University studies, work during the studies and attendance The authors analyse five factors relating to students during their university studies: work during the studies, class attendance, study abroad, participation in training or internships as foreseen by the study programme, and the amount of time needed to research and write up the graduate thesis. The reference population, students who graduated in 2001, were not affected by the Italian University Reform launched at the end of 1999 (Decree 509/99). The survey shows that each of the above factors takes on a quite dissimilar significance, depending on the graduates’ disciplinary grouping. The range extends from those areas of study in which working during studying is quite frequent (teaching profession and political-social group) to those in which it represents the exception (medical group); from those areas in which students tend to attend every class (medical, scientific and engineering group) to others in which few students attend regularly (legal studies group). There are some disciplines in which study abroad is very common (linguistic group) or fairly common (political-social group), and others where it is rarely taken up (medical and teaching profession group). In certain cases these differences expose shortcomings or difficulties from which the didactic structures of the university suffer. Will the newly set up University Reform be able to contribute to overcoming them?