UNI-CO-RE: University Corridors for Refugees (Ethiopia-Unibo 2019-21)

UNI-CO-RE was created to allow refugee students in Ethiopia to continue their academic career at the University of Bologna.

The project is promoted by the Alma Mater and UNHCR Italy - UN Agency for Refugees and carried out thanks to the support of: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Archdiocese of Bologna, Caritas Italiana, ER.GO – Regional Board for the Right to Higher Studies of Emilia-Romagna, Federmanager Bologna - Ravenna, Gandhi Charity, Manageritalia Emilia Romagna, Next Generation Italy.

UNI-CO-RE will be carried out experimentally for the academic years 2019/20 and 2020/21. Refugee students will be selected through a special call.


Beneficiaries of the UNI-CO-RE project will benefit of support in:

  • pre-enrolling at the Italian Embassy in Ethiopia and carrying out immigration procedures;
  • applying for admission to second cycle degree programmes of the University of Bologna;
  • integrating in the local student life and community.

Beneficiaries of the UNI-CO-RE project will receive financial benefits, consisting of:

  • up to 1.000 € for expenses to be faced before the arrival in Italy: flight tickets, Visa and preparation of supporting documents;
  • 3.200 €  to be paid during A.Y. 2019/20, according to merit criteria;
  • 3.200 €  to be paid during A.Y. 2020/21, according to merit criteria.

The students will also be supported in the application for Er.Go benefits. Documents required for proving the economic condition will be simplified. Student, who have correctly completed the application and are included as winners in the ranking lists, can receive for A.Y. 2019/20 and 2020/21:

  • a study grant worth 5.192,56 € per academic year;
  • accommodation in Er.Go. student shared dorm (whose price will be deducted from the Er.Go. study grant);
  • a budget of 600 € for catering services;
  •  full tuition fee reduction (in any case the student must pay €157,64 in regional taxes, the duty stamp and insurance premium – amount subject to change - for A.Y. 2019/20 and 2020/21);
  • possible regional tax  reimbursement of 140 € if merit requirements are met;
  • the support of a volunteer student for the first year.

UNI-CO-RE benefits are assigned for A.Y. 2019/20 and A.Y. 2020/21. Maintenance merit requirements are applied.


You can participate in the project if:

  • you reside in Ethiopia and you have been granted refugee status in collaboration with UNHCR;
  • you are in possession or you are about to obtain a first cycle degree from a university in Ethiopia that allows you to continue your studies in the second cycle. The qualification must be obtained in 2017, 2018 or until July 2019 (European calendar);
  • you are interested in enrolling in a second cycle degree programme of the University of Bologna provided in English, without restricted access, on the campuses of Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Rimini.

Times and methods

  • Publication of the call for applications: 15 January 2019.
  • Applications deadline: the deadline is postponed to 26 February 2019 at 16:00 CET.
  • Publication of results: April 2019.

The application must be submitted exclusively through Studenti Online.

Detailed information are available in the call for applications.


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