Mobility studies

Mobility studies

The study track in Mobility Studies, which belongs to the Master's degree programme in Historical Sciences, is driven by the belief that the humanities can play a crucial role in understanding and addressing mobility in modern society. Students will be immersed in the process through which people, texts, images, artefacts, commodities and ideas are moved, translated, transformed, adapted and negotiated by different social actors – sometime in distant spatial contexts – in the past and in the present. Global and local scenarios call for new experts who are trained in historical and cultural studies but ready for political and social action today. An interdisciplinary education at an international level and enriched by inter-sectoral experiences is fundamental to facing the current difficulties that young humanists face when approaching the new job market in both the private and public sectors.


Level: Master

Field of Study: Historical Sciences

Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Historical Sciences

Start date: October 2020

Location: Padua

  Programme structure

General Modules
Migrations in World History
Transport History
Ideas and Cultures in Motion
Communication and Media in History

History and Social Sciences
Global Commodity Chains in World History    
History of Tourism
Demography of Migration  
Space, Place and Mobility
Cultural Encounters
Museum Collections Heritage

Theory and Methods
Digital Tools for Mobility Research
Big Data and Social Network Analysis

Literature, Law and Social Sciences
English as a Global Language
Texts on the move
Digital Philology
Global Citizenship
Gender Studies
Law, Economy, Globalization

Statistics and Databases
Public History

Academic speaking and writing
Final Project

Main opportunities for students:

  • meeting visiting professors from relevant international academic institutions
  • applying for supplementary funding for Erasmus+ outgoing mobility
  • applying for scholarships and study awards
  • pursuing an internship programme with Italian and international partners

  Career opportunities

Beyond the employment possibilities in the academy, high school or cultural institutions, such as libraries, museums and archives, graduates are offered cognitive tools and concrete training opportunities to find a job in state and local government agencies, international organisations such as NGOs, cultural tourism and the heritage, digital and communications industries.

  Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Historical and Geographical studies or related subject such as Philology, Literature, Foreign Languages, Sociology, Anthropology, Global Studies, Social and Political sciences
  • Minimum GPA equivalent to Italian 95/110

  Language requirements

English language at a B2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or corresponding level (e.g. Academic IELTS or TOEFL/IBT) is required. A certificate stating they have demonstrated such ability may be presented if it is not more than 3 years old at the date of enrolment. If the candidate is an English mother tongue speaker or has attended their upper secondary school or a degree course taught in English, no language certification is necessary.


If you have an international entry qualification, please submit your application on according to the following timeline:

  • 1st Call for Applications - a.y. 2021/22: 2nd November 2020-2nd February 20201
  • 2nd Call for Applications - a.y. 2021/21: 2nd March-2nd May 2021 (NON-EU applicants residing outside Italy)/2nd June 2021 (EU applicants or equivalent)

If you have an Italian entry qualification, please submit your application on according to the instructions provided in the Call for applications which will be published in June 202i on the University’s website (Italian version)

Application fee

The payment of the application fee (€30) is a compulsory step to complete your application. The application fee is non-refundable. If you wish to apply for more than one programme, you need to pay the application fee for each programme you are applying for.

  Tuition fees

Information on 2020/21 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less be the same of 2019/20. Please check:

The total amount (euro 2507,00 for a.y. 2019/20) can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see Funding and fees - Key Documents.

  Scholarships and fee-waivers

The University of Padova offers different types of scholarships and fee-waivers to international students.

For detailed information: