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Top reasons to study at University of Padua

1) A diverse portfolio of study programmes – a multidisciplinary university offering a cutting-edge portfolio of study programmes.

2) High-quality education – top-250 Times Higher Education university, top-160 QS Employability Ranking 2020, first in Italy for the quality of its teaching. A qualification from the University of Padua means the achievement of an ambitious objective and a recognised education.

3) World-leading research university – best Italian university for the quality of research results (ANVUR). Among the best European universities for the number of the top 10% most frequently cited publications.

4) Quality support services – 90% students satisfied with their academic career and their student life (AlmaLaurea).

5) One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe – established in 1222, the University has a glorious history and boasts among its scholars and professors Galileo Galilei and Elena L. Cornaro-Piscopia, the first ever woman to receive an academic degree from a university in 1678.

6) An international community – 2.100 international students welcomed in 2021 and a long tradition of international cooperation, participation in international networks of excellence as well as in research and education projects, welcoming students and scholars from all over the world.

7) Competitive tuition fees and scholarships – the University offers competitive tuition fees in comparison to other top-ranked European universities, plus a vast array of scholarships for students with an excellent study record.

8) A univer- city! – a unique learning environment in a university which is deeply connected to its city and urban pattern. University students represent 30% of the city population.

9) A city, unlike any otherPadua blends historical tradition, art and culture with flourishing business and service industries.

10) Strategic location – easy connections to main Italian and international cities allow you to travel for tourism or visiting home.

About University of Padua

Country Italy
Number of courses 56
Year founded 1222
Number of students 69500

It was a handful of students, almost eight centuries ago, who founded one of the first universities in Europe: 1222 marked the birth of the University of Padua, destined to welcome teachers such as Galileo Galilei and Andreas Vesalius, and students like Francesco Guicciardini and Carlo Goldoni.

Located in a strategic position in North East Italy, the University of Padua has a long tradition of international cooperation and participation in international networks of excellence, welcoming international students and scholars in a unique learning environment.

Traditionally a free-thinking and trail-blazing centre of education and research, Padua keeps faith with its historical motto: Universa universis patavina libertas, which means "Liberty of Padua, Universally and for All".

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Today, Padua is a research university offering a comprehensive range of constantly updated study programmes and it is ranked among the first universities for the quality of its education. It is one of the most important higher education institution in Italy with about sixty thousand students, more than 2,000 teaching staff and more than 2,300 administrative staff.

Courses at the University of Padua are constantly updated in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market.

The institution consists of 8 schools and 32 departments, offering mre than 120 Bachelor’s degrees, 139 Master’s degrees, 13 single-cycle degree programmes, 52 short-specialisation degree courses, 62 specialisation schools (mostly medical ones). For the academic year 2023/24 the University of Padua offers 7 Bachelor's degrees and 47 Master's degree (including the new single-cycle degree in Medicine and Surgery) completely held in English.

In addition, there are 1 university hospital, 1 veterinary hospital and 1 experimental farm.The research departments host 38 different doctoral programmes, many of which entirely held in English.

Highly motivated University students may also apply for admission to the Galilean School of Higher Education. After a demanding selection process, each year 30 students are chosen to attend the School’s high-level in-house courses and to use its special services. Up to 4 international students can be admitted following selection with public call for applications.

The University possesses an enormous wealth of freely available reading material including more than 2 million books kept in its 29 libraries and it has a museum tradition dating back to the 18th century, reflected in its 11 museums of various disciplines.

The University of Padua Alumni Association seeks to unite all UniPD graduates of whatever age, background, position and location within a community to which all may have freedom of access and equal consideration. In this way, former students — Alumni — can continue to be inspired in their professional and private lives by the fundamental values of the University, becoming standard bearers wherever they may be. Alumni include all graduates and diploma holders, PhDs and holders of Specialisation School diplomas of the University of Padua. Alumni can become members of the association free of charge.

The city of Padua

Situated in the heart of north-eastern Italy, and less than 40km from Venice, Padua is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, offering 3,000 years of history. Thanks also to his close ties with the University, Padua is a lively and dynamic city offering throughout the year numerous events in the fields of art, music, theatre, cinema and sport.

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Courses at University of Padua

There are 56 courses listed from University of Padua. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Student reviews of University of Padua

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  • from India
  • Master’s degree in Biotechnologies for food science

I was positive to join UniPD because it had a curriculum that did fit my subject. Furthermore, there is a history of UniPD that instantly depicts the strong foundation of education... and to me that university, where I would get that foundation would always be preferred. And looking back at those years, I can clearly see that it was the right choice.

The educational structure was somewhat to quite different from my home country.
1) There is an inclination towards comprehensiveness of the course; professors like to teach in depth which make you get immersed into the topic and fully understand it.
2) Exam period is especially interesting. You have so much time to focus and prepare (even though it never feels enough to any student.. haha). Also, there is a good direction by the professor if someone doesn't do well in the exam, so he/she can prepare better next time and retake the exam.
3) It has a strong research focus for the science-based courses and that makes it a good learning.

