Before your arrival

  Step 1: Registration

All students need to register in our online platform and activate their account. Registration and account activation are compulsory steps and must be completed prior to the application. In order to complete the procedure successfully and comply with each section requirements, please follow the handbook step by step. The online registration procedure is available here.

  Step 2: Course catalogue, Learning Agreement, language certificate

Learning Agreement: enclosing the LA signed by you and your home institution in the application form is mandatory. The LA doesn't have to be signed by the Erasmus Coordinator of University of Padova: he will sign it once the application procedure is completed and he will send it back to you via email. Templates provided by the home institution are accepted; a common template is available here.

Language certificate: enclosing a language certificate in the application form is recommended; however certificates can be sent by e-mail to erasmus.incoming@unipd.it after the application deadline. The following documents are accepted: official language certificates (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge University, etc.), attendance certificates of intensive courses, certificates issued by University officers/professors attesting your language proficiency level, transcript of records including language exams results.

Language requirements: B1 English level for students attending course units held in English; A2 Italian level for students attending course units held in Italian.

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  Step 3: Health Insurance

Submitting a valid insurance card/policy/certificate through the application form is mandatory. The insurance must be valid for the whole mobility period. If your valid insurance is going to expire soon, upload it anyway, then send the new one to erasmus.incoming@unipd.it, as soon as you get it.

European students or students resident in the EU may submit the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Extra-European students non-resident in the EU need a private insurance valid for the visa application. A medical insurance for a Schengen visa must meet the following criteria:
→ medical coverage of at least Euro 30.000
→ coverage of emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains
Furthermore, acceptable medical insurance for Italian residence permit must provide evidence of a national office based in Italy to be contacted in case of emergency. Should the insurance company not have such contact in Italy, you can use “Generali” insurance, i.e. the basic insurance accepted by the Embassies/Consulates and by the Immigration Office in Padova for visa and residence permit purposes (6 months = 49,00 Euro, 12 months = 98,00 Euro, purchase information).

For Medicine and Surgery and Pharmacy students only: for immunisation records and blood examinations, please refer to the compulsory procedure available on the web page of the Erasmus office at the School of Medicine and Surgery.

  Step 4: Application

Filling out the Application form is mandatory.

Students should read the instructions carefully, before starting the procedure

  Step 5: Accommodation

Accommodation in the students’ halls of residence is provided by SASSA Service. All students are required to fill in an Accommodation form, even if they choose for private housing. Accommodation form for incoming students.

  Step 6: Visa for non-EU students

Non-EU students resident outside EU must apply for a visa before arriving in Italy, by following the instructions provided by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. An electronic copy of the invitation letter will be sent by email to the address indicated by the student during the Registration process.

Non-EU students already resident in EU who have a valid European Residence Permit should contact the Italian diplomatic authority in their own European country of residence, to inquire if they need a visa to enter Italy and obtain an Italian residence permit. Should an invitation letter be needed, this has to be requested to the International Relations Office – IRO (Erasmus.incoming@unipd.it): an electronic copy thereof will be sent by email to the address indicated by the student during the Registration process.

The IRO will not send any original invitation letter by post: the Italian Embassy/Consulate will receive it directly from UNIPD via legal e-mail. The transmission of digital documents via legal e-mail ("PEC - Posta Elettronica Certificata") between Italian public administrations is legally equivalent to the transmission of original documents, and it complies with the digitalisation process undertaken by the Italian public administration in the past years.
Invitation letters will only be sent after the reception of all the required Application documents.
In order to apply for a Schengen Visa, a health insurance is required. The criteria to be met by the insurance are described under Step 3.

  Step 7: The Buddy service

The Tutoring Office in cooperation with the International Relations Office provides a Buddy Service set up to support students under any exchange programme. All Buddies are students of the University of Padova enrolled in Master’s Degree courses. The task of a Buddy is to welcome exchange students, assist them during the registration and enrollment procedures. Buddies can be contacted by email or by telephone for any issue regarding the university life.

The Buddy Service is free, but it's offered only upon request.
If you want to be assigned to a Buddy, please fill out the Request form.
Extra-European students do not need to request a Buddy, they will be assigned one automatically.

Contact for further information: erasmus.incoming@unipd.it.

  Step 8: Italian language courses

Students can attend the Italian language courses offered by our language centre, CLA – Centro linguistico di Ateneo.
The registration period opens around 2 weeks before language courses start. Further information are provided by filling in the CLA contact form available online

Relevant procedures

Erasmus+ for studies (homepage)
Before your arrival
On your arrival
During your stay
At the end of your stay