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Palermo University - Italy



The University of Palermo (UNIPA) is a consolidated cultural, scientific and teaching presence in central-western Sicily. Its 16 Departments cover the most important domains of contemporary scientific and technological knowledge.


The University of Palermo (UNIPA) is a consolidated cultural, scientific and teaching presence in central-western Sicily. Its 16 Departments cover the most important domains of contemporary scientific and technological knowledge.

About 122 courses (first and second cycle) are yearly offered as well as 44 master and specialization and 23 PhD courses, targeted to the training of specific professional figures, often in cooperation with external institutions and companies.

The University General Hospital is a local health corporation that works in synergy with the School of Medicine. It provides beds, day-hospital beds, and a first-aid service.

UNIPA is also present in three other cities in Sicily, apart Palermo: Agrigento, Caltanissetta e Trapani.

There is a closed link between UNIPA and the labor market: 3rd students of 1st cycle degree courses and 2nd year students of the 2nd cycle experience practice periods within public or private companies and agencies.

Research activities

Palermo University has 16 Departments, where researchers study every day to find new solution to the questions posed by nature, science and society. From Information Technology to Biology, from Mathematics to Medicine, to Social Sciences and Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the University works to make its contribution of innovation and progress to the international scientific community and the world of production.

In the laboratories – many of which are open to the local community – the first step of collaboration between researchers in the academic world and in the business world are taken, basic and applied research is carried out, and young brains are given the chance to turn their intuitions to good account. Here scientific research finds its application in robotics, pharmaceutical industry, ecology, and medical diagnostics. Successful technological transfer implies the full synergy of innovative technologies, scientific expertise, production systems and processes. Actually, it is necessary to implement a full-fledged system including the “know-how”, production processes, goods, services and organizational and operational skills.



  1. You will learn at one of the best technical universities in ITALY. Studying at our university gives you an opportunity to receive thorough education in many fields of study and gain qualifications required by the demanding and fast-changing job market.

  2. We will provide you with a well-balanced range of academic courses in 16 Departments and 1 School:

    • Architecture

    • Biomedicine, Neuroscience and Advanced Diagnostics

    • Cultures and Societies

    • Surgical, Oncological and Stomatological Disciplines

    • Physics and Chemistry - Emilio Segrè

    • Law

    • Engineering

    • Mathematics and Informatics

    • Health Promotion, Maternal-Child, Internal Medicine and Excellence Specialist “G. D'Alessandro "

    • Agricultural, Food and Forestry Sciences

    • Earth and sea sciences

    • Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies

    • Economic, Business and Statistical Sciences

    • Political Sciences and International Relations

    • Psychological, Pedagogical, Exercise and Training Sciences

    • Humanities

    • Medicine and Surgery School

  3. You will be taught by dedicated staff, whose expertise and unrivalled academic knowledge are well-known both at home and abroad. Our academic staff consists of around 1500 professors/associate professors / lecturers, many of whom hold the title of doctor.

  4. As at most universities in the EU countries, at our University operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), enabling our students to study at foreign academic institutions.

  5. Our graduates are highly valued by employers and all our courses teach skills essential to a successful career.

  6. We constantly improve our educational offer by introducing new fields of study and sought-after specializations in order to strengthen our graduates' position on the more and more demanding job market.

  7. Our University participates in many European programmes, including the 7th Framework Programme, the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the LLP-Erasmus Educational Programme.

  8. You can develop your passions and interests within numerous research and scientific clubs and interests groups, and several student organizations.

  9. UNIPA has for you a very rich cultural and sports offer within the Academic Centre for Culture and Sports.

  10. UNIPA has for you great educational facilities and a comprehensive student infrastructure: state-of-the-art laboratories and lecture halls, three halls of residence, refectories, and a very modern main library as well as faculty libraries.

  11. Situated in the south of ITALY is an ideal city for students. The cost of living and accommodation is relatively low in comparison with other cities. Also travel to other parts of ITALY by flight is easy.

  12. Palermo is an attractive city. It lies in the picturesque sicily, offering great opportunities for different forms of active tourism.


The University of Palermo is quite integrated with the City (Palermo) and the overall Region: Sicily. The Univeristy forsters the collaboration with the city and the Sicily Region by connecting also special events such as the Gratuation Day organizing this event, whcih celebrate the Unipa students, in some special places in the city center and hystorical monuments.

Palermo University cannot be separated by the venue where it is located which has influenced in the past, present and futureits development and organization. In the following a brief hystory of Palermo and Sicily is repoted leaving the readers to further references in the web, papers, books etc. for a deep and fascinating discover of Palermo and Sicily.


About Palermo

Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, is located in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. Built and grown over the course of centuries, Palermo conveys a range of diverse cultures and traditions, from the Fenicians to the Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish-French people, until the recent unification within the Italian kingdom. Nestled in La Conca d’Oro (the golden shell) and roughly embraced by Monte Pellegrino and Capo Zafferano, Palermo was declared “the most beautifully situated town in the world” by Oscar Wilde – rightly, in many people’s eyes.

Palermo may not be the natural choice for first-time visitors to Italy, yet its dark complexities have attracted artists and writers for centuries: Wagner wrote Parsifal here, and until a few years ago Jenny Saville operated from a studio in a crumbling 18th-century palazzo.

Moving from the city center to the more recent quarters of Palermo, in via Ruggero VII and via Libertà, you will encounter very interesting shopping areas enriched by the presence of the two main city theatres, Politeama Garibaldi and Massimo, the largest opera theater in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. Built between 1875 and 1891, it can accommodate more than 1,380 spectators. The opera was designed and supervised by the great Italian architect Giovan Battista Filippo Basile. It is considered one of the most famous operas in Italy where you can enjoy music and beautiful room.


Walking within then narrow and characteristic streets of the city center you will also be able to smell and taste the flavours of Palermo street food: “pani ‘ca meusa” and “panelle” (bread with fried spleen or chickpeas slices), “stigliola” (grilled meat), arancine (rice balls), “sfincione” (typical Palermo’s pizza) particularly abundant in historical markets of the city.

Colourful and picturesque, you will find small open shops selling food with their array of multicoloured awnings, their brightly painted stalls decked with assortments of fruit, vegetables or fish, lit with bare light-bulbs. To get the real soul of Palermo, take a walk at its markets. You will stroll through Ballarò market to reach Professa square with the baroque Casa Professa del Gesù church. The ‘Vucciria’ market is certainly Palermo’s most famous, always bustling with colour and noise (which possibly gave rise to its name). Eventually, just beyond Massimo theatre you will find the Capo market, the most famous for the variety of spices and aromas.

In the very close neighbourhoods of Palermo, the small village of Monreale hosts the Cathedral, a unique architectural jewel, built according to the Bizantine style and astonishingly enriched with golden mosaics, representing the main episodes of the Holy Bible.

The Foro Italico, a sea side marina walk populated by Palermo citizens, separates the city center from the sea side, reaching the gate of the city harbour the third largest commercial harbour in Italy. Here you can enjoy a walk, eating ice Palermo also offers wonderful options for enjoying beaches and bathing and swimming in the crystalline water of the city’s most popular beach of Mondello, 30 minutes from the city centre by city buses.

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