The University of Florence has always placed special emphasis on fostering collaborations with foreign universities and on the process of internationalisation.
This has become a priority and a strategic aspect of the life of the university, affecting all areas from research and teaching to the organisation of studies and the mobility of teachers, researchers and students.
By reason of its international vocation, every year the University of Florence hosts a considerable number of prestigious delegations from foreign universities. These visits usually lead to the development of cultural and scientific cooperation through formal agreements stipulated according to the draft approved by the academic bodies of the University of Florence.
Such agreements aim to promote the reciprocal exchange of teachers, researchers, students and technical and administrative staff. There are currently 280 cooperation agreements with as many universities in 70 countries.
Joint study programmes with other universities have been available since a number of years.
Ever since 1999 the University has been recognised “European Centre of Excellence Jean Monnet” with the purpose to coordinate, together with other universities, all activities geared to foster and promote the European integration.
In 2014 the Confucius Institute was established at the University of Florence with the collaboration of Tongji University (Shanghai). It offers language courses open to all, at the elementary intermediate and advanced level. Recognized and funded by the Ministry of Education of China, the Confucius Institute is the official body for the teaching of Chinese language in the world.
The University of Florence has been very active in participating to the funding opportunities offered by the European Union and especially within the Framework Research Programmes. This has resulted in a significant rise of the level of funding as time goes by.
last update: 10-Feb-2015