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Luiss Guido Carli

The University

Luiss is an independent university that evolved out of an earlier Roman institution, the Pro Deo, between 1974 and 1978.

Throughout its four Departments of Economics and Finance, Business and Management, Law, and Political Science, Luiss offers an innovative and sophisticated educational approach.

Luiss in numbers

Total number of students enrolled
The number of students who spend a semester studying abroad (both incoming and outgoing) through exchange programs, summer terms, Erasmus, Double Degrees, Structured Partnerships, and the QTEM Master Network
Percentage of employed alumni, a year after graduation

About us


  • Set numbers (1620 students for bachelor's programs and 1000 for master's degree programs in 2017-2018)
  • Admissions entrance test
  • Obligatory full-time attendance
  • A distinguished teaching staff from the academic world, with a high-level of professional experience
  • Intensive study of foreign languages and IT
  • A rich and specialized library with a catalog that can be consulted on the University’s web site
  • An extensive network of international exchange programs at 197 universities, both within and outside of Europe in 39 countries. Luiss also offers its students the opportunity to study abroad: 25 Double Degrees and structured partnerships
  • Orientation for high school students
  • Help from qualified tutors for the entire duration of the degree program and internship
  • Seminars, debates and exchanges on important topics that integrate the material taught during the academic year

Links with businesses

What distinguishes Luiss is its privileged relationship with the business world.

Over 200 companies, multinationals, and public and private institutions collaborate with the University, offering its degree candidates and new graduates their first real opportunities to step foot in the business world.

The Luiss Placement & Career Education Office provides students with multiple opportunities to meet people in the business world and learn with them. This orientation and educational service facilitate the placement of degree candidates and new graduates in the business world with internships and training at companies and at public and private institutions. It also sets up recurring meetings and presentations with major multinationals, investment banks, and public and private organizations and institutions.


Luiss Guido Carli has its origins in an earlier Roman institution: Pro Deo University, founded in 1966.

In 1974 a group of entrepreneurs led by Umberto Agnelli decided to invest human and financial resources in an innovative educational project aimed at executives.

Luiss adopted a new educational approach, moving in the direction of top-notch international universities.

Other important public and private industrial groups joined the University’s founders in subsequent years, along with financial firms, which brought an authoritative representation of businesspeople to the University’s Board of Directors.

In 1977, the University officially changed its name to Luiss— Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali, or the Guido Carli Free International University for Social Studies. A year later, Guido Carli, who was then President of the Italian industrial association, Confindustria, became the University’s President. During this period, increased emphasis was put on the underlying elements of Luiss’s educational approach: a rigorous admissions process, a set number of students, the study of foreign languages and IT, and a curriculum that is in line with the needs of the marketplace and  closely linked to the business world.

Guido Carli remained the President of Luiss until his death in 1993.

In 1982, Luiss expanded its number of degree programs. The Department of Law was added to the Departments of Economics and Political Science.

In 1994, the Board of Directors decided to rename the University in memory of Guido Carli.

In 1997, Luiss Management S.p.A. was established for all market-directed educational activities.