University of Bologna

World University Rankings 2024
Impact Rankings 2023
World Reputation Rankings 2022

Over the years, the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world, has paved the way for innovation thanks to an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research, a convincing third mission strategy and a growing international perspective.

Since its foundation in 1088, the University of Bologna has been student-centred, and, thanks to its five campuses (in Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini) and its Buenos Aires branch, it offers its student a varied course catalogue that is tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 250 degree programmes within its 31 departments and 5 schools.

Its community of more than 90,000 students makes the Alma Mater one of Italy’s largest universities, ranking first in Italy in terms of number of its students in exchange programmes abroad and within the top 5 universities in Europe in terms of number of exchange students. Moreover, the University of Bologna is among the top 5 Italian universities in major international rankings (Shanghai, Times Higher Education, GreenMetric).

The University of Bologna is deeply committed to sustainable development and actively contributes to the achievement of the 17 sustainable development goals of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. As a comprehensive research university, the Alma Mater invests in multidisciplinary cross-cultural approach to research and teaching, which are considered as inseparable parts of the same unit. In the European landscape of research and academic cooperation, the University of Bologna is surely among the most active institutions. Indeed, it has shaped and maintains alliances with industries as well as public/private organizations, and also represents a crucial hub for international networks with its lively relations with America, Africa, Asia and Australia, that add up to its great networks in Europe. In fact, it is one of the founders of the prestigious Una Europa alliance, which is striving to build the integrated university of the future.

Fill the shoes of a first-year international student and live his journey to the University of Bologna through our podcast Unibo Global - LifeBites. Enjoy your listening while exploring international students’ hopes, best memories, thoughts and fears on the podcast Unibo Global - LifeStories. And finally, read the stories of our international Student Ambassadors and get to know better the University of Bologna and its community. 

More academic programmes

The University of Bologna offers over 250 degree programmes, including 108 international and 91 English-language programmes.

More history, more innovation

The origins of the University of Bologna go way back - to its founding in 1088. It is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Its history has continually been intertwined with the great names of innovations in science and literature.

More scholarship opportunities

The University of Bologna's administration prides itself on serving students first and foremost. Study grants, fee exemptions, housing and meal discounts, 150-hour collaboration contracts, tutorships are just some of the opportunities available to deserving students or those in need of economic support.

More campuses

The University of Bologna’s multicampus structure is unique in Italy, and allows students with particular specialties to access the regional resources they need. Each campus offers differently tailored programs linked to their cities’ facilities and heritage.

More international exchange

Alma Mater consistently sends and receives more Erasmus exchange students than any other university in Europe. Thanks to its international heritage, the university has forged close relationships with the most important universities in the world, creating a continuous exchange of students and instructors and a multitude of study abroad opportunities.

More impact on the world

Projects, initiatives and state-of-the-art facilities for developing new ideas, innovation and knowledge for facing global challenges.

More professional networking

Alma Mater offers dedicated services to help young graduates find their footing in the business world.

More space for your passions

The University of Bologna offers more than just academics: language courses, university events, music, sport and plenty more to enrich your university experience.

Here you can find all the courses taught in English at the University of Bologna divided by Area. You can find Bachelor’s (B), Master’s (M) or Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (BM).

If you want to browse all the University of Bologna’s courses, including those taught in Italian, please visit this page.

















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Key statistics

  • 57 : 43
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 11%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 24.7
    No. of students per staff
  • 74,105
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings


Subjects taught at University of Bologna

  • Arts & humanities

    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • Architecture
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Archaeology
  • Life sciences

    • Agriculture & Forestry
    • Sport Science
    • Veterinary Science
    • Biological Sciences
  • Education

    • Education
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
    • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Social sciences

    • Sociology
    • Geography
    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Engineering & technology

    • General Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Law

    • Law
  • Physical sciences

    • Chemistry
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Accounting & Finance
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Psychology

    • Psychology