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Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

PhD programmes at unibz

In the last few years, through our five faculties and research centres, we have invested significantly in implementing and boosting our research activities. We focus a lot on the training of young researchers. Seven well-structured PhD programmes enable them to pursue a career in academia.

Application and admission

Admission to PhD programmes is regulated by a public competition. The selection of the applicants is based on their educational and research background, linguistic competence, possibly on written tests, and an interview.

Application: 9 October 2022, 12:00 midday (CEST) for the following programmes:
PhD in Computer Science and PhD in Advanced-Systems Engineering

More information and application portal:

Detailed information, the calls and the access to the application portal can be found on the respective PhD programme page:

International students


The courses offered by unibz are full-time PhD programmes. The teaching and research plan is well-structured and it involves a research trip abroad of at least three months. The minimum length of a doctorate is three years. Students can write their PhD dissertations in German, Italian or English. Under exceptional circumstances, theses can also be written in other languages.

Scholarships and financial help

For most of our PhDs, unibz funds scholarships of €17,000 per year (including tax). For research periods abroad, funding can increase up to 50%. Other research activities (conferences, research trips, Summer Schools, etc.) are funded through individually allocated travel bursaries.

Further grants are offered by the Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale.

Living in South Tyrol

Studying in a place where people go on holiday is a dream for many!

Students coming from over 40 countries and registered at unibz thoroughly enjoy their student life, being so lucky to live in one of the most loved tourist regions in Europe. An exciting cultural life, many leisure activities throughout the year and, finally, the Dolomites – recently included among the UNESCO heritage sites –  make studying here a unique experience.

More info on the site “Osservatorio prezzi” (price watchdog) of South Tyrol.

Living costs

Living costs in South Tyrol are comparable to those of other cities in Northern Italy. The average monthly expenses for living costs, food, clothing, insurance, study materials and leisure activities can reach roughly €600.


Students under 27 can buy for €150 an ABO+ student bus pass valid for a year. ABO+ is managed by the local authority Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano. The ABO+ can be used on all public transport in South Tyrol and on regional trains to Trento.

Bozen-Bolzano, Brixen-Bressanone and Bruneck-Brunico - like all South Tyrol - are small towns and, therefore, very suitable for cycling. Classrooms are easy to reach by bike in less than 15 minutes even if you don’t live in town!

Studying barrier free

Students with disabilities who are planning to study at unibz can contact the Advisory Service to clarify any doubts they may have and ask for information relating to their needs (accessibility of buildings, applications for support, etc.).

Upon request of disabled students, the university can arrange for admission procedures to be customised to meet the needs of each student also by making available any specific technological devices and learning equipment required.

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