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University of Padova

University of Padova

University of Padova


The University of Padua

The University of Padua is a world-leading research-intensive university that has been driving global change since its foundation in 1222. Loyal to its motto Universa Universis Patavina Libertas (Paduan freedom is universal for everyone), it has always been a bastion of free thought, study and research. During eight centuries, students, researchers and alumni have provided key contributions to the advancement of knowledge, science and society: Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei are among the fathers of modern science, Andreas Vesalius and William Harvey founded modern Medicine and Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia became the w’rld’s first woman to graduate in 1678.

The University of Padua is today a multidisciplinary institution with 8 Schools and 32 Departments offering a broad and comprehensive portfolio of programmes, ranging from Engineering to Business and Political Sciences, from Medicine to Humanities, from Psychology to Agriculture, from Law to Science.

The 4 Departments of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine are located in the Agripolis campus, less than 10km far from downtown Padua. Other research and teaching facilities are situated in various towns of the Veneto region, such as Vicenza, Treviso, Rovigo, Chioggia-Venice etc. Students benefit from world-class educational institution and enjoy an exciting student life in Padua, where they build long-lasting relationships and grow personally, academically and professionally.

Graduates are global citizens that succeed in all professional fields and bring their expertise and dedication to excellence into the world. A degree from the University of Padua is recognised as a prestigious achievement in the labour market worldwide. The University is also the scientific and cultural heart of Italy’s industrious North-East, providing highly specialised training for ’he area’s 5-million-plus residents and its 400,000 plus companies, a role made possible by its extensive network of campuses located across the Veneto region.

Campus Features


    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 program of study (i.e. less than 12 years), 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. or
    • have obtained a post-secondary qualification in a non-university higher education institution, certifying the additional one or two years of education. or
    • have completed one or two-year preparatory courses (Foundation courses) to compensate for the missing years of schooling.

    Foundation courses can also be used to fill other additional requirements necessary to access the programs, but they cannot replace the absence of an upper secondary school diploma.
    The preschool year can be counted in the 12 years of schooling if it is officially recognized as an integral part of the school curriculum at the national level, provided that attendance is compulsory and includes teaching the language of the country (reading and writing) and the first elements of arithmetic.

    If in the country where you achieved your qualification an entrance exam is set for admission to the University (e.g.: selectivity 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.

    As an alternative to this certification, you must:

    • have attended an additional one (in case of 12 years of schooling) or two (in case of 11 years of schooling) years of academic studies in another country and/or different foreign system and passed all the scheduled exams. or
    • have obtained an official Italian or foreign post-secondary qualification in a non-university higher education institution with a minimum duration of one or two years. or
    • have completed Foundation courses held at an Italian University.

    These additional certificates only allow enrolment to the first year and cannot be further evaluated for shortening your degree program

    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 obtained from a higher education institution accredited according to the national educational accreditation system of the country where it is located.

    Should your study title be issued by two or more universities (e.g. the awarding and the teaching institutions are not the same and pertain to different national education systems), each institution must be accredited according to the national educational accreditation system of the country where it is located.

    Scholarships and Funding

    The University of Padua and other public or private institutions allocate a series of fee waivers and scholarships to support students. Among others, the Padua International Excellence Scholarship is the perfect opportunity reserved for highly talented prospective international students wishing to pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completely held in English.

    Awards for specific categories (e.g. students with special sports or academic achievements) are available as well.

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    Program Admission Requirements

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