Info Package - What you need to know

The Area

The University of Basilicata is located in the South of Italy, in Basilicata Region. Basilicata borders on Puglia to the north and east, Campania to the west and Calabria to the south having short south-western coastlines on the Tyrrhenian Sea and a longer one to the southeast on the Ionian Sea. Basilicata has two provinces: Potenza and Matera. The regional capital is the city of Potenza. It covers 9,992 km² and is one of the most sparsely populated regions of Italy (approximately 587.517 inhabitants). Over the centuries, Basilicata has maintained its traditional values, natural resources, ancient customs and gastronomy, as well as, the sense of genuine hospitality that characterises its inhabitants.

Rich in untouched vegetation, the region is primarily mountainous and hilly, with flatlands along the Ionian coast. Villages stood on mountain tops (Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano), towns hewn out of volcanic tufa (the Sassi of Matera, a UNESCO world heritage site), Greek temples along the Ionian coast, Frederician castles, the city of Horace (Venosa), the pearl of the Tyrrhenian (Maratea), the Pollino National Park, the Gallipoli Cognato Regional Park, the Lucanian Dolomites and the Natural History and Archaeological Park of Murgia, are just some of the delights that the region offers. 


Useful links

Potenza & Matera

Potenza is the Regional County Seat of Basilicata and at an altitude of 819m. Founded in Roman times, most of the town with its ancient building and sites was destroyed by several earthquakes (the last one was in 1980). It stands along the Apennine ridge on the left of the river Basento and is enclosed by charming and uncontaminated mountains of Rifreddo, Sellata and of the Dolomiti lucane.
The historic centre of Potenza is located in the upper part of the city and is accessible via escalators, the longest in Europe. There are several sights to visit in the city centre, including the “Palazzo del Governo”, the recently restored ‘Stabile’ theatre, the Medieval Church of the Trinità, the Palazzo Loffredo which hosts the National Archaeological Museum, the church of San Francesco of Assisi, founded in 1274, the Romanesque church of San Michele Arcangelo, dating back to the 11thcentury, the Cathedral of Potenza in which the Saint Gerardo’s remains, the patron of Potenza, are kept.

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Matera is one of the most interesting, fascinating and amazing destinations in Italy, famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the Sassi, the rupestrian churches and the natural areas that preserve a unique habitat. In 1993 the town was made a UNESCO World Heritage site, for being "the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. The first inhabited zone dates from the Palaeolithic, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in human history".
The stunning landscape of Matera has been chosen to shoot many films, including "The Passion of Christ" by Mel Gibson.
Matera awarded the title of “ 2019 European Capital of Culture” in Italy.


Basilicata has a more varied climate, being a region also exposed to two seas. In addition, the eastern part (which is not protected by the Apennines) is influenced by the Adriatic Sea, to which the orography of the territory and the irregular altitude of the mountains must be added. In any case, the climate of the region can be defined as continental, with Mediterranean characteristics only in the coastal areas. If you go a few kilometres inland, especially in winter, the mildness is immediately replaced by a colder climate.

For the areas close to the coasts, we can identify the Ionian plain of Metapontino, with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers, but fairly windy; and the Tyrrhenian coast, where the difference is that in winter the temperature is slightly higher and in summer it is slightly cooler with more humidity on average. Then we find the Matera hills, where winters become cold and foggy from 300-400 metres upwards, and snow can appear often during the year, from November to late March. Summers here are also hot and dry, with fairly high daily temperature ranges.

In the Apennine mountain area, which corresponds to 7/10 of the region's territory, winters are very cold, especially above 1,000 metres above sea level, where snow on the ground remains until mid-spring but can remain until the end of May on the highest peaks. In Potenza, for example, the Regional County Seat of Basilicata located at 819 metres above sea level, winters can be very snowy, and temperatures can drop many degrees below zero (the record is -15 °C), making it one of the coldest cities in Italy. Summers are moderately hot, although night-time temperatures can be very cool. The most frequent winds come mainly from the western and southern quadrants.

How to get to Potenza and Matera

The nearest airports to Potenza are Rome "Fiumicino" (380 km) and Naples "Capodichino"(160 km) while the nearest airport to Matera is Bari "Palese"(70 km). Both Potenza and Matera can be reached:

by train: see the State Railways' site for details
by bus: Autolinee Liscio and Autolinee MarinoThe "Autolinee Liscio" Bus service runs through Rome - Potenza - Matera (for the bus timetable, click here) and Capodichino Airport- Naples - Salerno - Potenza (for the bus timetable, click here).

From Naples (Metropark railway station - terminal bus) to Matera (Via Don L.Sturzo Chiesa S.Paolo) you can take also the "Autolinee Marino" bus Service.

If you need to reach Potenza from Bari, both by train and bus, you can find all the useful information on the Ferrovie Appulo Lucane website.

Art and Culture in Basilicata

Basilicata offers great emotions to art, history and archaeology lovers and scholars as well: there are many points of interest in the region.
Castles, museums, literary parks, archaeological areas and museums, art galleries, monasteries, churches and sacred mountains make Basilicata's artistic, historical and cultural heritage a unique place, made even more evocative by its breathtaking scenery and undiscovered nature.

To learn what Basilicata offers, visit the "Basilicata Turistica" website 

Furthermore, if you want to go to the cinema or to the theatre, you have a lot of choices.

Sports and leisure time

Basilicata offers the ideal natural framework for sport-lovers who enjoy exercising in the great outdoors activities, suitable for lovers of trips, excursions and itineraries, but also for fans of daring performances. 
It is an excellent place both for walking, biking and mountain biking or horseback riding, paragliding, orienteering, it is also possible to practice more demanding activities such as climbing on rocky coasts, Nepalese bridges, rafting and canyoning.

If you want to know more about the motor and sports activities offered by our region, visit the "Basilicata What a Discover" website.

The University of Basilicata considers sports and motor activity essential to promote sociality, integration and inclusion in both the social and university context. The policies to support sports activities during the academic year 2020- 2021, although limited by the serious COVID 19 crisis and the inevitable adaptations, characterize the University's programming aimed at providing services to students, student-athletes and all university staff. Consistent with the recent planning of sports activities adopted by the University Sports Committee (following modern standards and innovating objectives and methods), the strategies of the sport to be implemented by the University of Basilicata will be at the service of students, student-athletes (encouraging the practice of sports disciplines), to employees and collaborators of the University of Basilicata and, looking at the territory, at the youth groups (under 18) who represent the future of the territory.

The University of Basilicata, in order to increase the offer of services for students and employees, has promoted some activities on the territory with sports federations, local authorities and sports facilities.  Click here to know more about affiliated sports facilities.

Useful numbers

Local Police

  • in Potenza: Viale Guglielmo Marconi, 42 - 85100 Potenza; phone: +39 0971 334111, fax: +39 0971 334427
  • in Matera: Via Gattini n.12 - 75100 Matera; phone: Centralino +39 0835 378111, fax: +39 0835 378777

Foreign Office 

Health emergencies ( First Aid)

  • Ospedale San Carlo (Potenza), Via Potito Petrone, SNC, 85100 Potenza, phone: +39 0971 61111
  • Green Area: + 39 0971 612694 (green and white code - slight illness); Red Area: + 39 0971 612566 (yellow and red code - emergency);

118 Basilicata 

  • Presidio Ospedaliero "Madonna delle Grazie"( Matera) (D.E.A.), Via Montescaglioso, 75100 Matera, phone: 0835 253111 – 252211


  • Mr. Becce Domenico, Via del Gallitello no. 49/a - Potenza. phone. +39 097155781 - + 39 3278832001
  • Mr. D'Affuso Rosario, Piazza Gianturco no. 4 - Potenza, phone. + 39 3407741260
  • Mr. Russillo Francesco,Via Torraca no. 16 - Potenza, phone. + 39 3683530980

Car rental

  • Avis, Via Appia no. 283, 85100 Potenza - phone:+39 0971471040 web:
  • Hertz, Contrada Caira no. 106, Potenza , 85100 Potenza - phone:+ 39 097158524 web:
  • Europcar, via degli Oleandri,no. 28,851000 Potenza - phone: +39 09711932121 web:
  • Travelcar, Via Varco d'Izzo no. 18, 85100 Potenza - phone:+390971/594321
  • Autorental - Via Della Meccanica, 12, , 85100 Potenza - phone:+39 0971 508086 329 0192172 328 8361048 web:  
The University

The University of Basilicata is located both in Potenza and Matera, in 5 different areas, covering about 96.000 m2.

