Ciao is an expression that we use when we want to greet each other. It's an informal expression that captures the informal character of the UnicaLCampus (ULC). Unlike most other Italian universities, all university buildings are located on a campus, which means that there is more contact among students of different degree courses. In fact, one of the unique features of ULC is its architecture. Two long bridges, a lower one for pedestrians and an upper one for light vehicles, connect the new cube shaped buildings, where offices and classrooms are located. There is a free mini bus service which takes you from one end of the bridges to the other, but ULC is set up in such a way that everything is easily accessible on foot. So, as you walk down the bridge you are bound to run into fellow students and teachers.
The university is growing (currently the number of students enrolled is 33,000) and new structures are being built all the time. Just a few years ago the faculty libraries were all moved into three specifically built cubes that form the largest library in the south of Italy with more than 400,000 volumes in it. A new Concert Hall has also been recently completed. Accommodation is provided on campus, but exchange students may also choose to live off campus if they wish. There are two cafeterias ('Mensa') located on either end of the campus, but there are also other places to eat such as coffee bars and 'tavole calde'. At UCL you'll also find a bank, a travel agency, bookstores, a laundry mat, a drugstore and a chapel. Come to visit us. You'll be more than welcome!
This word means ‘friendship' and indeed at ULC it's easy to make friends. When I first arrived, I was worried that it would be difficult to meet new people, especially for someone as shy as me. But Southern Italians are incredibly friendly and I immediately found myself surrounded by people who were interested in welcoming me and making me feel at home. Everyone seems so interested in finding out more about me and where I'm from, and in telling me (and showing me) all there is to know about Calabrese customs. The staff at the Scientific Research and International Relations Area (http://unical.it/portale/international) has been very helpful and it's made my stay very pleasant. There are also a lot of Students' Associations where you can join other peers and enjoy the social activities that they organize. In particular, they often set up parties, concerts, seminars, critical mass. ULC also offers sports facilities (http://www.cusunical.org/), for those of you who are keen on fitness and wellness. If you are also interested in arts entertainment, you have to refer to CAMS (http://www.unical.it/cams) which organizes film projections, jazz and blues concerts and much more. It also offers a lively campus choir that you can join.
Of course the study of languages is considered very important at ULC. At the Language Centre (http://cla.unical.it ) we offer courses in Italian as L2 for International students at different times during the academic year. But you can also study English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. The CLA has a wide variety of language materials available including videos, CD roms, books, magazines and journals. Students who want to use these materials for autonomous study can have access to a language computer lab and a video room. The website is also user friendly for students. There you can have access to l'Edicola where you can select a newspaper or magazine, connect to the homepage and read the news. This service is offered for Italian, Albanian, English, French, German newspapers or magazines. If you study languages you can also have online access to specialist journals.
The CLA staff has been involved in European projects which promote multilingualism and multiculturalism. In particular, you can check out CMC Communicating in Multilingual Contexts (www.cmcproject.it). This is a website which offers you activities in six different languages: Italian, Dutch, English, Portuguese, Slovak and Spanish. On this site you'll also find a students' notice board where you can get and give information about the six universities involved in the project. CMC was awarded the European Label for innovative projects in language teaching and learning in 2007 (http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/lang/awareness/label_en.html ).
Moreover, the CLA website gives you the possibility to download the European Language Portfolio (http://elportfolio.unical.it/), which was created by CLA researchers who tailored the Portfolio for the specific academic needs and purposes of the students. This Unical European Portfolio was validated by the European Commission in 2003.
The CLA is also a Cambridge ESOL Centre so you can get a language certification in English if you wish.
ULC has a teaching staff of about 800 people who come from Calabria and different places in Italy as well as from other countries. There are six Faculties for the different professional and cultural interest that you may have: Arts (Letters and Philosophy), Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Political Science. All together the Faculties are now offering 42 undergraduate degree courses (Laurea) and 36 graduate programmes (Laurea Specialistica). Indeed, each faculty gives you the possibility to improve competences in different specialist fields as well as enhance your cultural and academic background. There are also various PhD programmes (Dottorato di Ricerca http://unical.socratesmanager.it/dottorati/) for those students who want to continue their academic studies and improve their professional skills.
