10 reasons to study at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE):
- UNIMORE has a longstanding tradition (it was founded in 1175) and is considered one of the best universities in Italy for teaching and research. It is ranked 2nd among public universities according to Italy's leading financial daily, and among the top 8 medium-sized Italian universities by the Times Higher Education Ranking 2015.
- UNIMORE, which has just over 21,000 students including 3,500 postgraduates, is large enough to offer all the facilities one would expect from a major university (well-stocked libraries, computer rooms, free internet connection and study support services) but small enough to retain a personal and friendly learning environment.
- UNIMORE is composed of 14 Departments, offering a wide range of degree programs at the undergraduate level, right up to doctoral studies in most disciplinary areas, from the humanities and social sciences to engineering and technology, and from physical and natural sciences to medicine and life sciences.
- UNIMORE is ranked among the top 8 universities in Italy for its high level of research, according to the most recent independent research assessment sponsored by the Italian Government (MIUR-CIVR). It offers state-of-the-art facilities with internationally sponsored research activities and with the two technopoles of Modena and Reggio Emilia, UNIMORE is part of the High Technology Regional Network.
- UNIMORE has over 300 international exchange agreements and cooperation programs to encourage students to actively interact in a globalized world. It is located in two of the most multicultural cities in Italy and 6% of the student body is non-Italian. The University offers numerous facilities and services designed specifically for its international students.
- UNIMORE offers a modern and efficient University Language Center where intensive and extensive Italian Language classes are available free of charge to all international students. Personalized language assistance is also offered through the three University Self-Access Centers, which provide comprehensive independent study facilities (satellite television, multimedia computers, CALL facilities, electronic resources, e-journals, etc.) and where experienced tutors are available for individualized language support.
- UNIMORE is located in the heart of one of Europe's wealthiest and most dynamic regions, which is world-renowned for its production of mechanical parts, engines, sports cars (e.g. Ferrari and Maserati) as well as for its agro-food sector, ceramic tiles and manufacturing industries.
- UNIMORE benefits from a longstanding relationship with the area's firms and corporations, which provide private support for university research and a unique opportunity for on-the-job training before graduation. Statistics show that graduates from the University have excellent job prospects, well above the national average.
- UNIMORE is located in two cities with the highest quality of living standards in Italy. Both Modena and Reggio Emilia are considered important cities of art and culture, and Modena's cathedral and main square are on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage sites.
- UNIMORE is ideally located between Italy's Eastern and Western coasts on the Mediterranean sea and between the Apennine and Dolomite mountains. The University is surrounded by other world-renowned cities of art and culture. The cities of Parma, Verona, Mantua, Padua and Bologna can be reached in under an hour, while Florence, Venice and Milan are less than two hours away. Both cities are situated close to major highways and train lines and Bologna International Airport is only 40 minutes away.
Modena & Reggio Emilia at a glance
Located in the heart of Emilia Romagna (ranking third in GDP per capita among Italian regions), Modena and Reggio Emilia are two cities at the cutting edge of education and industry.
The university has strong ties with local companies, some of which are known all over the world. Very few people have never heard of Ferrari, Maserati, balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano-Reggiano, probably the best known of the representative brands and products of the area.
Situated in the heart of the Emilia Romagna region, Modena and Reggio Emilia are an important link between Northern and Southern Italy and between Italy and the rest of Europe. The cities are only 19 km apart and connecting trains run approximately every half hour.
From Modena and Reggio Emilia, one can reach Milan in under 2 hours, Florence in an hour and a half, and Rome in three and a half hours. The Bologna airport, situated 39 km from Modena and 58 km from Reggio Emilia, serves all the main national and many international routes. The other international airports close by, Linate and Malpensa, are in Milan.
The Romagna Riviera, famous throughout Europe for its beaches and night clubs, is only an hour a half by automobile or train. Those preferring the mountains can enjoy the 50 km of ski trails in Monte Cimone, the largest ski resort in the Northern Apennines. In addition to skiing, the Apennines, offer excursions, fun and relaxation, and are only between half an hour and an hour from Modena or Reggio Emilia.
Italian universities are divided into Departments.
Departments organize and define the academic activities of degree courses, promote, manage and carry out research and organize doctoral (PhD) programs.All Departments of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia have adopted the semester system. Lessons for the first semester usually run from the end of September to mid December; lessons for the second semester run from the end of February to mid May.
The examination periods are roughly from the beginning of January to the end of February (first semester), and from the beginning of June to the end of July (second semester). Periods not included in the semesters are Christmas, Easter, and summer holidays. Lectures take place from Monday to Friday, in the mornings as well as in the afternoons.