In Potenza, the University consists of two campuses: the Campus of "Francioso" located in Via Nazario Sauro no.85 and the Campus of "Macchia Romana" located in Viale dell'Ateneo Lucano no.10. In the first one, there are the Department of Human Sciences (DiSU), the Central Library, the Rectorate's Building and its administrative offices, as well as the International Relations Office, Student Affairs Offices and the Disability Service. Whereas, in the Campus of Macchia Romana are located the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics (DIMIE), Schools of Engineering (SI) and of Agricultural, Forestry and Environmental Sciences (SAFE), the Students Orientation Centre (CAOS) and the Inter-departmental Centre for Data Processing and Telecommunication Services (Centro Interfacoltà per i Servizi Informatici e Telematici) - CISIT, the University Library and Student Affairs Offices.

In Matera, the University sites are in Via San Rocco, Via A.M. di Francia and Via Lazazzera where are located the Post-graduate School in Archaeology, the Department of European and Mediterranean Cultures, Environment and Cultural Heritage (DICEM) and several front-offices.

Institutional key data

Full Legal name: Università degli Studi della Basilicata

Full Legal name in English: University of Basilicata

Type of organization: Higher Education Institution (tertiary level)

Legal status: Public body

Erasmus ID Code: I POTENZA01

PIC number: 999865040

Address: Via Nazario Sauro no. 85, 85100 Potenza (Italy)


Legal Representative

Full name: Prof. Ignazio Marcello MANCINI

Position: Rector


History of the University 

Our Campuses

Departments and Schools

Departmental/School Coordinators for International Relations

Scuola di Scienze Agrarie, Forestali, Alimentari ed Ambientali/ School of Agricultural, Forest, Food and Environmental Science 

Campus di Macchia Romana

Via dell'Ateneo Lucano

85100 Potenza (Italia)

Prof.ssa Tania GIOIA, e-mail: 

Scuola di Ingegneria (SI-UniBas)/ School of Engineering 

Campus di Macchia Romana

Via dell'Ateneo Lucano

85100 Potenza (Italia)

Prof. Katia GENOVESE, e-mail:

Dipartimento di Matematica, Informatica ed Economia/ Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics 

Campus di Macchia Romana

Via dell'Ateneo Lucano

85100 Potenza (Italia)

Prof. Rosanna SALVIA, e-mail:

Dipartimento di Scienze/ Department of Science

Campus di Macchia Romana

Via dell'Ateneo Lucano

85100 Potenza (Italia)

Prof. Luigi MILELLA, e-mail:

Dipartimento di Scienze Umane/ Department of Human Science 

Campus di Via Nazario Sauro

Via Nazario Sauro

85100 Potenza (Italia)

Prof. Luisa CAIAZZO, e-mail:

Dipartimento delle Culture Europee e del Mediterraneo: Architettura, Ambiente, Patrimoni Culturali (DICEM)/ Department of European and Mediterranean Cultures, Environment and Cultural Heritage   

Campus di Via Lanera

Via Lanera

75100 Matera (Italia)

Prof. Antonella Grazia GUIDA, e-mail:

Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici/Postgraduate School in Archaeological Heritage 

Prof. Antonella Grazia GUIDA, e-mail:

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Departments & Schools

The didactic and research activities at UNIBAS are carried out by six leading structures, four Departments and two Schools, where all the degree programmes, which make up its educational offer, are merged. 

DiCEM - Department of European and Mediterranean Cultures, Environment, and Cultural Heritage 

Via San Rocco - Matera MT 75100

Head of Department: Professor Ferdinando Felice MIRIZZI

DiMIE - Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Economics 

10, Viale dell'Ateneo Lucano - Potenza PZ 85100

Head of Department: Professor Onofrio Mario DI VINCENZO

DiS - Department of Science 

10, Viale dell'Ateneo Lucano - Potenza PZ 85100

Head of Department : Professor Faustino BISACCIA

DiSU - Department of Humanities 

85, Via Nazario Sauro - Potenza PZ 85100

Head of Department : Professor Francesco PANARELLI
Telephone: +39 0971 202313 - Email:

SI - School of Engineering 

10, Viale dell'Ateneo Lucano - Potenza PZ 85100

Director: Professor Ignazio Marcello MANCINI
Telephone: +39 0971 205031 - Email:

SAFE - School of Agricultural, Forest, Food, and Environmental Sciences

10, Viale dell'Ateneo Lucano - Potenza PZ 85100

Director: Professor Giovanni Carlo DI RENZO
Telephone: +39 0971 205608 - Email:


In addition, the University of Basilicata offers postgraduate studies in the field of archaeology:

Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici/ Postgraduate School of Archaeology

List of degree programmes offered

Bachelor's and Master's Programmes

Bachelor's Degree Programmes a.y. 2020/2021

Class of Laurea L-1 Cultural Heritage

Operatore dei Beni Culturali/Cultural Heritage Studies - Matera Campus - inter-departmental degree programme in collaboration with the Department of Human Sciences

Class of Laurea L-2

Biotechnologies Biotecnologie/Biotechnologies - Potenza Campus Class of Laurea

Class of Laurea L-7 Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale/Civil and Environmental Engineering - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea L-9 Industrial Engineering

Ingegneria Meccanica/Mechanical Engineering - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea L-10 Humanities

Studi Umanistici/Humanities organised in the following curricula:

1) Classico/Classic

2) Storico-Filosofico/Historical-philosophical

3) Moderno/Modern

4) Linguistico/Linguistic Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea L-19 Education and Training

Scienze dell'educazione e della formazione/Educational science - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea L-18 Business administration

Economia Aziendale/Business Administration - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea L-23 Building Sciences

Tecniche per l'edilizia e la gestione del territorio/Building and Territory management techniques - vocational programme - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea L-25 Agriculture and Forestry

Tecnologie agrarie/Forestry and Environmental Science - Potenza Campus

Scienze forestali e ambientali/Forestry and Environmental Science - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea L-26 Food Sciences

Tecnologie Alimentari/Food Technology - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea L-27 Chemistry

Chimica/Chemistry - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea L-31 Computer Science

Scienze e Tecnologie Informatiche/Computer Science and Information Technology - Potenza Campus - inter-departmental degree programme in collaboration with the School of Engineering

Class of Laurea L-34 Earth sciences

Scienze Geologiche/Geological Sciences - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea L-35 Mathematics

Matematica/Mathematics - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea L-21 Town, regional and environmental planning

Paesaggio Ambiente e Verde Urbano/Landscape, environment, urban green spaces organised in the following curricula:

1) Agronomo jr./Agronomist jr.

