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University of Florence

University of Florence

University of Florence


The University of Florence dates back to the Studium Generale set up by the Florentine Republic in 1321. It has had very famous scholars (Galileo Galilei) and professors as well as the two most recent Italian Prime Ministers (Giuseppe Conte and Mario Draghi). Only in 1923 however, the University acquired its actual name and was transformed into a modern comprehensive university, with its 21 Departments and 10 Schools.

The Unifi offers 127 Bachelor's Degrees 57 Masters's Degrees, 9 Long-cycle degrees, 24 PhD Programs and over 50 specialization schools. Amongst those programmes, over 40 are international: 10 taught in English and 31 with double or joint degrees. Within most degree programs, courses in English are offered.

Unifi is one of the most popular Universities for Erasmus students (over 900 incoming a year) and is part of EUniWell, a European Universities Alliance. The network has identified four key areas for research and teaching, closely linked to UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The University of Florence is one of the most important Italian public universities and has a strong international vocation. It fosters cooperation with academic and research institutions all over the world and welcomes foreign teaching staff, researchers and students to promote cultural and scientific internationalization. To this end, through its Departments and Schools, the University promotes the hospitality of highly qualified guests from all over the world.

Moreover, it traditionally devotes particular attention to the development of collaborative relationships with foreign universities and to the process of internationalization, which has become a strategic and dominant aspect of the life of the university in research, teaching, the organization of study programmes, mobility of teachers, researchers and students.

For these reasons, the University of Florence qualifies itself as one of the privileged destinations for international guests.

Welcome Service

The Welcome Service helps international students, PhD students, fellows, researchers and professors hosted by the University of Florence within specific European or International projects to find suitable accommodation in town.

The Welcome Service can book the guests in the university residences and other local accommodation facilities and provides information on online platforms for finding accommodation.

Studying in Florence

One hundred and forty-six degree courses (first and second level and single-cycle) of which 15 are in English, organised into 10 Schools, a total population of around fifty-one thousand enrolled, a quarter of whom come from outside the region. The University of Florence is a large university, with a very wide range of courses spanning all subject areas. There are over nine thousand graduates every year in Florence. Moreover, the percentage of Florentine graduates in work one year after graduating is above the national average, according to Almalaurea data.

Visa Requirements

Entry procedures vary according to the applicant's nationality, country of residence, purpose of travel and length of stay.

For detailed and specific information, please visit the university's website:

  • International students
  • PhD students
  • International academics

Before your departure for Italy we strongly suggest to consult to the respective public authorities' websites or offices for complete, official and updated information.

Scholarships and Funding

There are several options for obtaining financial help to pursue an academic career at the University of Florence.

Incentives and financial support for students

  • Part-time work
    For positions at libraries, museums and other university service centres
  • Grants for tutoring activities
    To provide academic support for students
  • Taxes and Fees refunds and other financial benefits
    Offered for specific programmes of particular national and European interest to promote enrolment
  • Students with international protection:
    Access and support for students seeking asylum and international protection
  • University Corridors for Refugees - UNICORE project
  • DSU Toscana (link to an external website)
    Public calls related to scholarships for students offered by DSU, the regional agency for the right to university education. Procedure for non-EU students

Student Testimonials


  • Florence

    Piazza di San Marco, 4, 50121, Florence