Italo-French University

The Italo-French University/French-Italian University (UIF/UFI) was created on October 6th, 1998 as a result of an intergovernmental agreement signed in Florence. 

The UIF/UFI promotes and actively supports the cooperation between French and Italian research institutions and universities.

It works like a funding agency to:

  • foster academic  cooperation between Italy and France, with respect to both teaching and research
  • facilitate the issuance of double and joint degrees, contributing to the implementation of joint programs
  • promote and support scientific and/or technological joint research activities
  • foster the development of HEI consortia including other EU countries.
Vinci Program

The goal of the Vinci Program is to promote the mobility of students, graduate students and professors, the exchange of methodologies and teaching experiences, as well as the deepening of language skills and the establishment of a scientific-training network of excellence between the two countries.

Galileo Program

The goal of the Galileo Program is to develop scientific cooperative relationships between high-quality centres and research laboratories of the two countries on joint projects, fostering the exchange of research. The offer is directed to groups of young scientists from university institutions and/or French and Italian research organizations.

Visiting Professor Program

The Italo-French University supports Italian universities interested in hosting Visiting Professors from French universities or research centers.


The agenda for the next call for application 2018 will be published on the UFI/UIF website during the month of June 2018:

Scientific Label Program UIF/UFI

Since 2007, the Italo-French University awards its label to Italo-French initiatives with high cultural and scientific value.

In the period between 2007 and 2016 the UIF has awarded the Label, sometimes accompanied by a financing, to 183 projects frequently proposed by prestigious institutions. Some of these have also obtained the support of the High Italian institutional Authority.

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