Year of foundation: 1506
Approx. number of students: 22,000
Period of study: Early October-Mid February; End February-End June
MCI partner since: 2004
Urbino is a walled city in the Marche region in Italy, south-west of Pesaro, a World Heritage Site notable for a remarkable historical legacy of independent Renaissance culture, especially under the patronage of Federico da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino from 1444 to 1482. The town, nestled on a high sloping hillside, retains much of its picturesque medieval aspect, only slightly marred by the large car parks below the town. Its best-known architectural piece is the Palazzo Ducale, rebuilt by Luciano Laurana. Urbino has approx. 15,000 inhabitants.
The University of Urbino has no central campus as such, and instead occupies numerous buildings throughout the town and in the surrounding countryside. The main accommodation blocks are situated a short distance from the town. The University of Urbino has traditionally given precedence to studies in the humanities, and is especially renowned for its courses in Italian language. In recent years it has suffered economic difficulties, and is currently in the process of becoming state-owned.