The University of Padua was founded in 1222 and is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious universities.
Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Andrea Vesalio, William Harvey, Pietro d’Abano, and Carlo Goldoni are just some of the scientists, physicians, philosophers, jurists, and writers who have made Padua a landmark for the discovery and spread of European science and culture.
It was at Padua that Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia became the world’s first woman to be awarded a degree when she graduated in Philosophy in 1678.
The University of Padua, loyal to its motto Universa Universis Patavina Libertas, has always been a bastion of free thought, study, and research.
Today, Padua is a major multidisciplinary university whose lecturers, students, and staff account for almost one-third of the town’s population. Its 8 schools (Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Economics and Political Science, Engineering, Law, Human, and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage, Medicine, Psychology, and Science) and 32 departments ensure that it offers a broad and varied range of subjects that cover all fields of learning.
The University is also the scientific and cultural heart of Italy’s industrious north-east, providing highly specialized training for the area’s 7-million-plus residents and its 650,000-plus businesses, a role made possible by its extensive network of campuses located across the Veneto region.
10 reasons for studying in Padua
- A broad range of multidisciplinary courses - Padua offers a broad portfolio of programs; and interconnections among different
disciplines generate a vibrant and stimulating learning environment.
- Superior education -The University of Padua is a TOP 250 university in the world. It is also recognized 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.
- 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 recognized as the best university in Italy for research quality (ANVUR 2018).
- 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).
- 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.
- An international community - A large and vibrant international community of staff, students, and alumni support the development of the University’s missions at the 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 internationalized curricula and numerous study-abroad opportunities.
- 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’ tuition and/or living costs.
- A student-centered town - The University affords a unique learning environment and is intertwined with the town and its layout. Its research centers, Departments, and Schools are located across the town, and its students account for over 30% of the local population.
- 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.
- Strategic position - Efficient air, rail, and road transportation links with the main cities in Italy and abroad international cities.
The City of Padua
Situated in the heart of north-eastern Italy, and less than 40 km from Venice, Padua is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, with over 3,000 years of history.
This rich cultural heritage, appreciated every year by thousands of tourists, includes the Scrovegni Chapel with its frescoes painted by Giotto - UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Prato della Valle - one of the biggest squares in Europe, the thirteenth-century Palazzo della Ragione - the world’s largest hall without supporting columns, the world’s oldest university Botanical Garden - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a historical city center, with picturesque squares, palaces, and museums.
Padua offers an extended cycling path network, multiple bike sharing, and electric scooter options with special discounts for students.
Thanks also to its close ties with the University, Padua is a lively and dynamic city offering numerous events in the fields of art, music, theatre, cinema, and sport throughout the year.