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Information about University of Palermo


The University of Palermo (UNIPA) is an Italian consolidated cultural, scientific and teaching presence located in central-western Sicily region. It is organized in 20 Departments and covers the most important domains of contemporary scientific and technological knowledge.

More than 120 courses (first and second cycle) are yearly offered, as well as more than twenty PhD courses, targeted to the training of specific professional figures, often in cooperation with external institutions and companies.

University of Palermo, established in 1806 by Ferdinand III of Bourbon, is to date one of the largest universities in Italy and indeed the largest in Sicily. Palermo, the capital of Sicily, well known for its sea, its precious monumental art treasures and the mild climate, favors an intense cultural and artistic life. Palermo is a natural bridge between Europe and the Mediterranean countries (easily connected by ship, plane and train) and provides motivation and growth opportunities for young people.

The University of Palermo has 20 Departments, where research activities are carried out in several fields: Science and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences. The University is committed to give its contribution to the international scientific community and to the world of production in terms of innovation and progress.

 Scientific research, both basic and applied, is carried out in the University laboratories also open to the local community. Successful technological transfer is accomplished through the full synergy of innovative technologies, scientific expertise, production systems and processes. Efforts are also devoted to implement a full-fledged system including the “know-how”, production processes, goods, services and organizational and operational skills.

In order to contribute to achieve these goals, the University of Palermo has set up a network of University labs for testing and transferring new technologies to SMEs.

Student Offices

  • The help desk for foreign students supports them during their enrolment and registration at UNIPA. The Help Desk for Foreign Students provides information about:
  • immigration norms
  • students enrolment and registration norms, access reserved only for foreign citizens
  • courses of Italian language organized by the Italian School for Foreign People
  • UNIPA facilities for students (libraries, Wi-Fi network access, accommodation, canteens, counselling and career center, university sport center, university medical clinic)

Moreover at help desk, foreign students will find assistance in fulfillment of all procedures regarding the residence permit.

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UNIPA has about 20 libraries, with more than 3,000 reading places.

Students of the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering at UNIPA can benefit from several Libraries of the Department of Engineering, for the consultation of bibliographic material useful for their educational path and for loan services. Several electronic journals and databases are available from the University Library portal:

Wi-Fi network access service is available in all the libraries, as well as freely accessible computer stations.


Wireless connectivity service is available to all the students with an active career, allowing them to use the services and digital resources offered by the University directly from their portable and handheld devices. Moreover, the University of Palermo is part of the international Eduroam circuit and allows all internal and external users, who are part of the circuit, to access the Wi-Fi network with their own login credentials.

The Department of Engineering at UNIPA has 3 computer classrooms (about 170 workstations), for educational activities that involve the use of IT tools. They are also available to students for writing their thesis and for research on the Internet.


The University Medical Clinic (AMU) offers a free service of multidisciplinary outpatient medical assistance to students, PhD students, postgraduate students, fellows and University scholars, as well as all foreign students attending the University according to specific agreements and programs.

AMU is located in the heart of the University Campus, in a fully equipped room in the ground floor of Building 14.

The clinic is a service dedicated to young people who attend the University and its spaces.

AMU can provide specialist services in:

  • Cardiology;
  • Psychological counseling;
  • Gastroenterology;
  • Gynaecology with special attention to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and contraception;
  • Respiratory Disease;
  • Metabolic Diseases;
  • Sports Medicine;
  • General Medicine;
  • Urology

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All the buildings of the Department of Engineering are within the University Campus, located very close to the city historical center. Campus buildings are connected by a free shuttle. A metro station and bus stops are in the nearby. Car and bike sharing services are easily accessible. The campus has an ATM, several cafeterias, a canteen inside and more outside the campus (within walking distance, printing facilities. Several supermarkets, small shops and restaurants are spread in the neighborhood area.

Sport facilities

All students enrolled at the University of Palermo can participate in sports activities scheduled by the University Sports Committee, organized by the CUS (Centro Universitario Sportivo), offering excellent facilities and equipment.

CUS Palermo was established in 1947 on the initiative of students of the faculties of engineering and law and it is currently active in the following sports: athletics, soccer, rowing, swimming, basketball, handball, water polo, volleyball, tennis.

Inside the sports citadel there are: a pool of eight 33-meter lanes, a sports hall with about 1,000 seats, tennis courts, five-a-side football pitches, a gym, a grass soccer field surrounded by eight-lane athletics track and equipped with a grandstand.

Student associations

There are about 20 student associations at the University of Palermo, 5 of them for students attending engineering courses. All the students enrolled at the University of Palermo can participate in the activities promoted by these associations, which mainly consist in seminars and workshops, study groups, orientation, and also fun activities, such as soccer, chess or e-sports competitions.