University of Bologna


Known as Alma Mater Studiorum in Italian, the University of Bologna is a renowned research institute in Italy. Established in 1088 by an organized guide of students, it is the very first University in the Western World. The University of Bologna has been student-centred since its inception. Thanks to its five campuses, it offers a diverse course catalogue tailored to the needs of modern society to its students.

The University of Bologna offers 101 first-level degrees (Laurea breve) and 108 second-level degrees (Laurea Magistrale). After the first-level degree, students obtain a first-year master's diploma similar to a Postgraduate diploma. After the second-level degree, students receive a second-level Master's degree equivalent to a PhD (doctorate of research).

The 11 Schools which replace 23 preexisting faculties are following. School of  Management, Economics and Statistics, School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Interpretation and Translation, School of Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Heritage, School of Law, School of Pharmacy, Sport Sciences, and Biotechnologies, School of Pharmacy, School of Psychology and Education Sciences, School of Political Sciences and School of Sciences.


The University can be considered among the most populous universities worldwide regarding the number of students. There are more than 85,000 students at the University in various undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. These students include over 5,000 international students from around the world.

CUSB is the Sports Centre of Bologna University and offers physical activities, including tournaments, courses and activities carried out for competitive level, and mere play is an integral part of education. Due to this reason, this institute offers a combination of study and sport through CUSB. This centre is directly connected to the Committee of the University of Sports, which manages and organizes sports at the University.

Initiatives of UniboCultura always promote cultural events and students and public participation. UniboCultura gathers it all in one comprehensive program and organizes non-specialistic events in collaboration with other cultural entities. Every year, the University of Bologna organizes several exciting events in fields of study, art and literature, science, philosophy, digital technology, medicine and law.


Finding a residence can be hectic, and you should start looking as soon as possible. The University can't accommodate everyone. So, you are left with the option to look for a private residence. The housing service of ER-GO (Regional Authority for the Right to Higher Education) called Er.Go Housing manages several university residency halls which offer housing to students at better rates. Students who meet particular merit and income requirements may obtain housing at cheaper rates if they submit an online application.


Following are the global rankings of the University of Bologna.

  • By Q.S. World Ranking, the University of Bologna ranks 167.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the University of Bologna ranks 172.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank the University of Bologna at 117.


University of Bologna
Via Zamboni, 33, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy

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