2) Pianificatore jr./Urban planning jr. Sede Matera - inter-departmental degree programme in collaboration with the School of Agricultural, Forest, Food and Environmental Sciences

Master's Degree Programmes a.y. 2020/2021

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-9 Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Medical biotechnologies

Biotecnologie per la diagnostica medica, farmaceutica e veterinaria/Biotechnology for medical, pharmaceutical and veterinary diagnostics - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-23 Civil engineering

Ingegneria Civile/Civil Engineering organised in the following curricula:

1) Structural-Geotechnics Engineering (ISG)

2) Road and Hydraulic Infrastructures Engineering (IISG)

3) Structural-Building Engineering(ISE)

Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-32 Computer systems engineering

Ingegneria Informatica e delle Tecnologie dell'Informazione/Computer and Information Engineering Potenza Campus - inter-departmental degree programme in collaboration with the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-33 Mechanical engineering

Ingegneria Meccanica/Mechanical Engineering- Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-35 Environmental engineering

Ingegneria per l'Ambiente e il Territorio/Environmental Engineering organised in the following curricula:

1) Environmental Protection and Pollution Control (TACI)

2) Engineering for the safety of environmental systems

Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-40 Mathematics

Matematica/Mathematics - Potenza Campus

Classes of Laurea Magistrale LM-1 Cultural anthropology and ethnology & LM-80 Geography

Scienze Antropologiche e Geografiche per i Patrimoni Culturali e la Valorizzazione dei Territori (SAGE)/Anthropological and Geographical Sciences for Cultural Heritage and Territorial Enhancement - Matera Campus- inter-university degree programme

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-54 Chemistry Scienze

Scienze Chimiche/Chemical Sciences - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-69 Agriculture

Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie/Agricultural Science and Technology - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-70 Food science

Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari/Food Science and Technology - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-73 Environmental and forestry sciences

Scienze Forestali e Ambientali/Forestry and Environmental Science - Potenza Campus

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-74 Geology

Geoscienze e Georisorse/Geosciences and Georesources - Potenza Campus - international

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-84 History

Storia e civiltà europee/European History and Civilization - Potenza Campus

Classes of Laurea Magistrale LM-2 Archaeology & LM-89 Art history

Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte (ASA)/ASA: Archaeology - History of Art organised in the following curricula:

1) Archeologia/Archaeology

2) Storia dell'Arte/History of Art

Matera Campus - inter-departmental degree programme in collaboration with the Department of Humanities - inter-university and international degree programme

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-56 Economics

Economia e Management/Economics and Management - Potenza Campus

Classes of Laurea Magistrale LM-14 Modern Philology & LM-15 Ancient philology, literature and history

Filologia Classica e Moderna/Classical and Modern Philology organised in the following curricula:

1) Classico/Classic

2) Moderno/Modern

Potenza Campus

Single-cycle Degree Programmes a.y. 2020/2021

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-13 Pharmacy and industrial pharmacy

Farmacia/Pharmacy - Potenza Campus (five years)

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-4 Architecture and Architectural engineering

Architettura/Architecture - Matera Campus (five years)

Class of Laurea Magistrale LM-85 bis Education

Scienze della formazione primaria/Primary teacher education - Matera Campus (five years)

Academic calendar and final assessment

The academic year runs from 1 October to 30 September.

Usually, educational activities take place between 1 October and 30 June and are divided into two semesters:

  • Semester I: from 1 October to 31 January 
  • Semester II: from 1 March to 30 June.

There are three examination sessions, with a total of at least six sessions, except for examinations involving both written and oral tests, requiring five sessions: 

  • Session I - from 7 January to 31 March 
  • Session II - from 6 April to 6 August 
  • Session III - from 23 August to 31 December.

As for final examinations, three sessions are planned with at least five sessions in total, one in the second half of February and one in the second half of April:

  • summer session  from 3 May to 30 July
  • autumn session from 1 September to 31 January 
  • extraordinary session from 1 February to 29 April

For details concerning the dates, please refer to individual School/Department websites.


Closed periods, in addition to the regular holidays:

  • Christmas holidays: from 23 December to 6 January 
  • Easter holidays: from 1 April to 5 April 
  • Patron Saint's Day (Potenza) site: 30 May 
  • Patron Saint's Day (Matera): 2 July.


Erasmus Charter and Policy Statement
Incoming opportunities

The University welcomes incoming students, professors and staff interested in spending a period of study, training, teaching and research at UNIBAS. Here you can find all the guidance, support, and information that you need to help you make an informed decision.

You can learn more about the university, courses, as well as practical and useful information clicking  HERE.

Student Opportunities Professor Opportunities Staff opportunities



The Italian University System

University studies are divided into three cycles:

  • First cycle degree programme: undergraduate studies/"Laurea" equivalent to Bachelor level of the Bologna Process - EQF6
  • Second cycle degree programmes: graduate studies/“Laurea Magistrale” and undergraduate studies/"Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico"equivalent to Master level of the Bologna Process - EQF 7
  • Third cycle degree programmes: post-graduate studies Doctoral studies (PhD) and Specialisation Schools - EQF 8.

The University also runs vocational programmes including first and second level Professional Master's Programmes, Post-Graduate programmes, Lifelong Learning Courses and Intensive Courses.

The qualifications awarded are: first cycle degree (laurea - L) and second cycle degree (laurea magistrale - LM). To obtain a first cycle degree, students must acquire 180 educational credits (CFU) while to obtain a second cycle degree they must acquire 120 CFU.

Undergraduate studies "Laurea" - 1st cycle

Course duration: 3 years

ECTS/Credit points: 180

Aims to provide a solid foundation in the core subjects as well as more specialized, professional training. To be admitted to a 1st cycle degree programme, you must have a secondary school diploma or a suitable equivalent foreign qualification.
To obtain the qualification (1st level degree) it is necessary to accumulate 180 credits (60 for each year of the course).

Students holding a 3-year undergraduate degree can either enter the job market or continue their studies by applying for a Master -2nd cycle degree programme - or a Professional Master programme.

Graduate studies/“Laurea Magistrale” equivalent to Master level of the Bologna Process - 2nd cycle

Course duration: 2 years

ECTS/Credit points: 120

Undertaken after the undergraduate degree it aims to provide rigorous, advanced training in more highly specialized areas. To be admitted to a 2nd cycle degree programme, you must have a 1st cycle degree or a suitable equivalent foreign qualification. To obtain the qualification (2nd cycle degree) it is necessary to accumulate 120 credits (60 for each year of the course)

Undergraduate studies "Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico" equivalent to Master level of the Bologna Process (combining Bachelor and Master degrees) - 2nd cycle

Course duration: 5/6 years

ECTS/Credit points: 300 or 360

The purpose of the Single-cycle Degree Programme is to provide advanced training and high-level qualifications in specific fields, in order to exercise a regulated profession. Single Cycle Degree Programmes, governed by European regulations, include Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry and Dental Prostheses, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Chemistry and Architecture. These programmes divide the learning activities over 5 or 6 years. 
To be admitted to a single-cycle degree programme you must have a secondary school diploma.
To obtain the qualification (single-cycle degree) it is necessary to accumulate 300 credits, in the case of five-year courses, and 360 credits, in the case of six-year courses (60 for each year of the course).

Post-graduate studies/"Dottorato di ricerca" - PhD

Course duration: 3 years

To be admitted to a doctoral programme you must hold a 2nd level degree. Candidates must also pass a public competition, as only a limited number of places are available. The doctoral degree is awarded after a period of study lasting three to four years. The title is awarded after the defence of a thesis. Each student has a supervisor. It aims to develop the professional competence to carry out high-level research in manufacturing and service companies, public bodies and universities.

