University of Trento

Trento, Italy

No. Students: 16,000 No. of Academic staff: 600
Funding type: Public
Campuses:
  • Trento / Italy
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Type of education:

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About

The University of Trento is a young, medium-sized university in a friendly city, that offers an excellent quality of life.

In its almost 50 years of history, the University of Trento has been known for its attention towards international relations and mobility and for the quality of its research and courses. These features have led the University of Trento to reach prominent positions in national and international university rankings.

16,000 students and about 600 faculty and researchers: these numbers speak of a university offering an ideal environment for studying and research, and services designed to cater for the needs of the individual.

The university's 7 faculties offer 51 programmes, numerous professional Master's, and lifelong learning courses. There are also 2 higher education schools, 14 research departments, and 20 doctoral schools. An impressive array, especially for a small-medium sized university.

The University is organised in three distinct sites. The Faculties of Economics, Law, Sociology, Humanities and Philosophy, and the Schools of International Studies and of Local Development are all situated close together in the heart of the historic centreold town of Trento.

The University's campus in the hills comprises the Faculties of Engineering and of Science, surrounded by nature, and with excellent links to the city by public transport.

The Faculty of Cognitive Sciences, unique in Italy, is in the town of Rovereto, 25 Km from Trento. With the inauguration of this faculty in 2004, the University broadened its scope to include neurosciences, a particularly innovative area of study and research, of great interest for the future developments it promises.
Scientific research is conducted within the departments and at numerous research and study centres.

Besides the traditional fields handled, some prestigious research centres have recently been established: the Interdepartmental Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC), the Interdepartmental Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBio), and the Interdepartmental Centre for Biomedical Technologies (BIOtech).
Founded in 1962, over the years the University has created and consolidated alliances and complementarities with Italian and foreign institutions and organizations.

There are many opportunities to study and work abroad: the EU programme Erasmus Mundus and the Atlantis project between the European Union and the United States, the double degree programme and the LLP-Erasmus programme. There are also many bilateral agreements with extra European countries and the consortia in which the University participates.

Since 2002, the University of Trento has been the Italian site of the Italian-German University, the international institute for the promotion of inter-university cooperation between Italy and Germany.

Everything is within reach and easily accessible in Trento: libraries, university canteens, laboratories, cultural activities and specialized services. The University of Trento offers 5 libraries, open even during the evening, with IT rooms equipped with fixed PCs and a laptop PC service. The University also operates its own Language Learning Centre with extensive and intensive courses in 7 foreign languages, as well as courses in Italian for foreigners.

Study bursaries, university canteens, accommodation, sports centres are only some of the services provided by the University Guild (Opera Universitaria), which is the provincial body in charge of the right to education.

Services

Living in Trento

The city of Trento has about 115.000 inhabitants. It is a small town, rich of services, thanks to which Trento ranks among the most liveable Italian cities. The cultural and social life of the city is animated by numerous conferences, meetings, exhibitions. Trento has a strong relation with tradition and history: traditional feasts, typical markets, historic events, international festivals, music, dance and theatre performances take place over the year. Among others, the Festival of Economics and the Trento FilmFestival Mountain, exploration, adventure.

The presence of the University gives the town a lively atmosphere. During the week students animate the town both in the faculties and in the city centre.
Tridentum - Roman Trento - was founded during the 1st century B.C. City of arts, history and meeting point between the Italian and the Central European culture, Trento was a Roman city and the city of the Council.

Trento, today an autonomous Province, has a history of long Episcopal regency. From then on, the town has been able to constantly renovate and become one of the most interesting cities of art, renowned for the quality of its artistic and touristic offer.

With its natural beauty, Trentino offers a wide range of opportunities for excursions and sports, both for those who love mountains and for those who want to discover castles, archaeological sites, sanctuaries and the beautiful lakes in the Dolomites, the mountains recently included in the UNESCO World Heritage.

Living in Lovereto

Rovereto has almost 36.000 inhabitants. Its name means city of oak. Area of passage and conquest, under the Venetian rule in 1400, Rovereto learned the art of breeding silkworm and cultivating mulberry-trees, which both became fundamental elements for the future economic development. This also brought a cultural development that saw the opening of important salons, intellectual institutions, schools. In 1700 the Accademia degli Agiati and the Zandonai theatre were founded. Even if the economic balance was compromised by the two world wars, the city again became an important manufacturing and industrial centre and in the 70s it reached the top of its economic development.

