University of Palermo

3.9 out of 5 (210 ratings / 203 reviews) Palermo, Italy
The University of Palermo (UNIPA) is an Italian consolidated cultural, scientific and teaching presence located in central-western Sicily region. It is organized in 16 Departments and covers the most important domains of contemporary scientific and technological knowledge. More than 120 courses (first and second cycle) are yearly offered, as well as more than twenty PhD courses, targeted to the training of specific professional figures, often in cooperation with external institutions and companies. Students can already start the pre-enrolment procedure for A.Y. 2021/22 by registering on the Unipa Student Portal and uploading the required documents.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Humanities (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



The University of Palermo, established in 1806 by Ferdinand III of Bourbon, is to date one of the largest Universities in Italy and indeed the largest in Sicily. Palermo, the capital of Sicily, well known for its sea, its precious monumental art treasures and the mild climate, favors an intense cultural and artistic life. Palermo is a natural bridge between Europe and the Mediterranean countries (easily connected by ship, plane and train) and provides motivation and growth opportunities for young people.


With its 16 Departments and almost 1500 faculty members, it covers the most important domains of contemporary scientific and technological knowledge.

Over 40.000 students are enrolled in the 122 courses (first and second cycle) as well as 44 master and 23 PhD courses that are offered yearly, targeted to the training of specific professional figures, often in cooperation with external Institutions and Companies.


The University of Palermo has 16 Departments, where research activities are carried out in several fields: Science and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences. The University is committed to give its contribution to the international scientific community and to the world of production in terms of innovation and progress.

Scientific research, both basic and applied, is carried out in the University laboratories also open to the local community. Successful technological transfer is accomplished through the full synergy of innovative technologies, scientific expertise, production systems and processes. 

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Student services

  • The help desk for foreign students supports them during their enrolment and registration at UNIPA and provide information about: immigration norms; students enrolment and registration norms, access reserved only for foreign citizens; courses of Italian language organized by the Italian School.
  • UNIPA facilities for students (libraries, Wi-Fi network access, accommodation, canteens, counselling and career center, university sport center, university medical clinic)
  • Moreover at help desk, foreign students will find assistance in fulfillment of all procedures regarding the residence permit.
  • A front office is available to help students search for rooms or apartments.

Library services

UNIPA has about 20 libraries, with more than 3,000 reading places.

Students of the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering at UNIPA can benefit from several Libraries of the Department of Engineering, for the consultation of bibliographic material useful for their educational path and for loan services. 

Several electronic journals and databases are available from the University Library portal.

ICT services

Wireless connectivity service is available to all the students with an active career, allowing them to use the services and digital resources offered by the University directly from their portable and handheld devices. Moreover, the University of Palermo is part of the international Eduroam circuit and allows all internal and external users, who are part of the circuit, to access the Wi-Fi network

Medical services

The University Medical Clinic (AMU) offers a free service of multidisciplinary outpatient medical assistance to students, PhD students, postgraduate students, fellows and University scholars, as well as all foreign students attending the University according to specific agreements and programs.

AMU is located in the heart of the University Campus, in a fully equipped room in the ground floor.

Student Life

Campus life

Located right in the middle of Mediterranean Sea, Sicily and its beautiful capital, the City of Palermo, has always represented a unique blend of different peoples, lifestyles and cultures.

All the buildings of the Department of Engineering are within the University Campus, located very close to the city historical center. Campus buildings are connected by a free shuttle. A metro station and bus stops are in the nearby. Car and bike sharing services are easily accessible. The campus has an ATM, several cafeterias, a canteen inside and more outside the campus (within walking distance, printing facilities. Several supermarkets, small shops and restaurants are spread in the neighborhood area.

Student clubs

There are about 20 student associations at the University of Palermo, 5 of them for students attending engineering courses. All the students enrolled at the University of Palermo can participate in the activities promoted by these associations, which mainly consist in seminars and workshops, study groups, orientation, and also fun activities, such as soccer, chess or e-sports competitions.

Student Reviews

ROSARIO FERRARA rated 5 out of 5 stars


This university help and achieve goals for many students
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It is very good University and help in growth of students

Short review of the University of Palermo
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

In the University of Palermo the Economics Degree is so cool because there are a lot of fascinating subjects. In the University it can be improved the University Website because sometimes there are some problems with servers. My study experience in Palermo is so satisfying because I study arguments that one day I'll use in the job market.

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