Further studies

1st and 2nd level Professional Masters (“Master Universitario”)

Course duration: 1 year

ECTS/Credit points: 60

A professionalizing program providing practical knowledge and training through coursework, consultancy projects and internships. To be admitted to a 2nd level master programme, you must have a 1st cycle degree or a suitable equivalent foreign qualification, while to the 3rd level master programme a 2nd cycle degree is essential. These masters programs within the Italian education system do not allow access to a PhD and to 3rd cycle programme upon completion of the Master since they are offered under the autonomous responsibility of the university. Recognition of the Professional Master towards a PhD program outside of Italy will depend on local state regulations or individual doctoral programs. 

SCUOLA DI SPECIALIZZAZIONE (specialization school)

Course duration: from 2 to 6 years

ECTS/Credit points: from 120 to 360
Provides the student with knowledge and skills required in specific professional fields. These courses may only be instituted by the application of specific laws or European Union directives. To be admitted to a specialisation course you must hold a 2nd cycle degree. The length of the course and the number of credits required to obtain the specialisation qualification are defined by the academic structure of each course.


Course duration: usually 1 year
A refresher/permanent training course that allows students to develop their expertise and skills in order to further improve their professional qualities. To be admitted you must hold a 1st or 2nd cycle degree. The courses vary in length. It differs from a master because no academic qualification is awarded, but students will receive a certificate that details the skills that have been acquired.

The Italian grading and credit system

The Italian grading system for exams registered in the study plan is measured in thirtieths (0-30) ranging from 18/30 - minimum grade - to 30/30 - maximum grade. The maximum grade can be enhanced with "cum laude" (with high distinction). The subject exams (referring to each separate topic) may be oral, written or practical; all the exams with a score lower than 18/30 are considered as not passed and thus are not registered on the transcript of the academic records.

The grading system for the final grade (graduation mark) is expressed in one hundred and tenths (0-100) ranging from 66/110 to 110/110, the highest mark being 110/100eLode (with high distinction).

Italy has two different credit systems referring to the two sectors of Italian higher education: university credits (Credito Formativo Universitario - CFU) for universities and academic credits (Credito Formativo Accademico - CFA) for Education for Art, Music and Dance (AFAM) institutions. Both systems are based on the concept of “workload” and are equivalent to the ECTS credit system. The workload includes lectures, practical work, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork, home study and examinations or other assessment activities. The university credit (CFU) and academic credit (CFA) normally correspond to 25 hours of student work, including individual study.

Degree programmes are usually structured with a workload of 60 ECTS per year: 1 ECTS corresponds to 1 CFU and  1 CFU corresponds to 25 hours of work and home study. Important: Credits are not intended to replace examination marks. 


Useful links:

General enrolment requirements (degree-seeker)

There are different procedures and deadlines for European and non-European "degree-seeking" students:


Italian citizens with a foreign qualification, citizens from the European Union wherever resident and from outside the European Union duly resident in Italy, according to Art. 39 of Legislative Decree 286/98*, as amended by Law 189/02, holding a qualification equivalent to the Italian one and recognized as eligible according to the evaluation carried out by University of Basilicata, gain access without quota contingents. Candidates should present the enrolment request directly to the University of Basilicata, according to the modality, terms and documentation required and will be admitted under the same conditions as Italian citizens.

Academic qualifications issued by foreign authorities must be accompanied by the documents indicated by the universities in respect of the Lisbon Convention: the student is obliged to produce the documentation that the institution deems necessary with a view to evaluating the foreign qualification, with reference to: eventual translations, legalisations, Diploma Supplements, exam certificates, ENIC-NARIC centre statements, Dichiarazioni di valore or other declarations that might serve to check the elements of the foreign qualification.

After passing the pre-evaluation procedure, applicants who receive the letter of enrolment eligibility and those who will participate in the entry test and be in the rankings can proceed with the enrolment process.


*"Access to higher technical education courses or higher education courses and to university specialisation schools, on equal terms with Italian students, is guaranteed to foreigners with EU residency permits for long-term stay, with residency permits for subordinate work, for self-employment, for family reasons, for asylum, for subsidiary protection, for religious reasons, for the reasons referred to in articles 18, 18-bis, 20-bis, 22, paragraph 12 (c), and 42-bis, as well as holders of residency permits issued pursuant to Article 32, paragraph 3, of Legislative Decree 28 January 2008, n. 25, or foreigners legally resident for at least one year in possession of an upper secondary school qualification obtained in Italy, as well as to foreigners, wherever resident, who are holders of final secondary school diplomas of Italian schools abroad or of foreign or international schools, operating in Italy or abroad, subject to bilateral agreements or special regulations for the recognition of educational qualifications and who meet the general conditions required for entry for study purposes”


Non-EU citizens with residency abroad citizens who require a visa for long-term stay in Italy.

If you are a non-Eu citizen living outside Italy and wish to enroll at the University of Basilicata you must apply for an entry visa for study purposes and fill in a pre-enrolment application online through the Universitaly portal, during the period annually stated by the MUR. You should also know that the University set annually the dedicated quotas devoted to non-Eu students, named "contingenti", for each open access degree programme. The available quotas for the University of Basilicata are published on the online database of the MUR website. Please keep in mind that pre-enrolment alone does not grant admission to degree programmes. In order to matriculate you also need to take and pass the verifications of the entry requirements and the admission procedures set for the degree programme of your interest.

Information on procedures and documents required for applying for visa are available on the "Visa for Italy" website selecting, as reasons for your stay "Study -University enrolment". Important: an entry visa for tourism cannot be used to enroll at the university or to obtain a residence permit for study purposes.

Within the UNIVERSITALY portal there will be all the information for the completion of pre-enrolment applications, aimed at facilitating the access of candidates to university courses and related institutions. The subsequent phases will be completed at the relevant Diplomatic-consular missions for the purpose of obtaining the relevant visa. We strongly advise you to contact the Embassy/Consulate well in advance to find out the requirements for obtaining an entry visa and make an appointment if necessary.

You must take the following documents to the Italian Embassy:

  • the summary of the pre-enrolment application submitted through Universitaly and validated by the University of Basilicata;
  • any language competence certificates (see information on how to meet the Italian language requirement);
  • the documents required for the visa application, including a health insurance policy where applicable;
  • the required documents if you hold a foreign qualification.

For non-EU citizens resident abroad, in order to be admitted to any degree programme, they must pass an Italian language test, except for specific regulations stipulated by MUR

The deadlines for the procedures relating to pre-enrolment in the Laurea and Laurea Magistrale degree courses, with the exception of those with admission quotas, are defined by each university and published on their respective websites.

These procedures have been defined in compliance with the so-called “Procedures for entry, residency and enrolment at higher education institutions for students requiring visas for higher education courses in Italy, for the academic year 2020-2021” available on website "Rules for the access of international students".




Recognition of foreign degrees and recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning acknowledges the skills and knowledge that you’ll bring to your studies at UNIBAS through previous education or employment experience.

What the ECTS is

ECTS, the European Credit Transfer System, was developed by the European Commission to provide common procedures to guarantee the full transferability of credits for university studies abroad in order that they might count towards a final qualification in the home country. It provides a way of measuring and comparing academic merits and transferring them from one institution to another.

ECTS makes study programmes easy to read and compare. It can be used for all types of programmes, whatever their mode of delivery, and for lifelong learning purposes. It serves both mobile and non-mobile students: it can be used for accumulation within an institution and for transfer between institutions. For these reasons the well-known acronym “ECTS” now stands for “European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System”.

