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The project gives engineering students the opportunity to attend a prestigious second-cycle degree programme (Master's degree) at one of the consortium's universities abroad.

The project consists of integrated learning paths lasting at least five semesters (minimum three at the receiving university abroad and minimum one in Padua) and provides you with 60 ECTS credits to be added to the standard number required for a Master's degree: you are therefore required to extend the overall duration of your studies by at least one semester.

Upon successful completion of the study programme, you are awarded a double degree by the University of Padua and the University abroad and counted among TIME graduates.

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  How it works

During the second-cycle degree programme (Master's degree), TIME students must gain 180 ECTS credits overall, of which at least 60 ECTS credits at the University of Padua and at least 90 ECTS credits at the receiving institution. The exact number of credits to be gained within such range in each institution is laid down in the bilateral agreement in place with the partner university.

The learning path may be customised according to your level, the chosen receiving institution, and the criteria provided for in the call for applications for TIME.

The first option is open to graduates or students about to graduate in a Bachelor's degree programme. If shortlisted, you will have the chance to attend a two-year degree programme (at Master's degree level) at one of the partner institutions (approximately 120 ECTS credits). Back in Padua, you will need to have the curriculum carried out abroad recognised by the Degree programme Board and integrated accordingly, by extending your studies by one year maximum (=60 ECTS credits). At the end of the study programme, your are awarded two degrees, the Italian Master's degree and the equivalent non-Italian qualification.

The second option is reserved for students already enrolled in the first year of a Master's degree programme. If shortlisted, you will have the chance to spend a further two-year study period at one of the partner institutions to complete the Master's degree programme.

Back in Padua, you will have already gained 180 ECTS credits and will be awarded the Master’s degree and the equivalent non-Italian qualification.

The French Grandes Écoles are the only exception to this scheme. First of all, you can access the Écoles after attending two years of a Bachelor’s degree programme in Padua. Second of all, the Écoles offer three-year programmes: the first two years, called Common Core, are general studies-centred, as they include core subjects such as Physics and Mathematics, while the third year focuses on specialised studies and is called spécialisation. If you want to take part in the project at one of the partner Écoles, you must pass all the examinations of the second year of your Bachelor's degree programme before you can attend two years of Common Core at the institution abroad. The examinations sat in France will be recognised mainly for the Bachelor's degree programme and, in some cases, for the Master's degree programme. Back in Padua, you must gain the Bachelor's degree first and then attend the chosen Master's degree programme (either two years or just part of it). Upon completion, you will be awarded both the Master’s degree and the equivalent non-Italian qualification, having gained 360 ECTS credits overall from the first and second study cycle.

Extending the study period by at least one semester and obtaining 60 ECTS credits in addition to the standard number of credits required for the Master's degree are added value to the training path of engineers, resulting in the award of two separate but similar qualifications. As a matter of facts, the two-year study period abroad does not need to correspond to the Master's degree programme you are enrolled on at the University of Padua; it just needs to be subject-related. For instance: if you enrolled (or are going to) on a Master's degree programme in Mechanical engineering, you can attend a two-year study period in Engineering and management abroad, and, upon completion of the study programme, you will be awarded two complementary qualifications: the Master's degree in Mechanical engineering and the degree in Engineering and management issued by the institution abroad.

  How to choose the receiving institution

The educational offer of the receiving institution is quite binding when choosing the university abroad, as not all the institutions offer second-cycle degree programmes in all fields of engineering. You should therefore choose an institution that offers degree programmes that are complementary to yours.

Currently, the University of Padua has specific agreements for the T.I.M.E. Project with the following partners:

  • Technical University of Denmark- DTU
  • École Centrale de Paris
  • École Centrale de Lille
  • École Centrale de Nantes
  • École Centrale de Lyon
  • École Centrale de Marseille
  • Instituto Superior Técnico - IST

  How to fill out the study plan

You should add all the activities you are going to carry out during the two-year period abroad to your study plan and have it approved by your Degree Programme Board (CCS) before your departure.

  Financial support

During the first year at the institution abroad under the TIME Project, you will be considered as an Erasmus student, if you were not already granted such status in the past. As such, you will receive the mobility grant along with the additional funding, set forth by regional and University regulations, for the actual number of months spent abroad up to a maximum of 10 monthly payments per year.

If you are not granted the Erasmus student status, you will receive total funding according to the amount set each year and funding availability.

Further information on LLP Erasmus Programme.

For the second year of study at the receiving university, according to the funding provided by organisations external to the University of Padua, the grant amount may be up to € 550.00 per month, for the actual number of months spent abroad up to a maximum of 10 monthly payments. You will only receive the grant once funding has been made available by external organisations.

  TIME Project student mobility coordinators by Degree Programme Board

  • Aerospace Engineering: Daniele Pavarin
  • Environmental Engineering: Paolo Salandin
  • Control Systems Engineering: Mauro Bisiacco
  • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering: Alfredo Ruggeri
  • Chemical and Materials Engineering: Elisa Cimetta
  • Civil Engineering: Valentina Salomoni
  • Building Engineering: Carlo Pellegrino
  • Electrical Energy Engineering: Nicola Bianchi
  • Electronic Engineering: Andrea Gerosa
  • Energy Engineering: Giorgio Pavesi
  • Engineering and Management: Enrico Scarso
  • Computer Engineering: Maristella Agosti
  • Information Engineering: Carlo Ferrari
  • Materials Engineering: Massimo Guglielmi
  • Mechanical Engineering: Enrico Savio
  • Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering: Franco Bonollo
  • Product Innovation Engineering: Fabio Sgarbossa
  • Mechatronic Engineering: Roberto Oboe
  • ICT for Internet and Multimedia: Michele Rossi