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The University of Cagliari and its history
The Studium Generalis Kalaritarum was founded in 1607 along the lines of the old
Spanish Universities of Salamanca, Valladolid and Lerida. It originally offered Law, Latin,
Greek and Hebrew Literature, the Liberal Arts, Medicine, Surgery, Philosophy and Science.
When Sardinia passed under the House of Savoy in the 18th century, the statute of the
University was significantly modified, with the expansion of the science faculties and
institutes. Designed by the Piedmontese engineer Saverio Belgrano di Famolasco, the new
University building was completed at the end of the 18th century. Today it hosts the Rectorate
and the offices of the University administration. The 19th and 20th centuries saw more and more
emphasis placed on research activities, with the obtaining of important, internationally
acclaimed results, especially in the fields of Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and
The University of Cagliari and its present structure
The University is at present made up of the following faculties: Humanities; Economics and
Commerce; Education; Engineering; Languages; Law; Medicine and Surgery; Pharmacy; Political
Science; Mathematics; Physics and Natural Sciences.
The University has about 40,000 regularly enrolled students, a teaching staff of over 1,200
and a technical-administrative staff of about 1,400 people.
The University awards the following academic qualifications:
- Bachelor (Laurea): it is awarded after a three-year course.
- Master (Laurea Specialistica): it is awarded after a two-year course; to be enrolled in a master's program, a bachelor is required.
- PhD (Dottorato di Ricerca): it is a postgraduate degree in advanced research. A qualifying examination is required to join the PhD program.
The academic year is divided into two semesters.
- The First Semester starts on October 1 and ends on January 21. There is a break of 2 weeks
- The Second Semester starts on March 1 and ends on June 15. There is a break of 1 week
The following days and all Sundays are considered holidays:
- October 30: Saint Saturnino (Patron Saint of Cagliari)
- November 1: All Saint's Day
- December 8: The Immaculate Conception Day
- December 23/January 6: Christmas Holidays
- From the wednesday before to the wednesday after Easter: Easter Holidays
- April 25: Anniversary of Liberation
- May 1: Labour Day
Exams are mainly held during these three period:
- From June 16 to July 30
- From September 1 to September 30
- From January 22 to February 28
Final assessment of the student is based on the result of one or more examinations, which
may be oral and/or written. The pass mark for examinations is 18 out of 30. The highest
mark for examinations is 30 out of 30. An excellent performance is usually graded above 28.
For a conversion between ETCS grades and grades used at the university of Cagliari,
The University of Cagliari, in collaboration with the Regional Agency for the Right to
Education (ERSU - Ente Universitario per il Diritto allo Studio), provides accommodation
for EU (and extra-European) scholarship holders at the local "Casa dello Studente"
(University student hostel).
Accommodation must be booked well in advance and applications must be clear, complete and
presented as early as possible, since there is a limited number of places reserved for foreign
Students should inform the local International Relations Office,
not later than 30 September
concerning the exact date of their arrival and the length of their stay.
Accommodation at the University Students Hostel costs ITL 10,000 for a single room, ITL 7,000
for a double room and ITL 4,500 for a triple one. Students must pay ITL 30,000 in caution money
at the beginning of their stay if they are going to stay for six weeks and ITL 100,000 if more
than six weeks. This money will be returned when the room is vacated in the same condition it
was in at the beginning of your stay.
ERASMUS students at the University of Cagliari are eligible for accommodation service on the
same terms as Italian students as long as they:
- present documents concerning income equivalent to those required from Italian students;
- present a declaration indicating the equivalency of income to Italian levels based on international indices and issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the student's country. These declarations may also be issued by embassies and consulates in Italy.
Help in finding comfortable private accommodation, which is fairly expensive, is available at
the ERSU Sportello Casa (Office for Private Accommodation "Sportello Casa", Via Trentino, 10,
09123 Cagliari, Tel.: 0039-070-2019968, Fax: 0039-070-2019968) of the International Relations
Office, for students who have been unable to find accommodation at the Casa dello Studente.
