Our history

The origins of the University of Bologna go way back, and it is considered to be the oldest university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of the great names of science and literature, it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture.

Alma Mater StudiorumNine centuries of history

Nine centuries of Alma Mater Studiorum: from as far back as 1088, conventionally referred to as the year in which the Studium of Bologna was founded, through the bustling Middle Ages and the eclectic Renaissance to the stagnation of the modern age and its revival in the contemporary era. The oldest University in the Western world presents itself.

Statue of CarducciFamous people, guests and illustrious students

Right from the outset, the Studium in Bologna hosted numerous illustrious guests and scholars.