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Università del Salento

Università del Salento

Università del Salento

Introduction

This is a young dynamic university, keen to expand and to prove itself at a national and international level. Since 1955 the Università del Salento has had the aim of promoting knowledge, skill, and merit and has offered a large range of educational opportunities. From law to science, economics to engineering, and humanities to media studies, the university provides academic pathways to a range of professions as well as post-graduate and specialist courses tailor-made to meet the needs of the workplace.

Eight Departments provide services and information for students, as well as thirty-three Research Centres throughout the Salento area. The Università del Salento has grown rapidly in recent years, consolidating and reinforcing its role as the keystone of the local cultural and social system. It also has a Phd. School and Post-graduate schools for Cultural Heritage and for the Legal Professions. The prestigious ISUFI Grandes écoles school offers high-level undergraduate and postgraduate courses for scholarship students to promote excellence.

Mission

The University of Salento is a community, made up of students, teachers, and technical-administrative staff, which recognizes itself in the free promotion of research and teaching as tools for human development, the affirmation of pluralism, and the pursuit of equal social dignity, in full independence from any ideological, political, religious or economic orientation. Within the university community, no one may be discriminated against, in any way or form, due to their study, research, and teaching choices.

The University of Salento guarantees its students equal opportunities and equal dignity by promoting merit and enhancing excellence and supports applied and basic research by recognizing the principle of evaluation.

Alongside the two fundamental objectives of training and research, the University of Salento pursues a third mission, that is, it works to encourage the direct application, valorization, and use of knowledge to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic development of the territory in which it operates.

On an international level, the University of Salento pursues all forms of collaboration aimed at promoting knowledge and mutual enrichment between cultures, the circulation of knowledge, and the exchange of students and staff.

Campus Features

Accommodations

Students enrolled at the University of Salento can apply for accommodation in student residence halls. Contact Adisu, the regional authority for student support in higher education.

Accommodation is assigned on the basis of academic merit or financial circumstances. A selection procedure is carried out annually by Adisu. Applications can be made online.

Rents in student halls of residence vary from a minimum of €120 to a maximum of €200 depending on the type of room and students' financial circumstances.

There are 5 student residences to choose from. They are all double rooms with WC/Bathroom and no cooking facilities). Please note that these residences close during Christmas and Easter holidays.

Libraries

Apart from the Interfaculty Central Library, there are 20 other university libraries located in the various departments and faculties. Book patrimony of the University consists of approximately 1 million volumes, 600 national and international magazines, and a precious collection of rare manuscripts and letters.

The library system offers also free electronic access to electronic resources such as e-journals, databases, and digital maps.

  • Cultural Heritage - Department Library
    Division of Cultural Heritage
    Division of Arts and History
    Division of ISUFI Cultural Heritage
  • DiSTeBA - Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies - Department Library
    Division of Biology
  • Engineering for Innovation - Department Library
    Division of Engineering for Innovation
    Division of ISUFI e-Business Management
  • Math and Physics - Department Library
    Division of Physics
    Division of Math
  • Economics - Department Library
    Division of Economy
  • Law Studies - Department Library
    Division of Risk Studies
    Division of Law Studies
    Division of ISUFI Euro-Mediterranean Rights and Politics
  • History, Society and Human Studies - Department Library
    Division of Pedagogical, Psychological, and Didactics Sciences
    Division of Social and Communication Sciences
    Division of Historical and Contemporary Studies
  • Humanities - Department Library
    Division of Classical Philology and Philosophical Sciences
    Division of Philology, Linguistics and Literatures
    Division of Philosophy and Social Sciences di Filosofia e Scienze Sociali
    Division of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Interfaculty Library "Teodoro Pellegrino"
  • Interfaculty Library - Brindisi Campus

Disability Integration Office

The Disability Integration Office and Integration in the "Right to Study" or Inclusive Education Office at the University of Salento has the role of facilitating university studies for students with disabilities; offering help, guidance and information. The following services are available:

  • Assistance and Administrative Guidance
  • Personalised Entrance tests
  • Counselling on Demand
  • Textbooks in alternative format
  • Lions audiobooks
  • Library and notebook loans
  • Tools for those with eyesight impairment
  • Contacts with professors
  • Tutoring
  • Transport Service
  • External relationships and links with other universities.
  • International Mobility
  • Services are also available for students with learning difficulties.

Study Areas

  • Studium 2000
  • Interfaculty Library "Teodoro Pellegrino"
  • Palazzo Codacci Pisanelli
  • Economics - Department Library
  • Law Studies - Department Library
  • Campus Ecotekne, via per Arnesano
  • Collegio Fiorini

Museum System

The Museum System of the University (SMA) consists of:

  • The Museum of Natural Environment
  • The Museum of Marine Biology, located in Porto Cesareo
  • The Open Air Museum of Cavallino
  • The Museum of Papyrology
  • The Museum of Historical Archaeology
  • Ecological Observatory of the Mediterranean Ecosystems Health
  • The Botanical Gardens

The variety offered by the museum system represents a unique panorama of an Italian University that excels on a scientific-didactical level due to the precious collection that is on display.

The oldest Botanical Garden is based on the Agricultural Society founded in 1810.

The Museum of Marine Biology, with its collection of marine findings, tropical fauna, fish from the fathomless depths of the Ionian Sea and erbarium, is one of the exhibits at the Marine Biology Museum of Porto Cesareo, founded in 1966 by Pietro Parenzan, which was acquired by the University of Lecce in 1977.

The Museum of Natural Environment collects fossils from the Salentine peninsula, as well as imprints of notable Palaeolithic interest. These imprints promote the spread of knowledge in regard to environmental problems.