The ECTS is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme of study. These objectives should preferably be specified in terms of learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired. It is based on the principle that 60 credits measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year, 30 credits for a study semester and 20 credits for a study trimester. The student workload of a full-time study programme in Europe amounts in most cases to around 1500-1800 hours per year and in those cases, one credit stands for around 25 to 30 working hours. Credits in ECTS can only be obtained after successful completion of the work required and appropriate assessment of the learning outcomes achieved. Learning outcomes are sets of competencies, expressing what the student will know, understand or be able to do after completion of a process of learning, long or short.

Student workload in ECTS consists of the time required to complete all planned learning activities such as attending lectures, seminars, independent and private study, preparation of projects, examinations, and so forth. Credits are allocated to all educational components of a study programme (such as modules, courses, placements, dissertation work, etc.) and reflect the quantity of work each component requires to achieve its specific objectives or learning outcomes in relation to the total quantity of work necessary to complete a full year of study successfully. The ECTS is based on three core elements: information (about study programmes and students’ academic records), mutual agreement (between the partner institutions and the students) and the use of ECTS credits (quantified students’ workload). These three core elements are translated into three key features:

  • ECTS credits represent the "quantified means of expressing the volume of learning based on the workload students need in order to achieve the expected outcomes of a learning process at a specific level" Source: ECTS Users' Guide;
  • the Information Package includes all the useful information for student and staff about the Institutions, school/Departments, about educational programmes and components;
  • The Learning Agreement for studies/traineeships describes in detail the programme of study (exams, work thesis, practical work, placement, etc.) that the student is going to attend abroad, with the corresponding ECTS credits, awarded if the educational component will be successfully completed at the end of the period abroad;
  • Transcript of Records/Traineeship certificate certifies the work completed, the credits awarded and the local grades received during the mobility period.

For a closer examination:

European Commission website

Bologna Process

ECTS Users’ Guide – 2015

EGRACONS Project (European GRAde CONversion System), funded by the European Commission. It aims at developing a user-friendly web-based tool for grade conversion that will be made available to all European HEIs on a voluntary basis enabling a transparent interpretation of students' accomplishments.

CIMEA website to understand more about the international grading scale.


ECTS, assessment methods

The University of Basilicata uses and applies the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in all its first cycle (Laurea), second cycle (Laurea Magistrale) and single cycle (Laurea a ciclo unico) degree programmes, as well as in the third cycle degree programmes (Dottorato di Ricerca and corso di Specializzazione).
The ECTS is a recognised standard developed to promote student mobility and cultural exchange within Europe. The standard permits the comparison of credit systems adopted by higher education institutions in the European Union to design and implement students’ curricula. Thanks to this system, students who have studied for a period in an EU country can have their learning activities and grades recognised by other foreign universities complying with the standard.

Each course is graded on a scale from 1 to 30, with 18 and 30 e lode (30 cum laude) as a minimum and maximum pass grade, respectively. Some exams can be evaluated by pass/fail (pass = superato or idoneo) or by sufficiente (sufficient); buono (good); eccellente or ottimo (excellent). For the final dissertation a 110-point scale is used, which is divided in two as well, with 66 being the minimum grade for passing. For outstanding results, the Lode "praise" is added to the maximum grade”. In line with the ECTS principles in the Italian university system 1 ECTS credit corresponds to 1 Credito Formativo Universitario (CFU) that amounts, as for the ECTS credit, to 25 hours of work. Credits are gained by passing end-of-course exams, independent of the marks attained.

Students, before arriving, have to agree on a learning agreement for study or for traineeship in case of placement, with the coordinators at home and host institutions detailing the student’s proposed study programme for all the duration of the stay (i.e. individual course units and number of related ECTS credits). This agreement must be approved by all the involved parties prior to the mobility.

At the end of the stay the student will receive a document called Transcript of records, or  Traineeship certificate in case of a placement, to ensure that students have an accurate and up-to-date record of their progress, the educational components they have taken, the number of ECTS credits they have achieved and the grades they have been awarded. Important: please remember that the “Idoneo”/”Pass” or "Approvato/approved" can never be transformed into a numerical grade and "respinto/failed exams" are not usually recorded therefore they cannot be listed in the Transcript of records. It is not possible to record a numerical grade lower than 18. If you fail the exam you do not obtain the relative credits.

The transcript of records/traineeship certificate will be issued by the University of Basilicata for each incoming student and sent to the home institution at the end of their period of study.

In accordance with the ECTS Users' Guide and recommendations of the National Group of Experts for the Promotion of the European Higher Education Area the University of Basilicata has adopted the statistical distribution of grades based on classes of degrees. To simplify its reading and understanding consult the correspondence between classes of degrees and ISCED codes[1].

The recognition of educational activities, carried out abroad, is regulated by the Regolamento di Ateneo per la mobilità internazionale e per il riconoscimento delle attività svolte all'estero.


[1] International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED)  New ISCED F 2013

Courses catalogue

Since 1999, with Ministry Decree no. 509/1999, amended on October 22, 2004 with Ministry Decree no. 270/2004, the Italian University System has been totally reformed. In accordance with the European model, outlined by the Bologna process and it is now based on three main cycles of study:

  • 1st cycle degree- "Laurea" undergraduate degree programmes, 3 years length, 180 CFU/ECTS credits  - equivalent to Bachelor's level degree
  • 2nd cycle degree- "Laurea Magistrale" - graduate programmes, 2 years length, 120 CFU/ECTS credits - equivalent to Master's level degree
  • 2nd cycle degree - "Laurea Magistrale a ciclo unico", undergraduate programme - 5 years length, 300 CFU/ECTS credits - single-cycle degree combining Bachelor + Master levels degree.
  • 3rd cycle degree- "Dottorato di ricerca" and "Diploma di Specializzazione"- post-graduate programmes, 3 years length 

Professional Qualifications:

To learn more about, please look into the Italian Qualification framework for the Higher Education website and the Diagram of the University System.

Click on the link below to make an informed choice about the 1st and 2nd cycle degree programmes offered by the University of Basilicata, as well as subjects available for each degree course.  

Course Catalogue (organised by Departments/Schools - ESSE3 Platform)

You can also consult the "schede trasparenza" (transparency sheets) of the degree programmes offered, by academic year "anno accademico". Select the academic year  and then choose the "Dipartimento/Scuola" (Department/School) of interest, you will be able to display the overall degree programmes offered by the relevant Department/School just clicking on "invio" or you can select a degree programme in the list available on "corso di studio". Clicking on "invio" the units offered will be displayed.



Part-time study

Students can choose to study part-time at the University of Basilicata. Part-time study is available both during the day and in the evenings.

Students belonging to the categories specified in art. 8, paragraph 4, of the Student Regulations may enrol on a part-time basis unless otherwise specified in the Course Regulations. Only current students may opt for part-time enrolment.

Students may enrol on a part-time basis either at the time of enrolment, from 1 July to 30 September 2020, or at the time of enrolment for years after the first, from 1 August to 30 September 2020.

In the event that registration/enrolment is carried out after the ordinary deadline of 30 September, the option to enrol part-time or return to full-time status may also be exercised by:

  • 31 October 2020
  • 31 December 2020

provided that the fee for late registration/enrolment after the ordinary deadline is paid. The option for the part-time system must be made online if exercised at the time of enrolment, or using the appropriate forms if exercised at the time of enrolment for years subsequent to the first.

For students who opt for part-time study, the Boards of the degree programme draw up a specific study plan, taking care to allocate the courses each year according to the period in which they are offered.

For any information or clarification, please contact the relevant Administrative Unit of the Student Services or the relevant office of the Department/School to which the degree programme belongs.


