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Università di Padova

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The University of Padova was founded in 1222 and is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

10 reasons for studying in Padova:

  1. A broad range of multidisciplinary courses - Padova is a university that offers a comprehensive and continually updated variety of courses.
  2. Superior education - it ranks among Italy's leading universities for teaching quality and provides students with a solid academic background and excellent training. Graduating from the University of Padova is the culmination of an ambitious goal and a highly prestigious achievement.
  3. A leading international university for research -  the University, ranked 151-200 in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), is Italy's top-rated university for research quality in the first two reports by the country's National Evaluation Agency for University System (ANVUR). It is also one of Europe's most highly cited universities.
  4. Service quality - according to Almalaurea, Italy's graduate survey consortium, 9 out of 10 students are satisfied with their academic career and student life at the University of Padova.
  5. One of Europe's oldest and most renowned universities - it was founded in 1222 by students and lecturers in a bid to spread freedom of thought within study and teaching. The University is almost 800 years old.
  6. An international community - Padova has a long tradition in international cooperation. It also participates in the leading international networks and its research and teaching projects involve students and lecturers from all over the world.
  7. Financial incentives - Padova's fees are extremely competitive when compared with those of other top-ranking European universities. It also provides a vast range of incentives for the most-deserving students, or those in financial difficulty.
  8. A student-centred town - the University affords a unique learning environment and is intertwined with the town and its layout. Its research centres and campuses are located across the town, and its students account for 30% of the local population.
  9. A unique setting - Padova combines history, culture and art with thriving businesses in every sector
  10. Strategic position - efficient transport links with the main Italian and international cities mean that the town is the ideal base from which to travel for business and pleasure.

Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Andrea Vesalio, William Harvey, Pietro d’Abano and Carlo Goldoni are just some of the scientists, physicians, philosophers, jurists and writers who have made Padova a landmark for the discovery and spread of European science and culture.

It was at Padova that Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia became the world’s first woman to be awarded a degree when she graduated in Philosophy in 1678.

The University of Padova, loyal to its motto Universa Universis Patavina Libertas, has always been a bastion of free thought, study and research.

Today, Padova is a major multidisciplinary university whose lecturers, students and staff account for almost one third of the town’s population. Its 8 schools (Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Economics and Political Science, Engineering, Law, Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage, Medicine, Psychology, Science) and 32 departments ensure that Padova offers a broad and varied range of subjects that cover all fields of learning.

The University is also the scientific and cultural heart of Italy’s industrious north-east, providing highly specialised training for the area’s 7-million-plus residents and its 650,000-plus businesses, a role made possible by its extensive network of campuses located across the Veneto region.

Courses at the University of Padova are constantly updated in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market. Its Healthcare degrees, for instance, cover a wide range of new courses such as Pediatric Nursing (Medical School), or Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Psychology). Engineering degree programmes are available in the fields of Civil, Architectural, Environmental, Industrial and Information Engineering. In a.y. 2019/20, 24 degree programmes (2 Bachelor’s degrees + 21 Master’s degrees + 1 single-cycle degree in Medicine and Surgery) will be completely held in English:

University of Padova degrees also reflect today’s needs to safeguard both the environment with courses in Environmental Sciences and Technology (Agriculture Sciences), and consumers with Safety and Hygiene of Food Products (Veterinary Medicine). Research into pharmaceuticals is also covered with Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies (Pharmacy), as is research into hi-tech products with a course in Materials Science (Sciences). Great emphasis is also placed on Humanities, such as History and Conservation of Artistic and Cultural Heritage (Arts and Philosophy), and on teacher training with a course in Primary Education (Education).The University’s traditional courses for professionals in Law, Economics, and Business Management are run alongside courses that analyse complex social systems such as Sociological Sciences (Political Sciences) and Statistics, Population and Society (Statistical Sciences).

Thanks to an extensive network of contacts and agreements with other universities all over the world, the University of Padova offers several international opportunities: every year hundreds of students take part in (incoming or outgoing) mobility programmes or attend international courses, thus having the opportunity to study new subjects, get to know different cultures and see what other educational systems are like.

Furthermore, highly motivated University students may also apply for admission to the Galilean School of Higher Education. After a demanding selection process, each year 30 students are chosen to attend the School’s high-level in-house courses and to use its special services.

  • Over 58,000 students enrolled
  • Over 12,000 graduates every year
  • 1 University Hospital
  • 1 Veterinary Hospital
  • 1 Experimental Farm
  • 16 University canteens
  • 1 School of Higher Education
  • 29 libraries
  • 2,100 Teaching Staff
  • 2,300 Technical and Administrative Staff
  • Over 700 classes held in English

Situated in the heart of north-eastern Italy, and less than 40 km from Venice, Padova is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, offering over 3,000 years of history.
This rich cultural heritage, appreciated every year by thousands of tourists, includes the Scrovegni Chapel - with its frescoes by Giotto, Prato della Valle - one of the biggest squares in Europe, the thirteenth- century Palazzo della Ragione - the world’s largest hall without supporting columns, the oldest university Botanical Garden - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a historical city center, with beautiful squares, palaces and museums.
Thanks also to its close ties with the University, Padova is a lively and dynamic city offering throughout the year numerous events in the fields of art, music, theatre, cinema and sport.
In 2018 Padova was nominated Italy’s official candidate for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage list for the 14th century cycle of frescoes “Padova Urbs Picta”.

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Admission Calls for applications contain all of the information needed to apply, including: number of places, pre- and enrolment deadlines and methods, admission requirements and tests, when envisaged. They are published annually and are available from the course descriptions at

Course admission is generally divided as follows:
• Limited places: the number of places available is established each year either by the university itself, or on a national basis by Italy’s Ministry of University and Research (e.g. the single-cycle degree in Medicine and Surgery);
• Compulsory admission test: no limit on places. Applicants, however, need to take an admission test to see whether they have an appropriate academic background;
• Admission requirements: no limit on places.
Applicants, however, must have all of the compulsory course requirements. They may also be required to sit an admission test.

Non-EU citizens not resident in Italy may apply for a course only when it envisages a quota for them (contingente).

For information on application procedures for degree courses held in English, please visit and select your category (European citizen – Non-European citizen residing in Italy – Non-European citizen residing outside Italy). You will be taken through the procedure step-by-step and told what documents are required.

For information on application procedures for degree courses held in Italian, please visit en/study-italian and select your category (European citizen – Non-European citizen residing in Italy – Non- European citizen residing outside Italy). You will be taken through the procedure step-by-step and told what documents are required.

Annual fees are less than €3000,00 and the payment is made in 3 instalments. Payment of university fees gives students access to all services offered by the University of Padova:

The total amount due can be significantly waived based on Equivalent Economic Status Index (ISEE). For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Key Documents.
The following page summarizes all the possibilities students have to apply for a reduced fee:

The University of Padova, the Veneto Region and other Institutions also offer a series of scholarships to support students, for example the Padova International Excellence Scholarship.
Awards for specific categories of students, e.g. students with special sport or academic achievements, are also available. For further information, please go to: 

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University Highlights

Total students - 44,476


International students - 2,139


Total faculty staff - 2,649


Total students - 44,476


International students - 2,139


Total faculty staff - 2,649



The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.
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