The University of Padua
  • No. Students: 60000
  • Frgn. Students: 3000
  • No. Staff: 2000
  • Study mode: 174 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English, Italian
  • Phone:
  • +39 049 827 3131

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The University of Padua is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it is a multi-disciplinary university that aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. A qualification from the University of Padua is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, one that is recognised and coveted by both students and employers alike.

Courses at the University of Padua are constantly updated in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market. Its Healthcare degrees, for instance, cover a wide range of new courses such as Pediatric Nursing (Medical School), or Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Psychology). Engineering degree programmes are available in the fields of Civil, Architectural, Environmental, Industrial and Information Engineering.

University of Padua degrees also reflect today’s needs to safeguard both the environment with courses in Environmental Sciences and Technology (Agriculture Sciences), and consumers with Safety and Hygiene of Food Products (Veterinary Medicine). Research into pharmaceuticals is also covered with Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies (Pharmacy), as is research into hi-tech products with a course in Materials Science (Sciences). Great emphasis is also placed on Humanities, such as History and Conservation of Artistic and Cultural Heritage (Arts and Philosophy), and on teacher training with a course in Primary Education (Education).The University’s traditional courses for professionals in Law, Economics, and Business Management are run alongside courses that analyse complex social systems such as Sociological Sciences (Political Sciences) and Statistics, Population and Society (Statistical Sciences).

Furthermore, 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.

  • Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science

    Agripolis, Viale dell'Università, 16 - 35020 Legnaro (Padua)

  • Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment

    Agripolis, Viale dell'Università 16 - 35020 Legnaro (Padua)

  • Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health

    Agripolis, Viale dell'Università 16 - 35020 Legnaro (Padua)

  • Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry

    Agripolis, Viale dell'Università, 16 - 35020 Legnaro (Padua)

  • Department of Mathematics

    Via Trieste, 63 - 35121 Padua

  • Department of Economics and Management

    Via del Santo, 33 - 35123 Padua
    Via Ugo Bassi 1, 35131 Padua

  • Department of General Psychology

    Via Venezia, 8 - 35131 Padua

  • Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences

    Via Marzolo, 5 - 35131 Padua

  • Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

    Via Marzolo, 9 - 35131 Padua

  • Department of Information Engineering

    Via Gradenigo, 6/b - 35131 Padua

  • Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies

    Via del Santo, 28 - 35123 Padua

  • Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World

    Via del Vescovado, 6 - 35141 Padua

  • Department of Physics and Astronomy

    Via Marzolo, 8 - 35131 Padua

  • Department of Geosciences

    Via Gradenigo, 6 - 35131 Padua

  • Department of Medicine

    Via Giustiniani, 2 - 35128 Padua

  • Department of Biology

    via U. Bassi, 58/B - 35121 Padua

  • Department of Molecular Medicine

    Via Gabelli, 63 - 35121 Padua

  • School of Engineering

  • School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

  • School of Psychology

  • School of Medicine and Surgery

  • School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage

  • School of Science

  • School of Economics and Political Science

  • School of Law

  • School of Agriculture and Medicine

The University of Padua was established in 1222, after a group of students and teachers decided to come here from Bologna. They set up a free body of scholars, who were grouped according to their place of origin into nationes, in which students approved statutes, elected the rettore (rector, or chancellor) and chose their teachers, who were paid with money the students collected. Defending freedom of thought in study and teaching became a distinctive feature which today lives on in the University motto: Universa Universis Patavina Libertas.

The introduction of empirical and experimental methods together with the teaching of theory marked the dawn of a golden age. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Pauda became a workshop of ideas and the home to figures who changed the cultural and scientific history of humanity. They included Andrea Vesalio, who founded modern anatomy, as well as the astronomer Copernicus, and Galileo, who observed the skies here.

Padua also vaunts the world’s first university botanical garden and a permanent anatomical theatre, which was built by Girolamo Fabrici d’Acquapendente. William Harvey, who became famous for describing the circulation of the blood, studied in Pauda, and in 1678 Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia became the first woman in the world to be awarded a university degree.

The fall of the Serenissima Republic of Venice in 1797 marked the beginning of a dark age. Padua fell under the rule of first the French and then the Austrians, passing through Italy’s tumultuous Risorgimento, which also affected the University.

