Lucia in Sweden

It almost time for Lucia!
On December 13th, Sweden celebrates Lucia, an ancient mythical figure who brings light in the dark Swedish winters.
According to tradition, girls and boys usually sing songs together wearing long white dresses and carrying candles in their hand.
Read more about the origins of Lucia’s myth in Sweden here

The 1882 shocking revelation. The forgotten disaster that disclosed the Italian environmental complexity


Roberta Biasillo is an environmental historian and is currently working at the KTH Environmental Humanities LaboratoryKTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She is a researcher at the Italian National Institute of Social Security (INPS) and affiliated with the Università Roma Tre (Italy). She is conducting a research on fascist colonial ecologies, particularly in North Africa, besides OCC!.

Previously in 2016 she received a scholarship in order to spend a research period at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

The research project – “The 1882 shocking revelation. The forgotten disaster that disclosed the Italian environmental complexity” – proposes to investigate a tremendous “natural” disaster occurred in the Northern Italy over the 1880s. The aim is to approach a specific flood from a socio-nature perspective and to reconstruct it as a produced event which, in its turn, produces reality. What is the relationship between natural and social transformations and what are the links among risk, disasters, long-term and short-term impacts on public opinion and policy-makers? Answering these questions allows the research to gain more insight into the rooted and lasting feature of the Italian hydrogeological instability.
Until 25 January 2020 you can freely read the results of this research here.
C.M. Lerici Foundation is always proud to support important projects like this.

“Camorrans barn” in Swedish theatres


Finally it is time for the Swedish premiere of “Camorrans barn” (“La Paranza dei bambini”) directed by Claudio Giovannesi and distributed by Edge Entertainment. The movie won a Silver Bear for best script at the Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival.

“Camorrans barn” is a thrilling story set in Naples. It is based on Roberto Saviano’s (Gomorra) best-selling book “Blodsleken” published in Sweden by Brombergs Bokförlag in 2017 with the support of C.M. Lerici Foundation.

“Camorrans barn” charts the descent into organized crime of a naïve group of 15-year-old pals led by the inexperienced but cocksure Nicola (Francesco Di Napoli). Behind his clean-cut face, neat haircut and designer clothes lies a dangerously small brain. Imagining himself as the savior of the Sanità neighbourhood where he lives with his mom and little brother, he goes from dealing marijuana for one local gang to bartering for guns, rifles and automatic weapons with another and finally, absurdly, declares war on all those left standing for the crown of top dog.

Voyager Stockholm 2020


Are you a Swedish or Italian student?

Here’s an opportunity for you!

Experience the most important Scandinavian Design Week as a protagonist and take part in Voyager Stockholm 2020, a Construction Workshop during Stockholm Design Week.

The Workshop – organized by AtelierFORTE in collaboration with Istituto Italiano di Cultura “C.M. Lerici” and held by Duilio Forte – will let you discover the Sweden’s capital city through a unique and unforgettable experience.

The Workshop is addressed to Italian and Swedish students, graduates and professionals, who would like to be involved in the creation of a sculpture at the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm. The Institute was designed and realized by Gio Ponti and Pier Luigi Nervi in the 1950s in the Embassy district.

The AtelierFORTE‘s project will be realized with Swedish wood and it will be presented during the Stockholm Design Week opening on February 4th, 2020.

The Workshop also includes an introductory lecture on Swedish construction techniques that will lead to the realization of a notebook. Each student will be invited to describe the phases of realization of the work on this notebook.

For more information, visit this page!

Time to apply!


It’s finally time to apply!

From 1 December 2019 to 31 January 2020 you can send your application for scholarships and literature supports to the C.M. Lerici Foundation.

How to do it?

Everything you need to know is on our website.

What are you waiting for?

Apply now and… Good luck!

Best Swedish Universities


According to the QS Quacquarelli Symonds global rankings for 2020, the best Swedish university is Lund University, who reached the 92nd position.

Eight universities in Sweden appeared in the list that includes the 1000 best universities in the world. Among these eight, we can find Skåne University, which is the Sweden’s second oldest, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

The best universities in Italy


Which are the best universities in Italy?

According to the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, in the top 3 best Italian universities we can find:

– Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa (149): a public university specialising in applied sciences that has a rigorous entrance exam, that offers degrees in business sciences, economic sciences, legal sciences, political sciences, agricultural sciences, medical sciences, industrial engineering and information engineering
– Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (152): founded in 1810 as a branch of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, it offers programmes in humanities and sciences
– University of Bologna (168): founded in 1088, it is considered the world’s first and oldest university.

In which one would you like to study?

Read the full World University Rankings here!

Study in Italy!

Italy’s historic treasures and magnificent cuisine continue to draw visitors as they have done for centuries. From the snow-capped Dolomites in the North to the warm maritime Mediterranean culture of the South, Italy’s regions are diverse and exciting. For the international student seeking world-class but affordable education, with a wide range of social and leisure activities, few countries are as exciting a choice as Italy.
It’s perhaps not surprising that many international students feel instantly at home in Italy. Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (University of Bologna) has been welcoming students since 1088 – it is the oldest university in the world. Bologna remains at the leading edge of academic innovation in the 21st century. The Bologna Process was initiated in the city, and has established a set of standards for excellence in higher education across the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
Italian universities take pride in their heritage and rankings. Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (University of Rome Tor Vergata) offers more than a dozen international degree courses that are taught in English.
Italy is also home to some of the best business schools in Europe, including the prestigious Università Bocconi (SDA Bocconi) in Milan, the country’s financial capital. Its MBA programmes frequently top global and European rankings, and many top business leaders are among its alumni.
These and many other universities in Italy are stepping up efforts to accelerate their internationalisation and offer degree programmes specifically for international students. There are currently more than 500 English-taught study programmes available in the country. And every year, there are more and more options to study in Italy in English.
Discover more about the student life in Italy, but also about the cost of living and the tuition fees here!

Politecnico di Torino, Italy

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For more than 150 years, the Politecnico di Torino has been one of the most prestigious public institutions at both the International and the Italian levels concerning education, research, technological transfer and services in all sectors of architecture and engineering.
In addition to its broad course catalogue of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes entirely or partially taught in English, Politecnico di Torino offers an array of international study opportunities in cooperation with prestigious partner universities. Students have the chance to spend study periods abroad and upon completion of their studies they can earn a double degree: one from Politecnico and the other from the partner institution.
The course catalogue of Politecnico di Torino is enriched by English-taught Summer School courses on selected topics which are intended for both Italian and international students.
For more information, please visit their website here