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THIRD Mission

KEY FACTS: UNibo4refugees

The doors of the University of Bologna are now open to refugee  students with the Unibo4Refugees project. In orientation interviews, students get the chance to submit their CVs, find out about the opportunities for study and financial aid and draw up an educational plan for rebuilding their future. 

Even before obtaining refugee status and without having to pay enrolment fees, students can enrol in single learning activities and attend Italian language courses. Enrolment in degree programmes is made easier thanks to special procedures for checking academic qualifications and admission requirements, obtaining study grants, getting exemption from fees and access to microcredit. 

Through this action 19 asylum seekers from 10 different countries registered in single learning activities for the Academic year 2017/2018 and 9 refugees enrolled in degree programmes for the Academic year 2017/2018. Most of these students come from Sub Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, Liberia, Uganda), some others come from Pakistan, Mongolia, Syria, Ukraine. 

Among the projects developed by Unibo4Refugees in 2017, there is the construction of a new stable at the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences of the Alma Mater. Donated by the Archbishop of Bologna, Matteo Maria Zuppi, will allow two young people requesting international protection to continue their path of work placement.