University of Bologna or Università di Bologna (UNIBO) - public higher education institution in Italy. UNIBO began its activity in 1088. It has an urban campus located in Bologna.

University ranking. University of Bologna is in top 5 universities of Italy according to the national rankings. University of Bologna is among the oldest and the most prestigious universities of Italy. University of Bologna, earned its place in the top 5% of the world universities, according to the international rankings. It is famous for its education quality in the following disciplines: «Arts and Humanities», «Engineering and Technology», «Life Sciences and Medicine», «Natural Science», «Social Sciences and Management», «Mathematics», «Physics», «Chemistry». The university is in the top 100 in education quality. In addition to the good academic standing the university is also respected by the employers all around the world.

Application process and the cost of tuition. The applicants must pass examinations as a part of the admission process. More than a half (60%) of the applicants manage to secure their spot at UNIBO, however, the percentage may change depending on the faculty and the popularity of the course. The academic year is traditionally consists of two semesters. The cost of tuition for the bachelor’s programs is around 3,114 USD per year. Doing your master’s studies at UNIBO is not cheap - a year of studies will cost you 3,114 USD. The university offers a wide range of programs for online education. For more information you can visit the official website of the university

The composition of the university. University of Bologna is a big educational institution, attended by more than 78 thousand students. The university accepts both local and foreign students. The university has about 6% of foreign students. More than 4 thousand teachers are employed by the university. A variety of international student exchange programs are available at UNIBO. To learn more about the student life and current events, you can always follow the university on social media: Twitter, Linkedin.

Infrastructure of UNIBO. The university has a dedicated library. The university is a part of the European University Association (EUA) in addition to being a member of the Coimbra Group, Utrecht Network, International Forum of Public Universities (IFPU).
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Università di Bologna
Country Italy
City Bologna
Bachelor (foreigners) 3,114 USD/year.
Master (foreigners) 3,114 USD/year.
Bachelor (citizens) 3,085 USD/year.
Master (citizens) 3,085 USD/year.
Living expenses $620 -1,169 USD/month
Acceptance Rate 60%
Official Website
General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Established 1088
Abbreviation UNIBO
Teachers 4,070
Students 78,980
Foreigners 6%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
Admission Based on entrance examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Distance learning Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Nourishing mother of the studies
• Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italia
• European University Association (EUA)
• Coimbra Group
• Utrecht Network
• International Forum of Public Universities (IFPU)
World ranking 202
Country ranking 3
Academic Reputation 75
Employer Reputation 207
Ranking in world by sphere
Arts and Humanities 77
Engineering and Technology 128
Life Sciences and Medicine 123
Natural Science 127
Social Sciences and Management 100
Ranking in world by discipline
Mathematics 151
Physics 51
Chemistry 76
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking 202
QS World University Rankings 205
ARWU Academic Ranking 201
Cost of living in Bologna
Expenses - USD/Month Min. Med.
Accommodation 232 314
Food 216 418
Transportation 31 121
Communications and utilities 83 113
Clothing 27 99
Sports and leisure 31 104
Total 620 1,169
Accommodation in Bologna USD/Month
Shared room outside of centre 234
Shared room in city centre 317
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre 409
1 bedroom apartment in city centre 523
Alternative title
Arabic جامعة بولونيا
ca Universitat de Bolonya
German Universität Bologna
Spanish Universidad de Bolonia
French Université de Bologna
it Università di Bologna
Japanese ボローニャ大学
Korean 볼로냐대학교
Portuguese University of Bologna
Russian Болонский университет
Chinese 博洛尼亚大学
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University of Bologna - Official Description

Founded in 1088, Bologna University has been student-centred whilst attracting prominent figures from science and the arts. Today it is a leader in the European Higher Education Area and famous for its beauty and integration with the city. Its teaching catalogue is diversified and tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 200 degree programmes among its 33 Departments, 11 Schools and over 81,000 students. A further 5000 are candidates for its PhDs and 3rd cycle programmes. The calibre of its graduates, its internationally renowned teachers and its quality research give it a competitive edge, especially in the job market. Bologna is the best Italian university for attraction of FP7 funds. Bologna has always favoured a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural approach; it invests in international, multicultural training, research and services. It has formed knowledge alliances with industry and public/private organizations, and is a hub of international networks. Of its international and joint-degree programmes, 27 are taught in English. Besides the five campuses (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini), there is an overseas branch (Buenos Aires) coordinating research, post-graduate training and academic liaison with Latin America. Beyond its close European links Bologna enjoys multiple international connections, with North America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Description of University of Bologna

