliographic searches, also available through the online reference service known as Ask@your library;
  • document retrieval and book loans through our local lending service as well as through interlibrary loan (ILL) and document delivery (DD) services for materials not available in the universitys libraries;
  • wireless connection for laptops and other portable devices;
  • a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection facility to enable students and staff to remotely access resources and services on the campus network from home;
  • computer rooms, study rooms and seminar rooms;
  • extended evening opening hours.

Sports facilities

The University Sports Center, Centro Universitario Sportivo (CUS), in Modena organizes various sports activities for university students and professors.

In the city of Modena alone there are over 500 facilities for a wide range of sports, from swimming to soccer. Recently, a new state-of-the-art rugby stadium was opened in the city (, and continues to capture the imagination of the most avid sports fans in Italy. Reggio Emilia boasts numerous facilities for all kinds of sports, such as swimming, tennis and rugby, to name a few.

Eating and Drinking

Modena and Reggio Emilia offers a wide choice of places to eat, suitable for all tastes and budgets, ranging from trattorie and traditional restaurants in the city center, to pizzerias, kebab shops and ethnic eateries. For more casual dining you can have a quick bite at a bar or a tavola calda (snack-bar).

ER.GO provides a network of eating establishments, within its own facilities or in selected public restaurants/bars, which offer student discounts.

Scholarship students can ask for part of their grant to be converted into pre-paid meal credit to which Er.Go makes an additional contribution .
Students who have not been awarded a scholarship, e.g. for insufficient funds, but meet the requirements can claim an amount of 200 to be converted into pre-paid meal credit.

Meal options

The network of eating establishments offers a wide range of meal options.
E.g., Full meal: first course (pasta, rice or soup), second course (fish or meat), side dish, salad, fruit, bread and soft drink.

Travelling Around Northern Italy

When you are in Modena or Reggio Emilia, the Riviera Romagna on the Adriatic Sea, famous throughout Europe for its beaches and nightclubs, is only an hour and a half away by car or train. Mountain lovers can take advantage of the excursions to the Apennines (see and

Modena and Reggio Emilia are close to other major Italian tourist destinations located in Northern Italy.

Bologna, Parma and Verona are between half an hour and one hour away from both cities. Florence, Milan and Lake Garda can be reached in one and a half hour.

The stunning coastline of Liguria, on the Tyrrhenian Sea, can be reached in two and a half hours, while Venice, on the Adriatic, is three hours away.

The best way to travel around Northern Italy is by train or by car.

If you are flying in or out of Italy, the closest airports are Bologna, Verona, Milan Malpensa and Linate and Orio al Serio.

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