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University of Trento

4.1 out of 5 (39 ratings / 33 reviews) Trento, Italy
The University of Trento is a young medium sized University which is constantly working to develop its international dimension, establishing and developing networks and partnerships that guarantee the opportunity of cooperation with regard to education, research and relations with industry.



The University of Trento is one of the youngest Italian universities: founded in 1962 as a higher university institute for social sciences, it became the Faculty of Sociology with the aim of modernize a rather conservative and traditionalist society. In 1972 the Istituto Superiore di Scienze Sociali became the Libera Università degli Studi di Trento (a private university), which included a Faculty of Sociology, a Faculty of Sciences (awarding degrees in Mathematics and Physics), and a Faculty of Economics (awarding degrees in Political economics and Business studies).


The University of Trento offers a wide range of excellent undergraduate, graduate and PhD programmes: their quality is the result of recognized scientific achievements, international cooperative projects, and effective worldwide industrial cooperation. Most graduate and PhD programmes are completely held in English.


UniTrento aims at recruiting young, enthusiastic, qualified and dynamic researchers: these are the main features which form the basis to drive the research guidelines of its departments and centres, towards new and interesting research issues.

UniTrento supports its research structures in a continuative manner, spanning from the planning phase to the drafting of the final financial report, through all stages of the increasingly complex and competitive process to access funding for research projects.

The Departments promote, coordinate and manage the University educational and research activities. Moreover they govern the relations with external authorities and institutions, fostering knowledge transfer.

The Departments pursue the accomplishment of interdisciplinary educational and scientific objectives and may be organized in different departmental areas.


The role of Job Guidance is to help to put students and graduates of the University of Trento in touch with the world of work. In fulfilling this mission, the Office has been remodelled to reflect the values of transparency and give pride of place to people as individuals and the service provided. It operates across all the academic disciplines and courses of study offered at the University. Our main point of reference is Professor Paola Quaglia, Rector’s delegate for curricular internships, placements and UNITN students and former students.  

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University Ranking

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401 100
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Student services

  • Support office for students
  • E-learning services 
  • Library Language center - CLA
  • Job Guidance 
  • ECDUkplace 
  • Going abroad 
  • IT services 
  • Open Access 
  • Tutoring 
  • Myunitn

Housing services

The University Guild offers more than 1,500 beds to students who do not come from Trento. They are arranged in collective students halls or flats, located in areas easy to reach from the university premises.  

The main criteria to access accommodation are established annually in the relevant Call for selection. These criteria evaluate:
  • economic situation;
  • family composition;
  • merit criteria (from the second year on).

Library services

Access and borrowing at the University Library are free and open to people who have a subscription to the CBT borrowing service. 

Subscription is free and open to all. You may subscribe and get a library card for the CBT (Bibliographic Catalogue of the Province of Trento) borrowing service at any library in the province of Trento.  University oF Trento has 5 libraries:  Central University Library, Via Verdi Library, Library of Engineering, Library of Science, Library of Cognitive science, with the following services:

  • Discovery Service
  • Databases
  • E-books
  • Degree Thesis
  • Research Outputs Database
  • CBT nad MLOL

ICT services

The University of Trento offers to its professors, technical and administrative staff and sometimes to its students, the opportunity to install some generally useful SW products, whose licenses and updates are managed directly.

The University of Trento offers to its professors, technical and administrative staff and sometimes to its students, the opportunity to install some SW products.

Medical services

If you want to study in Italy you need to be covered by health insurance.

There are different types of health insurance policies according to the student's citizenship (EU or non-EU student).

The University of Trento provides  a general (and not medical) insurance coverage, only in the case of hospitalization due to accidents occurred during academic activities. It also provides coverage for injuries suffered by the students, for which the University is responsible. The insurance also covers damages that students may cause to other people, things or animals at the University of Trento. 

Student Life

Sports facilities

UNI.Sport connects all sports facilities available in the university system: the three centers belonging to the University (the nautical center, the sports center in Mattarello, the gliding center), the University's gym at the Department of Sociology and Social Research and the sports facilities at the student halls of the Opera Universitaria in San Bartolameo, Santa Margherita and Residenza Brennero.

Among the activities are: aerobic fat burning, aerostep and postural tone, climbing, aikido, basketball and volleyball, fit & wellness, bodypower, gag & bag, boating / sailing / windsurfing, multisport training, pilates, boat license, ski & snowboard, stretch & tone, pilot license glider sailplane, yoga nidra (dream yoga), tennis, power yoga.

Student clubs

  • Acropoli
  • ADI
  • A.I.E.S.E.C.
  • Amici de "Il Faggio"
  • APE
  • A.S.I. Leonardo
  • Associazione Teatrale Universitaria 
  • Cittadini per Costituzione
  • Club Alpbach Trentino
  • C.U.C. Trento
  • CUV & E
  • Erasmus Student Network


  • Accredited in 1983 by the Italian Minister for University and Research (MIUR).
  • Assessed in the top category (A), “very positive” - the outcome of the periodic accreditation process carried out by the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) on behalf of the Ministry of Education

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's hard, but studying is always hard regardless of the university you're in. Getting accepted is only the first step, but the experience you get along the way is what will matter years down the line and an international experience is what will help you step out of your shell and explore the possibilities that the future holds.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university is great for Computer science, cognitive science courses. Research work is abundant and there are tons of opportunities for students. The city is a small town in the foothills of Alps and hence loaded with many beautiful places. Nature takes off any pressure you have with your studies. Caution: If you are an International student and wish to see many...

Have friends, not colleagues.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

About Computer Science Bachelor I suggest to change the proposed courses, since most of them are about math: I had very few course about programming. I had fun during my studies, and I think that s the most important thing in order to increase motivation and engagement. Had a group of colleagues, in my case I call them friends, to spend time and to study with eased a lot...

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