With the law n. 204 of the 17th February 1992, the institution becomes a full on University. Aside from the Italian Language and Culture Courses, now it also offers Major, Master and Graduate Courses.
University of Perugia
The University of Perugia was officially founded in 1308 with the bull Super Specula of Pope Clement V, that concedes the Perugian Studium the faculty to “lecture” generaliter. The imperial approval arrived in 1355, when Charles V bestow the privilege to bear the title of “Studio generale” and give doctorates to students of any nation. During the thirteen hundreds, two faculties were active: Law and General Arts. Today the research and educational activity is divided in sixteen departments and two Schools.
Scientific research and cutting-edge education from a highly international perspective: these are the pillars on which the University of Perugia is founded.
On an international level, there is a constant commitment in creating cooperative relations with European, American and Asian universities to foster student mobility.
The recognition to the university of the ECTS Label - the excellence mark in the application of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) - at hand of the European Union, has recently confirmed the quality of this broad process of internationalization, in the form of 361 active agreements with different countries as well as European higher education institutes, eligible for Erasmus mobility, and 90 framework agreements with European and extra-European universities, for the development of initiatives on the research and educational front. Some of the degree courses given by the University of Perugia already grant a double title or an European title. Continuing on the recognition front, the University of Perugia results in the first university in Italy between the bigger universities, based on the Censis classification.
The didactic can count also on the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo (the University’s own language school), equipped with the most modern structures for learning languages, on the Centro Servizi Bibliotecari (center for library services), divided in 13 different libraries, and on the Centro di Ateneo per i Musei Scientifici (the University’s center for scientific museums).
Among the the services aimed at ease the learning and growing process of the students, there are also the Guidance Service and the Job Placement Service, the Centro Universitario Sportivo - CUS (the University’s sports center), the University Pool and the modern structures of the Recreational and Sporting Center “Giuseppe Bambagioni”.
University for Foreigners of Perugia
The University for Foreigners of Perugia is the most ancient and prestigious Italian institution involved in the activities of teaching, research and dissemination of Italian language and culture in all of their expressions.
Its history begins in 1921, when the Perugian attorney Astorre Lupattelli, who long had worked at this ambitious project, establishes in his city the first courses of adult education with the aim to spread in Italy and abroad the knowledge of Umbria, to illustrate its history, the institutions, the natural and artistic beauties. Until 1926 the courses were held in the classrooms of the University of Perugia and in the Sala dei Notari in the historic Palazzo dei Priori. Since 1927 the University for Foreigners is seated in the prestigious Palazzo Gallenga, located in the heart of the city.
Besides the headquarters of Palazzo Gallenga there are now the four new “palazzine”: Prosciutti, Lupattelli, Orvieto and Valitutti. These are to be found in a splendid park in the heart of the city - within walking distance from Palazzo Gallenga - located in the center of a housing complex that enriches the structures destined to teaching and research. Moreover, there is the prestigious Villa La Colombella, historical patrician mansion found between the green hills near Perugia, completing the valuable heritage the institution is endowed with.