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Preface

Verona is one of the most fascinating European cities; as a town of art, it welcomes us with its elegant monuments and the kindness of the Venetian tradition.
Beloved since antiquity by scholars and men of letters, the town was a ‘must’ for anybody involved in top-level learning and used to attract highly cultured foreigners to Italy thanks to its artistic and natural beauties.
The town enchants thanks to its geographical position close to the hills surrounding it along with the medieval walls, and is crossed by the sinuous course of the Adige river, which lively flows under ancient monumental bridges. The several “Lungadige”, i.e. ways following the river and offering unforgettable landscapes, are particularly picturesque in any season. Seat of the most ancient library in the world, the “Biblioteca Capitolare”, the town had enjoyed cultural prestige since the Roman age.
The poet Catullus lived nearby in Sirmione, on the banks of the Garda Lake. In the medieval period, the members of the Della Scala family, powerful lords of the town, adorned it with marble monuments worthy of a capital and proved to be enlightened sponsors of a cosmopolitan court, which welcomed also the supreme poet Dante Alighieri.
It is from those Medieval times that the cultural phenomena leading to the 20th-century foundation of the University of Verona emerged. The present university is a young institution, whose prestige has been recognised thanks to its quality of research and teaching and to its opening to international relationships.
Spending a period of study or work at the University of Verona is surely a stimulating experience, able to enrich formation and to offer precious chances in order to appreciate Italy and its traditions.
William Shakespeare celebrated this town as a unique and exclusive place where the poetry of feeling can be fully expressed
“There is no world without Verona walls,
But purgatory, torture, hell itself.
Hence-banished is banish'd from the world,
And world's exile is death.”
(Romeo and Juliet, Act III, Scene iii)
Today this city is lively and modern, open to the world also thanks to its University.

Welcome to Verona

We invite you to visit us at any time—in person or through this guide—and explore the life of our campus.

Some people think of Verona primarily as a territorial University. This is indeed true as it pertains to the reasons and to the ways modern Universities have been founded in north-eastern Italy, in whose ancient history witnesses the past vivid blooming of cultural and educational activities, which eventually reached, in 1339, the official foundation of a studium in Verona ratified through a papal bull of Pope Benedetto XII. Later, under the powerful venetian sovereignty, which had replaced the brief Visconti family’s dominion, all the university activities in the territory, with a resolution of the Senate, were merged into the old University of Padova.

After centuries of commitments to military roles and after the devastating effects of the Second World War, the city of Verona regained its original productive and cultural vocation and - thanks to the strong perseverance of the local administration - in 1959 the decision to establish a higher education institute was made. Thenceforth, the University of Verona rapidly grew up along with the industrial development of the territory, catching up with other long-established and highly reputed Italian Universities.

Being a relatively young Institution, the University of Verona is still living a fast growing phase, centred on two main campuses, one dedicated to Humanities and Social Sciences and the other one to Physical and Natural Sciences and Medicine. Both of them are located in the charming environment of one of the most attractive historical cities of the western world, in which around 23.000 students live and learn not only through strong academic curricula, but also by taking part in plenty extracurricular activities.

Verona is also an active and valued research university which is carrying out a large investment in Doctoral Programmes, organized into seven Graduate Schools strongly committed to develop international cooperation projects. It is a University deeply involved in a compelling change, thanks to the diversity of its students, its global outlook and its growing research. We welcome your interest in the University and in our community.

Please browse the University of Verona’s web pages for information on academic programs and on the beautiful city and its enchanting surroundings.

Alessandro Mazzucco
Rector

About this website

We hope that this guide can offer a valuable amount of information to everybody interested in studying in Italy (as an Erasmus or as a full-time student) and - more particularly - in our beautiful town, featuring a young and dynamic university (a university “on the move”), which is rapidly developing robust ties with its territory and rapidly strengthening its relations with an impressive number of European and extra-European universities.

The reader will find here short and alive descriptions of the individual profile of the different Faculties (Colleges) that contribute to the teaching offer provided by our university, of the services that are available to the students, of different aspects of the campus-life in Verona, as well as a general introduction to the Italian academic system, from the perspective of the European system of higher education. We are confident that young (and less young) readers might discover that there are ways in which our teaching offer or research profile fit their learning or research aspirations, and choose for a study or research period in Verona.

The guide is organized in such a way to make further (more in-depth) information easily accessible to the reader, providing him/her with all useful links to relevant sub-parts of the university website. We are one of the few Italian universities to offer both a complete Catalogue of Formative Activities (including a course-catalogue) and an up-dated Catalogue of our Research Products. Taken together, these catalogues are likely to give you a concrete idea about who we are and what we stand for. The guide also provides the reader with potentially useful additional information concerning the major research units within the university (Departments), our six Doctoral Schools and the PhD programs they offer, the possibility of running a stage in the Verona region or of studying abroad within university-funded international exchange programs.

In licensing this guide, let me thank the people who enthusiastically worked at it, in the awareness that it will help us to improve our communication potential in the global academic market in which we live and within which we are all engaged to create new wonderful study and job opportunities for the young generations.

If you find something is missing, please help us to make this guide better and write to us at relazioni.internazionali@ateneo.univr.it with your suggestions!