Overview on University of Bologna- Italy:

Italy is no strange place to take a study trip to. Here, you get to see some of the first universities in Europe, with the University of Bologna, founded in 1088, being recognised as the oldest university in continuous operation.

Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna Region in north of Florence, between the Reno and Savena rivers Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, at the heart of a metropolitan area.

The University of Bologna founded in 1088, is the oldest university in continuous operation,as well as one of the leading academic institutions in Italy and Europe.

One interesting fact about Italy and the university of Bologna is the Bologna Process that is now being implemented throughout Europe which has its named coined from the University of Bologna.

Not all the courses are are taught in Italian. The University offers 33 study options in the English language. Students can choose to study in its campuses across Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna or Rimini in Italy.


To enrol in the first year or subsequent years you must pay only the regional tax (€140.00), stamp duty (€16.00) and insurance cover (€1.64) by the expected deadlines.

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The tuition fee must be paid:

  • in two instalments—no later than 22/02/2018 and 31/05/2018—for students paying over €500
  • in one instalment—no later than 22/02/2018—for students paying up to €500

Tuition fees

For the 2017/18 academic year, the tuition fees for students enrolling in the first year are of maximum € 4.073,64 (including taxes), depending on each student situation (income-based reduction scheme).

International student can benefit from study grants worth €11,000 gross and tuition fee waivers, assigned on the basis of the SAT and GRE tests. Further financial aid opportunities are also available.




Language Tests


If you apply for a degree taught in English, you will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency. Accepted English certificates are:

  • Cambridge

Students who can prove that English was the medium of instruction of their Bachelor degree (at least for three years) are exempted from providing any English language certification.

Learning Italian

There are no specific language requirements for studying at the University of Bologna (except for medical and nursing students ). However, before coming to Bologna you are strongly advised to have at least basic knowledge of Italian (level A2), in order to be able to study and make the most of the lessons.

You can visit the Italian Orienting Test in order to assess your knowledge of Italian. You’ll be also offered an online Italian language course. Erasmus+ students can benefit from the Online Linguistic Support – OLS provided by their home universities as well.

In the first and second semesters, the University Language Center runs Italian language courses for international students. Exchange students can attend one course free of charge.

If you study in Bologna, you can attend the Italian language courses at the University Language Centre, in Bologna Campus.

The courses are held both in the first and second semester, during September (intensive courses), October-December (extensive courses) and February-May (extensive courses), according to the Italian language courses schedule, A.Y. 2017/18 [.pdf].

Living Epenses




Bologna is one of the most expensive cities in Italy

Single Room Accommodation from € 310,00 – € 400,00 + bills

Shared Room Accommodation from € 210,00 – € 270,00 + bills