Unibo for Refugees

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

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 orientation 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 for Refugees thanks to the collaboration with Er.Go accompanies them also in this phase, with a dedicated support to carry out the admission process to degree programmes and to access Er.Go benefits. Unibo also finances 5 scholarships and related catering services, which are awarded through the Er.Go calls for applications.

Unibo for Refugees study awards, A.Y. 2019/20

Unibo offers deserving refugee students, already winners of the Er.Go scholarships, 10 study awards of a gross amount of €2,500 each.


You ca apply for Unibo for Refugees study awards if:

  • you hold a residence permit for international protection (political asylum, subsidiary protection, humanitarian reasons);
  • you are regularly enrolled in a first, second or single cycle Degree programme at Unibo for A.Y. 2019/20;
  • you are a winner of the Er.Go scholarship in the A.A. 2019/20;
  • you will be in possession of the merit requirements for the balance of the Er.Go scholarship, for A.Y. 2019/20.

Times and methods

  • Publication of the call for applications: 30 June 2020
  • Applications deadline: 7 August 2020, at 12.00 CET
  • Publication of results: October 2020

You can find more information in the call for applications.

Renewal of Unibo for Refugees study grants awarded in A.Y. 2019/20

Call for applications - Renewal of Unibo for Refugees study grants awarded in A.Y. 2019/20 (in Italian) is now online.

The University of Bologna offers Unibo for Refugees study grants for A.Y. 2020/21 reserved for students who were awarded a Unibo for Refugees study grant for A.Y. 2019/20. 

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. 2019/20;
  • you comply with the requirements for the payment of the third installment set in the Unibo for Refugees call for applications, for A.Y. 2019/20;
  • you will regularly enrol for A.Y. 2020/21.

The ranking list will be drawn up on the basis of credits accrued by 15 July 2020.

Times and methods

  • Publication of the call for applications: 30 June 2020
  • Applications deadline: 22 July 2020, at 12.00 CET
  • Publication of results: August 2020

You can find more information in the call for applications.

Enrolling in single learning activities, A.Y. 2020/21

If you hold a residence permit as an asylum seeker (“richiesta asilo” – asylum request), you can enrol in single learning activities with full exemption from the payment of the contribution. You only have to pay the insurance premium of €1.04 and the stamp duty of €16.

In order to enrol you must also demonstrate with appropriate certification that you have attended Italian courses at least at level A2 or, alternatively, the MOOC Modern Languages ITA101 available on the Unibook site (Unibo Open Knowledge). This certification is also required for enrolling in single learning activities taught in English.

The enrolment can be done with documentation related to the qualification more simplified than that laid down in the instructions (see documents to be submitted), but you must do an interview and a verification of the qualifications at the International Desk. The interviews will start in October 2019. To schedule an interview, send an e-mail to internationaldesk@unibo.it

If you are already enrolled in single learning activities in A.Y. 2019/20 or if you already have all the documents, you can go directly to the Student Administration Office to register.