Once an important political center and the home of many prominent figures in the Italian Renaissance, the historic walled city of Urbino sits in the mountains near the tiny Republic of San Marino. The birthplace of Raphael, its centerpiece is the 15th-century palace built by the Duke of Montefeltro. Located 30 miles west of the Adriatic beach towns, Urbino has in many ways retained its medieval character, with narrow, crooked streets lined by shops and overhanging apartments. The city is surrounded by picturesque vineyards, forests and mountain streams.
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ISEP-Direct academic year or semester programs
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Academic year: early October to late June; Semester 1: early October to mid-February; Semester 2: mid-February to late June.
Students with sufficient prerequisites have the option of enrolling in undergraduate or graduate courses (as non-degree seeking students) in the following fields of study.
Economics and Business Management, Marketing and Business Communication
Educational Sciences,Psychology - Sciences and Techniques,Education Sciences for Nursery and Primary School
Clinical Psychology, Pedagogy and Educational Planning
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Foreign Languages and Cultures (3 curricula: Western Languages and Cultures, Eastern Languages and Cultures (in Pesaro), Language and Economic Studies for Business)
Languages for Schools, Performing Arts and Books (3 curricula: Language - Texts and Contexts, Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching Methodology, Live Performing Arts Management), Intercultural Business Communication
Humanities and Philosophy
Humanities and Cultural Heritage Studies,Philosophy, Science and Technology for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage
Archaeology and Ancient Literature,Conservation and Restoration of Historical Artistic Heritage, Archives, Library and Documentary Information Science, Art History, Epistemology, Ethics and Communication, Text Tradition and Interpretation
Five-year program leading to a second-level specialized degree
Nutritional Sciences,Herbal Medicine
Five-year programs leading to a second-level specialized degree:
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology
Physical Education and Health
Physical Education, Sports and Health
Preventive Physical Activity & Health, Sport Science
Science & Technology
Biotechnologies, Biological Sciences,Geological Sciences and Land Management, Environmental and Natural Sciences, Applied Computer Science - also E-Learning in English
Two-year second-level specialized degree programs:
Cellular and Molecular Biology,Industrial Biotechnologies, Land Vulnerability and Climatic Change Adaptation, Applied Geological Sciences for Building and Land Management
Sociology and Social Services (3 curricula: Social Services, Cultural-Anthropologic, Sociological-Territorial) - also E-Learning, Communication Sciences - also E-Learning
Communication and Advertising for Organizations - also E-Learning, Publishing, Media and Journalism, Political and Social Service Organization and Management, Sociology of Multiculturalism
Housing and Meals
Students are housed in single- or double-occupancy rooms with bath, and receive a meal plan at student cafeterias.
The University of Urbino grew out of the Collegio dei Dottori which was already active around the middle of the fifteenth century and authorized to act as an appeal court for suits involving the Duchy of Urbino. At the request of Duke Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, this college was officially recognized in a papal bull of 1507, issued by Pope Julius II of the della Rovere family, and entrusted with the administration of penal and civil law throughout the Duchy. In 1564, Pope Pius IV granted the Collegio "leave to crown two poets laureate annually, to confer degrees in canon and civil law, to award academic qualifications in the arts, in medicine and in the other faculties recognized by the University articles, and to appoint notaries."
Today the University of Urbino is a state university. It numbers 10 faculties and about 17,000 students. Its numerous departments are housed in buildings of outstanding architectural interest, and it offers students and scholars a wide range of courses and research opportunities. Urbino provides the ideal setting for a university: the ancient city centre is on a human scale; everything is still within walking distance and there are numerous opportunities for meeting local people, teachers and students.
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