The project University Corridors for Refugees UNICORE 5.0 is promoted by Italian universities with the support of UNHCR, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Caritas Italiana, Diaconia Valdese, Centro Astalli and other partners. It aims to increase opportunities for refugees currently residing in Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe to continue their higher education in Italy.


Applications are now open. Please consult courses offered and apply by 19th May 2023 (noon, UTC+2)*

It is possible to apply to a maximum of 2 universities.

*Please note that the call for applications of the University La Sapienza of Rome and University LUISS of Rome will remain open to 31 May, University of Sannio to 27 May

* Please note that the call for applications of the University of Padua will remain open from 3 April to 2 May


The students will be selected to begin degree courses in September 2023, and will be exempt from tuition fees at the universities participating in the programme and will receive financial support for plane tickets and visa-related expenses, as well as a study grant to help them during their stay in Italy.

The selection process for admission will be carried out by and is the sole responsibility of the individual universities. To learn more about the selection criteria please also visit the dedicated page at this link.


Universities providing scholarships to refugee students present in Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe:

Universita’ di Bari, Università di Bergamo, Università del Sannio di Bevenento, Università di Bologna, Universita’ di Brescia, Università di Cagliari, Università di Catania, Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti – Pescara, Università di Firenze, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Università del Salento-Lecce, Università degli Studi di Messina, Università Statale di Milano, Università di Milano Bicocca, Universita’ di Milano Bocconi, Milano Politecnico, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Universita’ di Palermo, Università degli Studi di Padova, Universita’ di Parma, Luiss Guido Carli RomaUniversità di Roma “La Sapienza”, Università degli Studi di Siena, Universita’ di Torino, Torino Politecnico, Università di Trento, Università di Urbino, Università Iuav di Venezia, Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Università di Verona, Università degli Studi della Tuscia Viterbo

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.