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General description

Formerly the Istituto Universitario di Bergamo, a private university set up in 1968, the University of Bergamo has been a State university since November 1st, 1992. For many years it has been committed to a profound renewal of its training programmes and structures and is among the few who promply embraced the guidelines and spirit of the Italian University System reform of 1999 and onwards.
Attention has been concentrated on major expansion of space, equipment and number of Faculties (currently 6). There are 13 three-year First level degree programmes, 16 Specialist Degree Courses, 1 five-year Degree in Law; 5 Master's degrees taught in English. They cover a wide range of disciplines and are taught on 3 sites: Humanities in Bergamo (Cittą Alta), Economics and Law in Bergamo (Cittą Bassa), and Engineering in Dalmine.
In the Academic Year 2011/12 there were 14,112 enrolments, including 684 foreign students. The University also hosted 87 European and non-European students in the framework of the Erasmus Programme and co-operation agreements with non-European Institutions.
The number of Academics (professors and researchers) is presently 336, while technical and administrative staff, including 13 language experts, presently employed by the university is 208.

The University of Bergamo's strong points are:

  • the wide range of academic programmes offered
  • the excellent facilities available to students: Language Centre, Computer Labs, Library services
  • the diversified and increasing number of International Student Exchanges
  • numerous PhDs, Masters, and post-graduate Specialization Programs
  • well organised work placement though the Student Placement Office.

The consolidation of scientific activities which reach beyond national boundaries is also important. At the University of Bergamo, research activities is carried out by the 7 Departments and by the numerous Research Centres that work on projects related to specific areas.

The University of Bergamo is the administrative site of Research Doctorates; it also hosts prestigious initiatives such as the International Seminar of Russian Language and Culture, Courses in Italian Language and Culture for Foreigners.


The Departments

The seven Departments of the University of Bergamo promote, coordinate and organize research and teaching activities of the educational programs they are responsible for.

Department Campus Colour
Engineering and Applied Sciences Engineering
Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures Humanities
Human and Social Sciences Humanities
Law Economics and Law
Letters, Philosophy, Communication Humanities
Management, Economics and Quantitative Methods Economics and Law
Management, Information and Production Engineering Engineering