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University of Catania

3.8 out of 5 (43 ratings / 35 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).

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About

History

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.

Education

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.

Research

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.

Career

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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University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
451 9
2019
460 -26
2018
434
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
501
2019
501
2018
501
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2019
601
2018
601
2017
-
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
801
2019
801
2018
801
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

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

Student Support
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I received a lot of support from my professors through workshops and suggestions

Sicilian life at its best
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It was great! Very nive and helpful stuff at the University and at esn. The City is amazing!

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My university is not good from the point of view of the organization, the secretariat, and the meritocracy. The study plan should be improved, as the study load is not balanced. The structure and services are not adequate. I hope it can improve and give students the right support they need.

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