Study in Italy

study abroad in sardinia, italy

Sardinia, or in Italian ‘Sardegna’, is one of the most beautiful Mediterranean destinations, a sophisticated Italian island, west of mainland Italy and south of Corsica. Being the secondlargest Mediterranean island, it has so much more to offer with an interesting history, wild mountainous interior, vibrant towns with local traditions, and colorful festivals. Sardinia is renowned for its beautiful beaches, turquoise sea, and fascinating rock formations. A warm welcome awaits you in Sardinia. 


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Just fill out an online application form and submit it with a few attachments

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University of cagliari

top 5%

ranked top 5% best university worldwide


ranked #49 best forensic science university worldwide

established in 1606, unica is one of the oldest universities worldwide


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Autumn (September – February), Spring (February – July)
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Bachelor and Master
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36 ECTS / 21 US credits


2,190 + 75 EUR application fee


Lectures, workshops and excursions


Business and Economics, Languages and Cultures for Linguistics Mediation, Languages and Communication, Management, Humanities, Pharmacy, Architecture, Engineering, Computer Science, and many more

Program Highlights

Semester Dates


September 25th, 2024 -
February 25th, 2025
 September 17th, 2024*
August 31st, 2024


February 24th -
July 29th, 2025
 February 17th, 2025
January 27th, 2025

AUTUMN 2025*

September 22nd, 2025 -
February 25th, 2026
 September 22nd, 2025
August 31st, 2025

Please note that the course selections are made on a first-come-first-serve basis!

*) dates still tentative


The University of Cagliari is one of the oldest universities in the world. UniCa has also been a recognized top ranking university in Italy with its benefits for students studying in which the institution upholds and provides academic excellence, innovative programs, exchange opportunities, facilities (including all levels and types of sporting facilities) its location on the beautiful Sardinian coast and the low cost of living. 

Who is this program for? 

  • You’re a university student or have recently finished high school 
  • You want to gain a global mindset combined with a unique life experience 
  • You want to make new international friends and build a career-benefiting multicultural network 
  • You want to use your spare time to explore the beautiful Sardinia in Italy 

european digital univercity logo University of Cagliari is a member of European Digital UniverCity.
create a truly integrated European University with students, researchers and administrative staff who learn, impart and work at universities differing in size, age, native languages and focus.Using modern digital tools and face-to-face collaboration, we form a strong triangle of shared knowledge and academic values between Western, Central and Southern Europe, developing strong ties between local environments to tackle global challenges of the 21st century.


The University of Cagliari has adopted ECTS as the credit accumulation system: 1 Italian Credit (CFU) = 25 working hours = 1 ECTS Credit ECTS credits express the volume of learning based on the defined learning outcomes and their associated workload. 60 ECTS credits correspond to the workload of a full-time academic year or its equivalent, which normally comprises a number of educational components to which credits are allocated. First cycle qualifications typically include 180 ECTS credits. Second cycle qualifications (Master programmes) typically include 120 ECTS credits

Application documents required:

  • For the Undergraduate Programs High School Diploma or similar certificate Certificate / Transcript of records or equivalent document (stamped and signed or electronically verifiable, in English, German or French language)
  • For Graduate Programs Bachelor’s degree diploma, certificate / transcript of records or equivalent document (stamped and signed or electronically verifiable, in English, German or French language)
  • An official transcript of records of all your semesters in English (signed and stamped by your home institution or verified by an electronic signature or a barcode) or. If you are not currently enrolled at an institution of higher education, a copy of your bachelor/masters diploma in English is needed. Click the link above for an example transcript of records. The format may vary from university to university.
  • A copy of your national ID card. For non-EU citizens, a copy of the identification page of your passport and permit to stay is required

Apply to study abroad at University of Cagliari

Get the required documents (see list below)

Fill out and submit the online application form together with the required documents

You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement within one week, at best as quickly as in one day.

  • Flexible application: You can apply even if you’re not yet certain of your plans. Cancel at no extra cost up to 1 month before the semester starts.
  • When you apply for two semesters: 100 EUR discount on the second semester
  • Get access to comprehensive information materials such as an Asia Exchange Guide and an interactive orientation webinar after you apply


  • Scan all the required documents (1–2) to your computer.
  • Finally fill out the online application form below and submit it with all the documents.

Uploading and submitting the attachments

  • Please upload the attachments in PDF format.
  • If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you’re missing some attachment(s) when you first apply, you can send the missing document(s) later.  However, please note that we won’t process applications without any attachments whatsoever.
  • All attachments must be sent to us by the application deadline at the very latest, preferably as soon as possible.
  • You can submit all the documents electronically. Please don’t send anything via regular mail.
  • There is a late application fee for applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline.


You’ll get a confirmation of your study placement in 1-7 days, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents.


The application fee invoice will be sent to you soon after the initial acceptance letter. This fee will be due within 10 days of receiving your confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below).


If you’re unable to participate in the study abroad semester, you have the right to cancel your participation up to 1 month before the semester starts with no extra cost (the application fee will not be refunded, however). Let us know about your cancellation by writing us an email at info[at] Cancellations notified via phone, SMS or by any other means will not be considered. For more detailed information on our cancellation policy, please see terms and conditions for cancellation. We also reserve the right to cancel your participation if any of your fees becomes overdue. For more information, please see our terms and conditions.

