The University of Turin was founded in 1404 by Prince Ludovico di Savoia, which makes it one of the oldest European universities. 

The university’s buildings are spread out across Turin. Their architecture ranges from the baroque Palazza del Rettorato to contemporary glasswork. The university also owns botanical gardens set up in the 18th century and museums such as The Museum of Human Anatomy Luigi Rolando, Museum of Criminal Anthropology Cesare Lombroso and Fruit Museum Francesco Garnier Valletti, which are amongst Turin’s favourite (niche) touristic attractions. 

The University of Turin has 27 departments and four doctoral schools. Although most teaching is in Italian, an increasing number of courses gets taught in English. The university is famous for traditional subjects such as history, philosophy, law, economics and medicine but it is also considered to have one of the best management and economics schools in the country, and is investing into expanding newer areas of research and teaching.

In recent years, the institution has pursued integrated research with universities in the EU and developing countries. 

Notable alumni include Noble Prize-winners Rita Levi-Montalcini, Renato Dulbecco and Salvador Luria, author, philosopher and semiotician Umberto Eco, comedy actress and humour writer Luciana Littizzetto, investigative journalist Marco Travaglio, Fiat’s former head Gianni Agnelli, columnist and professor of international law Ugo Mattei, poet Cesare Pavese and even the enlightenment luminary Desiderius Erasmus. 

As a city, Turin has a rich cultural life, hosting the biggest book fair in Italy in May every year and international contemporary art fairs in November, alongside jazz, film and performance arts festivals throughout the year



  • Undergraduate degree (Laurea): it lasts three years and the entrance requirement is a “Diploma di Scuola Secondaria Superiore” (Upper Secondary School Leaving Qualification) or a qualification obtained abroad and recognized as corresponding.
  • Postgraduate degree (Laurea magistrale): it lasts two years and the entrance requirement is an undergraduate degree or a non-Italian qualification and recognized as corresponding.
  • 5-year or 6-year postgraduate degree (Laurea magistrale a ciclo unico): it lasts 5 years (Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmacy, Law, Veterinary Medicine Dentistry and Dental Prosthesis) or 6 years (Medicine and Surgery). The students obtain the degree at the end of the complete cycle.


The research output of the University of Turin is managed, displayed and made searchable through the IRIS-AperTO application.


The University’s Job Placement Service has been established in order to help its students and new graduated (who held their university degree within 12 months) to enter the labour market. The service operates on two levels: through the Job Placement offices in the individual Schools and Departments and through the central Job Placement office at the Students’ Rights office.

Italian language tuition for foreigners is available and the following 2-year master programs are taught in English:

·        Molecular Biotechnology (Department of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences)

·        Material Sciences (Department of Chemistry)

·        Area and Global studies for international cooperation (Department of Cultures, Politics and Society)

·        Philosophy (Department of Philosophy and Education Science)

·        European Legal Studies (Department of Law)

·        Modern Languages and Literatures (Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Modern Cultures)

·        Business Administration (Department of Management)

·        Stochastics and Data Science (Department of Mathematics)

·        Animal Science (Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences)

·        Cellular and Molecular Biology (Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology)

·        Economics (Department of Economic, Social, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)

·        Quantitative Finance and Insurance (Department of Economic, Social, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences)

In addition, the following curricula of master programs are taught in English:

  • Animal nutrition and Feed Safety (curriculum of the degree in Animal Science)
    Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • English and American Studies (curriculum of the degree in Modern Languages and Literatures)
    Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Modern Cultures
  • Food Systems (curriculum of the degree in Food Science and Technology)
    Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Viticulture and Enology Sciences (international curriculum of the degree in Viticulture and Enology Sciences)
    Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Philosophy (curriculum in English language of the degree in Philosophy)
    Department of Philosophy and Education Science

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