The University of Ferrara has been founded in 1391, and it represents the City of Ferrara itself: historical but sparkling, small but competitive, with people coming together to learn in its urban campus. It’s a dynamic University in a beautiful and dynamic city.

In the years prior to the First World War, the University of Ferrara, with more than 500 students, was the best attended of the free universities in Italy. Today there are approximately 16,000 students enrolled at the University of Ferrara with nearly 400 degrees granted each year. The teaching staff number 600, including 231 researchers. It is organized into 12 Departments.

The activities offered by the University are strongly internationalized. The teaching and research are strongly internationalized to offer our students the possibility of moving around and outside Europe, thus offering them an enjoyable experience that will enrich them personally and professionally. We attract the best international students offering them excellent teaching and research opportunities as we deem that research is stronger when carried out within an academic community that includes students.

There are nearly 310 incoming international students in Ferrara each year, coming from Erasmus programs or other kind of mobility programs. The outgoing are approximately 300. 

Unife also offers several Extracurricular Activities, organized directly or in collaboration with the Municipality and the territory. A special occasions for students to enrich their life on Ferrara Campus, play sports and cultivate new interests. The wealth of experiences available at Ferrara Campus is open to all students. 

There is a:

  • University Sport Center, with the aim to promote and increase participation in sports. ( 
  • University Language Center which offers two Italian language courses for Erasmus students, one at the end of September and the other in February. Before starting the course, an entrance exam must be taken to ensure that participants attend a course corresponding to their linguistic level. Attending the language course is not compulsory, but is strongly recommended: experience has shown that foreign students often have issues with the Italian language. At the CLA you also have the possibility of finding  a “Tandem partner”, which means an Italian student who is learning English (or your mother tongue). You will meet regularly to help each other learn the other's language (and, naturally, to have fun). Getting to know Italians is definitively a good thing! (
  • University Centre of Performing Arts, which is a university service centre that organizes workshops and laboratories for theatrical research. The centre is open to everyone who wants to gain a practical knowledge of theatrical languages. The CTU is not a drama school, but a pedagogical and educational experience through a workshop. (
  • University Choir, which offers students the opportunity to take part in its historical Choir, which consists of about forty choristers, mainly University students, alumni and staff. (