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The University of Calabria at Cosenza


The University of Calabria (Università della Calabria, UNICAL) is a state-run university situated in the southern part of Italy. Located in Arcavacata, a hamlet of Rende, in the Province of Cosenza, the university was founded in 1972. It currently has about 35,000 students, 800 teaching and research staff and about 700 administrative staff.

This University is one of the few residential university campuses in Italy and one of the largest. Management and services, which include accommodation and leisure facilities for students, are provided by the Centro Residenziale. The residential area includes the Sports Centre, the Health Centre and the Centre for Fine Arts, Music and Performing Arts. Moreover, there is a Post office, a Bank, the Language Centre and several other interdepartmental centers.

The University Library is one of the largest and unique libraries in Southern Italy. It offers a wide range of materials in three different sectors: the scientific, the humanistic and the social-economic sectors. Besides, its attractive interior provides students with pleasant and comfortable study areas


The academic departments strongly focus their attention on research, which is carried out at both national and international level. Besides, they offer postgraduate programs in several fields of studies, thus offering opportunities of academic development for younger generations. Research is often financially supported by organizations which are external to the university. Indeed, the University of Calabria provides scientific support for many projects in the Region of Calabria. These projects are often developed in collaboration with other prestigious institutions. As a matter of fact, the University of Calabria is making great efforts to promote the development of the region both at national and international level.

This innovative academic environment is proving to be a successful and ever growing reality in Southern Italy and the Mediterranean area which has been attested to by a recent CENSIS survey. Indeed, the University of Calabria has been ranked in the first places among the big universities (20000-40000 students). Times HigherEducation(THE) has classified the University of Calabria as one of the top universities in Italy for technology transfer. In 2019 it was the top one in Italy. 


There are currently 21 agreements signed, both with European and non-European countries, which allow two degrees to be obtained simultaneously, the so-called "double degree". The last one is the one signed with Telecom SudParis, Grande école of the Institut Mines-Télécom, for the activation of a double degree program that will allow students to obtain the Master's degree in Computer Engineering for Internet of Things of the Department of Computer Engineering. , Modeling, Electronics and Systems Engineering (DIMES) of Unical and the Master in Data Science and Network Intelligence of the French IMT.

The constant work of the University in general, and of the International Relations Office in particular, has also concerned the renewal and stipulation of numerous types of agreements in addition to those of Double Degree, agreements that currently involve 220 universities around the world, with a total of 240 agreements, and which allow scientific and educational cooperation to be carried out on various levels, as well as exchange programs for teachers and students.

These agreements are often the result of meetings attended by the University on an international scale, such as the NAFSA conference, held in Philadelphia and Washington in 2018 and 2019 and which, after the suspension of the 2020 edition in St. Louis because of the pandemic, will be held in May 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Numerous international partners were also hosted at Unical, from the Ambassador of Santo Domingo, to representatives of the Delaware Law School or of the University of Buenos Aires.

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  • 14 Departments offering
  • 80 Degree Courses at both Bachelor and Master level
  • 10 PhD Schools
  • 22 Post Graduate Masters
  • 127 Research Labs
  • 210 Classrooms.
  • Around 800 international students, coming from 79 different countries, live on Campus.
  • 3 Master’s Degree courses entirely in English: Computer Science, Finance and Insurance and Computer Engineering for the Internet of Things  
  • 2 Master’s Degree courses partially in English: Modern Philology (Italian Studies curriculum) and Management Engineering.