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University of Ferrara

4.3 out of 5 (68 ratings / 47 reviews) Ferrara, Italy
The University of Ferrara offers a unique historical environment. Magnificent reminiscences of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance live on in palaces, houses, churches, museums, squares, courtyards and alleys.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



The University of Ferrara was founded in 1391 by the Marquise Alberto V of Este with the permission of Pope Boniface IX. The first courses to be inaugurated were Arts, Theology and Law and were taught by famous teachers such as Bartolomeo Saliceto, an expert among jurists.


The University of Ferrara is organized into 12 departments and encompasses 47 centres, offering over 50 degree courses and numerous research and postgraduate courses.


Scientific research is one of the essential functions of our University as well as the basis of teaching itself. In all recent Italian public rankings the University of Ferrara is always among the first 10 Italian Universities for Scientific Research.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

  • "Sottotetto" Service - This service, which was designed to help international students find accommodation even before arriving in Ferrara, is offered by the Ferrara Informagiovani database. This way, students will benefit from a huge variety of accommodation options offered by both agencies and private suppliers.
  • Study Method - This is a service for students who wish to be assisted in finding a study method suited to their needs.
  • Psychological Counselling - The service is intended for students who need to tackle psychological problems which can affect their study and performance, through a course of psychological counselling.

Housing services

Unife has selected some agencies which will help you to find accommodation in Ferrara. You can contact them to find out about availability, prices and all the information you need. If you are happy with the accommodation, you can sign the lease agreement directly with the agency.

Library services

  • The Ferrara Library Network contains, amongst others, very rare catalogues and digitalised manuscripts, integrating education and research opportunities. Today, 67 library are available to students.
  • All libraries share the same on line catalogue, which comprises 1,233,590 titles, including 10,736 antique books, 24,204 videos and 4,135 music recordings.

Medical services

The “Nuovo Sant’Anna” is now an innovative, integrated system linking university services and the public health system, and offering patients the latest, cutting-edge technologies and treatment methods.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The University of Ferrara is centred around one large single campus and town life is marked by the presence of young people. Come and discover Ferrara Campus: it is the ideal place to spend the best years of your life.
  • What particularly characterises Ferrara is the strong connection between the town and its University. The term ‘university town’ aptly describes a town whose services revolve around its students and that is exceptionally welcoming to both national and international students.

Sports facilities

The aim of the University of Ferrara sports centre is to promote and increase participation in sports. It houses three multi-purpose sports halls (basketball, volleyball, five-a-side football), two fitness sports halls, a gym hall, a cardio fitness hall (with cardiovascular and body conditioning machines), a spinning/walking hall, a rowing hall and a host of sportspecific facilities, such as football pitches, two rugby pitches, four tennis courts, a beach volleyball/beach tennis field, a golf club and a climbing wall. The facilities are open to University members and to the general public.

Student Reviews

Provided by U-Multirank rated 4 out of 5 stars

Chiarezza delle domande ma problemi di traduzione dato che alcuni quesiti mi sono stati posti in lingua inglese nonostante io abbia selezionato lingua italiana

A good university.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university of Ferrara is really good. I like the infrastructures and teachers are really experienced.

Not that bad
Provided by ESN rated 4 out of 5 stars

Enjoy your day, find people similar to you with whom you can share your moments and study with them. It's the best experience of your life. the course must be improved in the years because some courses are completely useless, it would be better have a meeting on some themes rather than attending compulsory and boring lectures.

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