Download "Part-time application form for years following the first"

Enrolment in single course units

It is possible to enroll in one or more activated unit courses, for a maximum of 36 CFU/ECTS, without enrolling in a degree programme leading to an academic qualification.

Before starting the required procedure, please contact our Student Services.

Enrolment in a single course is allowed to students with a five-year secondary school diploma. EU and non-EU citizens legally residing in Italy and non-EU citizens residing abroad can register. 

Application has to be submitted by:

  • 30 September (1st Semester or annual course)
  • 1 March (2nd Semester). 

Late registration is possible after the above deadlines, subject to payment of a late fee of Euro 50.00.

Enrollment in individual courses is valid for one academic year; if students fail to take the relevant exam within the last useful session, they will lose their enrollment.

For enrollment in individual courses, in addition to the stamp duty of Euro 16.00 paid virtually, a contribution of Euro 25.00 is due for each CFU/ECTS. Students with a disability equal to or greater than 66% pay only a fixed contribution of Euro 80.00 and the stamp duty of Euro 16.00 paid virtually, regardless of the number of CFUs they intend to acquire.

The application, drawn up using the appropriate form, must be delivered to the office of the competent Administrative Unit of the Student Services and must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • two identical passport-size photographs;
  • copy of a valid identity document.

It is also possible to send the application by post or courier, provided it is received by the deadlines set, to the following address:

University of Basilicata "Ufficio Segreteria Studenti", Via Nazario Sauro nr. 85, 85100 Potenza.

The payment of the stamp duty and the contribution for the number of credits to be achieved must be made using, exclusively, the MAV received at the counter at the time of delivery of the application.  In the event that the application is sent by post or courier, the MAV will be sent to the e-mail address indicated in the application.  Registration is considered completed with the receipt of the payment due.

Exact terms, as well as detailed procedures, are settled in the art. 10 of the "Student's Regulation" and in the "Manifesto degli studi"


EU-equated Citizens, Non-EU citizens legally living in Italy (with a residence permit for Italy) or Italian Citizens with non-Italian educational qualifications

Students with non-EU citizenship resident abroad

Exemption/Annual all-inclusive contribution

Students enrolling/registering in a 1st "Laurea" and 2nd cycle "Laurea Magistrale/ Laurea magistrale a ciclo unico" degree programmes, as well as in the previous programmes, in addition to the payment of the stamp duty paid on a virtual basis of € 16,00 and the regional tax for the right to education of € 140,00, are required to pay the annual all-inclusive contribution, if due and provided by the Student Contribution Regulation, by the following deadlines: 

Annual all-inclusive contribution 

to be paid in a maximum of four instalments, within the following deadlines, valid for both current and non-current students:

I instalment by 21 December 2020
II instalment by 31 March 2021
III instalment by 31 May 2021
IV instalment by 31 July 2021      

Non-compliance with the deadlines established for the payment will entail the payment of a late payment fee of € 30.00, for each instalment paid within 30 days following the deadline, and of € 50.00, for each instalment paid after 30 days following the deadline.

a) students' economic conditions, measured on the basis of the Indicator of the "Situazione Economica Equivalente- ISEE*" according to the D.P.C.M. of 5th December 2013, no. 159 and subsequent modifications and integrations;

The all-inclusive annual contribution, in compliance with the criteria of equity, graduality and progressivity, pursuant to paragraphs 255-258 of the Law of 11 December 2016, no. 232, is determined by jointly assessing the following requirements:

b) years of enrollment at the Università degli Studi della Basilicata, calculated on the active career, starting from the first year of entry into the University;

c) CFU obtained at the University of Basilicata, referred only to the activities included in the study plan, except for supernumerary activities.

For the quantification of the all-inclusive annual contribution, please refer to article 4 of the Student Contribution Regulations. For enrolled students, only the Indicator of the Equivalent Economic Situation (ISEE) is taken into account. All payments must be made using only the MAV, which can be downloaded from your personal page, entering the Online Student Services.

How to request the exemption/graduation of the annual all-inclusive contribution (we are sorry,  this page is only in Italian. For help please contact the Student Services)

Further exemptions and benefits (we are sorry,  this page is only in Italian. For help please contact the Student Services)


*the ISEE is a tool used to assess the economic situation of people who wish to apply for social benefits. To obtain the ISEE certificate, it is necessary to submit the "Dichiarazione Sostitutiva Unica (DSU)"/single replacement declaration. The DSU contains information on. The DSU contains information on the revenues and assets of each member of the household and must be submitted to one of the following entities:  Authorised Tax Assistance Centres (CAAF); Municipalities; INPS (also electronically). For detailed information, please contact  the Student Service

Internships and placements


The internship is an important occasion to develop students' vocational training having the first approach with the labour market. The University of Basilicata, through a specific memorandum of understanding, enables its students and graduates to spend a training period in enterprises, organisations, public entities, research centres, professional studies, etc. in Italy or abroad. Among them:

  • curricular internship permits both to gain credits that will be counted towards a degree and to create the first contact with the labour market. It is addressed to students who wish to spend a six-month (maximum) training vocational period for credits or work thesis. For further information, please visit;
  • extra-curricular internship enables students to carry out a work experience at the same time or completion of their studies. It is on a voluntary basis and is addressed to final-year students and young graduates (within 12 months after achieving the academic qualification). The length of the training period is 6 months at most. For further information, please visit


To learn more:


  • The Erasmus + for traineeships is addressed to students who may develop job training activities in an enterprise or organization in another participating European country for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 months. This activity enables students to accumulate credits that will be recognised in their curricula at the end of the mobility period.

For info: International Relations Office, via Nazario Sauro no. 85, 85100 Potenza; phone: +39 0971 202158; 202191; fax: + 39 0971 202197; e-mails: To learn more look into Student opportunities webpage.

Trainees are covered against occupational accidents and third-party liability.

Academic guidance

Students are involved in orientation and tutoring activities starting from the second-last year of high school, through the University Students Orientation Centre - C.A.O.S. (Centro di Ateneo Orientamento Studenti), to support students in being aware of their own choice of the educational track, carrying on throughout the university career and facilitate their employability.

The activities are finalised at providing students with support, including enrolled students and foreign students in mobility. It is ensured individual tutoring to solve the general problems and drive away from the doubts that students may run into during their course of study. With regards to teaching activities, students are supported and advised in case of lacking basic knowledge in certain subjects, study methods, study plan, preparing exams, developing thesis as well as support training activities in order to give them a clearer idea of which degree programme/activities/training programme is suitable to their educational tracks and professional ambitions. Moreover, guidelines in terms of logistics and organisation, information about the possibility of studying and working abroad in relation to their own specific degree course are provided for.

Individual tutors are professors or researchers of the School/department and are appointed to each student by the Tutoring Committee at the beginning of the academic year by the month of October. The list of tutors is usually published on School/Department websites. For further information, please contact the Segreteria Didattica of the School/Department.

A welcoming and orientation service is provided for foreign students in mobility at UNIBAS, upon their arrival in Potenza/Matera and during their stay through the International Relations Office (for administrative matters), School/Department Coordinators for International Relations as well as, in case of the Erasmus + programme, through Coordinators of inter-institutional agreements and mentors.

Language requirements and Online linguistic support

Unless otherwise agreed in the Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreements, students are required the B1 Level (CERF) of Italian Language to study at UNIBAS within an exchange programme or an international cooperation agreement. Please note that no certificate is required. 

