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 reasons for studying in Padova

  1. A broad range of multidisciplinary courses - Padova is a university that offers a comprehensive and continually updated variety of courses.
  2. Superior education - it ranksamong Italy's leading universities for teaching quality and provides students with a solid academic background and excellent training. Graduating from the University of Padova is the culmination of an ambitious goal and a highly prestigious achievement.
  3. A leading international university for research -  the University, ranked 151-200 in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), is Italy's top-rated university for research quality in the first two reports by the country's National Evaluation Agency for University System (ANVUR). It is also one of Europe's most highly cited universities.
  4. Service quality - according to Almalaurea, Italy's graduate survey consortium, 9 out of 10 students are satisfied with their academic career and student life at the University of Padova.
  5. One of Europe's oldest and most renowned universities - it was foundedin 1222 by students and lecturers in a bid to spread freedom of thought within study and teaching. The University is almost 800 years old.
  6. An international community - Padova has a long tradition in international cooperation. It also participates in the leading international networks and its research and teaching projects involve students and lecturers from all over the world.
  7. Financial incentives - Padova's fees are extremely competititve when compared with those of other top-ranking European universities. It also provides a vast range of incentives for the most-deserving students, or those in financial difficulty.
  8. A student-centred town - the University affords a unique learning environmentand is intertwined with the town and its layout. Its research centres and campuses are located across the town, and its students account for 30% of the local population.
  9. A unique setting - Padova combines history, culture and art with thriving businesses in every sector
  10. Strategic position - efficient transport links with the main Italian and international cities mean that the town is the ideal base from wich to travel for business and pleasure.

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  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! 

Discover the University of Padova

International Office - Welcome Unit

Palazzo Anselmi
Lungargine del Piovego 1 - 35131 Padova
Opening hours: Monday and Wednesday 10 am-1pm; Tuesday 10am-1pm and 3-4.30pm; Thursday 10am-3pm; Friday by appointment only (to be requested by email).
For general enquiries: +39 049 8276831 - international.admission@unipd.it

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