How to apply

Coloro che sono in possesso di un titolo di studio italiano per l’accesso al corso devono fare riferimento alle seguenti procedure:

The University of Padua welcomes applications from international students. You are considered an “international student” if you hold a non-Italian academic diploma, degree or equivalent.

Apply for a full degree programme

  Bachelor's degrees

To be eligible for admission to a Bachelor’s degree or a single-cycle degree, you need a minimum 12-year school record.

If you have been awarded a final diploma after a shorter programme of study (i.e. less than 12 years), in order to become eligible you must:

  • have attended at least 1 (in case of 11 years of schooling) or 2 (in case of 10 years of schooling) years of academic studies and passed all the scheduled exams.


  • have obtained a post-secondary qualification  in a non-University higher education institution, certifying the additional one or two years of education. 


  • have successfully completed one or two year preparatory courses (Foundation courses) to compensate for the missing years of schooling.

Foundation courses can also be used to fill other additional requirements necessary to access the programmes, but they cannot replace the absence of an upper secondary school diploma.
The pre-school year can be counted in the 12 years of schooling if it is officially recognised as an integral part of the school curriculum at national level, provided that attendance is compulsory and includes teaching the language of the country (reading and writing) and the first elements of arithmetic.

If in the country where you achieved your qualification a entrance exam is set for the admission to the University (e.g.: selectividad in Spagna, Prova de Aferiçao o Prova Geral de Acesso ao Ensino Superior in Portogallo, Vestibular o Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio in Brasile, Gao Kao in China etc.), you must provide also a certificate which states that you have passed that test.

As an alternative to this certification, you must:

  • have attended an additional one (in case of 12 years of schooling) or two (in case of 11 years of schooling) years of academic studies in another country and/or different foreign system and passed all the scheduled exams.


  • have obtained an official Italian or foreign post-secondary qualification in a non-University higher education institution with a minimum duration of one or two years.


  • have successfully completed Foundation courses held from an Italian University.

These additional certificates only allow enrolment to the first year and cannot be further evaluated for shortening of your degree programme

  Master's degrees

To be eligible for admission to a Master’s degree, you need a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent foreign qualification with specific curricular requirements obtained from a higher education institution accredited according to the national educational accreditation system of the country where it is located.

Should your study title be issued by two or more universities (e.g. the awarding and the teaching institutions are not the same and pertain to different national education systems), each institution must be accredited according to the national educational accreditation system of the country where it is located.

  Foreign entry qualifications suitable for admission

Applicants can consult a country-based list of qualifications in order to verify whether their entry qualification is suitable to access their degree programme of interest.

  Application procedures

  •  ITALIAN-taught degree courses: applications dates vary depending on the course - check application procedures

Please note: courses at the University of Padua start at the end of September/beginning of October. Enrolment for the 2nd semester is not available.

Apply for recognition of previous studies

If you are applying for a degree course and you would like to have some of your previous studies / educational activities recognized and credited to your degree,
visit the dedicated page.

Apply for a single course unit

If you are you interested in attending single course units and take the corresponding exams without having to be enrolled in any degree course, visit the dedicated page.

Global Engagement Office - Recruitment Unit

Palazzo Anselmi
Lungargine del Piovego 1 - 35131 Padova

For academic related information, please contact the programme coordinator/secretariat

tel. +39 0498273131

Chat with our Unibuddy Ambassadors.