The rent of a single room with bath and cooking facilities varies from ITL 200,000 to 400,000
per month. Rooms are inspected by "Sportello Casa" staff and are of an acceptable standard.
Other private-sector accommodation can be found through newspapers, estate agents,
advertisements; some may be cheaper but the standard cannot be guaranteed. Unfortunately it is
not possible to reserve this type of accommodation before arrival in Cagliari. For further
information contact "Sportello Casa".
N.B. All contracts are legally binding. Read them thoroughly and make sure you understand
before signing a housing contract.
There are two University refectories run by the Regional Agency for the Right to Education
(ERSU) in Cagliari: one is in Via Premuda, no. 10, Tel.: 0039-070-2019210, and the other is
in Piazza Michelangelo, no. 19. Meals are served as follows: from Monday to Saturday; lunch
from 12:30 to 2:00 pm; dinner from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Meals cost ITL 3,000 each. Foreign students
may use the refectories upon presentation of a special card issued by ERSU.
The address of ERSU is as follows:
Ente Universitario per il Diritto allo Studio
Via Premuda, no. 10
Tel.: 0039-070-2019202, Fax: 070-272804
Liability insurance covering any damage a student may cause to property and persons while in
university structures, or accidents that may occur while the student is on university premises,
is available upon payment of ITL 3,000. Apply to the International Relations Office for the
necessary forms and information on your arrival in town.
Students are reminded that all EU students in possession of the E 111 and/or E 128 Certificate,
issued by their local health authorities before their departure, have the right to health
coverage all over Italy; non-EU students must have an insurance certificate issued by their
home university or an insurance company as proof that they are covered by some form of health
Registration for Erasmus and Tempus Students
By statute, the International Relations Office acts as the General Administration Office.
This is the office a foreign student must contact on his/her arrival in Cagliari (International
Relations Office - Villa Asquer - Viale Ciusa no. 93, 09131 Cagliari, Tel.: 0039-070-504240;
Fax: 0039-070-522810). It is the only office authorised to supply foreign students with all
the necessary information and help. This office is responsible for documentation required for
EU scholarships; it issues certificates, helps students find suitable accommodation, organises
Italian language courses, and is the link between the academic tutor and the student.
When an ERASMUS student arrives in Cagliari, he/she must submit the following documents to
All duly registered temporary students receive a University of Cagliari fidelity card valid for
an evaluation of the quality of their stay here in the University and in the town.
- passport or identity card;
- a certificate from his/her university stating that he/she has been awarded the ERASMUS or TEMPUS scholarship;
- three passport-size photographs, which will be used in issuing a student's record book in which all courses taken during his/her stay at the University as an ERASMUS or TEMPUS student will be recorded;
- an E 111 and/or E 128 health certificate or an equivalent insurance policy covering the entire period of stay at the University of Cagliari.
Office for Erasmus and Tempus Students
The International Relations Office is open to foreign students on Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays from 10.30 to 12.30.
The person responsible for the office is the Rector's delegate for foreign relations, aided
by administrative personnel. The person in charge is Mrs. Anna Aloi, duly supported in
international activities by her assistants: Maria Ullu, Gwaenėlle Flot (Fr, Eng; 8:00am
1:00pm), Stefania Melas (Eng., Fr., 8:00am 1:00pm) and Vanessa Carboni (Eng; Sp., 8:00am
To facilitate integration, it is advisable for foreign students to arrive at the chosen
Italian University with a basic knowledge of the Italian language, since lectures, seminars
and tutorials are held almost exclusively in Italian.
In the months of September-October and February-March the University Language Centre organises
two intensive, 50-hour Italian courses, with classroom lectures and extensive tutorials in its
modern language laboratory.
These courses are indispensable in view of successful progress in your studies. Students
planning to attend our University are thus kindly requested to let the International Relations
Office know by 31 August for October or 31 December for March whether or not they wish to
attend one of the two courses.
The Italian Language Course costs approximately ITL 70,000.
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