University of Padova

The University of Padova 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.

Top reasons to study here

  • A qualification from the University of Padova is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective.
  • Furthermore, highly motivated University students may also apply for admission to the Galilean School of Higher Education.
  • Throughout the centuries many professors - scientists, jurists and literati - made Padova University a centre which irradiates culture all over Europe.

Bachelor's programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



The University of Padova 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.


Courses at the University of Padova 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.


The European Research Council (ERC) is an independent Scientific Council made up of scientists, engineers and scholars of the highest repute and expertise. The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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351 -50
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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296 42
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Library services

To develop co-ordinated library services, the University of Padova has set up aLibrary Centre, to oversee and promote the facilities and services offered by the several University of Padova libraries in the city. The Library Centre also focuses on the development of advanced services, such as:

  • On-line Public Automated Catalogue (OPAC)
  • On-line University databases
  • Electronic journals available on-line

ICT services

Padova, just like a growing number of other cities around the world, has opened up a series of free Wi-Fi hotspots in the most beautiful and publicly accessible parts of the city. Thanks to Padova Wi-Fi Net, anybody can have free internet access. You can navigate the web as if you were at home, and freely connect through your instant messaging,

Student Life

Sports facilities

People who do sports stay fit, and help their studies too: this is the main concern of the Padova University Sports Centre (CUS), the most extensive sports facility in the province, which offers many opportunities to take part in sports, competitive and amateur alike, at the two structures located in Via Giordano Bruno and Via Jacopo Corrado. The Centre is open to students, to all employees of the University and, under certain conditions, to ordinary members of the public as well.

Student clubs

The University of Padova Alumni Association, in concert with the University and inspired by the motto Universa Universis Patavina Libertas, 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.

Student Reviews

Local Development course in English (Italy)
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Last summer, after my bachelor, I was considering Padova and Bologna Universites, two of the most important universities in Italy. Then I chose to study in the University of Padua because I found this Local Development master programme in English (in Bologna it is in Italian instead). Now I am attending the first year of this master. We have some practical courses (Project...

best year of my life
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really liked the city I choose for my erasmus, the life and the people. The courses at the new university were really good and interesting, but the burocracy was something that need to be improved.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I am enjoying my experience at the university. I have the chance to meet new people with whom I can discuss topics I’m interested in. I can attend interesting courses and seminars. It is not easy but I think it’s worth it and I hope it will be useful for my future.

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