Author Archives: furso


Erasmus is the EU’s flagship education and training program, which enables students to go abroad to study or for a company placement and supports cooperation actions between higher education institutions across Europe.

Around 90% of European universities in 31 participating countries are currently involved in Erasmus and more than two million students have participated in study exchanges since the initial launch of the program in 1987.

The objectives of student mobility are:

–          To enable students to benefit from an educational, linguistic and cultural learning experience in other European countries;

–          To promote cooperation between institutions and to enrich the educational environment of host institutions;

–          To contribute to the development of well-qualified, open-minded and internationally experienced young people as future professionals;

–          To help students to adapt to the requirements of the EU wide labour market.

The program has proved a catalyst for encouraging higher education institutions to modernize and become more international in outlook. By taking part in Erasmus, universities have become more open and accessible to the outside world, rethinking their courses, teaching methods and student support structures, in order to attract foreign students and establish new partnerships with institutions abroad.


International students can have access to:

–          Programs designed specifically for foreign students such as the MA curriculum on International Economic and Trade Relations, taught in English

–          Courses of Italian as a second language, from beginners to advanced

–          Winter and Summer Schools on Italian language and culture

–          Summer School on Italian language with the University of Princeton

–          Summer Program on Law with the University of Murdoch

–          Social activities for international students organized by the Erasmus Student Network

–          Comfortable university halls of residence

–          Support in finding private accommodation.



EUM is the Publishing House of the University of Macerata. Founded in 2004, it provides innovative, high-quality publishing opportunities for well-established as well as young scholars within and outside the University of Macerata. EUM has a well-established output of peer-reviewed publications in English and several other languages. It also runs five multilingual journals about different disciplines.



The University of Macerata has a network of 134 international Erasmus partners, runs 25 international bilateral agreements and has special programs with universities in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Poland, Russia, Tunisia and Turkey.

Since 2005 the University of Macerata has regularly taken part to the National Model United Nation (NMUN), an international event which gathers in New York more than 5,000 students from all over the world. The delegations are asked to represent a UN member state and to discuss current global issues on twenty selected committees. Within this project, the University of Macerata has received several prestigious awards, always ranking among the best delegations.

Macerate also hosts a prestigious Confucius Institute which renews and enhances the long-standing tradition of relationships between China and Italy, started in the 16th century by Padre Matteo Ricci, who was born in Macerata.



Within the wide range of its academic excellence, the University of Macerata boats:

–          The School of Advanced Studies Giacomo Leopardi, whose mission is to prepare highly qualified elites through a multidisciplinary teaching program.

–          Longstanding archaeological activities in Northern Africa and Albania, which has been drawing the attention of prestigious international partners such as the University of Oxford. These activities have also led to the establishment of a special BA program in Archaeology at the University of Girokaster, Albania.

–          Research and training experience in Italian as a Foreign Language, which has branched out into several specialized programs (MA and PhD) and has given way to several collaborations with schools, institutions and immigration offices.

–          Multimedia translation courses training high-quality professionals and offering real opportunities to work within the cinema and TV industry.


–          CRI, International Relations Office

–          CLA, Language Centre

–          CAO, Placement and Career Centre

–          CIEM, Centre for IT, e-Learning and Multimedia

–          CASB, Centre for Library Services

–          CUS, Sports Centre

–          University Canteen



CRI, the International Relations Office of the University of Macerata is a point of reference for all foreign students who decide to study at the University of Macerata and for those Italian students who would like to study abroad.

They keep in touch with foreign universities, follow programs for research and international cooperation to obtain recognized qualifications. In particular, they run European Programs such as LLP Erasmus and Leonardo, and four non-European Exchange programs outside Europe with Albania, Australia, Canada, Russia. They also organize two Summer Programs with the University of Princeton (USA) and Murdoch University (Australia).

In addition, they organize every year the Winter/Summer School ILSU for Italian Language and Culture, aimed at students from all over the world who would like to study our language in depth, covering subjects such as Travel and Tourism, History of Art, Italian Music, Italian and European Law.


With the Ministerial Decree no. 270 of October 2004, the Ministry of Education brought in extensive reforms of the Italian University system. So, now two levels of degree (laurea) exist:

–          The first level degree is the Laurea Triennale, obtained at the end of a three year course. It prepares students for intermediate job positions.

–          The second level degree is the Laurea Magistrale, a post-graduate degree obtained after a two-year course. It prepares students for higher, managerial and professional positions.

 Three-year Bachelor Degree  —  (Laurea Triennale)  

Two-year Master Degree —   (Laurea Magistrale)

Ph.D program (3 years) —    (Dottorato)


The University credit system (CFU) which is based on the ECTS system, is represented by numerical values allocated to course units to describe the student workload. Each credit is equivalent to 25 hours of work including: lessons, hands-on practice, laboratories, internships and self-study. The total work of an Italian student is calculated as 60 credits which correspond to 1500 hours per year. A course unit will be allocated with credits when examination is passed by the students with a minimum grade of 18/30.

Under the new system, following the reform, all degree courses are grouped into classes (classi) which relate to a specific field of study. Degrees belonging to one class all have the same value.


Some of the University of Macerata’s degree courses are held at different towns throughout the Marche Region:

–          Disciplines of Linguistic Mediation (languages for foreign trade), in Civitanova Marche

–          Conservation and Management of the Cultural Heritage, in Fermo

–          Applied Law Sciences, in Jesi

–          Political Sciences and International Relations, in Spinetoli

–          Education and Training Sciences, in Spinetoli.


Founded in 1290, the University of Macerata is the most ancient of the Marche Region. Studying in Italy is a unique experience for students from all over the world.

Macerata is a town of 45,000 inhabitants in the very heart of the Marche Region, overlooking the sea and surrounded by mountains and hills.

The areas around Macerata host small and medium leading companies in different fields: footwear, electronics, food products, furniture, toys, leather goods and so on. The Province of Macerata is also very important for its artistic and cultural heritage, being rich in churches, abbeys, historic palaces and museums. Every year, the theatre and outdoor opera house (the Sferisterio) in Macerata hosts the theatre and opera season, featuring internationally well-known artists and shows.