Online Linguistic Support (Erasmus+ Programme) - only for Erasmus students 

Students selected to spend a period of study/traineeship within the Erasmus+ programme can also benefit from the online linguistic support, a European initiative aimed to give students the opportunity to assess their language level and attend an online course in the host country language of instruction/work before and during the Erasmus period abroad, facilitating their integration in the host country and university.  Tests and courses are completely free. 

Therefore it is strongly recommended to ask the home University to be assessed in Italian as well as, if the student's level is lower than B2 level, to attend an online course in the same language. 

For information, students have to contact their home International Office or equivalent office. 

Visa regulation for non-EU students

Depending on citizenship, country of residence, length and purposes of the stay in Italy, students may need to obtain a Visa before coming to Italy. Check if you need an entry Visa and the documents required on MAECI Visa for Italy (select Study - EXCHANGE AND MOBILITY PROGRAMME as reasons for your stay).

Students should contact the Italian Consulate or Embassy in their home country to find out what to do. It is strongly recommended to start all relevant Visa applications as soon as possible because the time required to obtain a Visa could be quite long.

There are two types of Visa: short term (Uniform Schengen Visa. type - up to 90 days) and long term (National Visa type more than 90 days). Both types of Visa are issued by the Italian Consulate or Embassy in their home country.

Detailed information on how to apply (depending on the citizenship, the duration and reasons for the stay, the necessity or not of Visa according to the country of origin, etc.) and necessary documents are available on the website of the 
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The visa processing to the Italian Consular Representation by students need to be supported by an invitation and admission letter by the University of Basilicata including the declaration of the availability in Potenza or Matera of appropriate accommodation. 

For this purpose we must be informed of the following data: the number of prospective students, their personal data and address and CV, the exact length of students stay in Italy, and the monthly subsistence allowance. Moreover, we need a copy of students' passport and of the taken-out accident, third party liability and medical insurance policy. It is recommended to send the above documents at least 3 months before.

EU/EEA and Switzerland students

Students from the EU or the EEA countries may move freely without the need for a study Visa.

Students with EU citizenship (and citizens coming from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) can live in Italy for 3 months without incurring in any legal obligation.

If the stay is longer than three months but still temporary (as an exchange student i.e.), at the end of the 3rd month, students must carry out a compulsory registration (iscrizione allo schedario della popolazione temporanea) at the municipality offices. The Application must be submitted to the "Ufficio Anagrafe" depending on where they live.

The registration is free of charge and must be carried out within the first 3 months of arrival in Italy.

Non-EU students

There are two types of Visa: short term (Uniform Schengen Visa. type - up to 90 days) and long term (National Visa type more than 90 days). Both types of visas are issued by the Italian Consulate or Embassy in their home country.

Short term (Uniform Schengen Visa, Type C, up to 90 days)
Long term (National Vis, Type D, more than 90 days)
Non-EU citizen studying at university in another EU country 

To learn more about Schengen Visa, please consult the related website: Schengen visa information

If you need help, please contact

Residence permit

EU Citizens

EU students can stay in Italy for up to 3 months provided that they have an international recognized ID issued by their country of origin. 

After 3 months of entry to Italy, you will be required to register to the local "Anagrafe" in Potenza or Matera, providing a self-certification of enrolment, health insurance and documents demonstrating that you have the financial means to support yourself. 

Non-EU Citizens

Depending on the duration of your stay in Italy, you have to apply for a residence permit or not: if you are a non-EU national and plan to come to Italy for a period exceeding three months, you must apply for a residence permit, while if the length of your stay is less of 3 months you are not required to apply for.

If it is your first time in Italy, you have 8 days to apply for a residence permit. 

For stays of less than 90 days

For stays of more than 90 days

Health assistance

Medical coverage is mandatory for all students/trainees in Italy, but procedures are different for EU citizens and non-EU citizens.

The Emergency Medical Service guarantees Health Care Assistance for emergencies occurring during the night time, holidays or pre-holidays which are not covered by the family or local physician. In urgent situations, the physician can provide outpatient services, prescribe medicines, or illness certificates. This service is free for every citizen under the European Health Care System and foreigners with an agreement or in possession of a valid document proving their right to Medical Health Care (European Health Card). For other cases, it is expected payment for the medical visit.

Upon arrival, the University of Basilicata provides students with general (and not medical) insurance coverage only in the case of hospitalization due to accidents that occurred during academic activities. It also provides coverage for injuries suffered by the students, for which the University is responsible. The insurance also covers damages that students may cause to other people, things or animals at the University of Basilicata.

For more info about UNIBAS insurances, please consult the insurance policy section. Please note that this coverage could be not enough for your stay. For more information about the different kinds of health insurance, check the information provided according to your profile.



Accident and civil liability Insurances

The University of Basilicata provides exchange and degree-seeking students, as well as incoming professors and administrative staff with insurances against accidents that may occur on the campus premises of the university or on any other place where you carry out study or traineeship or research activities as far as they are authorized by the University, as well as for civil liability toward third parties during the performance of institutional activities. 

Third-party insurance (Assicurazione di responsabilità civile)

Third-party liability insurance is offered by the University of Basilicata to covers third-party damages that students could cause in and out of the Institution. The policy is extended to students, grant holders, trainees, postgraduate students, visiting/exchange students and professors, etc. staying at the University for vocational and educational training, analogous and other activities.

Insurance policy: "VITTORIA Assicurazioni", valid until 31/12/2022: Specifications ; Policy 

For further and detailed information, please refer to

Accident insurance (assicurazione contro gli infortuni)

Students coming to the University are covered against all risks that occurred during all the institutional activities (in and out of UNIBAS) provided for or allowed by the University.

Insurance policy: "Harmonie Mutuelle Italia", valid until 31/12/2022. 

  • Policy 
  • Annex 

Please bear in mind that the policy does not cover medical treatment expenses for which, according to your citizenship, individual health insurance is required.

For further and detailed information, please refer to


Tax code (tax identification number)

The Tax Identification Number (Codice Fiscale) is an identification document necessary in any relationship between citizens and public administrations. It is necessary to open a bank or a postal account and to enroll in the National Health Service, as well as it must be shown during the enrolment process. It is also required to lodge at the Halls of Residence managed by the Regional Education Agency (A.R.D.S.U.) All students and teachers have to apply for this tax code and then return a copy of it to the International Relations Office.

To be granted a tax identification number, foreign citizens must present a valid document (if EU citizens) and a residence permit (if non-EU citizens) at the local office of the Agenzia delle Entrate, the Italian Revenue Agency.

Non-resident individuals who need to obtain a tax code can apply for it to the Italian consular authorities in the country of residence. It is issued through the computerized link with the Italian Revenue Agency and a certificate is given to the applicant or can submit the request personally to any territorial office of the Revenue Agency.

At the moment of the application, a valid identity card of the applicant must be presented. The documentation, as well as to prove the identity of the subject, must prove the legitimacy of the presence of the subject in Italy. At the moment of the request, the Revenue Office issues a certificate of attribution.

At the Agency you should produce the following documents:

  • application for a tax code to be filled Form AA4/8 Editable version (EN) – Modello AA4/8 Editable (IT) (please read carefully the instructions on how to fill this form).
  • the identity document (EU citizens) or, in case of non-EU citizens, the passport, with visa (if any), or other documents valid for the Italian authority plus the identity certification issued by the home country Consulate or Embassy in Italy (with a passport photo). Non‐UE students are also required to produce the permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno) or the receipt. 

Your “Codice Fiscale” should be issued in real-time.

Agenzia Entrate Potenza

Agenzia Entrate Matera

How to open a bank account or a rechargeable debit card

Opening a bank account in Italy is not free and there are charges twice a year made for having the account. Procedures for EU students and Non-EU are similar.

