Transversal competencies

Acquiring transversal competencies provides students with the basic knowledge, abilities and qualities required to translate competences into suitable behaviour for organizational purposes.

WHAT ARE transversal competencies

The European Union has identified the key competencies for personal realisation and development, for active citizenship, social inclusion and employment.

These competencies are identified with reference to eight different areas:

  • mother tongue communication;
  • communication in foreign languages;
  • mathematics and basic science and technology competencies;
  • digital competencies;
  • learning to learn;
  • social competencies;
  • initiative and entrepreneurial spirit;
  • cultural awareness and expression.

Therefore, transversal competencies integrate with knowledge and disciplinary expertise, allowing individuals to acquire competencies essential both in life and at work. Transversal competencies pertain to cognitive, creative, managerial, relational and communication areas. 

Nowadays, experts in the research and selection of human resources give great importance to transversal competencies.

To facilitate the integration in the world of work, the University of Bologna offers its students a number of courses: Entrepreneurship, Information Literacy, Approaching the World of Work, Tax and Job Consultancy, Creativity and Innovation, Employability, Computational Thinking, Project Management, Italian Language Labs, Service Learning, Diversity management, Intercultural competencies and language courses including Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese and German, Russian and Spanish.
Each course has a fixed number of places available: 1340 places for students enrolled in degree programmes in Bologna, 660 in Forlì, 415 in Cesena, 670 in Rimini and 350 in Ravenna. 

Who can enrol

All students regularly enrolled in the 2017/18 academic year can access the project.
Students may include learning activities in their curriculum, within the credits of their choice, (letter D), directly by filling in the study plan online, from Monday 16 October.


Some learning activities are identified by a number (1, 2, 3, 4) that refers to their edition; these are replicas of the same activities, therefore, if you are interested in including them in your curriculum you must do so only once.

The course schedules are shown in the relevant webguides (some schedules for the second semester are still being finalised).

Attendance for all these learning activities is compulsory for 70% of the hours, in fact, the courses have limited places and are assigned on a firs-come, first-served basis, to the students who include them in their study plan first.

A counting system prevents students from adding the activity once places are no longer available (the counting system books the place at the time the study plan is closed).

Transversal competencies 2017/18

Consult Transversal competencies catalogue 2017/18