5.1 Services at Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Student Support
Students will be supported by the International Relations Office. Its staff will give important information, will help with the enrollment procedure, applying for a residence permit and accommodation. The office is supported by some student helpers who act as tutors for students and show them around the university: http://www.unibz.it/en/prospective/exchange/Incoming/ErasmusMundus.html The university organises different advising services for students on study programmes, careers and psychological counseling. More details are available at: http://www.unibz.it/en/students/life/counselling/default.html

Accommodation
FUB accommodates exchange students in the facilities for University students, managed by the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol; each year FUB reserves a number of rooms only for exchange students. Accommodation in Student Houses is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is 180.00 EUR (April 2009) per month for a shared room (payable in 4 installments), and 240.00 EUR (April 2009) per month for a single room (payable in 4 installments).

Canteens
The new Student Houses have a common kitchen. A complete meal - lunch or dinner - at the University Canteen costs to students from 2.07 to 3.10 EUR (April 2009)

Library and Computer Labs
Library and computer laboratories are available for all the students and all the university buildings are equipped with WLAN.

Special Needs
The Advisory Service supports students with different abilities. They provide information about the opportunities that exist and how to access these and other benefits, such as various degrees of assistance that the university provides.

The FUB has no architectural barriers in any of its buildings (Bozen / Bolzano, Brixen / Bressanone, Bruneck / Brunico).

Disabled access is also guaranteed for most of the student residences and canteens.

If students have a disability of more than 66%, they are eligible for complete exemption from university fees (except for the provincial study tax): the disability certificate, issued by the health authorities, should be presented at the beginning of the academic year.

Further, in addition to the normal assistance (grants, etc), the University and School Office of the Autonomous Province of South Tyrol has other special assistance available. According to the type of disability, this assistance could consist of financial aid for a home help, travel expenses or other help with transport.

According to your income, there is also financial help available for expenses incurred. Income assessment is based on criteria that are fixed every year by the provincial government: http://www.unibz.it/en/prospective/info/disabled/default.html

Equal Opportunities
FUB has an Equal Opportunities Committee which is a consultative committee of the University and aims to promote and monitor effective equality for all members of the University community, irrespective of their sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination against them: http://www.unibz.it/en/organisation/organisation/bodies/Chanchengleichheit.html

The responsibilities of the Equal Opportunities Committee are:

  • to formulate plans of positive actions in order to allow real equality for all members of the University community,
  • detect all forms of discrimination, whether direct or indirect, that impede the full realization of equality or equal opportunities for all members of the University community,
  • to make sure that situations possibly leading to discrimination will not arise.

Families
Currently, the Equal Opportunities Committee is promoting the Family friendly university initiative directed to enhance the quality of life of students and staff with families. Practically, some common spaces in the university have been organized in a children friendly way and the organization of a kindergarten is under way. Students giving birth can suspend their studies without paying the full taxes and there are additional grants from the Province of Bolzano-Bozen for special cases evaluated on individual basis.

Language Learning
The Language Centre of FUB is part of the most important service sector of the university. Its aim is to co-ordinate the learning of all the various languages used in the university. This means, for instance, creating the best conditions for language learning.

The Language Centre courses are available for all students enrolled at the university, for those taking part in international exchange programmes, as well as for those working for the university and for guests. One of the services provided by the Language Centre is an advisory service for all students to help them in the various aspects of language learning. The language centre also tests language levels before students begin their university career and during their studies as well.

The Language Centre is particularly important for those studying in their second and third languages. A thorough knowledge of the three official teaching languages in the university: Italian, German and English is absolutely essential for those who wish to participate completely and succsessfully in the activities offered by the university (lectures, seminars etc.) as well as conferences or other academic events.

The language centre also offers optional language courses and self access materials for English, German, and Italian, as well as for a whole range of other languages, such as French, Spanish, Russian, Ladin, Chinese, Arabic: http://www.unibz.it/en/students/languagecentre/

Sports
There are two different student associations: Kikero organizes social events, student parties, trips and other activities: http://www.unibz.it/en/students/life/associations/kikero.html S.C.U.B Sports Club University Bolzano organizes sports activities, particularly alpine sports like free-climbing, trekking, skiing: http://www.unibz.it/en/students/life/associations/scub.html

Students Networking
Kikero organises the Rookie day (the welcome day for new first-year students) as well as parties and other events. The association publishes the "Flyer" student magazine and an annual book that charts the lives of the students and the university. The University organises a Student Advisors service by coordinating a group of FUB students who provide information and advice about the University. There are student representatives in all the main governing bodies of the University who can answer questions and give advice and are open to proposals and ideas for contributing to the improvement of educational and other university services. More information and contact details are available at: http://www.unibz.it/en/students/representatives/default.html.