By Olena Khaliman
The main aim of students organizations is improvement of the relationship between students and the institution and improvement of the educational and recreational possibilities during their years of study.
The University of Trento grants associations and student unions the rights to use certain premises within its structures, within the limits of their availability.
Other kinds of support are handled by the Opera Universitaria of Trento. Support of cultural and social activities of cooperatives and student associations includes annual management support and funding of initiatives. However, to access the benefits provided by the University and the Opera Universitaria, the associations have to be accredited every year by November 30.
Activities conducted by student associations consist mainly of organizing cultural, theatrical, recreational activities, and sports and improving involvement of students in the life of the university and the city.
There are several student associations in Trento:
A.I.E.S.E.C. - is the largest student organization in the world (more than 124 countries are involved). It is the program that allows young students to spend 6 - 8 weeks working on projects abroad. Through AIESEC, the young people will be prepared and supported in research and attending of internship.
Friends of "The Beech" offers recreation initiatives, such as theater, music concerts, newcomers parties, football tournaments, exhibitions and so on.
EPA was established at the initiative of four students. They organize events in the premises of the city (Bookique, The Circolino, the Trident, the Post, just to name some of them) as well as in environments (or “at locations”) having great appeal for the students, such as Cantine Rotari in Mezzocorona and MUSE.
ARTtoART organizes conferences, seminars, and meetings devoted to various cultural issues, as well as exhibitions and educational events on cultural matters.
A.S.I. Leonardo provides students with services related to class notes and the various courses offered by the Departments. It organizes events such as the Christmas party and the Mesiano party.
Club Alpbach Trentino undertakes to award study grants to young people motivated to participate in the European Forum Alpbach, which is held every August in a small village in the mountains of Tyrol. This association organizes events on social innovation, democracy, and Europe.
C.U.C. University Cultural Club (not “circle”??) deals above all with organizing workshops and theater courses for college, festivals, exhibitions and events.
ELSA TRENTO promotes talks of vocational guidance, language training, legal research groups, but also the Legal Research Groups and Moot Court Competition (LRG), and?? a national or international processual??? competition. It is also involved in a program that allows students and graduates to carry out a short paid work abroad, hosted by companies, banks, universities, law firms and public administrations. But it also organizes seminars and conferences.
Erasmus Student Network supports foreign students who decide to come to Trento, welcomes them, helps them to complete their paperwork, introduces them to the University and its departments, arranges their cultural, leisure and sports activities in order to promote their mix with other students.
F.U.C.I. It is a meeting point for those who want to enrich their culture with the spirit of a moderate but tenacious Catholic faith.
MAIA Onlus is a student association for international cooperation and solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Union Of University - UDU Trento is the union of the university students of Trento. Their main purposes are concerned with the Free University, the scholarships, a fair and progressive taxation.
UNISTUDENT provide support for foreign university students in order to help them integrate into the life of the university and the city, and eliminate or at least reduce their disorientation and the obstacles to their socio-cultural integration.
U.T.Fen. They aim to create a network between students, alumni and professors. They organize professionalization seminars and conferences for students in finance and entrepreneurship. The organization seeks to facilitate the entry of students into the labor force.
SHOUT is the university association in Rovereto. Driven by the need to create an identity through which to express the voice of the students directly, it organizes events of cultural nature; it constitutes both a communications channel and a mediating bridge between students and university institution, and undertakes to organize recreational activities that promote aggregation and interpersonal exchange.
If you are interested in university associations, our advice is to contact them and, if you like, join them.