Incoming Erasmus+ study and traineeship
What is it
The Erasmus+ programme offers foreign students the chance to study in UniGe.
Every year UniGe welcomes more than 500 Erasmus+ students coming fom over 350 partner universities.
In this page you can find the registration procedures, useful information on application, study, arrival and life in Genoa.
The period of stay varies according to the course of studies you attend at your university and to the one you choose to attend during your stay in Genoa.
The stay ranges from a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 12 months.
If you want to study in UniGe as an Erasmus student you should be nominated by your home university first.
If the number of students applying for a place exceeds the number of places available, applications will be processed and accepted in chronological order.
To be an Erasmus+ exchange student, you must meet all the following requirements. Once these steps are completed, you may proceed with the application form.
You can participate (even for traineeship) only if there is a valid Erasmus+ Interinstitutional agreement between your home Institution and UniGe.
N.B. If in the application form you do not find your study area, please contact your University.
Recommended language skills
Your home institution, subject to prior agreement with UniGe, is responsible for providing you with support for the recommended language skills before your departure for Genoa:
All Subject Areas ITALIAN - B1, ENGLISH - B1
Medicine ITALIAN - B1
Economics ITALIAN - B1, ENGLISH - B1 (1st cycle students) - B2 (2nd cycle students)
Architecture ITALIAN - A2 (mandatory), ENGLISH - B2
Are you a non-EU citizen?
If you are a non-EU citizen, before coming to Italy for Erasmus+ in UniGe, please consult the web site of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the page dedicated to Consular services or the Italian Consulate, to find out whether you need a visa to enter Italy.
Please consider that if you do meet the visa requirements and you do not get the student visa, you won’t be enrolled.
If you need a visa, UniGe can issue an Invitation Letter, containing data about the Erasmus+ period.
N.B. Before asking for the invitation letter, be sure that your Application form has reached our International Mobility Office (you should have received a confirmation message).
In order to issue the Invitation Letter, we need to receive only by email the following documents:
- Student’s request of issue duly signed by the applicant, containing the complete address of the Italian Embassy or Consulate where the student applied for the visa.
- Copy of a valid passport
The invitation letter will be issued not earlier than 15 days from the receipt of the documents listed above.
Please, remember, the invitation letter will be issued only if:
- the above mentioned documents are sent in the requested way
- the requested documents are complete
- the passport is valid
UniGe will communicate every change requested by you or your home institution to the Italian Embassy where you applied for the visa.
Your home institution and UniGe will provide assistance, when required, in securing visas for incoming participants from your home institution, according to the requirements of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.
Information and assistance can be provided by our Settore Mobilità Internazionale (International Mobility Office).
Your home institution and UniGe will provide assistance in obtaining insurance for you, according to the requirements of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education. UniGe will inform you of cases in which insurance coverage is not automatically provided.
Information and assistance can be provided by UNIPOL-SAI, div. La Fondiaria (Liability insurance n. 151189675, exp. 30/06/2020).
Where are you from?
Bring along the European Health Service card issued in your country of residence.
If you need to undertake medical examinations, you can address any general practitioner free of charge (a list of general practitioners is available upon request at the Settore mobilità internazionale).
The General practitioner can prescribe medicines or specific examinations.
In Genoa, specific examinations must be booked through a phone call to:
CUP (Central reservations office)
- tel. 800 098 543 (only from house phones)
tel. 010 538 3400 (also from mobile phones)
from 8 am to 6 pm
- tel. 800098543 (free number from fixed-line and mobile)
from 8 am to 6 pm during weekdays, except Saturday
N.B. You do not need to apply to the italian National Health Service (SSN)
- tel. 800 098 543 (only from house phones)
You must apply to the italian National Health Service.
In order to submit your application, you have to pay € 149,77 through a postal payment slip (C/C n° 606160) in the name of Amministrazione P.T. Regione Liguria indicating “Assicurazione volontaria SSN anno.....(Voluntary Health Insurance year...) in the reason for payment. For example: Assicurazione volontaria SSN anno 2020.
N.B. The payment is valid for 1 calendar year. This insurance guarantees total cover and entitles you to choose your own general practitioner.
Alternatively, you can subscribe a private health insurance policy with WAI Italy: you have to register on Welcome Association Italy and then pay € 120 for one year or € 71 for six months, through a postal payment slip.
Once you paid, you have to send copy of the postal payment slip to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Later on, you can find copy of your health insurance policy on-line in your personal area on WAI Italy web site.
