University of Urbino

University of Urbino Carlo Bo
Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo
Logo of the University of Urbino
Latin: Studiorum Universitas Publica Urbinatensis
Former name
Collegio dei Dottori di Urbino (1506)
Pubblico Studio di Urbino (1576)
Studio generale di Urbino (1671)
Università di Urbino (1671)
Libera Università Provinciale di Urbino (1862)
Università Libera di Urbino (1923)
Urbino città campus
Motto in English
Urbino: a city campus
Established1506; 518 years ago (1506)
RectorGiorgio Calcagnini
Location, ,
CampusWhole town, UNESCO World Heritage Site

The University of Urbino Carlo Bo (Italian: Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo, UniUrb) is an Italian university located in Urbino, a walled hill-town in the region of Marche, located in the north-eastern part of central Italy. The University was founded as Law school in 1506 by Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, with the name of "Collegio dei Dottori" ("school of doctors", while in Italy doctor was - and is - a title attributed to anyone with a master's degree).

Starting from the 1960s/70s, under the guidance of Carlo Bo as Rector and in the following years, the University succeeded in buying up numerous derelict buildings in the historic centre of the town (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), there buildings which have since been restored and used as faculty, department and library buildings. While the student body and faculties gradually increased and developed over time, it was under the long-lasting rectorship of professor Carlo Bo, distinguished humanist and Senator for Life, that the University enjoyed unprecedented growth in size and prestige, prompting the former president of the European Commission, Roy Jenkins, to state that "the University of Urbino is an incisive presence in contemporary thought, contributing in original ways to the cultural and intellectual life of Europe". This was also the period in which architect Giancarlo De Carlo designed and built the University Halls of Residence and redesigned and modernised several of the university's other buildings.

The University of Urbino currently has six departments and two institutes, over 14,000 students, many of whom are from overseas[citation needed], about 800 teachers and 400 administrative staff members. Like already explained, the University occupies numerous buildings throughout the historic town centre of Urbino, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as whole, and this its de facto Campus. The University also occupies buildings in the close countryside. The main accommodation blocks are situated at a quite short distance from the historic town center.

Urbino has been a centre for culture and studies since the age of Federico da Montefeltro. The Law school was founded in 1506. Nowadays the University of Urbino is also renowned for teaching and research in Sports Science, Humanities, Biology and Computer science, and for the good reputation of its courses[citation needed].


Faculty of Education, designed by Giancarlo De Carlo. Photo by Paolo Monti, 1982.


Until 2013 the university was divided into 11 faculties:

Following the approval of the so-called Gelmini reform in 2009, and starting from the 2013/2014 academic year, the faculty-based organisation was replaced by a department-based structure. It is currently composed of the following departments and institutes:

  • Department of Pure and Applied Sciences (DISPeA)
  • Department of Communication Sciences, Humanities and International Studies. Cultures, Languages, Literatures, Arts, Media (DISCUI)
  • Department of Economics, Society, Politics (DESP)
  • Department of Humanities (DISTUM)
  • Department of Law (DIGIUR)
  • Department of Biomolecular Sciences (DISB)
  • Superior Institute of Religious Sciences 'Italo Mancini' (ISSR)
  • Institute of Journalism (Ifg)


University rankings
Global – Overall
THE World501-600 (2018)


The University offers to students and staff a number of libraries making up the University Library System, along with the Foundation 'Carlo and Marise Bo' for Modern and Contemporary European Literature library.


The University does not have its own residence halls. However, a number of colleges and dormitories for University of Urbino students are owned and managed by the regional office for the right to academic education. They include four colleges (Vela, Tridente, Aquilone and Serpentine) and one female dormitory (Casa Studentessa) in Urbino, one college located in the scientific campus between Urbino and Fermignano, and a number of rented private accommodation blocks in Pesaro and Fano, paid for by the regional government.


The Commandino Medal is awarded by the University every year in recognition of extraordinary contributions in the history of science.

The commission charged with awarding the Commandino medal is appointed by the Director of the International Study Center Urbino and Perspective. Scientific humanism from Piero and Leonardo to the Galilean revolution and the candidates are chosen according to their contributions to the history of science. It has been awarded annually since 2014, with no award being made in 2019. The 2021 medal was awarded in 2022. Awardees: Reviel Netz (Israel, 2014), William René Shea [fr] (Canada, 2015), Enrico Gamba (Italy, 2016), Roger Penrose (UK, 2017), Jürgen Renn (Germany, 2018), Monica Ugaglia (Italy, 2020), Victor Pambuccian (Romania, 2021).

The Dal Monte Medal is awarded by the University every year in recognition of contributions in the history of science by young researchers. It was inaugurated in 2022. Awardee: Vincenzo de Risi (Italy, 2022).

Notable people


Faculty and staff

19th century

20th century

21st century

Points of interest

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