The University at a glance

Rettorato - Copyright Università degli Studi di TorinoA story beginning 600 years ago…

The University of Torino, founded in 1404, is one of the oldest universities in Italy and in Europe. Its first illustrious graduate, in 1506, was Erasmus of Rotterdam, important and influential scholar of the 16th century. In the 18th and 19th century, the University of Turin attracted famous mathematicians, physicians and chemists (such as Luigi Lagrange and Amedeo Avogadro) and contributed largely to Italian Positivism. Over the first half of the 20thTorino was one of the main poles of Italian anti-fascism, attended by leading characters in the Italian political and social life, such as Antonio Gramsci, Piero Gobetti, Palmiro Togliatti and Primo Levi. Among the many illustrious alumni of the University of Torino, one should mention the three Nobel laureates for Medicine, Rita Levi Montalcini, Salvatore Luria and Renato Dulbecco and two Italian Republic Presidents, Luigi Einaudi and Giuseppe Saragat. 

… and still going on! 

Today, thanks to its several collaborations with national and international research centres, local institutions and the Ministry of Education, its important scientific role is widely recognized and acclaimed. Studying at the University of Torino means experiencing excellent academic resources in a youthful, culturally vibrant environment and in an international and stimulating atmosphere. With its 70,000 students, 4,000 people including teachers, administrative and technical staff, 1,800 PhD students and researchers and 120 buildings in the local area and in other significant places in Piedmont, it can be considered a ‘town within the town’ promoting culture and producing research, innovation, training and job opportunities. 

Its 27 departments virtually concern all the fields of knowledge (besides Engineering and Architecture only). Some courses, such as Military Strategies, Biotechnologies, Physical Education and Sports, Restoration and Conservation of Artistic Heritage are unique in Italy.