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Welcome to Università degli Studi di Padova

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The University of Padova dates back to 1222 when a group of law students migrated spontaneously from Bologna to Padova, forming a free association organised into groups which were called "nationes" according to their geographic origins. The motto "Universa Universis Patavina Libertas" - 'complete freedom for all at the University of Padova' - underlines the total freedom of thought that the university has always granted to its teachers and its students. This same freedom of thought attracted famous scientists to Padova, among them Gian Battista Da Monte and William Harvey in the field of medicine and Copernicus and Galileo Galilei in the field of astronomy. The latter worked in Padova from 1592 to 1610. The University of Padova has also welcomed the first woman in the world to obtain a degree, Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, who studied and graduated here in 1678.
The University has successfully maintained a long standing relation with the figures of its past, not only by valuing its museum and art heritage, but also by striving constantly to improve the quality of its teaching and research, promoting international exchange programmes, developing new teaching methods, establishing decentralised structures and organising initiatives aimed at achieving didactic excellence. 

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Courses Organization

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The italian university reform, started in 2001, has changed the traditional framework of Italian university qualification and now prospective undergraduates have a wider range of degree courses to choose from. The reform enables students to customize their own educational path according to their cultural and professional expectations.

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Educational Offer

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The University of Padova is today one of the most important Higher Education Institutions in Italy and it consists of 13 Faculties which offer 100 first-cycle degree courses, 80 second-cycle degree courses, 70 short-specialization degree courses, 65 specialization schools (mostly medical ones) and a school of excellence (Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori). Moreover, the research departments host over 76 different doctoral programmes, which are grouped in 35 doctoral schools and 4 doctorate courses.
Students facilities include the Accommodation Office, Student Restaurants, the University Language Centre, the SAOS Office – Assistance for visa and residence permits, 47 Libraries, the Disability Service, the Tutoring service, the University Sports Centre and the Erasmus Student Network.

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International students admission

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EU and non-EU citizens can equally enrol at the University of Padova, but enrolments follows different steps. Discover the application rules applied to foreign students.

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Studying in Padova

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The aim of the handbook is to offer detailed information about the opportunities to study, work, stay and spend leisure time which the University and the city of Padova are able to offer to future students but also to the enrolled ones and to the graduate students.

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Discovering Padova

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Surrounded by the Euganean Hills and crossed by several waterways, Padova is a city that blends historical tradition and culture with burgeoning business and service industries. Its central position makes it perfect for reaching Venezia and its beach resorts, the Dolomites, Lake Garda and the spa resorts of Abano and Montegrotto Terme. Studying in Padova means becoming part of the historical tradition of learning, accepting its values of freedom and pledging to cultivate and to pass them on; it means joining one of Europe’s most qualified learning and research communities, and living in a city that brims with culture, artistic beauty and hospitality.