Useful information for International Students
The University of Florence is a relatively young Institution with ancient roots going back to the Studium Florentinum founded in 1321 AD.
The official denomination of University was granted by an Act of Parliament passed in 1923. The University of Florence counts about 54,000 students, with almost 5,5% of them coming from foreign countries. Teaching staff and researchers number about 2,000 and members of the administrative staff are about 1,600.
With its 10 Schools (Agriculture, Architecture, Economics and Management, Human Health Sciences, Humanities and Education, Law, Engineering, Psychology, Education, Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, Political Sciences) the University of Florence offers 55 first cycle degree courses, 63 second cycle degree courses and 8 single-cycle degrees (Lauree magistrali a ciclo unico).
Lessons: from September to December
Orientation days: 1st and 2nd weeks of September
Exams: January - February
Lessons: from March to June
Orientation days: 1st and 2nd weeks of February
Exams: June and July
The academic year in Italy is made up of two semesters. The first semester starts in September/ October and ends in January/February. The second semester starts in February and ends in July. The actual start and finish dates will vary in the different Schools but each semester lasts around 20 weeks and is made up of a teaching period lasting around 14 weeks and an exam period lasting around 6 weeks.
Updated information on the exam timetable and lessons (2020/2021) are directly available at this link
University canteen card
After receiving your student card, you will have access to the Canteen (for the canteen card, go to the “Ufficio Mensa”: address below) The Canteen Card will be provided for free , Where:
Ufficio mensa - Canteen's Office
Wednesday, Friday 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, Tuesday, Thursday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm,
Via Miele, 3 tel 0552261356 – Residenza Caponnetto.