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The University of Bologna was probably the first University in the western world. Its history is one of great thinkers in science and the humanities, making it an indispensable point of reference in the panorama of European culture. The University maintained its central position on the scene of global culture until the period between the two wars, when other countries came to the forefront in teaching and research. Bologna has thus been called upon to forge relationships with institutions in the most advanced countries to modernise and expand its activity. Among the many challenges which it has met with success, Bologna committed itself to the European dimension which has now led to adoption of the new university system.

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The Faculty of Agriculture
Facoltà di Agraria
viale G. Fanin 50
40127 Bologna

With the recent reorganisation of studies, the Faculty of Agriculture has put into effect a wide and articulated range of courses to respond to the ever-changing expectations of students and the world of work.

In this task, the Faculty can rely upon a consolidated tradition at a national and international level, on highly qualified human resources, and upon the endowment of modern structures and adequate support services. The Faculty of Agriculture is divided into various branches: Bologna, Cesena, Faenza, Imola and Reggio Emilia. The quality of the environment and the presence of numerous laboratories and services are an important component to guarantee students optimal educational conditions.

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To fulfil the academic requirements of this degree students must spend at least one semester of study at one or several partner universities to achieve a minimum of 30 or a maximum of 60 credits, by completing courses chosen amongst those offered by the three Universities. Students will have to satisfy minimum credit requirements in horticultural biochemistry and soil fertility, ecophysiology and ecology, economy and marketing, genetic improvement and biotechnologies, protection and horticultural production, cultural techniques. They will then be able to further their specialization in selected areas thanks to the wide choice of courses available. The courses and the examinations taken abroad will be recognized on the basis of a table of equivalence agreed upon by the five Partner Universities.

  • First, a fall semester with 30 credits to be carried out at the Faculty of Agriculture in Bologna, beginning in late September
  • The subsequent spring and fall semesters, both carrying 30 credits, during which the student will have to travel to either Partner University (or all) to clear the requirement of the minimum number of credits (30) earned abroad;
  • The fourth semester (30 credits) will be dedicated to preparing the Thesis and training.

The final Master’s Thesis will consist of an original experimental work carried out in collaboration between the University of Bologna and one of the three Partner Universities; it will be written and discussed in English.

A good English proficiency is required of the students. This can be acquired via specific courses available at the Language Centre of the University (CILTA), offered for free at the beginning of the academic years 2006/07 and 2007/08.

The following minimum ECTS have to be obtained (this is also valid for students who want to obtain the double degree from Bologna as their partner university):

  • 5 ECTS in Biotechnology&Breeding, Plant and Soil Biochemistry, Plant protection, Economics, Complementary activities
  • 9 ECTS in Mathematics
  • 10 ECTS in Crop management and Crop ecophysiology
    (total 54 ECTS)

A multiple Master
By the agreement in force between the University of Bologna and the Universities of Munich, Vienna, and Berlin, the student, beyond obtaining the Italian degree, denominated "Laurea Specialistica in Ortofrutticoltura Internazionale", will also receive the corresponding degree from the Partner University in which he/she will have acquired the 30 credits required. These are the Master of Science of the Technical University of Munich, the Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, and the Corvinus University Budapest, and the Diplom Ingenieur of the University of Vienna.

Admission (if Bologna is chosen as the home university)

Dott. Francesco Spinelli
tel. 051/2096447

More Information can be obtained directly by contacting the student secretariat of the Faculty of Agriculture (Ms R. Calella, email - tel. +39-051-2096501).

Registration deadline is October 31st  but in order to allow attendance to the first semester courses, it is suggested to register by early September of each year.


Coordinator: Prof. Guglielmo Costa

Co-Coordinator: Dr. Francesco Spinelli

Academic student matters: Prof. Massimo Tagliavini

Useful Links

Time table Summer Semester 2009 (pdf)

Time table Winter semester 2008/2009 (pdf)

Modules of UNIBO

Information about the programme

Examination dates (Italian)

AlmaWelcome! Registration help

User guide to Bologna

Residences in Bologna

Useful facts for exchange students

Helpful contacts for international students

Tutoring Center for International Students

Student Accommodation and Information Service (S.A.I.S.) assists students in finding lodging in Bologna

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