The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano was founded in 1997. Our university has a strong international outlook, as testified by its multilingual courses (German, Italian, English and Ladin) and the high number of students and teaching staff from abroad.

The university has five faculties, and a high percentage of lecturers (35%) and students (17%) come from abroad and they study, teach and do research in the fields of Economics, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, Education and Design. We have 4,100 students registered to more than 30 undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

The taught modules on offer and our research projects are linked to international and inter-regional networks. For example, within the Euregio project, we are partnered with the universities of Innsbruck and Trento, and we are committed to reaching top quality standards.

Our teaching and research programmes revolve around five faculties and two research centres:

  • Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Design and Art
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Competence Centre for Regional History


What makes unibz stand out among all universities, in Italy and in Europe, is the multilingualism of its courses and research. The three official languages - Italian, German and English - are used during classes, meetings, conferences and in all events. Thus, the university offers an ideal environment not only to acquire specific knowledge in the disciplines at the basis of each one's degree course but also to master the communication skills required by employment and by an increasingly globalised society.

In national rankings, our university reaches top positions every year. In 2018, for the fourth consecutive year, the Italian research centre for social studies Censis has ranked our university as number one among smaller private universities (less than 5,000 students). We rank high in international rankings too, especially under the categories 'internationalisation', 'student satisfaction' and 'practice-oriented'.

Unibz is a public institution, but not a state university. In addition to its own financial means to fund teaching and research, the university receives its largest share of funding from the Provincia Autonoma of Bozen-Bolzano, the local metropolitan administrative body. The basis of its strategic development is described in the strategic and financial plan 2017-2019 between unibz and the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano. As a higher education institution governed by public law, unibz has its own performance plan that defines its goals in administration practice.

As far as the quality standards for our degree courses and procedures to select our teaching staff are concerned, unibz adheres to the guidelines set by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). However, with our university being a private institution, we can also hire up to 70% of our lecturers from abroad without a public call.

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