Collegio Superiore di Bologna

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Template:Infobox University The Collegio Superiore is a higher education institution in Bologna, Italy, founded in 1998 by the former head of the University Fabio Roversi Monaco. The Collegio belongs to the University of Bologna, and its principal aim is to allow selected and highly motivated students to live together and to attend, besides traditional university courses, seminars and lectures held both by Italian and foreign professors and researchers. With the Institute of Advanced Studies, it is part of the Istituto di Studi Superiori of the University of Bologna.

Students are selected by means of an annual admission exam, exclusively based on merit. Collegio Superiore is financed by the University of Bologna and other institutions, both private and public.

The Collegio Superiore di Bologna is a direct offshoot of University of Bologna, being part of the process of Superior Graduate Schools in Italy (Grandes écoles) or Scuola Superiore Universitaria.


The admission exams for Bachelor's degrees take place every September. The written part starts with a 60-question, multiple-choice test, aimed to test the candidate's general culture and reasoning ability: if the score is satisfactory, a second part follows, involving the composition of short essays regarding science, humanities and economy, and the translation of an English text into Italian (only for italian students). Average marks of 7/10 or more in the written tests are required in order to proceed to the oral examination, in which a judging committee further tests the candidates' knowledge, critical sense and motivation. Candidates eligible for the Collegio are those who score a mark of 8/10 or more in this part: among them, only up to 24 are granted admission. There is also an admission exam for the Master's degree, based on the student's résumé and an oral examination.

Progression to the second year

In order to be granted admission to the following academic year in the Collegio, the candidate is required to pass all the university exams on schedule with an average grade of 28/30 or more. It is also required for the candidate to attend two out of five internal courses organised by the Collegio itself every year; these extra exams must be passed with a minimum grade of 27/30.

Rights of the Collegio students

The Collegio Superiore students are granted free residence at the Residenza di Studi Superiori in Bologna until completion of their studies; they are allowed to attend university without paying local and state taxes; they are also granted an extra allowance and the right to undergo all the cultural initiatives organised by the Collegio. Upon graduation from the Collegio, students are given a diploma attesting their participation in the Collegio's activities and the cultural life.

National and international relations

The Collegio Superiore di Bologna is part of the process of Superior Graduate Schools in Italy (Grandes écoles) or Scuola Superiore Universitaria. also called "Schools of Excellence" i.e. "Scuole di Eccellenza".

It has signed exchange agreements with École Normale Supérieure in Paris, Lyon and Cachan, with the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Ghislieri College of Scuola Superiore Studi Pavia IUSS of Pavia and with the Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori di Padova.

See also

  • University of Bologna
  • List of Italian universities
  • Superior Graduate Schools in Italy
  • Bologna

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