the world's first university the world's first university

The University of Bologna was the first ever university, and therefore now the oldest in the world. It is located in Bologna, northern Italy, which is renowned as Italy’s gastronomic capital. Today the university counts 85,500 students in 11 schools, with campuses in various parts of Bologna and also a branch abroad in Buenos Aires.


Quick Facts:

Location: Bologna, Italy
City Population: 384,038
University Population: 82,363
Climate: Bologna has a humid subtropical climate, with little influence from the sea.
Nearest airport: Bologna Guglielomo Marconi Airport


Why choose Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna?

  1. Thomas Becket, Copernicus and several popes are among the university’s most notable alumni
  2. The university was founded in 1088
  3. It is the most popular university in Italy

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