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University of Catania

3.9 out of 5 (60 ratings / 56 reviews) Catania, Italy
There are about 40,000 students enrolled at the University of Catania, the oldest of Sicily, its foundation dates back to 1434. The organization of the teaching is handled today by 17 departments, by the Faculty of Medicine, and by two special didactic units established in the decentralized offices of Ragusa (Modern Languages) and Syracuse (Architecture).



The foundation of the University of Catania, the oldest in Sicily, dates back to 1434, when the king of Spain, Alfonso of Aragon authorised the establishment of a Studium generale with the privilege of issuing legally valid academic titles - baccellierati, licenses and degrees - in the four core disciplines of theology, canon and civil law.


The University of Catania has now 18 Departments and 2 Didactic Units that, additionally to the traditional assignments of scientific research, are in charge of the organization and management of educational activities.


The main goal of the University of Catania is the development of scientific research and the consolidation of competitive positions within national and international scientific fields. Moreover, great attention is paid to the promotion of financing programmes, the improvement of its “excellence points” in various scientific areas, and the qualification of research training, through a stronger international partnership.


The Career Guidance and Education Centre of the University of Catania was established in 1995. Since then the activity and the projects of the centre have constantly been increasing and our management has developed in order to satisfy the strong demand in education and training both from the academic world and professional environments. The “Decreto Direttoriale” dated 10th August 2007 no.7360 has defined the activities and the tasks of our structures:...

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Student services

  • Accommodation and Meals
  • IT Services
  • Pubblic free transport
  • Prevention and Risk Protection
  • School of Italian Language and Culture
  • Disability Advisory Centre
  • Languages Centre
  • Non-EU Students Support Service (Cultural Mediator)
  • Libraries and Documentation
  • European Documentation Centre
  • University Sport Centre (CUS)
  • University Museums

Housing services

The University of Catania offers to the Erasmus students the possibility to book a room in university residences and also through safe housing platforms or students associations housing support programs. Moreover, the incoming students have the possibility to use the university catering services. Please consult the link above to get detailed information.

Library services

The Library and Documentation Centre was created in 1992 to coordinate and develop the activities of the University Library System and aims at restoring and exploiting the historical, scientific and documentary heritage of the University of Catania.

ICT services

Erasmus incoming students will benefit from free WiFi account within the University of Catania structures and will have access to the students didactic platform (Studium Platform) and to laboratories. 

Student Life

Sports facilities

CUS is a national association which has been operating for the last sixty years. Its main aim is to sustain the practising, promotion and subsequent growth of physical education and university sports activity, by organizing sporting events at local, national and international level.

Student clubs

The University of Catania has a long and fruitful cooperation on a regular basis with local afiliates of European students associations that support incoming Erasmus and international students activities. 

Student Reviews

As good as difficult
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks to my university I got a high level of preparation but there was a lack of practical experiences

Master chef
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Ssc Hsc Diploma and doing undergraduate

I want to get to the top and take important decision. I know i'm going to make it real
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

very good subjects, I gained good transversal knowledge but too theoretical approach

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