University of Florence

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University of Florence
founding 1321/1364
Sponsorship state
place Florence , Italy
Rector Augusto Marinelli
Students 51,818 (2017)
Employee approx. 3,400 (2016)
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florence

The University of Florence ( Italian : Università degli Studi di Firenze , Latin : Florentina Studiorum Universitas ) is one of the oldest and most famous universities in Italy . It has 12 faculties and around 50,000 enrolled students.

Today only the humanistic chairs have their seat in the center of the city, while natural sciences are located in Sesto Fiorentino , medicine in Careggi and social sciences in Novoli . Other faculties and institutes are located outside the city in the Tuscan towns of Prato , Pistoia , Empoli , San Casciano , Vinci , Figline Valdarno , Calenzano and San Giovanni Valdarno .


Florence University Auditorium

The forerunner was the " Studium generale " introduced in 1321 . Initially, it only included three subjects: canonical and secular law, literature and medicine. However, after just three years, teaching was stopped again.

At the suggestion of Pope Clement VI. was taught again from 1349, he also granted the right to award diplomas ( Privilegium Maximum ). In 1364 the school was elevated to an imperial university. Giovanni Boccaccio taught here and gave lessons on Dante's Divine Comedy . In 1387 the first chair for Greek in all of Europe was established here.

In 1473 Lorenzo de Medici had his studies transferred to Pisa , where it merged with the newly founded university there; only the theological college remained in Florence. In the turbulent times that followed, the other faculties moved several times between Pisa and Florence.

After the unification of Italy , it was recognized as a state university in 1860.


Faculty of Social Sciences

The university is divided into twelve faculties with a total of 70 departments and 233 courses.

  • Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Literature and Philosophy
  • Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Science
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Political Science
  • Faculty of Psychology
  • Faculty of Economics

Personalities and alumni



  • Monica Frassoni (* 1963), co-chair of the Greens / EFA group in the European Parliament

See also

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