Università di Verona

Verona is a city in northern Italy’s Veneto region, with a medieval old town built between the meandering Adige River. It’s famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet.

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Verona not only inspired the setting of 3 of William Shakespeares' plays, but the Adige River that strikes through the heart of Verona sets the stage for immersion into the romance region. Verona is a city you can get around easily by foot, walking through more than 2000 years of history.

With 30 campuses spread throughout the city and greater region, the University of Verona maintains a small-classroom atmosphere even with a 25,000 student population. Verona lies at the base of the Northern Alps and has been designated a UNESCO-protected World Heritage site - rich in cultural history and filled with ancient Roman and Medieval architecture. Located about 1 hour by train from Venice, and 2 hours from Milan, the city is also close to the postcard-perfect Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy.

Key information


Verona, Italy




Academic Year, Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status



2021-2022 applications

Fall 2021 and Winter 2022
Priority deadline: January 11, 2021

NOTE: Applications for Winter 2021 UGo virtual exchanges are open until December 28 2020. First come, first considered for available spaces!

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2022-2023 applications

Open November 1, 2021

Program details

The University of Verona offers a variety of programs, including Archaeology, Anthropology, Business, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics, German, Greek & Roman Studies, Italian Studies, History, Latin, Law & Society, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Spanish.

All undergrad students will be considered "1st Cycle" students, but 4th year students may be able to qualify for Masters-level courses in the "2nd Cycle" program. For a list of courses, please select from 1 of 4 Faculties HERE, find a department, and review their course listings, paying attention to where the course is offered (may be offered at another campus). 

The European system works on the number of credit points rather than courses - however, in terms of course transfers, 6 ECTS = 1 UCalgary half-course equivalent. At Verona, students are typically expected to take 24-30 ECTS (12-15 UCalgary units) per semester.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The first semester (Fall) runs from mid September to mid-late February, and the second (Spring) semester runs from mid February to the end of July.

Please Note: Italian visa applications may require travel to the Edmonton or Vancouver consulates to finalize your study permit and take biometrics as needed, in advance of your departure. Please check with the embassy or consulate, or the government website regarding study visa/permit requirements as soon as possible to verify if this will be required for you.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.

    The University of Verona recommends that students budget at least 700-800 euros per month to cover basic living costs such as accommodation, food, books, and public transport.

    Verona cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here

    Please Note: Italian visa applications may require travel to the Edmonton or Vancouver consulates to finalize your study permit and take biometrics as needed, in advance of your departure. Please check with the embassy or consulate, or the government website regarding study visa/permit requirements as soon as possible to verify if this will be required for you.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? 
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any 
    awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines, please click here.

    Italian Study Abroad Award: One award, provided by Calgary's local Italian community and facilitated by the UCalgary Italian Department. For more information, please click here.

    Fogolâr Furlan di Calgary Scholarship in Italian Studies: One award, managed by The Calgary Foundation. Students who are Alberta residents working towards a major or minor in Italian Studies may be eligible. For more information, please click here

    Please click here for more possible sources of funding as recommended by the UCalgary School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures.

    Please click here for more information on funding provided by the UCalgary Study Abroad office.

Italian universities are typically less campus-based, thus accommodation is often not directly affiliated with the university. The International Relations Office at Verona will contact students with information on finding accommodation after their application to Verona has been submitted. There are generally 2 options in Verona - accommodation with the ESU Residences, or in private flats.

There are 8 residences run by ESU di Verona, for which exchange students get first priority if the application is made before their deadline.

For meals, the university also offers 2 canteens run by ESU Verona, which you can enter using your Carta ESU, and provides 2 meals/day, between €5.70 and €3.5. A wide selection of food is available and vegetarian and most other dietary needs are catered for.  

This exchange is open to regular, full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

Courses at Verona are taught in Italian. As such, applicants must have a command of Italian at minimum B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), or have completed at least two 300-level courses in Italian, or possess equivalent knowledge. Certification of language proficiency may be required.

At Verona, exchange students also take Italian language courses during their stay.

What options are available for improving my Italian in Verona?

It is a requirement that students enroll in the courses offered by the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (CLA). Placement tests are done via computer at the beginning of each term to determine your knowledge of Italian, and depending on your level they offer courses from A1-C1 levels, according to the CEFR.

For more information on the classes, vist the L2 page. Once you are accepted by Verona, you may apply here for registration in the language course and your placement test. 

Are there Accessibility services?

Verona's Accessibility Services Office, the "Services Centre for Disabled Students" promotes the integration of students with accessibility issues - offering administrative and teaching services such as tutoring, transport, sign language translation, specialized equipment, help with forms, alternative teaching methods or materials, and modification of examinations, etc.

For information on accessibility of campuses across Europe, ESN has created "MappEd!" which allows you to check the accessibility of universities and cities across Europe. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.

What's so special about Verona?

Not to be outdone by the Colusseum in Rome, Verona also has its own UNESCO-protected Roman Arena/Ampitheatre - the third largest and one of the two best preserved in Italy - where you can still attend Opera performances to this day! Students can also get involved in a variety of clubs including C.U.S. Verona (University Sports Club)AEGEE Verona, the Fuori Aula Network (FAN - student radio), and the Erasmus student network (ESN). ESN is a Europe-wide student network that organizes various social events on campus throughout the year, as well as providing academic and social supports. 

Verona's semester runs from mid-February to late July; the exact teaching dates vary by course. 

Course instruction is exclusively in Italian. This is a great opportunity for students looking to expand their language skills and grow more comfortable in an Italian academic environment! 

Search for courses on the catalogue here: https://www.univr.it/en/course-catalogue

  • The search is available by department or by degree. Bachelor degrees at Verona are 3 years long; prospective exchange students in their 4th year may be permitted to take first-year Masters level courses. 
  • Courses are available in a range of humanities, science, and business topics.
  • Please note the mode of instruction is not yet confirmed for every course, so flexibility is recommended in your course selection. In many cases, courses are taught in-person while simultaneously livestreamed to an online class, so synchronous attendance (following Italian time-zone) may be required. 

A full-time courseload at Verona is 24-30 ECTS credits (typically 4-5 courses), however virtual exchange students are welcome to take as little as 1 course. You will pay only UCalgary tuition fees. 

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

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Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.