Documents required are:

  • codice fiscale Italian tax code (Tax Identification Number)
  • Valid ID Card. For Non‐UE students the permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno) or the receipt of the post office is required;
  • University Registration form and matriculation number.

However, at the post office, you can buy a rechargeable debit card (postepay) which you can then use to withdraw money or make purchases. This costs € 5,00 and there is a € 1,00 charge for every withdrawal. To sign up for this ‘postepay’ card, students should go to the post office, taking with them a valid passport or identity card and their Italian tax code (codice fiscale)

Improving your Italian Language at Unibas

Italian Language course

Students coming to UNIBAS, within European Programmes, can benefit from Italian language courses supplied at the beginning of the semester, through the Language Centre of the University. Courses are structured in different classes depending on the learner's level (CEFR) and developing general competencies and communicative and linguistic skills. Courses last 40 hours and give the opportunity to gain 3 credits. They are for learners who need to learn or improve their Italian. At the end of the course, after the final examination, students receive a certifying Diploma. If you like to attend the Italian Course, you'll have to plan your arrival within the last week of September (1st semester/one year) or the end of February (2nd Semester). No intermediate courses will be organized. 

Other languages courses

The University offers, through its Language Centre, free courses, in blended learning (using the DI.L.LE platform), to students, teaching staff and staff at different levels (A2, B1 and B2-CEFR), in the principal languages of the EU (English, French, Spanish and Germany), prior to the mobility abroad (semester 1 and 2), organizes language Campuses as part of educational activities.

For further information:

Wi-Fi network and computer labs

The University of Basilicata has several Student Computer Centres (Punto di Calcolo Studenti) with on-line facilities, where you can find:

  • 30 computer places in Via Nazario Sauro 85, 85100 Potenza;
  • 80 computer places (Rooms A, B and D) at the Campus Macchia Romana, Via dell’Ateneo Lucano no. 10- 85100 Potenza;
  • 40 computer places (Room no. 2) in Matera at Via A.M. Di Francia, 75100 Matera.

For information about opening hours and days and for registering, please refer to the Centre for data processing and telecommunication services (Centro Infrastrutture e Sistemi ICT) - CISIT, Campus of Macchia Romana, 85100 Potenza (+39 0971 206027-6129; email: )

For incoming students within exchange programmes: Once registered at the University of Basilicata through the International Relations Office and the Students Affairs Office you have to go to the ICT Centre (Centre for data processing and telecommunication services) for filling in the mandatory forms to use the PCs and the wireless net at University of Basilicata.  Please, bring with you a photocopy of your identity documents (identity card or passport or driving license). 

Wi-fi request form 

In order to access the service students must provide their university credentials, username and password. All connections are registered.

The university wireless allows students to access resources from the university net and from internet through proxy system. Those who use the university wireless system must respect the rules in the rules and regulations policy. The access has no limit.

Areas of coverage

The university has a wireless service, the covered areas can be recognized by the presence of specific indications. Wireless connection through personal laptop has no time restrictions.

Accommodation & University Canteen


With the support of the Regional Education Authority (Azienda Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario - A.R.D.S.U.) the University of Basilicata offers students coming within an exchange programme the possibility to have a comfortable accommodation in the Halls of Residences. This opportunity is given only to students coming to Potenza for the entire duration of the stay with the exception of August when the residence is closed.

For detailed information, students have to contact by email the A.R.D.S.U. in the person of Antonio Luongo e-mail: IMPORTANT: No Halls of Residence are available in Matera.

The International Mobility office, on request of the student and with the support of the local ESN will help the student in finding private accommodations.

How to book the accommodation at the Halls of Residence: With regards to the Erasmus students, a specific section of the application online is dedicated to accommodation. You have just to tick off the items. The International Mobility Office is in contact with the ARDSU for checking and booking the room. To avoid problems, please register as soon as possible following the specified procedures and contact the International Mobility Office (also by e-mail to allow the relevant administrative formalities to be completed. It could be difficult to book and obtain accommodation if your application, as well as your on-line registration, is produced late.

For students out of the Erasmus: please get in touch with us,, as quickly as possible to organize your lodging.

It’s strongly recommended that you check-in at the International Mobility Office beforehand (except for specific cases to be notified to the office staff or the Erasmus Student Network -ESN, i.e. late evening/night arrival. In this case please explain the situation to the ARDSU, as well as to the International Mobility office before leaving).

Costs:  For detailed information, please contact the A.R.D.S.U.:  Antonio Luongo, telephone: + 39 0971 418210; e-mail:

For detailed information, click on the following link

Private accommodation

It is quite difficult to find private apartments in  Potenza or Matera for short-stay mobility to rent to students. If interested, students have to contact the local ESN ( and the International Mobility Office ( well in advance.   
You can find notice with ads of contacts providing private accommodations throughout the city in the bulletin boards located in the University's campuses.

University Canteens

The University, with the support of the Regional Education Authority (Azienda Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario - A.R.D.S.U.), offers several university canteens located in:

Once you have arrived and completed the check-in administrative formalities, you must go to the ARDSU to benefit from board and lodging services offered. 

It’s strongly recommended that you check-in at the International Mobility Office beforehand (except for specific cases to be notified to the office staff or the Erasmus Student Network -ESN).

For detailed information click on the following link 

Settore Relazioni Internazionali/International Relations Division

Settore Relazioni Internazionali/ International Relations Division

Ufficio Mobilità Internazionale/International Mobility Office
Ufficio Cooperazione e Ricerca Internazionale/ Cooperation and International Research Office

Campus Universitario di Macchia Romana - edificio 3B, 2° piano
Via dell'Ateneo Lucano 10
85100 Potenza

Responsabile Settore/ Head of the Division

Dott.ssa Annalisa Anzalone
Tel. + 39 0971 202158

Responsabile Ufficio Mobilità Internazionale/Responsible of the International Mobility Office 

Dott. Vittorio Rosa
tel. + 39 0971 202157

Mobilità studenti e staff in uscita/outbound students and staff: 
Mobilità studenti e staff in ingresso/inbound students and staff :
Accordi Inter-Istituzionali Erasmus/Inter-institutional Agreements:

Al fine di offrire un miglior servizio, l'Ufficio Mobilità Internazionale raccomanda di fissare un appuntamento via email utilizzando gli indirizzi sopra citati, differenziati a seconda della tipologia di mobilità e attività/ The International Mobility Office recommends that you make an appointment by e-mail at the above addresses, according to the type of mobility and activity, in order to provide a better service.

Responsabile Ufficio Cooperazione e Ricerca Internazionale/ Responsible of the Cooperation and International Research office (ad interim)

Dott.ssa Annalisa Anzalone

Tel. + 39 0971 202158



Student Services

Student Associations

Facilities for special need students

The University of Basilicata offers support and assistance to students with disabilities throughout their stay at the UNIBAS. It helps students in all matters concerning their academic life, from practical aspects to learning activities through:

  • technical assistance with special equipment located in several areas of the University;
  • counselling desk to welcome and support disabled students inside the University;
  • a tutor-professor in each School/Department.

Several activities are carried out in the Hopeful Garden "Giardino della Speranza", a multimedia room with several computer positions supplied with specific software and equipments

For detailed information, please visit the following website:

Contacts: Potenza- Via Nazario Sauro, 85- Rectorate Building Palazzina del Rettorato, 2nd floor, c/o Rector's Secretary Office c/o Ufficio di Segreteria del Rettore;

Opening hours: From Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 13.00

Phone numbers: 0971- 202473/ 0971-202477 Fax: 0971/ 202102