The city of Cagliari

Cagliari is the political, administrative, economic and cultural centre of Sardinia.

Inhabited since prehistoric times, the city represents the synthesis of the entire history of the Island, contested by Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Pisans, Aragonese and Savoy. Impressive Roman ruins, remains of the ancient city of Karalis, are still visible today.

The University of Cagliari was founded in 1620 as Studium Generalis Kalaritanum, along the lines of the ancient Spanish universities of Salamanca, Valladolid and Lérida.


Sardinia and Cagliari, the heart of the Mediterranean Sea

The climate in Sardinia is typically Mediterranean with mild winters and hot, dry summers; this is due to the latitude in which the city is located.

Rainfall is concentrated in autumn and winter, especially in the mountainous areas. Spring can be unpredictable, rainy and dry, changing from year to year, while summers are dry, generally without precipitation.

Sardinia's climate is also influenced by winds from Africa and the north-west. The Mistral, coming from the north-west, gives hot summers, but is cold in winter. The warm Sirocco winds from Africa result in mild winters but contribute to water evaporation and the resulting dry summers.

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean with a total area of 24,090 km², 1,850 km of coastline and just over 1,600,000 inhabitants. It is located in the centre of the western Mediterranean, about 187 km from the Italian peninsula.

Its territory is predominantly hilly and plateaus, while the central-eastern areas are mountainous, with the highest peak measuring 1,834 m. The north-west and south-west coasts are characterised by plains, a variety of landscapes such as beaches, sand dunes, cliffs and bays.

Due to its geo-morphological characteristics, the island possesses some of the most varied natural and climatic ecosystems of any Italian region.

Because of its central position in the Mediterranean, Sardinia has been a land of conquest for many peoples from neighbouring regions and, while it is not yet certain whether it was inhabited in the Palaeolithic period, it has certainly been inhabited since the Neolithic.

The archaeological remains scattered throughout the island reveal some unique features of a distinct history. The Island is indeed rich in the remains of nuraghes, tholos-shaped stone constructions built by the original inhabitants.

Since then, Sardinia has been conquered by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Pisans, Genoese, Spanish and finally by the Savoy dynasty when it was in power. This was also the case for several regions in northern Italy. Thus, in 1861, Northern Italy and the Kingdom of Sardinia became part of the newly founded monarchical country, Italy.

In 1948, when the new Constitution of the Italian Republic came into force, Sardinia was granted a Special Statute of Autonomy that gave the regional government legislative powers in matters such as administration, building policy, transport, water management, mines and quarries, tourism, libraries, and museums.

Sardinians are Italy's largest ethnic minority and their language, Sardinian, which has many variants, was officially recognised as a language by the Italian government in 1999.

Historically, the Sardinian economy has been based on agriculture, livestock breeding and fishing and the exploitation of its mineral resources since prehistoric times. The last fifteen years have seen a growth in entrepreneurship and local businesses, especially in tourism and the agri-food industry.

Cagliari is the capital, the main cultural centre of Sardinia and the most populated with around 160,000 inhabitants. It is located in the centre of the Gulf of the Angels, along the southern side of Sardinia. Numerous open-air archaeological sites and unspoilt natural environments allow for unusual itineraries, full of charm and beauty, ranging between art and nature.

In every season, thanks to its particularly mild climate, the city offers visitors the opportunity to discover its architecture, archaeology and monuments, its millennial history as well as the influences of the various peoples who have inhabited it.

Cagliari is 'the city of the sun', but above all 'the city of the sea'. From the surrounding hills you can admire the multicoloured sea, which merges with the city to produce a unique panorama.

With some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, spring and summer offer the opportunity to take advantage of all that the beach has to offer and to discover a still unspoilt natural environment.

Cagliari has much to offer visitors who want to enjoy the sun, sea and countryside, with the opportunity to experience a unique and rich culture.

For more information on Sardinia, please visit:

Cagliari Turismo: the tourist portal of the city of Cagliari
Sardegna Turismo: the tourist portal of our island

Academic information for incoming students

Here you will find all the information about our organization, our courses, and our academic life!

Academic Calendar

The semesters begin and end as follows:
1st semester - Autumn:
Late September – December (exams January-February)
2nd semester - Spring:
Late February to June (exams June-July)
Exams can be taken also in the September session.