I enjoyed going to classes, and then walking around in the city, breathing the nature and refreshing in the company of my class-mates. There were phases of fun, study, extreme-fun and intense-study, which we managed to balance well somehow. The bestest part was having some professors who were like friends to us, which made study much more engaging.. and I for sure miss those professors. Can you imagine how good it was, that someone miss going to classes, and by the way, it is not only about UniPD, but there was also a lot because of the country, Italy, that made my time memorable.



  • from Brasil
  • Master’s degree in Forest Science

The master's programme in Forest Science balances equally between the theoretical and practical parts of the courses, which frequently involves field trips in the North region of Italy, where Padova is located. This is a privileged region to have a forest science course, since it is close to a variety of ecosystems, such as the mountains (Alps), plain area (Po river), and the coast (Venice) and where it is possible to see the interaction of people-nature and climate change aspects.

After the first year of the master experience, I got the chance to do a summer internship in FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), whose headquarter is in Rome. That was a dream coming true, since from the beginning of my career I used FAO’s reports as supporting material for my job and studies.

Padua has the charm of a small city but everything you need from a big city. The thing I appreciate the most is just walking around the city centre and admiring the architecture of the historical buildings and squares, with an occasional stop for a coffee or spritz! The fact that it is bike friendly was another big plus.

Padova is also logistically interesting, since you can easily reach many beautiful cities by train or bus, such as Venice (in just 30 minutes!), Verona, Vicenza, Treviso, or if you feel like going a little bit further (2 hours) you can get to Milano, or to the Alps (Belluno, Asiago), where you can find natural areas to hike or ski or just escape the hot summer days.

Coming to Padova not only changed my professional career, but deeply changed my personal life: Here I found friends that I know I can count on for the rest of my life, and I also found love! I met my boyfriend over a year ago in the University.



  • from Scotland
  • Master’s degree in Human Rights and Multilevel Governance

I would recommend the Unipd experience to anyone who wants to challenge themselves and be immersed in the Italian style of learning at university. At times it’s very intense but it’s also flexible and can suit anyone’s schedule, as I managed to work part time and even for 6 months, full time, on top of studying and volunteering. One thing I think is really important is making a real effort to learn Italian: it was very important for me to speak to local people and have the independence to go through bureaucratic procedures independently. In saying that, Padua is a very open-minded city with lots of people who speak English and a lot of international students! I sat my Italian exam and I was very happy that my efforts to immerse myself in the language have paid off, having never properly studied Italian before arriving in Padua!

An important part of my university experience came from joining the CUS Padova triathlon team. Having not come from a sporty background but however enjoying running and cycling, I decided to challenge myself to complete a triathlon. I didn’t realise I would find such a great team of people who encouraged me to keep going and after 6 months in the team I saw such great improvements in my fitness. I managed to participate in 4 races, even completing one in Scotland whilst visiting home! The training sessions helped to de-stress after long days of studying but it also required a lot of commitment and taught me how to balance my studies alongside preparation for the race season!

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Fees, Funding and Scholarships at University of Padua

The University of Padua, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) and other organisations offer various scholarships and fee-waiver opportunities to support students.

The University of Padua offers up to 54 "Padua International Excellence Scholarships" to highly talented prospective students wishing to pursue an English-taught degree at Padua.

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Services Offered for International Students

  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • International student clubs and associations
  • Social Activities
  • Sporting facilities
  • Temporary accommodation on arrival

Accommodation Information for Students

  • Private accommodation: either with the support of Housing Office or through the HousingAnywhere platform, the majority of students find a room in a shared flat with other students.
  • Private colleges: The University of Padua signed multiple agreements with some private colleges to reserve some places for international students. Each college applies different prices, conditions and services.
  • ESU halls of residence: ESU provides accommodation for about 1300 students from outside Padua in its 10 halls of residence, situated either in the city centre or near university buildings. Four university guesthouses are also available for short term stays.

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Study Abroad Information

Internationally oriented and open to the world ever since its beginnings, today the University of Padua promotes collaboration and exchange with universities throughout the world, aiming at enhancing scientific progress and perfecting and sharing good practices in the field of education and teaching.

The Projects and Mobility Office is responsible for planning, managing and coordinating the international relations programmes of the University of Padua, for promoting, disseminating and running its international academic cooperation initiatives, and for setting up and coordinating the university internationalisation and cooperation programmes.

  • More than 2500 Erasmus students every year
  • 25 joint and double degrees
  • More than 300 agreements with other Universities worldwide
  • Various internship opportunities abroad
  • over 600 course units held in English

Facts about University of Padua

  • Year institution founded: 1222
  • Total enrolled: 69500
  • Number of Full-time students: 69000
  • Number of academic staff: 2303
  • Number of Professors: 2140

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