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The University of Bologna

The Alma Mater Studiorum is the oldest university in the entire world: it was founded in 1088.

The University of Bologna includes 32 Departments and 5 Schools, with courses in all fields, from the scientific area to the more classical studies. The notable reputation of the University is known everywhere due to the high quality of information it guarantees. All the professors that work for the UniBo are enlightened experts and professionals with prestigious curricula. For these reasons, people from all over the world come to benefit from its academic offerings. 

The University of Bologna has contacts and twinings with other famous and important universities all over the world, for example with the University of Buenos Aires. Their students can enjoy great opportunities, like internships, intercultural exchanges, participation in programs such as the Erasmus+, all of which are overseas. Due to all these motivations, the statistics show that the number of students that find a job after they have graduated in UniBo is higher compared with the national average.

The University of Bologna hosts 86509 students in 5 different campuses located in Bologna, Forlì, Cesena, Ravenna and Rimini. The most popular courses are lectured in the main campus (Bologna’s one), while the most specific and sectoral courses are lectured in the other smaller ones. 

In my personal opinion, the student’s life of Bologna can’t be compared with the ones from the other campuses. In fact, Bologna is a university city which lives and survives due to its students. There are always brilliant initiatives, cultural events, gathering spaces for young people. Bologna is really active, enterprising, rich of opportunities that stimulate and attract students. On the other hand, the other small cities, even if they host a modern campus, don’t have such a strong tradition in that sense. Some of them are not really prepared to offer to the student community what a typical student’s life required. 

In any case, I am really proud because I graduated from the University of Bologna. In fact, even if it has been really hard and I had to renounce at a lot of things, I had the honour to study in a university that is considered one of the pillars of the mondial culture.

Text written in June 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

My name is Cristina, I am 22 and Italian. I am a globetrotter and a student of International and Diplomatic Science. I believe that “your vibe attracts your tribe”, that’s why I am in love with nature, animals and my friends! 🙂


Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.