Between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the University expanded to include the faculties of Engineering, Pharmacy, and Political Sciences together with its traditional faculties of Law, Medicine, Arts and Philosophy, and Sciences.

The advent of Fascism curtailed the University’s values of free thought and cultural  independence. Its professors swore allegiance to the regime, after which the approval of  Italy’s racial laws and the expulsion of Jewish professors opened one of the darkest periods in the University’s history. Rector Concetto Marchesi shook the University from its slumber and, at the height of the German occupation made a courageous appeal to the students to fight for the freedom of Italy. For its sacrifices in the name of Liberation, the University of Pauda was awarded a gold medal for military valour, the only university to receive such an honour.

During the post-war period, the University opened faculties of Education, Agricultural Sciences, and Psychology and, in the 1990s, faculties of Veterinary Medicine, and Economics and Business Administration. In the 20th century, the University of Pauda produced great literary figures such as Diego Valeri and Concetto Marchesi; engineers of the stature of Giuseppe Colombo, the “master of celestial mechanics”; mathematicians such as Tullio Levi Civita; jurists Alfredo Rocco and Livio Paladin; philosophers Luigi Stefanini and Enrico Opocher; and doctors like Vincenzo Gallucci, who carried out the first heart transplant in Italy. The new millennium opened with some important new discoveries, particularly in medicine, biomedicine, engineering and aerospace technology.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

The University of Padova recognizes and facilitates students’ activities and their free associations, which contribute at improving their study performance and the quality of university life, especially by promoting student-led activities in the fields of culture and cultural exchanges, sports and leisure.

It helps the projects of proactive students come to life, by contributing to the financing of their best inititives. Two calls for proposal are published yearly: one for cultural and leisure time initiatives proposed by students, and the other for innovative projects.

Ideas can be submitted by individual or groups of students regularly enrolled in the University of Padova degree courses.

The CLA - Centro linguistico di Ateneo (University Language Centre) promotes, organises and offers Italian language courses for international students, researchers and professors.
All students are free to use the multimedia facilities and the language laboratory for self-learning; they can also have access to audiovisual and computerised resources.

CLA offers biannual courses (starting in October and in March) to all exchange and double degree students. The courses cover levels A1 to C2 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  1. A broad range of multidisciplinary courses - Padua offers a broad and comprehensive portfolio of programmes; interconnections among the different
    disciplines generate a vibrant and stimulating learning environment.
  2. Superior education -The University of Padua is a TOP 250 university in the world. It is also recognised as the best university in Italy for teaching quality (based on the 2018 evaluation of ANVUR, the Agency of the Italian Ministry of University and Research in charge of assessing university performance). It provides a solid academic background and excellent training, ensuring that graduates can brilliantly succeed in their professions.
  3. A leading international university for research - the University of Padua is one of the most cited universities in the world. Academic staff develop ground-breaking research tackling global challenges and supporting the advancement of knowledge, science and society. The University is recognised as the best university in Italy for research quality (ANVUR 2018).
  4. Service quality - 90% of students are highly satisfied with their academic career and student experience at the University of Padua (National Graduate Survey, Almalaurea 2019).
  5. One of Europe's oldest and most renowned universities - It was founded in 1222 by students and lecturers in a bid to spread freedom of thought within study and teaching. Since then, students, researchers and alumni have deeply contributed to the improvement of knowledge, science and society.
  6. An international community - A large and vibrant international community of staff, students and alumni support the development of the University’s missions at global level. The University participates in leading international networks, and its research and teaching projects involve lecturers
    from all over the world. Students can benefit from internationalised curricula and numerous study abroad opportunities.
  7. Financial incentives - Padua’s fees are extremely competitive when compared with those of other top-ranking universities. The University of Padua grants a large number of merit-based and income-based scholarships sponsoring international students’ tuitions and/or living costs.
  8. A student-centred town - The University affords a unique learning environment and is intertwined with the town and its layout. Its research centres, Departments and Schools are located across the town, and its students account for over 30% of the local population.
  9. A unique setting - Padua is a welcoming and charming city, ensuring one of the finest experiences of Italian arts, culture and lifestyle. It combines history, culture and art with thriving businesses in every sector.
  10. Strategic position - Efficient air, rail and road transportation links with the main cities in Italy and abroad international cities.
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