The Museum of Papyrology has in its care a collection of approximately 400 Greek, hieroglyphic, hieratic, demotic, and Coptic scripts which, together with other materials, illustrate aspects of scripture and literature from the antique Mediterranean world. There is only one other institution in Europe that has a similar collection: La Papyrussam mlung at the National Library of Vienna.

The Museum of Historic Archaeology is aimed at the valorization, didactic fruition, and spreading of research conducted by archaeologists and historians of the University of Salento.

The Open Air Museum of Cavallino is part of the Italian network of Ecomusei and occupies an area of 45 hectares where a Messapic settlement has been found that dates back to the archaic age. Fieldwork didactic activity is done by students of the Archaeology Faculty of the University of Salento, as well as students from other Italian and European universities.

    Admissions

    The procedure to be followed for university registration and enrollment depends on the type of course you want to enrol in (Bachelor's degree, Master's degree), on the type of access (open or programmed numbered) and on whether you are an EU citizen or a non-EU citizen already resident in Italy or whether you are a citizen who requires a visa to enter Italy.

    The documents you will need are:

    • Passport
    • High school diploma (for access to Bachelor’s degree or Unique-cycle Master’s degree programmes)
    • Bachelor's degree (for access to Master's degrees)
    • Certifications of language proficiency, if any

    Students not requiring an entry visa (EU and Non-EU already resident Italy)

    If you do not need to apply for an entry visa to study in Italy, because you are an EU citizen wherever you reside or a non-EU citizen already resident in Italy, then the steps to follow to enrol at the University of Salento are as follows:

    1. Choose the course you are interested in from those offered in the academic year 2023/2024
      • All study courses (Bachelor's and Master's degrees)
      • International courses only
    1. Go to the web portal studenti.unisalento.it and register
    2. If your chosen course is an open access Bachelor’s degree or a Unique-cycle Master’s degree, then proceed with enrolment (Immatricolazione - from 3 July 2023 to 6 November 2023)
    3. If the course you are interested in is a Bachelor’s degree with a limited places, register for the selection test. If you are admitted, you can proceed with enrolment (Immatricolazione).
    4. If the course you are interested in is a Master's degree, you must meet the prerequisites required by the course and register for the admission test. Once you have been admitted, you can proceed with enrolment (Immatricolazione).

    Please note: For study courses taught in Italian, EU citizens and non-EU citizens already resident in Italy are exempt from the Italian language knowledge test.

    Visa Requirements

    Non-EU students requiring an entry visa

    If you need to apply for an entry visa to study in Italy, because you are a non-EU citizen resident abroad, then the steps to be taken to enrol at the University of Salento are as follows:

    1. Choose the course you are interested in from those offered in the academic year 2023/2024
      • All study courses (Bachelor's and Master's degrees)
      • International courses only
    1. Read carefully the 'Procedures for entry, residency and enrolment of international students and the respective recognition of qualifications for higher education courses in Italy valid for the academic year 2023-2024.
    2. Pre-register on the Universitaly.it web portal.
    3. Go to the web site studenti.unisalento.it and register.
    4. If your chosen course is an open access Bachelor’s degree or a Unique-cycle Master’s degree, wait for your Universitaly application to be validated and, once you have obtained your visa, proceed with enrolment (Immatricolazione - from 3 July 2023 to 6 November 2023).
    5. If the course you are interested in is a Bachelor's degree with a limited places, register for the selection test.
    6. If you are admitted, your application on Universitaly will be validated and once you have your visa you can proceed with enrolment (Immatricolazione).
    7. If the course you are interested in is a Master's degree, you must meet the prerequisites required by the course of study (see the announcement of the course) and register for the admission test (see the instructions). If you are admitted, your application on Universitaly will be validated and you can proceed with enrolment (Immatricolazione).

    Please note: The language knowledge requirements for admission to study courses are specified in the admission notices.

    Scholarships and Funding

    International students interested in attending a post-graduate/master degree course (Laurea Magistrale) at the University of Salento can award a scholarship within the framework of the “Invest Your Talent in Italy” (IYT) Program. The program, established by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, aims at fostering cooperation among Italian Universities and Italian companies in order to promote their internationalisation. It includes three phases: the first two are lecture-based theoretical courses, while the third phase includes practical on-the-job training in an Italian company that is partner of the initiative.

    Furthermore, the attendance of a course of Italian language and culture, aimed to provide international students with an opportunity for social and intellectual integration during their stay in Italy, is mandatory. Notice that the grant holder cannot participate in the Erasmus exchange program or other international mobility programs.

    The degree courses (Lauree Magistrali – two-year master courses) which have been eligible for the IYT at the University of Salento for the academic year 2023-2024 are as follows:

    • Energy Engineering - New
    • Engineering for Safety and Resilience of Critical Infrastructures and Structures. - New
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Communication Engineering and Electronic Technologies
    • Management Engineering
    • Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology
    • Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology

    All the lectures and teaching material of the above degree courses are in English.

    Scholarships may be awarded to students who are permanently resident in the following countries:

    • Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Colombia, South Korea, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam.

    Students must hold a Bachelor Degree in order to be enrolled in one of the above Lauree Magistrali at the University of Salento. They have to submit through the IYT platform their pre-application for ONE of the postgraduate courses included in the Program.

    Admitted students are entitled to receive the IYT scholarship, full tuition university fee exemption and student support services.

    For more information on how to apply, please contact the school.

    Locations

    • Lecce

      Piazza Tancredi, 7, 73100, Lecce

    • Brindisi

      Cittadella della Ricerca 14, 72100, Brindisi

    Programs

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