University of Salento

General information

Excellent Education

As a student at the University of Salento, you can take advantage of all we offer: a variety of programs, award-winning faculties, cutting-edge research projects, first-class facilities and a vibrant campus life.


Total student population: 24,000
Total international students:700
Teaching staff: 630
Most popular programs: Engineering, Nanotechnology, Science, Archaeology, Languages, Italian for Foreigners
Ranking: Member of AQUIS (Association for the Quality of Italian Public University) which
counts 19 public universities out of 72.


Lecce is a historic city of 95.200 inhabitants in Apulia, the second province in the region by population. It is also one of the most important cities of Apulia. After the Norman conquest in the 11th century, Lecce regained commercial importance, flourishing in the subsequent Hohenstaufen and Angevin rule and was one of the largest and most important fiefs of the Kingdom of Sicily from 1053 to1463, when it was annexed directly to the crown. From the 15th century, Lecce was one of the most important cities of southern Italy, and starting in 1630, it was enriched with precious Baroque monuments. Lecce is commonly nicknamed the "The Florence of the South".


If you are an International student and or an Italian with a foreign study qualification, and you wish to study at the University of Salento, you can apply to the university taking into account your own requirements, those of your country of origin and your academic curriculum to date.
Before starting your enrolment at the University of Salento you should choose the most suitable programme according to your needs.
If you want you can:
• enroll in a Bachelor Degree course ( Laurea di I Livello)
• enroll in a Master Degree course ( Laurea Magistrale)
• enroll in Single Courses
apply for recognition of your previous qualifications (of your Degree or just some exams)
Please be aware that in order to have more up-to-date and detailed information you should consult the International Students website of the Università del Salento or the Ministry of Education website. Furthermore you can send us an e-mail with your enquiries.

Information per Mobility Type

Italian University System

The reform of the Italian University System (Ministerial Decree no. 509/99) has led to some important innovations in the organization of academic degrees, implementing the decisions taken by EU Ministers in Bologna in 1998. The new system can be illustrated as follows:

  • The first cycle (Laurea) has a 3-year duration for a total of 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). It leads to a Bachelor of Science equivalent degree (UK);
  • The second cycle (Laurea Specialistica/Laurea Magistrale) has a 2-year duration for a total of 120 ECTS. It leads to a Master of Science equivalent degree (UK);
  • The third cycle (Dottorato - Phd) has a 3-year duration for a total of 180 ECTS. It leads to a PhD equivalent;
  • On top of the first cycle, the Italian system provides a 1-year course (minimum of 60 ECTS) leading to a 1 st level Specializing Master;
  • On top of the second cycle, the Italian system provides a 1-year course (minimum of 60 ECTS) leading to a 2nd level Specializing Master.

PhD Eligibility Requirements
Only applicants who have a degree equivalent to an Italian Master degree level (please check the Italian University System) can participate in this programme. 

A candidate who has obtained their degree abroad –or who will have obtained it by December 31 of the current year - and who has not yet had it declared equivalent to an Italian university degree, should ask the Committee if the document entitles him/her to take part in the entrance exam. The Executive Committee of the Doctoral School will make an evaluation based on the following documents:

  • The degree certificate containing the final score, if already obtained;
  • Transcript of the exams taken with the related grades;
  • Any other relevant documents useful to the Executive Committee for such a declaration;

These documents, if written in a language other than Italian, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish or German should be translated into one of these languages in certified copy from the university which issued them or by the Italian Embassy. These documents must be attached to the application form.

Admission to doctoral program

  • The abilities of the candidate are assessed through a written exam or the evaluation of a research project proposal and through an interview as specified in the announcement. 
  • Non-EU students who are not competing for a scholarship at the University of Salento are selected only through an interview, via Skype if requested.


Students holding a EURICA scholarship are not required to pay University fees.