Why Padova

 For the great desire I had to see fair Padua, nursery of arts, I am arrived… and am to Padua come, as he that leaves a shallow plash to plunge in the deep, and with satiety seeks to quench his thirst – William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

  10 Top Reasons to choose the University of Padova

  1. Diverse portfolio of study programmes - a multidisciplinary university offering a comprehensive range of constantly updated study programmes.
  2. High quality education - ranked among the first universities in Italy for the quality of its education, providing students with solid cultural background and professional training. A qualification from the University of Padova means the achievement of an ambitious objective and a recognised education.
  3. World leading research university -  ranked 151-200 in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and the best Italian university for the quality of research results in the first ever two reports by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems). Among the best European universities for the number of the top 10% most frequently cited publications.
  4. Quality support services - according to Almalaurea surveys, 9 over 10 students were satisfied with their academic career at the University of Padova and their student life.
  5. One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe - established in 1222 by students and teachers with the aim to defend freedom of thought in study and teaching. The University has a glorious history and boasts among its scholars and professors Galileo Galilei – who taught in Padova from 1592 to 1610 – and Elena L. Cornaro-Piscopia - the first ever woman to receive an academic degree from a university in 1678.
  6. An international community - a university with a long tradition of international cooperation, participation in international networks of excellence as well as in research and education projects, welcoming students and scholars from all over the world.
  7. Competitive tuition fees and incentives - the University offers competitive tuition fees in comparison to other top-ranked European universities, plus a vast array of incentives for deserving and/or low economic background students.
  8. Student-friendly city - a unique learning environment in a university which is deeply connected to its city and urban pattern. University students represent 30% of the city population.
  9. A city unlike any other - Padova blends historical tradition, art and culture with flourishing business and service industries.
  10. Strategic location - easy connections to main Italian and international cities allow you to travel for tourism or visiting home.

  Where we are

Padova - Veneto - Italy on the map

Padova is at the heart of North-East Italy, near the protected area of Euganean Hills and a smooth countryside marked by waterways. Its position is strategic to reach Venice (less than 3O minutes by train), beach resorts, the Dolomites – one of UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Garda Lake, the spa resorts of Abano and Montegrotto Terme, as well as art cities like Vicenza with its Palladio’s monuments and Verona, worldwide famous for its amphitheatre (Arena) and setting of the well-known Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet”. 

It is well-connected by train to major Italian cities Bologna, Florence, Rome, Milano and well-served by international airports.

Almost 600,000 tourists visit Padova each year to marvel at its art and fine heritage of architecture and museums. Its squares, porticoes and old cobbled streets tell the story of a wealthy, beautiful Medieval town which was renowned for its art and culture. 

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The University of Padova is unique in its multi-disciplinary offer, spanning over 8 schools and 32 departments. Students at the University of Padova can choose from a wide range of first cycle (80), second cycle (84) and single cycle (9) degree programmes, as well as a vast array of Postgraduate courses and a school of excellence (Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori).
Courses entirely held in English are on the increase, now including 20 full degree programmes, 20 doctoral programmes, more than 700 course units and numerous short specialisation courses.

The University of Padova fosters top-quality research activities and actors in all scientific areas, increasingly attracting public and private funding. 5.2% of Italian public funding for scientific projects of national importance are awarded to researchers at the University of Padova, whereas European funds for research projects at Padova have soared by 40% over the last three years. 28 projects are funded by the European Research Council (ERC). These are ground-breaking research projects, led by excellent scientists who chose Padova to carry out their outstanding research activities.

The university research is deeply connected with its territory, as witnessed by the high number of ongoing contracts with public and private bodies for experimental activities. Commercial research services alone account for 32% of departments’ income. A particular effort is being made to enhance cooperation between university research groups and the industry, with special emphasis on SMEs in North-East Italy. On top of that, a mention is worth to the almost 50 spin-off companies established within the University of Padova and supported by its start-up incubator.

Career Service guides students and new graduates in their transition from the academia to the professional world. Links have been established between the University and firms, private and public institutions and professional associations to create and promote internships as an opportunity to share information and experiences. “Vetrina degli Stages” helps students and new graduates to look for internships and training opportunities. A list of the associated firms is available for subscribers, who can decide whether the job description corresponds to their job aims.

While studying in Padova, you are also allowed to work part-time (20 hours/week) both within and outside the university. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to visit other European countries with your Italian residence permit. Finally, after having obtained your degree, you have the right to stay for an entire year in Italy or any other EU country! 

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International Office

Palazzo Anselmi, lungargine Piovego 1 - 35131 Padova,
For general enquiries: international.admission@unipd.it

For academic related information, please contact the course coordinator/secreteriat