UNICORE - University Corridors for Refugees

UNICORE 5.0 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (Deadline: May 19, 2023)
Now open to candidates from Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, 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 fifth edition - and for this reason defined UNICORE 4.0 - 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, with resolution of 7 March 2023, the Academic Senate allowed Sapienza to join UNICORE 5.0 in order to receive four refugee students in Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, 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 April 19 to May 19, 2023 and the publication of the selection results, made on the basis of required certificates and online interview, is scheduled for June 2023. The application form must be submitted exclusively by email following the instructions and using the application form provided in the call.

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 16 programmes:

  1. MSc Chemical Engineering
    For more information: master.chemicalengineering@uniroma1.it
    COURSE PAGE: https://web.uniroma1.it/cdaingchim/master-course-given-english/master-course-curriculum-given-english
  2. MSc Computer Science:
    For more information: info-computer-science-degrees@di.uniroma1.it
    COURSE WEBSITE: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2022/29932/cds
  3. MA Cultural Heritage in the Near and Middle East, and Africa
    For more information: nearandmiddleeast@uniroma1.it
    COURSE WEBSITE: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2022/31177/cds
  4. MSc Cybersecurity
    For more information: cybersecurity_info@uniroma1.itb
    COURSE WEBPAGE: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2022/29389/cds
  5. MSc Design, Multimedia and Visual Communication 
    For more information: carlo.martino@uniroma1.ittutor.dcvm@uniroma1.it
    COURSE WEBPAGE: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/it/corso/2022/31822/home
  6. MSc Electronics Engineering
    For more information: ingegneria_elettronica.lm29@uniroma1.it
    COURSE WEBPAGE: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2022/31283/cds
  7. MA English and Anglo-American Studies
    For more information: englishangloamericanstudies.lm37@uniroma1.itiolanda.plescia@uniroma1.itirene.ranzato@uniroma1.it
    COURSE WEBPAGE: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2022/30436/cds
  8. MSc Environmental and Sustainable Building Engineering
    For more information: sbe@uniroma1.it  
    COURSE WEBPAGE: https://web.uniroma1.it/sbe/home
  9. MA Fashion Studies
    For more information: masterfashionstudies@uniroma1.itstudenti-saras-fashion-studies-lm-65@uniroma1.it
    COURSE WEBPAGE:https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2022/31294/cds
  10. MSc Genetics and Molecular Biology
    For more information: prisca.ornaghi@uniroma1.it
    COURSE WEBPAGE:https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2022/28700/cds
  11. MSc Health Economics 
    For more information: internationalstudents-eco@uniroma1.ithealtheco.ecodir@uniroma1.it  
    COURSE WEBPAGE: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2022/31291/cds
  12. MA Mediterranean Archeology
    For more information: medarch.dsa@uniroma1.itpaolo.carafa@uniroma1.it
    COURSE WEBSITE: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/it/corso/2021/31178/home
  13. MSc Product and Service Design
    For more information: msproductdesign@uniroma1.ithttps://web.uniroma1.it/msproductdesign/
    COURSE WEBPAGE:https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2022/30811/cds
  14. MSc Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage :
    For more information:scienzebc@uniroma1.it
    COURSE WEBPAGE: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2022/28702/cds
  15. MSc Transport Systems Engineering
    For more information: 
    COURSE WEBPAGE: https://corsidilaurea.uniroma1.it/en/corso/2022/30841/cds
  16. Archaeological Materials Science (ERASMUS MUNDUS ARCHMAT)
    For more information: donatella.magri@uniroma1.it
    COURSE WEBPAGE: https://www.erasmusmundus-archmat.eu



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