Courses taught in English
Information for students with special needs
Academic Calendar 2022/2023
Academic Calendar 2023-24
Courses taught in English AY 23-24

Our Degree Courses
Find your teaching activities here

Italian Language Courses for Incoming Students




Starting date: 04th September 2023;
Deadline for the online application: 20th AUGUST 2023
Level: A1 – A2

Lessons: Monday to Friday - H. 18:00-20:00

40 hours in total for each course

4 ECTS credits

To be admitted to the final exam you cannot miss more than 20% of class hours.

The Italian language programs are designed by the CIS (Centro Interdipartimentale per l’insegnamento dell’Italiano agli Stranieri) and ISMOKA, to immerse participants in the Italian language. These programs are designed to involve every aspect of the language: grammar, phonetics and vocabulary, with the aim of developing the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Tuition and fees
Enrolled/exchange students: 44,50 €
External participants not enrolled in UniCa: 79,45 €

The places are LIMITED (only 25 students per class). 

If you are interested in attending the Italian course you HAVE TO:
- fill in the form at the application linked at this page; 
- wait for the email containing instructions for the payment of the course;
- pay by bank transfer, and send a copy of the payment receipt to the
- wait for the email confirming your registration.

External participants not enrolled at UniCa 
There are limited places for those who are not enrolled at UniCa.

These courses are free of charge for the representatives of "Circoli Sardi nel mondo"
If interested in attending our courses, send an email to


Accommodation in Cagliari

Short-term stay

On your arrival in Cagliari, you will need to find accommodation. For temporary accommodation, we advise students to look for:

You can also contact Ms Carla Farris, Head of ERSU Residences by e-mail at:

Information and contact numbers regarding hostels or B&Bs can easily be found at:


Long-term stay

If you are looking for a place for a long-term stay, you can ask the staff of the ESN Student Association for help:

You should also contact the staff of the ISAWO Cagliari Association at:;

Once you arrive, we will help you with the house search which we know can be difficult, because you may not speak Italian and the owners do not speak English. ESN and ISAWO make appointments to see the flats and we will come with you to see them to provide support.

We favourably welcome applications from students with disabilities

The counsellor for students with disabilities runs a comprehensive service dealing with: admission arrangements, personal support, learning support, advice on purchasing equipment and special arrangements for examinations.

UniCa has introduced the following services to enable students to participate in all aspects of university life:

  • Tutoring service for the assistance and integration of students with disabilities;
  • Agreement with the Institute for the Blind for the organisation of computer literacy courses, for which the University provides computer equipment, a loaner, braille printer and enlarging photocopier;
  • Interpreting service for deaf students;
  • Provision of specific equipment and aids;
  • Note-taking service in some faculties for students with sensory disabilities;
  • Transport service with an equipped minibus and escort for students with motor and sensory disabilities;

     The above services are also offered to graduate students attending specialisation      courses, research doctorates, master's degrees and everything related to post-          graduate study;

  • Counselling and orientation service to support upper secondary school students entering university;
  • Orientation and assistance in selective examinations for admission to degree courses with programmed access;
  • Mediation work with professors for the customisation of examinations;
  • Orientation and assistance during examinations for students with motor and sensory disabilities;
  • Collection of bibliographic and teaching materials;
  • Bureaucratic and administrative procedures (application for enrolment, payment of fees, etc.);
  • Information on the study programme, class schedules and exam dates;
  • Activation of book lending with a special card in agreement with the library directors;
  • Reporting and solving parking problems;
  • Reporting architectural barriers in university buildings, with a view to reducing or eliminating them;
  • Contact and collaboration with the Institute for the Blind;
  • Reserved seats in the classroom.



DISABILITY OFFICE, Via San Giorgio 12, 09124 Cagliari

Telephone: +39 070 675 6221


For further information, please visit the following website:

Enrolling from abroad
As part of its international programmes, the University of Cagliari reserves several places on its degree courses for non-EU students.
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Erasmus+ at UniCa
Every year, the University of Cagliari welcomes all foreign students who decide to spend their entire studies at our university.
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Other programmes
The University of Cagliari is at the forefront of other special projects for foreign students to support their reception.
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BIP – Blended Intensive Programmes
Intensive mixed programmes provide short periods of activities for joint groups of students, teachers and administrative staff from other countries.