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Promotion of International Activities

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This section provides an overview of the main initiatives of the University of Florence to increase its international dimension as well as showcasing the funding and mobility opportunities offered by the University and other institutions.

International initiatives

Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute is the official body for the teaching of Chinese in the world, recognized and funded by the Ministry of Education of China.
The Confucius Institute of Florence was born in March 2014 as a result of the collaboration between the University of Florence and Tongji University (Shanghai). It offers Chinese language courses at all levels.

In addition to the spread of Chinese language and culture, the Institute organizes meetings and seminars with experts from the Chinese world; events about Chinese culture; specialized courses (Chinese for business; for tourism; for children).
Confucius Institute website

Tuscany University Network (TUNE)

TUNE is the network of universities in Tuscany for the promotion abroad of teaching and research activities carried out in Tuscany. The University of Florence joined TUNE in 2013.
TUNE’s mission is to enhance and promote study and research opportunities offered by its Universities, Research Institutes and Centres as well as develop international relations with public and private foreign universities and institutions through collaboration agreements and international student mobility.

Mobility opportunities



 Several European and international funding programs and schemes allow research staff to carry out mobility periods abroad.


Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)

The Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst - DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) represents German universities abroad. It is the most important institution worldwide for the promotion of mobility in the academic field. DAAD is also active in many fields of cultural policy and education abroad. In this regard, in Italy it is represented by 13 readers located in various universities.

The University of Florence has entered into a collaboration agreement with the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst for the insertion of a DAAD exchange reader at the University of Florence, which performs its functions at the Department of Education, Languages, Intercultures, Literatures and Psychology (FORLILPSI). Read more (in Italian).


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