Studying in Padova

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"Studying in Padova 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. The University of Padova has taught many generations of young people to respect different views, freedom of thought, opinion and research. The University’s historic motto – Universa Universis Patavina Libertas – is a declaration of love for humanity and for human thought, untainted by discrimination, prejudice or censure. Studying in Padova means becoming part of this historical tradition of learning, accepting its values of freedom and pledging to cultivate and to pass them on."

Giuseppe Zaccaria, University Rector
Flavio Rodeghiero, ESU Extraordinary Commissioner

The Italian University system

The Italian university system is organized in 3 cycles: the 1st cycle academic degree, that is Laurea, grants access to the 2nd cycle or Laurea Magistrale. The degrees awarded at the end of the 2nd cycle of studies allow access the 3rd cycle doctoral programmes leading to the final degree of Dottorato di Ricerca/PhD. Read more about the Italian higher education system.

The University of Padova

The University of Padova was founded in 1222 and represents one of the most ancient and prestigious Colleges in the world. It is especially known by its Motto, "Universa Universis Patavina Libertas". That means complete liberty for all and expresses the total freedom of thought that the University has always granted its teachers and students. Several scientistists, such as Galileo Galilei and Copernicus; doctors such as Andrea Vesalio and William Harvey, philosophers such as Pietro d'Abano, Baldo Degli Ubaldi and Michel de l'Hopital have made Padova one of the main centres for the development and evolution of European culture.

The University of Padova always ranked among the top Universities in national independent league tables. In the 2014 edition of the "University Guide" published by the Italian newspaper "La Repubblica" in collaboration with CENSIS, the University ranked first (joint with the University of Urbino) in Area 13 - Economical and Statistical Sciences. It furthermore ranked first in 9 areas out of 14 (among which Area 13) in the the first official ranking of Italian research production (VQR 2004-2010), carried out by ANVUR.

Programmes and courses

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