University of Bologna

Bologna, Italy

No. Students: 83,000 (5,000 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 3,100
Funding type: Public
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The University of Bologna prides itself as the oldest academic establishment in the Western world, founded in 1088AD by its own students. In 1988 the rectors of 430 universities from all over the continent gathered in Bologna to sign the Magna Charta Universitatum Europaeum,by which they marked the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna and formally acknowledged it as the alma mater of all universities.

Today the degree structure of the University of Bologna is based on the Bologna Process organized as follows:

  • A first-cycle degree programme, the Laurea (180credits/3 years, equivalent to a bachelor qualification);
  • A single-cycle degree programme, the Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico (300 or 360 credits / 5 or 6 years, equivalent to a combined bachelor and master degree);
  • A second-cycle degree programme, the Laurea Magistrale (120 credits/2 years, equivalent to a masters degree)
  • A third-cycle, the Dottorato di ricerca and the Diploma di Specializzazione (PhD and postgraduate Specialisation degree).

The University of Bologna has become renowned for its research: from chemistry and engineering to archaeology and law, research lies at the heart of this historic institution.

The University has also four campuses throughout the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, at Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini and a campus abroad in Buenos Aires. The Cesena campus has a predominantly scientific orientation, while Ravenna focuses on subjects such as cultural heritage, archaeology, regional planning and urban design. Forlì is about political science (international relations) and translation studies, while Rimini is for fashion and tourism.

The campus of Buenos Aires was established with the objective of training a managerial class capable of recognising, foreseeing, interpreting and taking the right decisions in companies, organisations and institutions that operate at an international level and, in particular, in the sector concerning relations between the European Union and Latin America.


Services and facilities offered by Unibo in order to help students in their studies (language courses, libreries, financial support, tutorial centre), in the ordinary life (accommodation and meals, medical assistance, etc) and during their free time (living cost, internet access, etc) in Bologna and in the Campus Branches.

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Student life

Exhibitions, concerts, Master lessons, conferences, art, music, cinema, dance and theatre shows, poetic initiatives and popular science: Alma Mater Studiorum presents to all the students useful links to live the city at its best.

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