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Università degli Studi di Pavia

Strada Nuova, 65 Pavia,
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Founded in 1361, the University of Pavia (UNIPV), is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions. Like the UK’s Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Pavia is structured using a college system, dating back to the 16th century, with a striking historic campus.

The University of Pavia features in a number of QS rankings. Ranked within the global top 581-590 in the QS World University Rankings® 2020, UNIPV is particularly competitive - top 35 in the world - in the fields of Humanities, as highlighted by the QS World University Rankings 2019 by subject.

Comprised of 20 colleges which all have their own particular histories and opportunities to offer, UNIPV is an open community where academic achievement, traditions, parties and sporting rivalries all have their place.

Originally created around schools of law, humanities and medicine, the University of Pavia now offers 88 courses in:

  • Engineering and architecture
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Natural sciences
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Health professions
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Languages and philosophy
  • Economics
  • Political sciences
  • Communication
  • Sports sciences
  • Musicology

The University of Pavia also offers a Foundation Year program.

The city of Pavia is located in northern Italy, around 30km south of Milan (20-30 minutes by train), and is home to 19 museums, two cultural centers, 22 libraries, four cinemas and theatres, 10 social-cultural meeting halls, and three civic schools of music and arts. For those of you interested in sports, the University Sports Centre (CUS) in Pavia offers a wide range of courses, championships and tournaments.

Tuition fees at UNIPV vary based on the student’s family income and country of origin. All students must pay an initial deposit of approximately €700 (~US$800) – subject to later reimbursement for lower-income students and students from developing countries.

Find out more about studying at the University of Pavia.


The University offers 35 libraries run by different faculties and departments. All material owned by the academic libraries is listed in the On-line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). By consulting this source, it is possible to find information about book offer, and availability. A special section of the catalogue is provided for periodicals. Each library has its own opening hours and rules: libraries open from a minimum of 16 to a maximum of 50 hours per week, generally from Monday to Friday.

Contacts: http://biblioteche.unipv.it/ http://opac.unipv.it


Just like Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, Pavia has a unique university residence system in Italy, dating back to the 16th century. Each of Pavia’s 20 residences, that in total host approximately 2000 students, has its own particular history and opportunities to offer, including access to many study abroad programs and sport activities. University residence life aims at creating an open community where academic achievements, traditional events, parties and sporting rivalries all play a role. Students living in residences can be engaged in different sport activities, learn different languages and, above all, build their first professional network. Acceptance to residences is based on merit criteria and a parental-income based fee system. Today, Pavia provides 4 merit-based residences, 12 public residences managed by EDiSU, an instrumental body of the University of Pavia established to provide the services for the right to study, and 4 private residences.


A number of university cafeterias located at both campuses. The average price of a complete meal (including two courses, a side dish, bread, a dessert or fruit and water) ranges from € 4 to € 5.50.

Mensa Unigest, Via Ferrata

Mensa Cravino, Via Bassi

Mensa Collegio Fraccaro, Piazza L. Da Vinci

Mensa Collegio Castiglioni, Via San Martino 

Mensa Centrale, Corso Carlo Alberto


The ordinary ticket costs €1.30 and allows unlimited travels (check city area limits) on all bus lines for the next 60 minutes. It can be bought at almost every tobacconists’ and news stands or at the bus terminal. All students can travel the whole academic year (October – September), buying a card that is issued at convenient fee of around €20.00 per year.

Learn more: http://pavia.autoguidovie.it/


Pavia is a city in northern Italy with 70,000 inhabitants and over 24,000 students located only 30 km south of Milan, connected by regional and suburban trains every 10 minutes. Pavia is also within easy reach of the Swiss border, Como and the lakes as well as Genoa and the Ligurian coast. Founded in Roman times with the name of Ticinum, it was the capital of the Kingdom of the Lombards for over two centuries and this fascinating legacy remains intact. The city centre is a maze of narrow streets, ancient churches, elegant buildings and many Fascinating corners all coming alive day and night with students enjoying their favorite meeting points. Cultural life in Pavia is intense with 19 museums and collections, 4 public and 18 university libraries, 4 cinemas and theatres, 12 cultural centres, a musical college and 2 civic schools of music and arts. Life in Pavia is both pleasant and affordable, particularly in comparison with much higher housing and living costs in Milan and other urban centres in Lombardy. Pavia’s campus offers a unique university experience to students who can enjoy countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts and sport activities, at all levels.




Enjoy the city and discover plenty of activities you can do at the University of Pavia. Meet new friends on the campus and be part of the community that hangs out on Wednesday nights at our lively university parties. Whether you are keen on soccer or rugby, there will be plenty of opportunities to play sports with your friends at one of our facilities, which may be next to your dorm, just a few minutes away from the campus. Experience our historic city center and its heritage sites and ride along Pavia’s boulevards thanks to its bike-sharing scheme, or just go for a run in the park by the river Ticino. The University of Pavia has had a long-lasting tradition of students clubs and societies, not only inside its residences but also in each and every degree course. A number of events is also organized every week by Students Union, making Pavia one of the most active university cities in Italy for cultural  Engagement. UCAMPUS is our University’s official campus radio station. It is on air every day with a busy schedule made by students, often hosting live & unplugged music shows as well as talk shows. The University is also developing a strong bond with the local branch of ESN - Erasmus Students Network, promoting social activities and cultural events for International students.

COVID-19 Information: 

•             What is the status of planned campus admission open days/tours? 
Open days for local and international students are being shifted online.

•             How can applicants contact the university about their application? 
Applicants can contact the university regarding their application status via the welcome point office or via  the International Manager  

•             How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled?  
Oral and written exams take place at distance using appropriate tools and software.

•             What advice is the university offering to applicants unable to take an English-language test due to centers being closed? 
Advice are being defined by the Conference of Italian Rectors along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

•             How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed? 
The University is reassuring students that possible delays will be managed and won't affect their application

•             Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants? 
University is still accepting applications until the end of June for extra eu and until the end of July for eu, no restrictions are being placed on International students.

•             How are applications for university accommodation being handled? 
No new measures have been taken up to now.


Minimum requirements for BA/BSc programs:

• High school diploma after 12 years of schooling;

• If the education system of your Home Country has a national exam to enter higher education (i.e. Chinese GaoKao, Brazilian Vestibular), certificate of passing is mandatory.

Minimum requirements for Ma programs:

• BA/BSc in subjects related to the MA/MSc of your interest;

• Transcript of records with exams and grades;

• English proficiency for Degree programs taught in English (see specific requirements of each program);

Documents required for both BA, BSc/MA, MSc applications are to be officially translated into italian together with the Declaration of Value.


A national entry test is required to enter the following degree programs: Architecture, Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry, Health professions programs.

A local entry test is required by a number of BA and MA programs, see the course catalogue.

Programs available

Undergraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Lazzaro Spallanzani"

Department of Chemistry

Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Department of Economics and Management

Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering

Department of Law

Department of Mathematics

Department of Molecular Medicine

Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage

Department of Physics

Department of Public Health, Experimental and Forensic Medicine

Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Department of Clinical-Surgical, Diagnostic and Pediatric Sciences

Department of Internal Medicine and Therapeutics

Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage

Department of Physics

University Highlights

Total students - 26,483


International students - 2,162


Total faculty staff - 1,277


Total students - 26,483


International students - 2,162


Total faculty staff - 1,277



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