UNICORE - University Corridors for Refugees

UNICORE 6.0 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (Deadline: April 15, 2024)
Now open to candidates from Kenya, Mozambico, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


The UNICORE project - University Corridors for Refugees project, promoted by UNHCR, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was created to give refugee students in African territories the opportunity to continue their academic career at Italian universities. Now in its sixth edition - and for this reason defined UNICORE 6.0 - the project offers young refugees, often unable to continue their studies in the country where they found protection, the opportunity to obtain visas for study purposes in third countries.

The initiative, born in 2019 to allow refugee students in Ethiopia to arrive in Italy with a regular and safe path to continue their studies, has experienced the increasing participation of Italian universities over the years. Since 2021, with resolution no. 281 of 10 December 2020 of the Academic Senate, Sapienza has also joined the initiative by providing 2 scholarships for two refugee students in Ethiopia. In 2022, with resolution no. 53/22 of 8 March 2022, the Academic Senate allowed Sapienza to join UNICORE 4.0 in order to receive four refugee students in Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In 2023 Sapienza joined UNICORE 5.0.

In 2024 Sapienza is joining UNICORE 6.0 in order to receive four refugee students in Kenya, Mozambico, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The project stands out for its inclusive dimension, thanks above all to a wide network of territorial partners who support students in entering academic life and integrating into the local social fabric. In particular, Caritas, Diaconia Valdese and Centro Astalli actively participate in the project, as well as a large number of other international and local actors.

The benefits enjoyed by students arriving in Italy thanks to this initiative are many and range from the monthly scholarship provided by Sapienza to orientation and academic tutoring activities, to free local transport and accommodation, teaching material, computers, telephones, SIM cards, legal assistance, listening spaces, pocket money, etc.

The requirements for applying are described in the calls that each of the participating universities publishes on the basis of an agreed format. Each university offers a certain number of study courses from its own academic offer.

The call, available in the Attachments section, will remain open from March 1st to April 15th, 2024 and the publication of the selection results, made on the basis of required certificates and online interview, is scheduled for May 2024. The application form must be submitted exclusively via the UNHCR application form.

Presenting any fraudulent school certificates or university diplomas is a crime. All the documents that you submit will be carefully checked by experts. Should you present fraudulent documents there will be serious consequences including your disqualification from this and other opportunities. UNHCR may also report the incident to the police authorities. 

Students can apply for the following 12 programmes:

  1. MSc Architecture (Conservation)
    For more information: architectureconservation@uniroma1.it
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: Architecture (Conservation) | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)
  2. MSc Chemical Engineering
    For more information: master.chemicalengineering@uniroma1.it
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: Chemical Engineering | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)
  3. MA Cultural Heritage in the Near and Middle East, and Africa
    For more information: nearandmiddleeast@uniroma1.it
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: Cultural Heritage in the Near and Middle East, and in Africa | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)
  4. MSc Cybersecurity
    For more information: cybersecurity_info@uniroma1.itb
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: Cybersecurity | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)
  5. MSc Development and International Cooperation Sciences
    For more information: internationalstudentscoris@uniroma1.it
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: Development and International Cooperation Sciences | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)
  6. MSc Electronics Engineering
    For more information: ingegneria_elettronica.lm29@uniroma1.it
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: Electronics Engineering | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)
  7. MA English and Anglo-American Studies
    For more information: englishangloamericanstudies.lm37@uniroma1.itiolanda.plescia@uniroma1.itirene.ranzato@uniroma1.it
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: English and Anglo-American Studies | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)
  8. MSc Environmental and Sustainable Building Engineering
    For more information: sbe@uniroma1.it  
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: Environmental and Sustainable Building Engineering | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)
  9. MSc Genetics and Molecular Biology
    For more information: prisca.ornaghi@uniroma1.it
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: Genetics and Molecular Biology | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)
  10. MSc Health Economics 
    For more information: internationalstudents-eco@uniroma1.ithealtheco.ecodir@uniroma1.it  
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: Health Economics - Economia sanitaria | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)
  11. MA Mediterranean Archeology
    For more information: medarch.dsa@uniroma1.itpaolo.carafa@uniroma1.it
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: Mediterranean Archaeology | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)
  12. MSc Safety and Civil Protection Engineering
    For more information: sicurezzaprotciv.lm26@uniroma1.it
    LINK TO THE COURSE WEBPAGE: Safety and Civil Protection Engineering | Catalogo dei Corsi di studio (uniroma1.it)



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