Unibo for refugees

A project promoted by the University of Bologna and the Municipality of Bologna for the integration of refugee students at university.

Obtaining political refugee status is a process that can take several months, as the asylum-seeker has to wait for his or her case to come before the Territorial Commission.

The Unibo project aims to make this long wait for the recognition of refugee status useful.

The doors of the university are now open to asylum-seekers. The International Desk organises orientative interviews for students interested in enrolling at Unibo and examines their school certificates and academic qualifications. Students will have the possibility of enrolling for single learning activities and Italian courses with exemption from fees; an opportunity to fill learning gaps and get a preliminary taste of the subjects awaiting them in the degree programmes. And, perhaps just as important, the enrolment will give asylum-seekers the chance to become part of the student community and to begin to understand how the university is organised and get to know what services it provides, its programme catalogue and teaching methods, thus enabling them to decide whether this is the place for them to reconstruct their future.

On obtaining international protection the students will be able to enrol in the degree programme, with the credits they have already obtained counting towards the degree. Unibo will also guide the refugees through the bureaucratic procedures in this subsequent stage, and provides financial support in the form of five fellowships, awarded on merit.

Study grants for refuge seeking students, Unibo for refugees - A.Y. 2017/18

The University of Bologna offers study grants of 8.000 € gross to deserving refuge seeking students who wish to register for First Cycle, Second Cycle or Single Cycle Degree Programmes at the University of Bologna for A.Y. 2017/18.

Unibo for Refugees study grants are assigned for one academic year.


You can apply for Unibo for Refugees if:

  • you are in possession of a valid qualification for access to your chosen degree programme, issued by an Institution outside of the Italian educational system; 
  • you are in possession of a residence permit for “richiesta asilo politico” (asylum application) or you are in possession of a residence permit for “asilo politico, protezione sussidiaria, motivi umanitari” (political or humanitarian asylum), issued by any Questura (Police stations) located in the Emilia-Romagna Region.

You can find more information in the call for applications (in Italian).

Timing and methods:

  • Publication of the call for applications: May 2017
  • Applications deadline: no later than 7 June 2017 at 11.15 am (CET)
  • Publication of results: June 2017 – the ranking is available for consultation at the International Desk.

Renewal of Unibo for Refugees study grants awarded in A.Y. 2016/17

The University of Bologna offers Unibo for Refugees study grants for A.Y. 2017/18 reserved for students who were awarded a Unibo for Refugees study grant for A.Y. 2016/17. 

In order to obtain the renewal you must apply by the deadlines set in the call for applications. Renewals are not awarded automatically.


You can apply for the Unibo for Refugees renewal if:

  • You have been awarded a Unibo for Refugees study grant for A.Y. 2016/17;
  • You comply with the requirements for the payment of the third installment set in the Unibo for Refugees call for applications, for A.Y. 2016/17.

The ranking list will be drawn up on the basis of credits accrued by 15 July 2017.

Timing and methods

  • Publication of the call for applications: June 2017 
  • Applications deadline: 14 July 2017, at 11.15 am (CET) 
  • Publication of results: August 2017

You can find more information in the call for applications.

Admission to the First Cycle Degree programmes: Business and Economics (CLABE) and Economics and Finance (CLEF), reserved positions for asylum seeking students, A.Y. 2017/18

Asylum seeking students who wishing to enrol in the First Cycle Degree Programmes Business and Economics and Economics and Finance can take part in a specific intake.

Applications deadline: June 30, 2017, at 11.15 am

Interviews: July 2017

Find out how to apply and the selection methods.