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The International Relations Service promotes student exchanges within the Erasmus Programme. It provides information and assistance to all students participating in these study abroad programs. A substantial part of this activity is devoted to the orientation and support of foreign students, to whom the following sections are addressed.
The headquarters of the International Relations Service are located in the main building of the School of Agriculture, Piazzale delle Cascine, 18 - 50144 Florence.
You can contact us by email at the address erasmus(AT)agraria.unifi.it
The classes timetable is available here.
Go to: Kairos Agenda Web and select Classes Schedule/Orario delle lezioni and then we recommend to search by course or lecturer.
Click here for information about your Erasmus+ mobility in Florence (Libraries, Canteen, etc.)
The School of Agriculture has decided to accept students who have at least a B1 level of knowledge of the Italian language, B2 level of knowledge of the English language for the master's degree program in Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development (NRMTRD).
An insufficient knowledge of the Italian language could make it very difficult to attend courses and take exams.
You need to send us a copy of your language certification in order to be able to take exams. All official certifications are accepted, including OLS .
Students interested in writing their doctoral thesis or in an internship must inform us of this intention and the related field of study in the Learning Agreement submitted prior to their arrival in Florence. Regarding the thesis, students are required to specify the required ECTS value (eg 12 ECTS) and the time they intend to devote to this work.
We cannot guarantee the implementation of any changes requested by the student during the period of stay in Florence.
Students requesting attendance records should consult the course professor, who is responsible for signing the student "libretto" (attendance is not compulsory for Italian students, although highly recommended for our students).
In order to be accepted by the School of Agriculture, the HOME INSTITUTION of students selected within the framework of the ERASMUS+ programme must send an official NOMINATION to erasmus(AT)agraria.unifi.it
STEP 1. Once we receive your nomination, we will contact the students by email, providing all the information needed to proceed with the Application. Due to the big amount of incoming students the School of Agriculture receives every semester, this can take some time. We kindly ask students to read the following instructions in order to prepare their documents in advance.
Please note that we do not sign documents required from your home institution before the application submission.
Documentation needed for the application below:
* How to fill the Enrolment form (see the Tutorial )
It is very important that you send the documents in separate PDF files and name your file SURNAME_name_NAME OF DOCUMENT (e.g. DOE_John_ENROLMENT.pdf, DOE_John_LEARNING AGREEMENT.pdf, etc), otherwise they will not be considered.
If you forget to send a document, the processing of your application will be delayed, or your application may be refused!!
All the above-mentioned documentation, with the signatures and the stamps of your home institution, must be sent by your official email of your University to the address erasmus(AT)agraria.unifi.it
STEP 2. Web Registration - You need to enter your personal data in our online system to pre-enrol. (Tutorial).
After completing the web registration, you will receive an email from the Erasmus Desk and you will be provided with a student number (matricola).
You will also receive a provisional password (date of birth), which together with your student number will serve as your credentials to access all online services.
Students are requested to change the password at the first access. If you should lose the registration number or the password, please contact erasmus(AT)agraria.unifi.it
Please consider that the date of the beginning of the classes will be the date of the beginning of your Erasmus mobility.
As soon as application forms are processed, the International Relations Office will send incoming students an acceptance email (or letter for non-EU nationals requiring a Visa) and the signed learning agreement. Please make sure that the email address given by your home Institution is correct or we will be unable to get back to you!
Students interested in coming to Florence as Erasmus trainees must be selected by their home institutions. The program is aimed at meeting the needs of students looking for specific training opportunities or research activities.
Students have the responsibility to identify a contact person at the host institution willing to welcome them, to outline the project they intend to develop and to fix the period of stay (between 2 and 12 months).
The International Relations Service is at your disposal for any help you may need, including finding a contact person. So, please, contact us as soon as you arrive in Florence.
The start date of the Erasmus period coincides with the business day (Monday to Friday) following your travel day as certified by your travel document (e.g., airline ticket, boarding pass, train ticket, highway toll payment receipt, etc.):
>> FIRST SEMESTRER: If you arrive before September 1st, the start date of your Erasmus period will automatically be September 1,
>> SECOND SEMESTER: If you arrive before February 6th, the start data of your Erasmus periodo will automatically be February 6th
After you have sent the required documents to the School's International Relations Service, we will check the documentation received and, if correct, signs the Learning Agreement and send a formal email of acceptance as an Erasmus+ mobility student at UNIFI.
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Once you arrive in Florence, in order to enrol at the University of Florence you must declare your arrival date. The starting date of your Erasmus period in Florence corresponds in fact to the working day (Monday to Friday) following the date of your travel document (e.g. the air ticket in your name). If you arrived before 1 September, your mobility start date will be 1 September. Once you arrive in Florence, you have to send an e-mail to erasmus(AT)agraria.unifi.it , which is the unique office in charge of your enrolment.
