BOLOGNA, ITALY - November 4: Fountain of Neptune on Piazza del Nettuno looking towards Piazza Maggiore.The work was designed by architect Tommaso Laureti in 1563 in Bologna, Italy on November 4, 2012

BOLOGNA, ITALY –  Fountain of Neptune on Piazza del Nettuno looking towards Piazza Maggiore. Photo: Colourbox


The University of Bologna was founded in 1088 and is considered to be the oldest university in Western Europe. Nowadays, it still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe with around 85.000 enrolled students, 11 Schools, 35 research departments, 3000 academics and 3000 administrative staff.

Besides, the University of Bologna is today the most internationalised of all Italian universities. The number of foreign students enrolled in degree programmes is around 6000, while another 2000 arrive every year on international mobility programmes such as LLP/Erasmus, Overseas and Erasmus Mundus Action II. The number of students of the University of Bologna who go abroad on exchange programmes or on study grants is more than 2000.

The academic offer of the University of Bologna is composed by around 100 undergraduate programmes, more than 100 Master programmes, 25 of which are completely taught in English or in another foreign language, and more than 90 Doctoral Programmes, coordinated by 14 Doctoral Schools. The University of Bologna is currently involved in 8 Erasmus Mundus Master Courses, 2 of which as coordinator, and in 5 Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates, one of which is coordinated by the University of Bologna.


The School of Economics, Management and Statistics at the University of Bologna founded in 1929 is one of the oldest-established faculties and branched off from the Higher School of Economic and Business Sciences.

The School of Economics, Management and Statistics is among the 100 best Universities in the world for its contribution to research in the field of Economics in the period 2008-2012 according to the ranking made by the University of Tilburg.

The school has a multi-campus structure as it offers its teaching activities in Bologna, Forlì, Rimini and Buenos Aires. It is divided into ten 1st cycle degree programmes (of which 1 taught completely in English), seventeen 2nd cycle degree programmes (of which 7 taught completely in English) and fifteen Masters (of which 5 in English/Spanish). The School of Economics offers 8 international programmes taught in English and 2 Erasmus Mundus Programmes (Master and PhD in Law and Economics).


The Eu-HEM programme in Bologna, hosted by the School of Economics, Management and Statistics, is run by the Department of Economics. The Department of Economics is currently the largest department of economics in Italy. Their members actively contribute to research and scientific debate, both nationally and internationally. It is ranked by the European Economics Association (EEA) as the leading economics department in Italy among public universities.


There are several student associations at the University of Bologna. An important association for international/exchange students is the International Exchange Student Association. This association has their own web page where you will be informed on events and happenings: http://www.esegunibo.org/