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University of Bologna

4.4 out of 5 (245 ratings / 174 reviews) Bologna, Italy
The origins of the University of Bologna go way back, and it is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of the great names of science and literature, it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture.

Master's Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



The establishment that we call University today began to evolve in Bologna in the late 11th century, when masters of grammar, rhetoric and logic began to devote themselves to law.

The Studium in Bologna is the first home of free teaching, independent from ecclesiastic schools. Irnerio’s law school marks the birth of Western universities.


The numerous, highly diversified courses listed in the University of Bologna’s programme catalogue – including first and second cycle degree programmes and specialist postgraduate studies – guarantee the personal and professional development of students. The value and quality of the courses offered is borne out by the increased number of enrolments in recent years.

Medicine and philosophy, hard sciences and mathematics, engineering and economics are the major subjects of a university that becomes an undisputed international authority in all fields of knowledge. 


Research and training centers:

  • University of Bologna Experimental farm: established in 1974, the farm supports research and experimentation for various Departments of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine 
  • Public Sector Research and Training Centre: Specialisation School for Public Administration Studies, European School of Advanced Fiscal Studies, Advanced School for Health Policy “Ercole De Castro” Advanced Research Centre on Electronic Systems 
  • Centre for Advanced Studies in Tourism 
  • “A. Gaudenzi and G. Fassò” Interdepartmental Centre for Research in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Law and in Computer Science Law  
  • “Giorgio Prodi” Cancer Research Centre


Internships and Job Placement

  • Curricular internships
  • (Non-curricular) training and guidance internships
  • Internship Abroad
  • Post-graduate guidance
  • Job Placement

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Student services

In Piazza Maggiore opposite the basilica of San Petronio, Bologna Welcome now contains a university information desk for the city: a point where one can find out about the University of Bologna, past and present, museums and venues.

Housing services

The university residences, information services and all the housing opportunities for students away from home.

Library services

The Library System is the coordinated set of libraries and facilities that provide bibliographic and documentary services to the University. It comprises 27 libraries with a total inventory of 4 million volumes and 9,400 journal subscriptions, with over 5,000 workstations for study and research. It also provides access to 666 data banks, 48,656 online periodicals, and 179,058 e-books.

ICT services

1,100 wi-fi access points, 2 server farms with more than 250 virtual servers.

Medical services

The Italian national health system is called "Servizio Sanitario Nazionale" (SSN), and is divided into local Healthcare Boards ("Aziende Unità Sanitarie Locali - AUSL").

Non EU Students may apply for voluntary registration with the National Health Service and with a General Practitioner, by paying an annual lump sum fee.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Bologna has a Multicampus structure, ensuring the opportunity to learn and promoting stable research activities throughout the region, aiming to improve the operations and quality of life for the university community.

  • Cesena Campus
  • Forlì Campus
  • Ravenna Campus
  • Rimini Campus
  • Representación en la República Argentina

Sports facilities

Centers and systems:

  • School Field Baumann - Athletics Track (Bologna)
  • Dario Lucchini Sports Center (Bologna)
  • UniOne Gym
  • Gymcus Gym (Bologna)
  • University Sports Facilities "Bertini" (Bologna)
  • University Sports Facilities Embankment - Pala CUS (Bologna)
  • Sports Facility Precious (Ozzano Emilia)
  • Gym 23 Stadium C. Longo (Bologna)

Student clubs

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.

Student Reviews

Mathematics and dance: not so distant
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I’m studying mathematics in Bologna in the flexible program because I’m studying also dance. So I study mathematics home. The professors on Bologna are very helpful and available for me. It’s hard but good.

University of Bologna: expertise, internationality
Alessia Borriello rated 5 out of 5 stars

I believe that the University of Bologna is able to enhance your ability to deeply embrace the subject you are studying for. All teachers are prepared and motivating, the University itself is really well-connected internationally and offers big opportunities such as the Erasmus Overseas programme, which is not common at all among Italian Universities. Moreover, there is a...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Choosing the right university is always a hard task. Thanks to all of the tools that I found online, I chose the right decision and I am now studying in my dream university. Studying in the oldest university in the world certainly is a plus when you are studying late at night in the library surrounded by sculptures of the Renaissance.

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