In the email you must enclose:
If you are a non-EU student and your mobility period will be longer than 90 days, you will have to apply for the residence permit within 8 working days of your entry in Italy by applying to the Servizio Sportello Amico at the Post Offices. For support in completing the kit, you can visit the Sportello Immigrazione page of the Municipality of Florence . The three receipts you will receive from the Sportello Amico Service should be sent by email to the office in charge of your matriculation.
If you are a non-EU exchange student and intend to stay in Italy for more than 90 days, you do not need to apply for a residence permit in Italy if one of the following situations applies to you:
If your residence permit does not cover the entire period of mobility in Italy, you must apply for a residence permit in Italy instead.
You will receive your arrival declaration only in digital format.
You will also automatically receive your student number from the system for access to the University's online services GCS (Student Career Management), where you will use:
Username: n° di matricola (student number)
Password: the password you chose when you filled in the online pre-registration.
Email address: You will also have your own institutional email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you must use for all communication with the University offices; you can access it with your matriculation number and password (click here). For further information visit the UniFI website.
In order to check the courses in the current academic year, students can visit the section “Ricerca Insegnamenti” in our website and insert the requested information:
- Programme Course Name: type the name of the course (or alternatively part of it).
- School of: select the option “SCUOLA DI AGRARIA”
- Type: select both "3-years First Cycle Degree (DM 270/04)" (for First Level Course) or
"Second Cycle Degree" (for the Master Course)
- click on “search”
If you click on the relevant class, you will be redirected to the details of the subject (name of the Professor, hours of class, downloadable programmes).
Note: once filling in your Learning Agreement, please remember to include the alphanumerical codes (ex. Course: AGRONOMIA GENERALE, code B006288), so that it is easier to register you once all the pre-enrolment procedure is completed. Usually we recommend getting maximum 30 ECTS for 1 semester and maximum 60 ECTS for full year exchange.
Some professors (although it is not compulsory) upload material for didactic purposes on Moodle.
Moodle is an e-learning online platform in which you can sign up to the courses and receive the didactic materials that the professor may choose to upload.
In order to check the courses selected please go to Moodle, put your username and password, insert the name of the course selected and click on “cerca”.
TAKING THE EXAMS
In each term, after the end of the classes you have the possibility to take the related exams.
The main examination sessions are:
> the winter one in January-February
> the summer one in June - July
In order to register for an exam you have to go to SOL UNIFI (click here) where you can also check all your personal academic records.
By inserting your matricola and your password, you can see the dates in which you can sit the exam and you can register for it (from two weeks until three days before).
Finally, we would like you to note that you cannot use Moodle to register for an exam, in fact the use of Moodle is limited to receiving documents and/or texts that the professor wants to share with the students.
After starting classes, you may change the courses that do not suit you, but remember that you are allowed to do changes to the original study plan just one time per semester. Therefore, we advise you not to make changes immediately.
Below is the procedure for changing any of your classes:
Please note that in order to successfully complete the change of your study plan, you have to use our form and following our procedure. If your home university needs the same procedure, we will be happy to sign also the document provided by your Home Institution but this cannot replace ours.
The student can ask for an extension of the study period within one month before the end of his/her Erasmus. The extension can be up to a period of a total of 12 months but remind that you have to finish your Erasmus mobility by the end of July. Here is the procedure for extending your mobility:
The closing date of your Erasmus in Florence coincides with the date of the last exam, passed or not, or the end date of classes if no exam was taken. In the case of traineeships, the end date of the mobility coincides with the end date of the activity.
1. Before checking out, check on GCS Student Career Management to see whether all examinations have been recorded, fill out the “esami sostenuti” form (pdf), and submit it to erasmus(AT)agraria.unifi.it
2. To avoid delays in the issuance of the final Transcript of records, while in Florence, check periodically on GCS Student Career Management the transcripts of exams taken. It is important that records are kept, even of failed exams. Hence, it is your responsibility to ask so to each Professor specifically.
3. By submitting the form, you communicate that you have completed the activities and wish to receive the Certification of Stay and Transcript of records. The International Relations Office will close the mobility and send the Certification of Stay and Transcript of records by email to the home university and in copy to the student
4. You have formally ended your Erasmus mobility period in Florence by checking out. Therefore, you can no longer take exams or other educational activities
5. The Certification of Stay issued upon arrival and departure is in Unifi format. No other form or declaration will be signed.
6. Make sure to hand in all your library books before you leave Florence. If you forget to do this, you will receive a fine.
Useful information can be found on these institutional websites
Canteens (click here)
Florentine Civic Museums (click here)
Uni-buddy: chat with UNIFI international students (click here)