Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Bolzano, Italy

The exchange agreement

With the exchange agreement between Bolzano University and the University of Lethbridge signed in December 2008, this is one of our newest partners.

Semester dates

Fall semester
mid September - mid January (it may be possible for students to write exams in December and return home, please check with advisor)
Spring semester
early January–early May

The country

Italy is situated on the West Southern border of Europe; the peninsula, along with its surrounding islands, stretches out southwards almost to the coasts of North Africa, while eastwards it faces the Slav-Balkan territories. It shares its northern Alpine boundary with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.

The climate in Italy is highly diverse and can be far from the stereotypical Mediterranean climate depending on the location. Most of the inland northern areas of Italy (for example Turin, Milan and Bologna) have a continental climate often classified as Humid subtropical climate. The coastal regions have mild winters and warm and generally dry summers, although lowland valleys can be quite hot in summer.

Italy has been the home of many European cultures, such as the Etruscans and the Romans, and later was the birthplace of the universities and of the movement of the Renaissance, that began in Tuscany and spread all over Europe. Italy's capital Rome was for centuries the center of Western civilization; it also spawned the Baroque movement and seats the Catholic Church. Italy possessed a colonial empire from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

Pasta is the centerpiece of Italian eating and Italians take pride in their proficiency in the many and varied kinds of pasta making and cooking. Cheese and wine are a major part of the cuisine. Italian cuisine is now famous worldwide.

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The city

Bolzano is the capital city of South Tyrol, the German-speaking region in the northern part of Italy, and has a population of 101,063. 73% of the city inhabitants are Italian speakers, 26% speak German and 1% Ladin as their first language. The city thrives on a mix of old and new—high-quality intensive agriculture (including wine, fruit and dairy products), tourism, traditional handicraft (wood, ceramics) and advanced services.

Bolzano was ranked as having the second highest quality of life of Italian cities in 2007, with neighboring Trento topping the list.

The city's Italian-Austrian character, enhanced by the narrow cobblestone streets, Habsburg-era churches and pervasive bilingual signage give it the unique flavor of a city at crossroads between Italian and Austrian cultures. This and its natural and cultural attractions make it a renowned tourist destination.

Bolzano's climate is continental with very hot summers and very cold winters. In autumn and spring often blows the Föhn, a wind that comes from the northern part of the Alps. Whereas in Innsbruck it is a warm wind, in Bolzano there are moments when it's relatively warm and strong, and then the temperature may fall suddenly. The coldest month of the year is January (min -6.2°C/20.8°F, max 5.0°C/41.0°F, average 0.0°C/32.0°F), the warmest is July (min 15.1°C/59.2°F, max 29.4°C/84.9°F, average 22.0°C/71.6°F). The annual average is 11.6°C/52.9°F. The extreme records go from -17 to +40.

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About the university

The Free University of Bozen–Bolzano was founded on the 31st of October 1997 as a free, state-recognized university. It aims to offer students a multilingual, practice-oriented education. Lectures and seminars are held in German, Italian and English. The emphasis of teaching is to provide theoretically sound and practice-orientated training. A large proportion of educational activities take place as seminars, lectures given by guest-speakers, practical training and workshops.

Food and housing

Students attending exchange courses can use the university canteen, situated on the ground floor of the main university building. A menu costs between €2.5–4.

Students who attend the university can apply for places in hostels or flats. Click here for information on housing and canteen facilities.

During the summer intensive language courses, students can make use of accommodation at the “Rainerum” hostel situated in the city centre near the university or can choose from several other hostels available. See also

Visa requirements

Students must apply for a study visa — Schengen Visa Type D — prior to leaving. Applications should be made at your nearest Italian embassy or consulate.

Always start these procedures well in advance of your planned visit to Italy since processing time can vary from 8 to 25 working days. These procedures are subject to change so it is worthwhile phoning the embassy or checking the website for information before going personally to the visa office.

Once you arrive in Italy you must report to the police station within 8 days of arrival to obtain a residence permit.


  • Housing
    • Dormitory rooms: €250–300/month
    • Off campus private apartments: €300–450/month
  • Textbooks: Available in library
  • The cost of a long-term visa is €75.