History and Identity Alma Mater Studiorum: the first university in the Western world The University of Bologna has ancient origins, and is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. 1088 is the year in which by convention the University of Bologna is considered to have been founded, when law began to be taught freely in the city. Founded by students and for students, the Alma Mater Studiorum immediately attracted young scholars from all over Europe, bringing to life the ideal of the universality of knowledge and culture it still pursues today, also through its increasing focus on internationalisation. The University of Bologna was home to illustrious students including Petrarca, Boccaccio and Dante Alighieri, and a laboratory for many famous academics studying in its different schools - from law to medicine, from the arts and philosophy to mathematics and science. Over the centuries it has developed to carve out and maintain a central role in forging knowledge for the society of the future. The University's key role in world culture was confirmed in 1988, on its nine hundredth anniversary, when the Rectors from 430 universities from every continent met in Bologna to undersign the Magna Charta Universitatum Europaeum, formally recognising the University of Bologna as the Alma Mater of all universities. The Magna Charta, currently signed by 752 Rectors from 81 countries, underlines the autonomy of universities and the essential link between teaching and research, transcending the limits imposed by “any geographical and political border”. Again, in 1999, in the University's Aula Magna, 29 European Ministers of higher education signed the Bologna Declaration which led to the start of an important – and ongoing - process to build the European Higher Education Area. The aim is to promote European Higher Education throughout the world, increasing competitiveness and international collaboration. Today the Alma Mater is an autonomous, non-denominational, pluralistic public institution whose primary aims are research and teaching, indissoluble activities which pursue critical knowledge that is open to dialogue and interaction among cultures, respecting the freedom of science and teaching. The Alma Mater sets out to be a natural environment for knowledge, interpreting and orienting the transformations of its time, guaranteeing the processing, innovation, transfer and enhancement of knowledge for the advantage of both individuals and society as a whole. Values and Future Freedom, merit, excellence, internationalisation The University of Bologna promotes and safeguards the respect for basic human rights, a primary value for the whole university community. The recognition of merit and the pursuit of excellence are priority criteria that guide the development strategies and choices of the Alma Mater. Students enrolling at the University of Bologna have a wide range of choices, in terms of both study programmes and the choice of university campus. The Alma Mater has been a multicampus university since 1989, the Bologna campus working together with other campuses in Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini. Each campus is an integral part of its host city, offering facilities and services which accompany students throughout their university life, not only in their studies but also in cultural activities, sports and other forms of associations. The quality of teaching is closely linked to the quality of research, and research plays a key role in the future of new generations and society generally. This profound belief underlies all the activities of the Alma Mater, which also include the skilful sourcing and use of national and international funds and the creation of strategic alliances with both institutions and the business world. At the University of Bologna, internationalisation has been considered a strategic tool for many years. Its international dimension lies in both its history and its vocation: the inauguration of the Studies Center in Buenos Aires in 1998 and, more generally, the opening of research and learning programmes to foreign countries, the establishment of and participation in international networks and consortia, both incoming and outgoing mobility for students and scholars (which places it at the top of the European league tables), demonstrate the University's ability to dialogue with the most qualified international scientific and cultural institutions. The Alma Mater places great attention on its organisation and works to assure the constant improvement of its processes, welcoming the challenge of combining large numbers with quality. A long-standing promoter of relations with civil society, the institutions and businesses, and a driving force in the economic and cultural growth of the territory it operates in, the University actively contributes to the well-being of society and the increased competitive performance of the production system of the whole country. Teaching Quality by vocation The Alma Mater is a place where knowledge is processed, transmitted and learned. An educational vocation which, since its foundations, has led to the definition of learning pathways focusing on the acquisition of critical skills and methodological rigour using a multitude of methods and disciplines. Today the University offers a wide and diversified, cosmopolitan and rigorous range of study programmes designed to promote students' personal, cultural and professional growth, through the transfer of the results of its research, also meeting the demands of a complex, open society. More than 2,800 professors work with more than 87,000 students fromItalyand other countries: a community working together on degree programmes, first and second level Professional Master's, PhDs, specialisation schools, post-graduate and lifelong learning programmes and summer and winter schools. Internationalisation is a quality feature of all teaching programmes at the Alma Mater, contributing to the promotion of positive encounters of people and ideas from all kinds of geographical origins and cultural backgrounds: of the more than 440 study opportunities, 49 are international programmes. Teaching at the University of Bologna is supported by numerous international agreements: 169 bilateral and multilateral cooperation framework agreements signed with partner universities (mostly from outside of the EU), 214 specific (sectoral) cooperation agreements with partner universities at faculty or department level, 1,986 bilateral agreements with foreign universities under the Erasmus programme. The quality of the University's Programme Catalogue, which is constantly monitored through student assessments, places Bologna among the top Italian universities in the national and international league tables. The Alma Mater is top of the 2010-2011 table drawn up by Censis-Repubblica and is the top-ranking Italian university in the world tables drawn up by QS World Ranking. Students At the heart of the Alma Mater system The University of Bologna offers students a wide range of services to support and facilitate their entire study path and their overall personal growth t hroughout their university career. For the Alma Mater, the right to study is a priority, and is guaranteed by actions offering financial support and incentives