The University of Bologna for peace in Ukraine

The Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna firmly and indignantly condemns the invasion of Ukraine and observes with dismay the current humanitarian crisis.

Peace in Scaravilli placeThe University of Bologna is fully committed to take concrete actions in favour of students, members of the academic scientific community as well as the entire population of Ukraine who are victim of the war.

In accordance with what has been stated by the Conference of Italian University Rectors, the University of Bologna conducts its academic activities following and promoting peace and dialogue.


Study at the University of Bologna

Enrolling in single learning activities of Ukrainian students, a.y. 2023/24

The University of Bologna gives Ukrainian students, who are in Italy due to the war in their country, the opportunity to continue studying also by enrolling in single learning activities within the Unibo for Refugees project.

FAQ for students

Read the answers to the most frequently asked questions by students.

Research at the University of Bologna

Supporting graduate students and researchers affected by the war in Ukraine

University of Bologna's research community is providing visiting and fellowship opportunities to Ukrainian PhD students, post-docs, researchers and professors, refugees in Ukraine or holders of a permanent residence permit in Ukraine.
See all opportunities


Department initiatives

Support for voluntary language assistance services

A list of useful tools and resources intended primarily for students and all those who provide voluntary language assistance services. The list is updated by the Department of Interpreting and Translation.
More information

Psychological support

The teachers of the Psychology Department and the Transcultural Consultation Service are available to offer students psychological support and/or consultations. Contact

Words of peace, a FICLIT initiative

The Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies - FICLIT collected phrases, quotes, poems, and short texts proposed  by the community to bear witness to its repudiation of war and all forms of violence and repression of freedom.
Consult the thought archive

Our voices for everlasting Peace

The initiative, organised and promoted by Centro TRATEÀ in collaboration with the Department for Interpretation and Translation and the Student Association SSenzaLiMITi, enabled the creation of a podcast and the collection of handwritten letters with the aim of sharing thoughts of peace and showing support to the Ukraine academic community.
More information (in Italian) 

“War, or Rather Peace” - Key Words for a Philosophical Reflection

Series of conferences was organised by the Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies – FILCOM together with RUniPace in May 2022.
More information (in Italian)


University Support

Italian and international universities unite to support the Ukrainian people during this trying time.

The statements by the main university networks comprising the University of Bologna can be found below:


Actions undertaken

  • Coordination for the return of exchange students currently in Russia
  • Ongoing contact with Alma Mater students affected by the war
  • Availability to receive researchers and students with Ukrainian citizenship as notified to the Italian Ministry of University and Research
  • Ongoing cooperation with ER.GO (Regional Authority for the Right to Higher Education), Bologna City Council, Emilia-Romagna Region, and the Ukrainian Community in Bologna to ensure support to and reception of the Ukrainian people
  • Psychological support for students
  • The Institute of Advanced Studies has made 4 positions available for Visiting Fellows from Ukraine for teaching and scientific collaborations
  • The Business and Economics (CLABE) degree programme has reserved places for students holding international or temporary protection for the a.y. 2023/24


Future actions

  • Organisation of Italian language courses for Ukrainian students
  • Support in the funding of scholarships (e.g. for Ph.D. Students and research fellows) related to research projects
  • Reception activity in collaboration with the University Departments


Archive of events and initiatives

24 November 2023 - The University of Bologna on the Value of Science in Italian-Ukranian Relations

24 February 2023: The war in Ukraine one year after the invasion

30 May 2022 - Open meeting with Antonio Parenti on EU foreign policy and the war in Ukraine

from 16 to 20 May 2022 - Economic Sanctions and WTO Law: the Case of Ukraine

18 May 2022 - Economic Responses and International Economic Law. The Russia/Ukraine Conflict

13 April 2022 - Children in the War (held in Italian)  

8 April 2022 - War in Ukraine: international organisations and human rights (held in Italian)

7 April 2022 - War and Peace (held in Italian, this event is part of the series of conferences "War, or rather Peace. Key Words for a Philosophical Reflection")

5 April 2022 - What if it doesn’t end? Europe, the war, the blocked roads to pacifism (held in Italian)

1 April 2022 - War in Ukraine: Cyber Aspects (held in Italian)

25 March 2022 - War in Ukraine: its Implications on Agribusiness (held in Italian)

18 March 2022 - War in Ukraine: its Implications on Energy and Mineral Resources (held in Italian)

15 March 2022 – War in Ukraine. War and Peace in the 21st century (held in Italian)

14 March 2022 – Russia and Ukraine: Historical and Cultural Roots of this Conflict (held in Italian)

11 March 2022 – War in Ukraine: a Global Perspective (held in Italian)

10 March 2022 – Understanding the War in Ukraine. A lecture delivered by professors and experts (held in Italian)

9 March 2022 – Talk on the current conflict in Ukraine and the subsequent international crisis (held in Italian)

7 march 2022 - The geo-political, economic and legal implications of the Ukrainian crisis

4 March 2022 - The war in Ukraine: actors, developments and stakes

1 March 2022 - From the "Ukrainian crisis" to a "European crisis": historical-political and legal perspectives


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