The abovementioned insurance policy is suitable to apply for the residence permit issue or renewal.
If an insurance policy is required in order to obtain a visa, you are obliged to subscribe to it abroad.
Once in Genoa, in case of emergency you can contact the emergency rooms of S. Martino hospital and Galliera hospitals or call the emergency number 112.
When you arrive
Register at the International Mobility Office
This is the first office you have to visit (don't forget to bring a valid identity document with you).
Here you will:
- be registered and enrolled
- receive a matriculation number and necessary documents
- be given the student badge that is necessary to access to the labs, to libraries and student canteens
After you have enrolled you will be able to access all the facilities and services you are entitled to as an UniGe student.
Here you will also receive all useful information regarding the professor responsible for your Erasmus Exchange in UniGe. If needed, ask his/her consulting hours and other contacts directly to the Erasmus Office of the UniGe Department you are headed to.
Go to the Foreign students’ office (SASS)
This office can help you in:
- finding the best accommodation for your needs
- applying for the tax code number
- applying for the permit of stay (non-EU citizens only)
Contact the professor responsible for your exchange
Contact the professor responsible for your exchange, indicated in the section Erasmus+ stay data of your application form.
He/she will support you in matters concerning your study/traineeship plan (learning agreement) and the course units.
Contact the International Office of the UniGe Department you're headed to: it will provide all useful information regarding our organization, the academic calendar and the course units.
Once enrolled at UniGe by the International Mobility Office, you will be assigned a UniGePASS account to access all the online services, such as:
- wifi internet access
- student's webmail
- e-learning and aulaweb
- use of university computers
- library services
Don't forget to register for UniGeprint: with this service you will get a credit of 15€ to spend with UniGe printers.
ALISEO offers general student services such as meal services and accommodation.
Canteens are one of the main services provided for students, also Erasmus students can have access to this service, prior authorization.
The complete list of canteens available for students and the prices of meals can be consulted at the ALISEO web page.
UniGe supports International students in their accommodation research, but does not guarantee nor reserve any kind of accommodation.
Nonetheless, UniGe provides an accommodation bulletin board where you can find a flat or a room.
If you are interested in university residences, contact ALISEO (Regional Agency for Students and Tutoring), the body in charge of this kind of accommodation.
Bed & Breakfasts, residences and religious accommodations can be alternative solutions, especially for short stays. A list of these types of accommodation is available at SASS office.
Activities for you
GEG (Gruppo Erasmus Genova) is a non-profit student organization, part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). Its goal is to promote students mobility in the framework of university exchange projects, according to the principle students helping students.
GEG is run by volunteers and organizes lots of activities to help foreign students to feel welcome in Genoa. GEG also organizes pick-up service upon request.
Albergo dei poveri
Piazzale E. Brignole, 2
If you are interested in sports, you can contact CUS (Centro Universitario Sportivo).
Take part in the Italian Language Course
There are many courses and subjects taught in English.
If the courses and subjects in your Learning agreement are taught in Italian, you do not need to submit a language certificate but UniGe offers Italian language courses.
UniGe organizes, with the contribution of EU, Italian language courses for foreign students, completely free of charge.
If you want to follow the course you have to fill in the appropriate section of the Application Form.
The courses are divided into levels from A1 (breakthrough) to C2 (mastery) in keeping with the criteria laid down by the Common European Framework of Reference for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe. You have to sit for an entrance test.
For further information please, contact Settore Sviluppo Competenze Linguistiche (ex CLAT).
Extend your Erasmus+
If you want to extend the duration of your Erasmus stay, you need the authorization both of your home Institution and the professor responsible for the exchange in UniGe.
The extension request has to be received by the International Mobility Office at least 15 days before the end of the registered Erasmus period. After receiving both authorizations, the International Mobility Office will issue a confirmation of acceptance.
N.B. Remember that the Erasmus period cannot exceed 12 months.
Learning Agreement and changes
You have to complete your Learning Agreement and its changes in accordance with your home institution and the professor responsible for the exchange at UniGe (following the rules of your UniGe Department).
If the document needs the approval of the Erasmus Institutional Coordinator, you have to come to the International Mobility Office after obtaining the signature of the professor responsible for the exchange.
Internationl Mobilty Office
Piazza della Nunziata 6, second floor
Tel. +39 010 209 9545 - Fax +39 010 209 5012
SASS - Settore accoglienza studenti stranieri
(International students office)
Piazza della Nunziata 6, first floor
+39 010 209 51525