Travel insurance

You are required to have a valid accident and health insurance from your home country for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate in the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.

University of Cagliari (UNICA) – public higher education institution in Italy. The history of UNICA can be traced back to1606 . University of Cagliari has an urban campus in Cagliari. University of Cagliari regularly ranks high among the universities of Italy. The composition of the university. University of Cagliari is considered to be a large university, teaching more than 29,000 students. The university accepts applications from foreign students. The university employs 2900 teachers and professors. The university offers international student exchange programs, made possible by the vast network of partner educational institutions and companies.


Via Università 40, 09124 Cagliari

University Ranking

  • The University of Cagliari is one of the oldest universities in the world recognized as one of the top-ranking universities in Italy dedicated to offering comprehensive and unique public education, cutting-edge research, and multi-discipline education programs for the student community. 




Q: Can I take Master’s level courses even if I’m a Bachelor’s level student?
A: It depends on your foundation courses from the Bachelor courses you have taken. It can be reviewed by UniCa after pre-selecting your courses.

Q: Are there mandatory courses?
A: There are no mandatory courses when studying at UniCa. You may choose from the available courses for the specific semester you will be joining. You cannot pre-select courses that is taught for a different semester as classes are organized by semester schedule. All courses offered to our students are taught in English. Should you have a proficiency in Italian, you can attend the other classes taught in Italian.

Q: When are my course selections confirmed?
A: The semester courses being offered in UniCa is being updated towards at the beginning of each academic year or every after each semester. Student’s can choose from all courses taught in English.

Q: Can I drop out of a course or add a course after making the course selections?
A: Adding or dropping out of course may take place on or before your arrival at the destination. However, should you choose to add or drop a course feel free to contact the international office or school registrar and coordinate what needs to be done or should you need to change the course for your credits.

Q: How does the weekly schedule look like?
A: During the orientation a week before the semester starts, you will be provided with the class schedule. The reason why international students are encouraged to choose below 6 courses to ensure that there are still days and time you can dedicate for your intercultural learning, immersions, or cultural excursions.

Q: What is the required minimum attendance?
A: Unwritten rule of thumb is to attend the classes 75% of the time including the mandatory lectures and workshops.

Q: When do the exams take place?
A: All exams will take place inside the official semester dates. Mid-term exams usually take place the week before the mid-term holiday and final exams the last week of the semester. The exams are scheduled for the same weekdays and times as your normal classes.

Dresscode: There is no specific dress code in UniCa. However, you are expected to dress well. No flip flops or boardies. Just remember to cover your shoulders and knees – and to wear proper shoes.

Q: What is the correct type of visa for studying at University of Cagliari
A: Student Visa (Long Stay type D) this is for the students who will be applying for any degree course that has at least 20 hours of courses per week (or 80 hours per month) and lasts more than 90 days. Learn more about the visa through this link.

Q: When can I apply for my visa?
A: As soon as you receive the official acceptance letter from University of Cagliari. We will send this to you latest 1 month before the semester starts. You cannot apply for your visa with the initial acceptance letter from Asia Exchange.

Q: How can I find suitable accommodation options?
A:  There are a few recommended accommodations in UniCa by former exchange students. Some look for accommodation on Stanza Stemplice on the internet page and found different rooms.

Q: Should I book accommodation in advance or after arriving in Cagliari?
A: It is completely up to you. Many of the cheapest places get booked in advance, but there are students who prefer checking the accommodation options in person after arrival.

Q: Which vaccinations do I need to take?
A: We recommend MMR, Tetanus-diphtheria and hepatitis A and B. You can ask your doctor for possible other recommendations for some routine vaccines before your trip.

Q: Can I bring prescription medicines to Cagliari?
A: That shouldn’t be a problem if you bring the doctor’s prescription with the medicine. Some medicines can be hard to find in Cagliari. Even though there are plenty of pharmacies, some medicines may not be available. Therefore, it’s important to check prior to your departure and to prepare accordingly.

Q: How are the hospitals in Cagliari?
A: There are many international standard hospitals in Cagliari. Ospedale Civile – Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di Cagliari.

Q: Do I need to have travel insurance?
A: You are required to have valid accident and health insurance from your home country for the whole duration of the program. The university may request a copy of the insurance certificate at the beginning of the semester. See our recommended travel insurance providers.

In addition to tuition fees, you should be prepared to pay for the student visa, flights, accommodation, and other living costs and depending on each student’s lifestyle. For some, it can be an average cost of 1000€.

Q: I need to have my learning agreement/certificate of enrollment signed. What should I do?
A: Please fill out the document and send it to and we will forward it to University of Cagliari for signing.

Q: When will I receive my Official Acceptance Letter?
A: The electronic official letter of acceptance will be delivered to you approximately 1.5 months before the semester starts. Please print it for your student visa application.

Q: When will I receive my Transcript of Records?
A: The university prepares and sends the transcripts of records usually within 2 months after the end of the semester ends.

Q: Which other essential items should I bring with me from home?
A: Sunscreen, contact lenses, tampons, underwear, power bank, USB stick and dry shampoo.

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