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Local Coordinator: Carlo Cerrano
Contact Address: Via Brecce Bianche 60131 Ancona AN Italy
Legal Representative: Prof. Gian Luca Gregori Università Politecnica delle Marche P.zza Roma 22, 60121 Ancona, Italy
Homepage: UniVPM
Courses at UNIVPM: Catalogue

Polytechnic University of Marche

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General Information

The Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (DiSVA) was established in 2011 by merging a number of laboratories involved in a wide spectrum of fundamental and applied research topics. The department is a centre of excellence of the Università Politecnica delle Marche and includes more than 100 scientists and technicians that conduct research in areas such as analytical and organic chemistry, biophysics, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and genetics, microbiology and biotechnology, systematics, physiology and reproduction, marine biology, ecology, eco-toxicology and oceanography.

In the last five years, scientists from DiSVA published approximately 200 ISI papers (Web of Science), on average cited more than 2500 times per year. These scientists directly collaborate with numerous research centre's and Large Scale facilities worldwide coordinating and carrying out several national and international research projects.

The DiSVA participates in the National Antarctic Research Program and is involved in international expeditions to the Arctic and many world's oceans. It is also a local unit of several research consortia, and hosts the headquarters of the Italian Association of Oceanology and Limnology (AIOL), the Italian Society of Ecology (SITE), the Italian Society of Neutron Spectroscopy (SISN) and the Italian Zoological Union (UZI). It also hosts the editorial office of several international scientific journals. Three academic spin-off companies have been initiated by DiSVA's scientists and graduate students.



Detailed information on coming as a visiting student to UNIVPM is given at the university’s English language web pages called "Becoming a student at univpm".

Information about student life at UNIVPM can be found on the web page "Student Life". 

Students usually search for their own flats on Facebook groups and on Airbnb.


Useful Links:

Becoming a student at univpm

Student Life at univpm


Living Costs:

Ancona is one of the most affordable towns in Italy. Experience shows that living and studying here costs approximately 500€-600€ a month, including accommodation, food, utility bills, transport, study costs (excluding tuition fees) and entertainment. However the cost of living will vary according to your lifestyle.

More information on the page "Cost of living".



The International Relations Office will be happy to offer all services available to international students at UNIVPM. All the information about Help Desk Online, University libraries, University Sports Committee, NewsLetter, loans, Internet services, Conventions public and private transport, Wi-fi can be easily found visiting the page "Resources and Utilities for students".

UNIVPM is present on the main social media networks with plenty of new opportunities to engage and interact with fellow students. This helps to create a participative and interactive space, with the hope that it will improve the chance to meet and grow as a society in these present times. 


Language Opportunities:

The University Language Centre (CSAL) at UNIVPM is a point of reference for all foreign language studies. The Language Centre organises Italian Language courses, which are free of charge for all incoming international students at the UNIVPM.

Various courses (beginners, intermediate, advanced) are organised each year at the beginning of both the first and the second semester.

More detailed information is available on the following web page


Visa Information

Before coming to Italy, exchange students should complete a number of tasks and procedures to make their arrival and admission at the University easier. You can find detailed information on this website.

Students from EU countries do not need a visa to enter and stay in Italy. Other international students must obtain a visa before arrival, unless exempt on the basis of agreements between Italy and the country of origin of the student. Application for the visa must be submitted in advance to the nearest Italian embassy or consulate. The reason for entry in Italy must be clearly explained.

Students from outside EU require a Residence Permit. If you want to stay in Italy for more than 3 months, you will have to go to the main police station (Questura) within a fortnight since your arrival to apply for a foreigner’s residence permit: Questura - Via Gervasoni n° 19 - Ancona. 

You will need to supply the following documents:

  • A valid passport or ID card;
  • 3 passport photos;
  • A letter from the University proving that you are a student (this document will be given to you by the International Relations Office - Ripartizione Relazioni Internazionali)

You can also find further information regarding Visa's from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the page Checklist for international students. Assistance can also be provided by the Patronato ACLI.

E.U students must bring their EU Health Card with them.

All other students who wish to have access to healthcare services will have to go to one of the places indicated below:

  • Poliambulatorio Viale tel. 071 87051 - (opening hours: from 7.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m., Monday-Saturday; from 3p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday)
  • Poliambulatorio 2000 AN tel. 071 87051 - (opening hours: from 7.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m., Monday-Saturday; from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
  • Presidio Distrettuale Brecce Bianche tel. 071 87051 (opening hours: from 7.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m., Monday- Friday; from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday).



In Italy degree courses are structured in credits (crediti formativi universitari - CFU). One university credit corresponds to 25 hours of work per student, including attendance of lectures, individual study time and practical work. The average annual workload for a full-time student is conventionally fixed to 60 credits.

The Department involved in the IMBRSea project is the Department of Life and Environmental Science (DiSVA). For all courses at the DiSVA, 1 CFU corresponds to 8 hours of class teaching (class lectures). In addition, each course includes at least 1 CFU of experimental teaching (laboratory practice, whose attendance is highly recommended).

At Univpm there are different forms of examination such as written examinations and oral examinations. The type of examination may vary according to the subject.

The grading scale is from 18 to 30 points. With a grade of less than 18 the student failed the exam