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Università di Padova

Via 8 Febbraio, 2 Padua,
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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 Padua:

  1. A broad range of multidisciplinary courses - Padua offers a broad and comprehensive portfolio of programmes; interconnections among the different
    disciplines generate a vibrant and stimulating learning environment.
  2. Superior education -The University of Padua is a TOP 250 university in the world. It is also recognised as the best university in Italy for teaching quality (based on the 2018 evaluation of ANVUR, the Agency of the Italian Ministry of University and Research in charge of assessing university performance). It provides a solid academic background and excellent training, ensuring that graduates can brilliantly succeed in their professions.
  3. A leading international university for research - the University of Padua is one of the most cited universities in the world. Academic staff develop ground-breaking research tackling global challenges and supporting the advancement of knowledge, science and society. The University is recognised as the best university in Italy for research quality (ANVUR 2018).
  4. Service quality - 90% of students are highly satisfied with their academic career and student experience at the University of Padua (National Graduate Survey, Almalaurea 2019).
  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. Since then, students, researchers and alumni have deeply contributed to the improvement of knowledge, science and society.
  6. An international community - A large and vibrant international community of staff, students and alumni support the development of the University’s missions at global level. The University participates in leading international networks, and its research and teaching projects involve lecturers
    from all over the world. Students can benefit from internationalised curricula and numerous study abroad opportunities.
  7. Financial incentives - Padua’s fees are extremely competitive when compared with those of other top-ranking universities. The University of Padua grants a large number of merit-based and income-based scholarships sponsoring international students’ tuitions and/or living costs.
  8. A student-centred town - The University affords a unique learning environment and is intertwined with the town and its layout. Its research centres, Departments and Schools are located across the town, and its students account for over 30% of the local population.
  9. A unique setting - Padua is a welcoming and charming city, ensuring one of the finest experiences of Italian arts, culture and lifestyle. It combines history, culture and art with thriving businesses in every sector.
  10. Strategic position - Efficient air, rail and road transportation links with the main cities in Italy and abroad international cities.

  • Over 60,000 students enrolled
  • Over 12,000 graduates every year
  • 1 University Hospital
  • 1 Veterinary Hospital
  • 1 Experimental Farm
  • 13 University museums
  • 16 University canteens
  • 1 School of Higher Education
  • 29 libraries
  • 2,200 Teaching Staff
  • 2,300 Technical and Administrative Staff
  • Over 900 course units held in English

Situated in the heart of north-eastern Italy, and less than 40 km from Venice, Padua is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, with over 3,000 years of history. This rich cultural heritage, appreciated every year by thousands of tourists, includes the Scrovegni Chapel - with its frescoes painted 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 world’s oldest university Botanical Garden - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a historical city centre, with picturesque squares, palaces and museums.
Padua offers an extended cycling path network and multiple bike sharing options with special discounts for students. Thanks also to its close ties with the University, Padua is a lively and dynamic city offering numerous events in the fields of art, music, theatre, cinema and sport throughout the year.

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For information on application procedures for degree programmes held in English, please visit www.unipd.it/en/study-english

For information on application procedures for degree programmes held in Italian, please visit www.unipd.it/ en/study-italian

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.

Please note that non-EU citizens residing outside Italy may apply for a programme only when it envisages a quota for them (contingente).

The application platform for international students is: https://apply.unipd.it

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 Padua: www.unipd.it/en/tuition-fees

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.
Information of tuition fee-waivers

The University of Padua, the Veneto Region and other Institutions also offer a series of scholarships to support students, for example the Padua 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: www.unipd.it/en/awards 

Graduates from the University of Padua are global citizens that succeed in all professional fields and bring their expertise and dedication to excellence into the world. A degree from the University of Padua is recognised as a prestigious achievement in the labour market worldwide.

The University of Padua promotes, through the Career Service Office, training periods in companies, public or professional bodies. They are addressed to currently enrolled students (curricular internship), recent university graduates, who can apply within 12 months after earning their degree (extracurricular internship), and unemployed graduates (work placement/reintegration internship).

The Alumni association is a community which connects graduates of different ages, sectors and places where everyone has the same consideration and is granted free access. Motivated by the founding values of the University, alumni are bearers of the Universa Universis Patavina Libertas motto all over the world.

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University Highlights

Università di Padova is one of the top Public universities in Padua, Italy. It is ranked #216 in QS Global World University Rankings 2021.

Total students - 45,407


International students - 2,360


Total faculty staff - 2,717


Total students - 45,407


International students - 2,360


Total faculty staff - 2,717



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