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Academic activities

Italian universities are divided into Departments.

Departments organise and define the academic activities of degree courses, promote, manage and carry out research and organise doctoral (PhD) programmes.

All Departments of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia have adopted the semester system. Lessons for the first semester usually run from the end of September to mid December; lessons for the second semester run from the end of February to mid May. The examination periods are roughly from the beginning of January to the end of February (first semester), and from the beginning of June to the end of July (second semester). Periods not included in the semesters are Christmas, Easter, and summer holidays. Lectures take place from Monday to Friday, in the mornings and afternoons, and are generally delivered in Italian.

For a detailed description of how degree programmes are structured, see the Degree Structure page.


The University management is divided into staff units and operational directorates.

General Directorate

Director General: dott. Stefano Ronchetti
Director General Secretariat: +39 059 205 6453

Administrative Organisation of the University

Staff Unit

Operational Directorates