Language courses

The University of Padova offers many opportunities to gain a working knowledge of a foreign language or to build on existing skills.

The CLA - Centro Linguistico di Ateneo provides language courses (English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese) for regular students, LLP-Erasmus students, professors, administrative staff. Thanks to the multimedia-laboratory facilities, both budding and experienced linguists can follow traditional lessons or choose from a host of self-taught courses.

In order to apply for the University of Padova, students must provide certificates to prove their language competences in Italian and/or English as follows:

  • A2 Italian level (for students attending course units in Italian)
  • B1 English level (for students attending course units in English)

These conditions apply for students coming to Padova under the "Erasmus+ for study" programme between Programme Countries. Different programmes may apply specific conditions. It is therefore highly recommended that exchange students address the respective contact person for each specific programme they are interested in.

CLA - Centro Linguistico di Ateneo
via Venezia, 16 - Padova (map)
tel. +39 049 827 6185

  CLA Multimedia Library

The Multimedia Library is a branch of the Cla - Centro Linguistico di Ateneo. It provides a large collection of media: audio, video, language software, digital presentation resources, etc.
Students (including exchange students) and staff of the University can check-out DVDs and videos to watch in the lab. They are free to use the multimedia facilities and the language laboratory for self-learning; they can also have access to audiovisual and computerized resources.
Mediateca - Centro Linguistico di Ateneo
via Venezia n. 16 (4th floor) – 35131 Padova (map)
Tel. +39 049 827 6386

Multimedia Labs

  • Palazzo Maldura
    piazzetta Gianfranco Folena, 1 - Padova
    Laboratorio A: 20 seats
    Laboratorio B: 25 seats
  • Complesso Via Venezia, 16
    Via Venezia, 16

  Certificate of Italian as a Foreign Language CILS

The University Language Centre (CLA) is hosting the exam of Certification of Italian as a Foreign Language CILS.

By next April 4 students can register for the CILS.
Next session: May 30 2019 at the University Language Centre (CLA), via Venezia 16, Padova.

Students can also enrol in the preparation course until April 12.

  • Registrations are open

Information and registration:

  Conversation groups Conversazioni CreAttive

Conversazioni CreAttive are a series of conversation groups organised by the Alternative Civilian Service volunteers. During the group meetings, in which one or more native speakers are also present, students are given the opportunity to converse in a foreign language. The project aims to provide participants with a space for intercultural and language exchanges.
Participation is free and is open to all University of Padua students and students on exchange programmes (Erasmus, Mundus, etc.).

Conversations are to be activated for: French, Russian, English and Italian for foreign students.

Participation is free and is open to all University of Padua students and students on exchange programmes (Erasmus, Mundus, etc.). 

For any further information, please contact:
CLA - tel. +39 049 827 6185

  Confucio Institute

The Confucio Institute, a widespread cultural institution that could set up in Padova thanks to the cooperation between the University of Padova and the University of Guangzhou, provides courses and other education activities (Business Chinese, memorisation of characters, preparation to HSK and YCT examinations etc.) with the aim to spread Chinese culture and language throughout the World.

Istituto Confucio di Padova
via Beato Pellegrino, 28 - 35137 Padova
tel.: +39 049 8274873 - fax +39 049 8274874
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30-17.00