Университет Неаполя Федерико II
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The University of Naples Federico II is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the medium-sized city of Napoli, Italy. Founded in 1224, it is the oldest public non-sectarian university in the world, and is now organized into 26 departments. It was Europe's first university dedicated to training secular administrative staff, and one of the oldest academic institutions in continuous operation. Federico II is the third University in Italy by number of students enrolled but despite its huge size it is still one of the best universities in Italy, being particularly notable for research; in 2015 it was ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by citations per paper. As of 2016 it is the only generalist Italian university in the Times higher education reputation, which considers the 200 best universities in the world. The university is named after its founder Frederick II. In October 2016 the University hosted the first ever Apple IOS Developer Academy and in 2018 the Cisco Digital Transformation Lab.

The university has 13 faculties:

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biotechnology
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Letters and philosophy
  • Mathematical, physical and natural sciences
  • Medicine and surgery
  • Pharmacy
  • Political sciences
  • Sociology
  • Veterinary medicine

Several professors from various disciplines are among the top Italian Scientists by H-index.According to the 2016 QS World University Rankings by subject the University of Federico II ranks in the following ranges respectively: 51–100 for civil engineering, 101–150 for mechanical engineering, pharmacy and pharmacology, agriculture and forestry and physics and astronomy, 151–200 for law and legal studies, medicine and chemical engineering, 201–250 for electrical and electronic engineering, mathematics, economics and econometrics, 251–300 for biological sciences, computer science and chemistry.

  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Polytechnic School and Basic Sciences

  • Polytechnic School of Basic Sciences

  • School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

  • Department of Humanities

  • School of Medicine and Surgery

  • Department of Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnology

Fredrick II had specific objectives when he founded the university in Naples: first, to train administrative and skilled bureaucratic professionals for the curia regis (the kingdom's ministries and governing apparatus), as well as preparing lawyers and judges who would help the sovereign to draft laws and administer justice. Second, he wanted to facilitate the cultural development of promising young students and scholars, avoiding any unnecessary and expensive trips abroad: by creating a State University, Emperor Frederick avoided having young students during his reign complete their training at the University of Bologna, which was in a city that was hostile to the imperial power.

The University of Naples was arguably the first to be formed from scratch by a higher authority, not based upon an already-existing private school. Although its claim to be the first state-sponsored university can be challenged by Palencia, Naples certainly was the first chartered one.

The artificiality of its creation posed great difficulties in attracting students; Thomas Aquinas was one of the few who came in these early years. Those years were further complicated by the long existence, in nearby Salerno, of Europe's most prestigious medical faculty, the Schola Medica Salernitana. The fledgling faculty of medicine at Naples had little hope of competing with it, and in 1231 the right of examination was surrendered to Salerno. The establishment of new faculties of theology and law under papal sponsorship in Rome in 1245 further drained Naples of students, as Rome was a more attractive location. In an effort to revitalize the dwindling university, in 1253, all the remaining schools of the university of Naples moved to Salerno, in the hope of creating a single viable university for the south. But that experiment failed and the university (minus medicine) moved back to Naples in 1258. The Angevin reforms after 1266 and the subsequent decline of Salerno gave the University of Naples a new lease on life and put it on a stable, sustainable track.


In order to be admitted in a First cycle( Laurea Triennale-LT) or Single cycle degree programmes ( Laurea Magistrale a cycle unico - LMCU) the candidate has to provide a valid foreign high school diploma, which has to be legalized, translated and presented with a declaration of value (dichiarazione di valore).

How to enroll

Validation of your qualifications and pre-enrollment at the embassy
Contact the Italian Embassy in your country, and submit:

  • high school diploma;
  • the certificate attesting the completion of academic studies or a post-secondary qualification issued by a non-university higher education institute (only if the education cycle in your country lasts 10 or 11 years);


First Cycle and Single Cycle Degree Programs may be with or without restricted access (set at local or national level).If the degree program you are interested in has restricted access, you must register for the admission test; your admission to the degree program depends on the score of the test and consequently on your ranking compared to the other candidates.

Documents to be presented:

  1. Transcript of Records (ToR) with a detailed description of the courses followed and the exams passed to obtain the final degree. This document has to be translated into Italian and presented with a declaration of value (dichiarazione di valore).
  2. Detailed description of the course programs taken (in English or French);
  3. Formal request to the President of the university to have the degree recognized in order to apply for the second level degree course.

Once all of the documents are collected, they have to be personally delivered to the Students’ Office. The Students’ Office will forward them to the coordinator of the teaching board who will authorize the student to formally apply.

In the end, the applicant can go on with the provided formal matriculation (personally and NOT online as for the Italian students): 

  1. Copy of the Passport
  2. Application form
  3. 1 passport photo
  4. Fiscal code
  5. Residence Permit (proof of having asked for it)


The University of Naples Federico II is officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca, Italia (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Italy), Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (UNINA) is a very large (uniRank enrollment range: over-45,000 students) coeducational higher education institution.  the University of Naples Federico II (UNINA) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 796 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

The formal system for accreditation of State University programs in Italy began in 1933. This law accredits a set of Universities, faculties, and courses. It involves two separate but correlated programs that were instituted at the same time: First, each University went through a four-step process to adopt and approve its own Regolamenti Didattici di Ateneo (RDA). The RDA establishes the rules for the organisation of teaching at the university, including establishing the requirements and objectives of each degree program, the curricula, credits awarded and requirements and objectives of examinations.

The RDA's were developed in consultation with representatives of the individual university, the regional coordinating committee (CRC), employers and the National University Council and are ultimately approved by the Ministry of Education (MIUR). Second, a series of formal, objective standards was adopted as minimum requirements for approval of any programs.

The libraries

The library system of the University of Naples Federico II includes libraries of area, center and department. These libraries are distributed throughout the city and surrounding areas, covering a span of approximately 17 km from the building site to the northwest of Agnano and Fuorigrotta to Portici. The literary heritage owned by the libraries amounts to more than two million volumes and almost 3,500 subscriptions to various periodicals.

The sport centre

The sport activities available for students are organised and managed by the C.U.S. (University Sports Centre). 

The Choir  

International students with musical experience may join the Universitary Polyphonic Choir as temporary members, participating to the enjoyable social and cultural events.

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