In 1471 thanks to a Bull of Pope Sixtus IV the Republic of Genoa can confer degrees. In 1670 the Jesuit University is founded and under the French Empire it is merged to the Imperial University of Paris. After Napoleon’s fall it is again within the Kingdom of Sardinia.The University has a leading role in the current reform of the university system, when a new Statute came into effect in 2011.
The University of Genoa presents about 300 courses – including post-lauream courses – organized according to the aspirations and aptitudes of the young, considering the importance of high qualification and with a dimension based on the requirements of the labour market at an European and - in many cases - global level.
The University offers the students a solid cultural and scientific education and gives them many instruments to face the professional future. It offers real possibilities of integration between theory and practice, also through stages with institutions and companies and training periods abroad.
The University of Genoa gives great importance to the quality of teaching and research, being this one a fundamental element for assuring the knowledge development that is the base of real innovation and competitiveness.Research allows to reach results of acknowledged prestige also at an international level and to develop excellences. Regarding to teaching, the relational pattern between students and professors enhances the reciprocity of the relationships and an open and flexible learning setting.
At the moment, with more than 3,000 foreign students, the University went over the 8% mark of the total amount of registered students, establishing even more - and unlike the national data - its position as a point of attraction for the students that choose Italy for their University studies.
The University of Genoa offers the students many incentives (total and partial exemptions, profit and degree bonus, reductions) and also the opportunity to perform paid collaboration activities.
The SASS service offers also the foreign students the support they need in order to settle in the city and spend a useful study period.
In collaboration with the Regional Agency for Education Services and Job (Agenzia Regionale per i Servizi Educativi e per il Lavoro - ARSEL) and the Region of Liguria, the University of Genoa applied itself to improve the welcome of non-resident students and their life conditions, through significant investments for scholarships and accommodations in a city that is more and more dynamic and full of cultural challenges.
Regarding to teaching, the relational pattern between students and professors enhances the reciprocity of the relationships and an open and flexible learning setting, employing the new computer tools: e-learning platforms, accessibility for disabled to the University site, 7 Academy Points (classrooms for distance learning distributed on the regional territory).
EU students come to Italy with their European Health Service card issued in their country of residence. If they need to undertake medical examinations, they can address any general practitioner free of charge (a list of general practitioners is available upon request at the International Students Office). Extra EU students must apply to the National Health Service.