Rovereto is a small but dynamic centre, rich of cultural initiatives and sports events of international level. The presence of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, MART, conferred the city a new cultural dimension. The Museum joined the Peace Bell a symbol of solidarity and fraternity -, the austere Castel Veneto, which hosts the Historic War Museum, and the beautiful historic centre with Venetian imprint.

The MART Museum and the Zandonai theatre (1782), the oldest theatre in the region, are located in corso Bettini, a street with beautiful eighteenth-century buildings and with some didactic and research seats of the University of Trento.
The many international events which take place in Rovereto show the profound vocation of the city to represent a meeting point between the different cultures of the world. Among others, the activities of the MART Museum and the Oriente Occidente Festival.

Student life

The University of Trento offers a wide range of services to all its students.

Some of these services are provided directly by the University, some others through the Opera Universitaria (University guild).

Accommodation

As an incoming international student, one of your main concerns will be to look for an accommodation.

Trento and Rovereto are small and lively university towns where you can find several kinds of solutions.

The major reference for the allocation to various categories of non-resident students is Opera Universitaria, a provincial Institution that deals with the management and organization of students' services.
So the first step for you is to check, in the "Accommodation at Opera Universitaria" section, if you're eligible for one of the Opera's apartments.

If you do not belong to one of these categories or if you are planning to come with your family, you have to turn your attention to the private market.

In order to find a private accommodation, besides traditional estate agencies, internet and local newspapers for advertisements (Bazar immobiliare is one of the most known), we suggest you to have a look at Phosphoro's website. Phosphoro is a company that through its website gives information about housing supply and demand, putting in touch the owners of accommodation with potential tenants. In Trento it's office is via Manzoni, 16.

Finally, the boards of the various hall-cafeteria are usually full of advertisement posted by students and owners.
In this case the section "Temporary Accommodation" could be useful to find an accommodation for the first days of your stay.

The Welcome Office cannot provide you any assistance in finding a private accommodation.

University restaurants

To eat university restaurants you must have a student's card; you can apply for this at the students Info desk at the Opera Universitaria. The student card is free for all students enrolled at the University of Trento. You can collect your student card at the Sportello Info mense of the Opera Universitaria, in via Zanella, 1 or at the Studentato San Bartolameo, in via della Malpensada, 90 in Trento.

The university restaurants run by the Opera Universitaria in Trento:

* XXIV Maggio (via XXIV Maggio, 13)
* Tomaso Gar (via Tomaso Gar, 18)
* Santa Margherita (via S. Margherita)
* Mesiano (Facoltà di Ingegneria)
* Povo (Facoltà di Scienze)

In ROVERETO students with a student card can have lunch and have dinner at the Ristorante Tandem, at the old folk's home (casa di soggiorno per anziani), which is open all the year round from Monday to Sunday from 11.30 to 13.30 and from 18.30 till 19.30. A full meal costs 4,00 euros and a small meal costs 2,20 euros.

Students can always have lunch at the Ristorante Gilda (via Matteo del Ben) from Monday to Friday in the restaurant's opening hours and in the bar-cafeteria Le Arti del MART (corso Bettini) where a full meal costs 4,00 euros.

Opening times

University restaurants:
- lunch: from 11.45 until 14.30
- dinner: from 18.45 until 20.30

Bar-cafeteria San Bartolameo (from Monday to Friday)
from 8.00 to 14.00 and from 17.00 to 23.00
Saturdays and Sundays: from 8.00 to 14.00

Bar-cafeteria of Povo at FBK (from Monday to Friday)
- bar service from 8.30 until 16.30

Bar-cafeteria of Mesiano (from Monday to Friday)
from 8.00 until 21.00

Bar-restaurant Via Bomporto (c/o Polo fieristico di Trento)
from 11.30 until 14.00

The students with food allergies and intolerances can ask the checkout clerks in order to have information about the menus suitable to their needs.

Career service

The synergy with companies and enterprises enables the University to create a wide range of excellent courses and supports the graduates placement in the job market. Moreover, the University has created particular services and initiatives for students/graduates and companies, to foster the link between the University and the job market, such as the Internships service, the Placement service and the Technology Transfer service.