Very interestingly, some Faculties offer subject courses in English and French. At the Faculty of Political Science (http://scienzepolitiche.unical.it ), for example, you can take courses in ‘Sociology of Organization', ‘Diplomatic and Consular Law', ‘Sociology of Health and Environment' in English, while ‘Histoire économique et sociale' and ‘Sociétés comparées' are offered in French. This was implemented by the Faculty desire to offer more opportunities of internationalisation aimed at better welcome students from other countries while offering, at the same time, local students the opportunity to improve their language competences. These courses, harmoniously organized by subject and language teachers in team, follow the CLIL approach (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and, therefore, adopt innovative teaching styles.
If you want to know more about the Accademia issue, click on http://unical.it/portale/international/faculties and follow the academic info path
The landscapes of Calabria are simply breathtaking. Whether you are arriving by plane, train, coach or car, you'll immediately be struck by the beauty and variety of the scenery. Are you interested in hiking or climbing? The Sila, Pollino and Aspromonte mountains offer you the chance to spend time enjoying these activities. If you want to go skiing, it takes only 30 minutes by car to get from ULC to Camigliatello. There is also a train if you want to get a better taste of the natural beauty. Do you want to go rafting? The river Lao descends through the Parco Nazionale del Pollino and is considered one of the best places in Europe to enjoy rafting and canoeing. Do you want to spend a relaxing day at the seaside? Calabria is surrounded by endless beaches, and both the Tyrrhenian and the Ionian coasts can be easily reached from UCL. On the Tyrrhenian coast you'll find Diamante, San Nicola Arcella, Pizzo, Tropea, to name only a few, with their rocky beaches. On the Ionian coast there's Crotone, with its beautiful sandy and golden beaches, Isola Capo Rizzuto, Soverato, Roccella Ionica. At the tip of the ‘toe' there's Reggio Calabria, where you can get a fabolous view of Sicily.
But that's not all. Many towns are located on the hills where you can get a view of both the seaside and the mountains and many inland towns (Altomonte, Gerace, Serra San Bruno) offer historic paths you may wish to know about. There are also spectacular views of Mandarin groves as well as Olive groves which date back over a hundred years.
If you want to know more about small places in Calabria click on CMC project Italy Unit 7 (www.cmcproject.it/italia/7/default.htm ). You'll have fun.
This is the Italian word for ‘research'. As in any prestigious higher education institution, research plays a fundamental role here at ULC. Research is carried out in several fields, both humanistic and scientific. Several PhD programs (http://unical.ugmanager.it ) are offered and Italian as well as foreign students can apply. When choosing the university where I wanted to do my PhD, I was looking for a place that encouraged young people to believe that they can make a difference. I also wanted to carry out my research somewhere where I wouldn't just be a number. ULC met both of my needs. Studying at UCL has given me the chance to attend some very interesting seminars and become familiar with the tools necessary to carry out research.
Books, specialist journals and magazines can be found in the main library (www.biblioteche.unical.it) which is divided into three areas- Humanities (F. E. Fagiani), Science (BACS), and Economic and Social Sciences (E. Tarantelli). You also have access to e-journals, open access journals, database, open archives, online catalogues, digital libraries and CD roms. Interlibrary loan is also provided and there is a European Documentation Centre which provides information and useful tools to help in research on the activities of the European Union institutions and issues in Europe. Moreover, the 23 Departments that you find at ULC offer labs and other facilities where you can work on your research projects. Studying here can then be fun.
Innovation has become nowadays a fashionable word which is very often used to attract people. But indeed, ULC can be considered an innovative university for several aspects. First of all the design that makes life on this campus a unique example in Italy. Secondly, aspects of innovation can be found in both fields of didactic and research. In particular, the Liaison Office (http://lio.unical.it/lio_new/) implements actions aimed at giving value to innovative knowledge which is created within the university. This office has the role of Knowledge Transfer Office and aims to function, firstly, as a liaison point between the scientific research carried out within the university and the surrounding territory and, secondly, as a strategic point for actions aimed at Technology Transfer.
Specific activities which are commonly carried out by its staff consist in the valorisation of research products implemented through the support provided to innovative enterprises, spin-offs and patenting; the relationship with the territory and enterprises implemented through the participation in networks aimed at the valorisation of research and technological development; project planning implemented through regional, national and communitary initiatives on technological innovation, research and training; high quality training. carried out through the promotion and organization of workshops in the field of innovation and public and private management..