for merit-worthy students without their own means: these include the total or partial exemption from tuition fees, scholarships for studying in Italy and abroad, loans, collaborations within the university organisation, merit prizes and a range of other services dedicated to the students of the Alma Mater. Students lie at the heart of the University organisation. Incoming, information and guidance services aim to promote the aware choice of study programmes, the regularity of university careers and a reduction in the number of drop-outs. Through computerised, flexible procedures accessible from different platforms, students at the Alma Mater are able to communicate easily with the university community, organising and managing their own study paths directly online. Accommodation, canteens, study facilities, libraries, health care and an office for the registration of rental contracts are available for students living outside the city. Every campus provides specific services for disabled and dyslexic students as well as psychological support services. The University invests in a wide range of sports and language services, signing agreements with institutions in the city for subsidised cultural initiatives for students, and supports the activities of the student associations. The focus on the needs of students as people, citizens and future professionals, as well as the creation, management and continuous monitoring of dedicated student services, as well as the quality of the teaching, have made the University of Bologna one of the most popular and well-attended in Italy, the most international of Italian universities, with efficiency indexes above the national average, and a valid, authoritative interlocutor for businesses and institutions, also for training courses and internships. To facilitate entry into the labour market, the University has signed agreements with around 8,000 public and private businesses and institutions, around 100 of which are abroad. Finally, the success of the careers guidance policies is confirmed by the percentage of graduates, around 50%, who one year after completing their studies are in paid employment. Research Investing in young people for the common good International, interdisciplinary excellence that focuses on the future. Research at the University of Bologna is above all this, thanks to its 3,000 Professors (full and associate) and researchers, more than 1,000 research fellows and scholarship holders, the PhD programmes, dedicated departments and services. In addition to this, investments are made in training that focuses on international research, support for basic research, a synergic network of relationships with the world of university research, the institutions and businesses. For the Alma Mater, research is a fundamental lever for competitiveness and employment and its key role has been demonstrated by the many achievements over the years: around 13,000 products developed on average every year, 177 patents registered, 7 million Euros funded by the MIUR (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) for the most recently approved PRIN (Research Projects of National Interest) and FIRB projects (Future in Research). Within Europe, the University of Bologna stands out for the breadth of its competencies and its systematic policy of providing support services to researchers in their relations with Brussels and in the preparation of research projects. Within the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme, funding worth 60 million Euros has been obtained for 190 projects. Today the Alma Mater is the leading Italian university and the country's second organisation (after the National Research Council) for its ability to attract European funding for research (projects funded in the four-year period 2007-2010), and 27th in the European league tables. One factor of excellence certainly lies in the multidisciplinarity of its research: the University has established 4 Integrated Research Teams (IRT) in fields of international research covering agri-food, the social economy and civil society, sciences and technologies for the cultural heritage and the integration of research skills in the Brazilian area and Latin America. At the Alma Mater, research strongly focuses on international spheres while maintaining deep roots in the local community. The University takes part in the regional technological platforms through its 7 Interdepartmental Centres for Industrial Research. Projects run from agri-food to mechanics through to information technology, from materials and industrial ecodesign to energy safety and efficiency. The University participates in the intra-regional PhD programme funded by the SPINNER consortium as well as advanced-level apprenticeship PhD programmes directly involving public and private enterprises. For the Alma Mater, PhD studies, the third level of training laid down in the Bologna Declaration, are fundamental for its own growth and the development of all society, preparing young people for research, the creation of ideas and innovation. Resources and Organisation A large community that creates value Always at the centre of a multitude of relationships, the University of Bologna is a scientific, educational and ethical institution which represents a socio-economic and cultural driving force for the territory it operates in. The Alma Mater welcomes and counts a community of more than 95,000 people including students, professors and technical-administrative staff. It covers Bologna as well as the campuses in Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini, in addition to teaching facilities in Cesenatico, Faenza, Imola and Ozzano dell’Emilia and the Studies Center in Buenos Aires. The University Library System comprises 62 libraries offering 76 service points, with more than 5,100 study and research desks and access to around 495 databases. The University's museum circuit includes 17 museums hosting a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions of particular scientific, historical and artistic interest every year. On the net, the University offers more than 440 institutional websites, 129 web services and some hundreds of thousands of pages of contents online. The University of Bologna is constantly committed to the promotion and dissemination of its wealth of knowledge through the rich variety of cultural activities run by its teaching and research departments and museums, in addition to the many foundations founded by the Alma Mater. Every year hundreds of extra-curricular initiatives are organised for students and the local community. These include meetings with the most significant personalities of world culture, scientific dissemination activities and the promotion of social projects also targeting the younger generations. The University plays a significant role in the development of civil society, a role that is recognised and confirmed by the attention and increasing support of individuals, associations, foundations, bodies and businesses. Through the efficient administration of the available funds, the University of Bologna aims to diversify its funding sources through collaborations with the business world, public bodies and the support of private concerns.

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