Libraries

In order to use the University Library Service (consultation and book loans), it is necessary to have a card, which can be obtained at the Central Library. When applying for the card you will have to show an identity document and the application form filled in.

The University Library has established an inter-library loans network with Italian and foreign libraries which enables it to obtain - usually within two to four weeks - books and journals not available in Trento. A 4,00 euro fee is charged for this service.

National and international inter-library loans and document delivery:
via Verdi, 8 - 38122 Trento
Hours open to the public:
Monday and Friday: 9.00 a.m. 2.00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9.00 a.m. 5.00 p.m.

The Reference serviceThe reference service offers users bibliographic consultancy, instructions for computer resources and research tools in the library; it also offers assistance for bibliographic consultation, repertories and offers help as regards the correct quotation modalities and bibliography writing. This service is addressed to all library users who apply for it at the Reference/Information offices of all university libraries.

Internet access People associated with the University of Trento may have access to Internet from computers in the Library rooms, according to the specific regulations.

Hours open to the public:
Monday - Friday: 8.00 a.m.-8.00 p.m.;
Saturday 8.00 a.m. -6.00 p.m.;
Sunday 2.00-9.00 p.m..

Teaching staff, Doctoral students and final year students may connect their own notebooks to the University network from the stacks rooms.

The University Library is connected with the Catalogo Bibliografico Trentino, which provides a computer link with the approximately one hundred and fifty public and private libraries located in the Province.

The card gives right to the access to all Libraries in Trento and in the Region.

Language centre

CIAL (Centro Didattico per l'Apprendimento delle Lingue) is a central structure at the University of Trento, which offers language courses for English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese and Italian as a foreign language.
The Italian courses for foreign students are programmed from September/October and are organized in three sessions: an intensive one during the month of September, and two extensive ones from October to February and from March to June.
At the beginning of all courses you have to pass a placement test.

Prices for people outside the Univeristy field: 400,00 euros per course.

If you are Erasmus students: the first Italian course at CIAL is free;
If you are double degree students: you can participate in one free course per semester and in the course for legal Italian ;
If you are Erasmus Mundus students: the first Italian course at CIAL is free.

Online student services

Students enrolled at the University of Trento can access 23 resources and tools in support of traditional teaching (online documents and communities, multimedia contents, forums and chats, online tests). They can look up lecturers notices in
the notice board and the lesson timetables, and participate in virtual/interactive activities.

Educational resources are available for download, whereas lecturers can choose to offer learning aid in a multimedia version to increase its efficiency and improve usability. Students have the possibility to elaborate on subjects suggested by the teacher, and take part in discussions and to assess their preparation for exams.
In addition to this, students can either:

* take online tests (at the end of the course) instead of the traditional written or oral tests in class;
* take self-evaluation anonymous tests (during courses) and repeat them as many times as they wish.

Didattica OnLine (eLearning service) is a unit aimed at the research, development and implementation of innovative educational methodologies. It provides easy communication, high flexibility, multimedia and hypertext possibilities which allow students, te achers and experts to create a learning community. Moreover, it supports teachers in designing online courses and provides new resources for students academic career. The staff includes experts in education, online courses design, information technology, graphics, copyright, video editing.

Esse3

Through Online didactics services (Esse3) students can organize some of the activities related to their university career, entering a restricted-access web area. Students enrolled at the University of Trento can autonomously:

* monitor their career (libretto - record book)
* register for exams
* organize their study plan if needed
* check, accept and, when possible, refuse a mark
* read the institutional communications sent by the University offices
* print certificates (for instance, enrolment, degree, fee payment, record book, etc.)
* update their personal data (address, telephone number, etc.)
* access online didactic courses

In order to guarantee students an efficient use of this system, instructions and personalized support from the Helpdesk Esse3 are available.

Services for disabled people

These services are organized by the Opera Universitaria.
Students who want to make use of these services must make a request when enrolling, by filling in the forms.

The specialized tutoring activity of the disability service is carried out in collaboration with disability delegates who are present in the various faculties.

The main activities and services:

* Welcoming;
* Projects for the national voluntary service;
* Economic support;
* Personalized accommodation;
* Personalized transport and assistance;
* Representative lecturers;
* Educational aid.


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