Studying in Padua

The University of Padova was founded in 1222 and is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

Padova offers a broad range of multidisciplinary courses. It ranks among Italy’s leading universities for teaching and research quality and provides students with a solid academic background and excellent training, ensuring that graduates can brilliantly succeed in their professions. Graduating from the University of Padova is the culmination of an ambitious goal and a highly prestigious achievement. 

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  The Italian Education System

The “3+2university reform has changed the traditional framework of Italian university qualifications and now prospective undergraduates have a wider range of degree courses to choose from. The reform enables students to personalise their own university career according to their cultural and professional expectations. This course organisation, according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), introduces the “credit” as the unit of measurement which defines the student workload, including time spent attending lectures, seminars, independent study, examinations, etc. One credit corresponds to 25 hours of study.

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  Welcome Days

The Welcome days are addressed to all incoming students taking part in a mobility programme (Erasmus+ for Studies, SEN Coimbra, Swiss European Mobility Programme, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, Bilateral Agreements, Double Degrees) and to all Degree-seeking international students.

Students are introduced to the University and the city of Padova and are provided with all the information needed to ensure a great and fruitful stay at Unipd.
The event takes place at the beginning of each semester and it starts with an introductory General Welcome Meeting, followed by guided tours and School/Department Welcome Meetings.

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  Learn Italian at Cla

The University of Padova offers many opportunities to gain a working knowledge of the Italian language or to build on existing skills.

The Cla -Centro Linguistico di Ateneo provides Italian language courses, multimedia-laboratory facilities, meetup groups and self-taught courses.

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  Living Costs

Living costs vary greatly depending on the type of accommodation, whether you are sharing accommodation with roommates, and your overall standard of living. The following are thus estimates only and average amounts.

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ESU provides accommodation for about 1600 students from outside Padova in its 14 halls of residence, which are located in the city centre or near to the University buildings. Four University guesthouses are also available for short-term stays.
Accommodation in halls of residence is governed by a competition.

Prices are calculated according to student merit, family means, and the on-site facilities.

University guesthouses are open from October to the end of July. The prices and quality of the rooms make them a competitive option for students, teachers and researchers in search of short-term accommodation. From the end of August to the end of September the Copernico hall of residence also offers a bed & breakfast service for students and families, which includes reading rooms and internet points.

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University Canteens (ESU canteens) are near to the city centre or to the main University buildings.
A wide choice of food is available including three first courses, four second courses, side dishes, drinks, desserts or coffee. A light meal or pizza can also be purchased using a University card that can be topped up at prepayment machines located in the canteens. The charges normally vary from 2,70 euro to 4,50 euro, depending on the student’s financial situation and merit. Additional discounts are available for students eligible for or awarded study grants and for people accompanying disabled students (only if eligible for or awarded study grants). The ESU also guarantees this service to students at the University’s satellite sites (Castelfranco Veneto, Conegliano, Feltre, Rovigo, Treviso, Portogruaro, Vicenza) thanks to agreements with local restaurants and other self-service caterers.

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  Visas and Immigration

International students in Padova need to go through a number of procedures that will differ according to their nationality (European or non-European); the length of their stay (more or less than 90 days); their student status (international mobility or study programmes, or standard enrolment on an entire course).
All students are subject to Italian law regulating residence permits for foreign nationals.

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  Sport and Leisure

The University of Padua offers many activities for leisure, wellness and fun.

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