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University of Naples Parthenope

University of Naples Parthenope

University of Naples Parthenope


The University of Naples Parthenope was established in 1919, when – upon request of Vice-Admiral Leonardi Cattolica, founder of the University – an institute of higher education, the Royal Naval Institute, was promoted with the aim to study all aspects of oceans and seas, not only as far as the marine life is concerned but also as a system of exchange. This institute was meant to tackle, assess and evaluate the economic issues related to the sea, pursuing scientific developments.

In 1999, the two long-standing Faculties of Economics and Nautical Science (later called Science and Technology) were aggregated to three newly established Faculties, namely Law, Engineering and Sports Science, which jointly led the Institute to significant growth in the number of students ranging from about 1,000 in 1985 to about 16,000 currently. This is how the Institute officially became the University of Naples Parthenope. From July 2013, a new set of degree programs was introduced, based on the creation of Departments, which develop both research and teaching activities. Among the University’s core aims, it is worth mentioning the promotion, development, direct application, enhancement, and use of knowledge to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic development of society.

In about one hundred years since its foundation, the most profound and characterizing trait of this University has remained unchanged as its most authentically traditional feature: the ability to interact with the social context and to continuously engage with its evolving demands.

Campus Features

The Parthenope campus is located in the center of the city, right within the area surrounded by Beverello-Monte di Dio-via Medina, where the university's main offices are, and where most of the university's teaching activities are carried out, not far from other universities located in the same urban area. Some offices are also located in the eastern area of Naples.

Our seven departments are strategically located in the city of Naples, Italy.

Headquarters- Via Acton

The headquarters of the University Parthenope is located in Naples, Via Ammiraglio Ferdinando Acton n. 38, in an ancient building, the so-called "Palazzina Spagnola", dating back to the 16th century, and in a modern building that hosts some activities of the Department of Sports Science.

Palazzo Pacanowski

Palazzo Pacanowski is located in Naples, Via Generale Parisi n. 13, close to Nunziatella Military Academy. It hosts the Law and Economics School and the following departments:

  • Law Department
  • Department of Business and Economics
  • Department of Business and Quantitative Studies
  • Department of Economic and Legal Studies

Villa Doria D'Angri

Villa Doria D’Angri, located between Via Petrarca and Via Posillipo, is one of the university's most recent acquisitions. It is a monumental villa built in 1880 at the will of Prince Marcantonio Doria, within a park with a total area of over 18,000 square meters. Villa Doria d'Angri is the expression of the greatest artists and artisans of the time and, despite the negligence of the past, it still gleams in its ancient splendor. The villa is used as a venue for international meetings, seminars, and cultural initiatives.

Centro Direzionale (ISOLA C4)

This building hosts the Department of Engineering and the Department of Science and Technology. It is located in Naples, Centro Direzionale, Isola Block C4.

Via Medina

The 1950s building located in Naples, Via Medina, close to Piazza Municipio, hosts some of the offices of the Department of Sports Science.


The University of Naples Parthenope provides housing for 180 students in a newly refurbished building located in Complesso ex Manifattura Tabacchi in Naples, via Galileo Ferraris, distributed as follows:

  • single rooms with a floor area of approximately 16.00 square meters
  • double rooms with a floor area of approximately 19.00 square meters

On the ground floor, in addition to the entrance hall and the offices, there is bicycle parking, a gym, a canteen, and a laundry room, while on the mezzanine floor, there is a music room, an internet room, a game room, a TV and meeting room.

In the loft, there is a large open area that can be divided, by request, into individual study rooms using mobile partition panels.

Moreover, 12 adequately equipped accommodations are reserved for students with physical or sensory disabilities.

The residence also has a large covered parking area.

Disability Services

With Disability Services, the University of Naples Parthenope aims at providing students with disabilities with the help and support to study and have equal opportunities to fully experience university life and activities, thus trying to remove all the architectural and didactic barriers that they may encounter during their study career.

Our goals are the following:

  • To be aware of individual cases so that the interventions adopted and the services offered are as close as possible to the students’ needs.
  • To implement access and ease of use of computers and IT services.
  • To improve the services available, in synergy with the academic members and the administrative and technical staff, to welcome and assist students while ensuring competence and equal opportunities.

To determine the information needed about the services and opportunities available for those who have already or are about to enroll at the University of Naples Parthenope and to gain a better integration and involvement in the activities of the university, please visit the pages dedicated to the Disability Services or contact us.

Erasmus+ International Mobility Program

Erasmus+ is the new European Union program that - until 2020 - allows students, graduates, doctoral candidates, and postgraduates to gain a study experience and training – through courses, exams, dissertations, research, and laboratory activities - at one of our partner European universities, with subsequent recognition of the activity carried out in their academic career.

The University of Naples Parthenope values the Erasmus+ program. Outgoing students who successfully complete 12 ECTS abroad benefit from an additional scholarship, paid by the university, which brings their monthly income to 600 euros.

Erasmus+ improves language skills in order to promote the construction of European society through the study and training of young people in intercultural contexts.

Erasmus+ allows the following:

  • A stay abroad for study and placement purposes of a maximum of 12 months for each degree course (bachelor’s degree and master's degree) and 24 months in the case of single degree courses;
  • Mobility for internships aimed at new graduates (within 12 months of graduation);
  • Mobility to countries outside Europe.

The International Mobility Office is responsible for the management of exchange programs for teaching and training experiences abroad. It supports students, teachers, and administrative staff. It welcomes international students who arrive at the University of Naples Parthenope and supports them throughout their stay.


    Admission to Parthenope requires admission tests to be carried out, as in all Italian public universities, with different methods according to the course of study. The intention is to reward students for their skills and motivations and guarantee the attainment of credits from the beginning of the university program.

    For this reason, Parthenope has adopted a new system for calculating student contributions set on a 'continuous' calculation that ensures adequate levels of progressivity and fairness.


    • Naples

      Via Ammiraglio Ferdinando Acton,38, 80133, Naples