Exchange students @unibo: finding your way

Useful information for exchange students to choose learning activities to carry out at the University of Bologna.

Course Units

As an exchange student, you can choose course units from different Degree Programmes.

Look up in the course unit catalogue and use the filters to select the Area, Campus, Type and Language.

The catalogue for the following academic year is published online in June.

When choosing the course units you must pay attention to:

  • the rules and constraints of your exchange programme: for instance, exchange students within the Erasmus+ programme can choose course units of the subject area of the exchange programme in which they were selected and must have a Learning Agreement consistent with it;

  • the number of places available: some programmes have a limited number of places, if they have restricted access;

  • the excluded subject areas: some non-Erasmus+ mobility agreements do not allow the choice of course units in some subject areas. When choosing your destination check the excluded subject areas at your university;

  • the Campus: check the Campus you have been assigned to and choose the course units delivered at your Campus;

  • the level of teaching: except for some exclusions, you can choose course units from First cycle (L, undergraduate) and Second cycle (LM, graduate) programmes, but you must carefully assess whether your own general knowledge is suitable for the level of the course unit you wish to attend.

Always contact the International Relations Offices to check the actual availability of the course units you have chosen.

Please remember that you must agree on your choices with your university, as it will have to recognise the credits you obtain at the University of Bologna.

Teaching calendar and course timetable

There is no single date for starting the courses. Each Degree Programme has its own course and exam timetable. Lectures generally begin in September or shortly afterwards, and may be annual, six monthly or divided into several sessions. The course timetables are set yearly, just before the start of the programmes and they are published in the course units pages starting from July.


One Italian credit (CFU, Credito Formativo Universitario) equals one ECTS credit. Credits are obtained exclusively on passing an exam or internship.

Guidance sessions and information about teaching

The Campus and Area/Department International Relations Offices, which support exchange students for academic issues, organize events and provide informative material to help exchange students in their choices regarding teaching. 
Learn more.