University of Padua

Padua  Italy

The University of Padua is a world-leading research-intensive university that has been driving global change since its foundation in 1222. As a multi-disciplinary institution, it provides students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. A qualification from Unipd is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, recognised and coveted by students and employers alike.

Why study at the University of Padua?

World-leading comprehensive university with a cutting-edge portfolio of study programmes.

Competitive tuition fees in comparison to other top-ranked European universities, plus a vast array of scholarships for students with an excellent study record.

A "univer-city": a unique learning environment in a university which is deeply intertwined with the city and its layout.


postgraduate students




ranked in QS Ranking 2024

Padua  Italy

main campus

Agriculture (1) Biological Sciences (4) Environmental Sciences (13) Economics (10) Business & Management (5) Finance (14) Computer Science (8) Law (22) Communication & Media Studies (7) Politics & Government (30) Sociology (33) Engineering (12) Physics (29) Creative Arts & Design (9) Mathematics (25) Geography (17) Chemistry (6) Information Services (20) History & Archaeology (19) Geology (18) Forensic & Archaeological Sciences (16) Psychology (31) Languages, Literature & Culture (21) Linguistics & Classics (23) Food Sciences (15) Medicine (26) Social Work (32) Veterinary Sciences (35) Materials Science (24)

About the University of Padua

Becoming a student of the University of Padova means joining a large and vibrant international community, which accounts for over 30% of the local population. The University offers a unique learning environment and is intertwined with the town and its layout. Well connected to the main destinations in Italy and abroad, Padova is a welcoming and charming city, ensuring one of the finest experiences of Italian arts, culture and lifestyle through a combination of history, culture, art and thriving businesses.

The University of Padova constantly updates its academic offer in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market and reflect today’s needs to safeguard both the environment and the people, with a strong focus on sustainability.

Students at Unipd are surrounded by a safe and inclusive culture: the University of Padova defends the right to education through diversified resources and support schemes, to enhance the diversity and strengths of each person and encourage university career choice as an investment in their future. Tutoring, psychological assistance, canteens, libraries and many more services accompany students through their journey to graduation and beyond.

Furthermore, highly motivated University students may also apply for admission to the Galilean School of Higher Education. After a demanding selection process, each year 30 students are chosen to attend the School’s high-level in-house courses and to use its special services.

If students have not been selected for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, they may apply for an Erasmus+ Mobility Grant to supplement the mobility periods at one or more of the GloFor partner universities.

The contribution lasts from 10 to 12 months and the monthly rate depends on the destination of the chosen mobility track and on the total amount of Erasmus+ funding allocated.

You must apply to the University of Copenhagen during the first semester of your studies for an Erasmus+ Mobility Grant. The grant will expectedly amount to 450-500 € per month.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€ 450-500 per month

A student’s Erasmus Mundus scholarship amounts to a maximum of € 1400 per month for up to 24 months.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€ 1.400 per month

Padova has the charm of a small city but everything you need from a big city. The thing I appreciate the most is just walking around the city centre and admiring the architecture of the historical buildings and squares, with an occasional stop for a coffee or spritz!

The positive cultural aspects of being in an Italian city, such as language, food, art, people, plus its peculiarities, such as the Sant’Antonio church, Scrovegni chapel, Caffè Pedrocchi, Prato della Valle, and of course the 800 years of history of UNIPD all add up to the charm of this place. The fact that it is bike friendly was another big plus! Speaking of bikes, Padova is also logistically interesting, since you can easily reach many beautiful cities by train or bus, such as Venice (in just 30 minutes!), Verona, Vicenza, Treviso, or if you feel like going a little bit further (2 hours) you can get to Milano, or to the Alps (Belluno, Asiago), where you can find natural areas to hike or ski or just escape the hot summer days.
One particularly nice experience I had was a day trip when I went to the Colli Euganei by bike and had a picnic in a historical villa (there is a bike path all the way from Padova to the hills), or when I went to Austria (Vienna) by bus and spent the weekend there.

Coming to Padova not only changed my professional career, but deeply changed my personal life: Here I found friends that I know I can count on for the rest of my life, and I also found love! I met my boyfriend over a year ago in the University.

I'm Irina, 24 years old, and I used to work as a dentist in Moscow. Almost everyone in my family is in the medical field, so it was a predetermined path for me. I truly enjoyed studying medicine, but the demanding nature of the profession and the lack of flexibility made me reconsider. Besides, I have always had a passion for learning and dreamt of obtaining a prestigious education at a renowned European university. That's how I applied and won the Padua Excellence Scholarship at UNIPD. How did I manage to do it? A love for learning and a thirst to explore the world have always been my driving forces. Additionally, I have a fondness for languages. I have a proficiency level in English, and I can speak some Italian and German, besides my native Russian.

I have traveled extensively and always dreamt of studying in English. This led me to enroll in the Food and Health master's program at UNIPD and later win the Mobility Window program in Australia at Monash University. Studying at these two institutions undeniably transformed my life. I wholeheartedly recommend this experience to all students because it allows you to discover your potential, step out of your comfort zone, broaden your horizons, and become a stronger and more adaptable individual. These qualities are the keys to success in life.

Beyond my academic pursuits, I am passionate about personal growth, mindset and coaching. I am also a blogger with a significant international following on Instagram (@irinkaperelinka). Traveling is another of my hobbies, and I've already visited and lived in 25 countries worldwide. Music holds a special place in my heart; I graduated from a music school with honors, I play the piano, and I sing. Furthermore, I have a sports background as a former aesthetic and rhythmic gymnast. I hold numerous medals from international competitions and even a silver medal from the World Junior Championships as a member of the Russian national aesthetic gymnastics team.

Hi! My name is Sambit, a dual-masters graduate student! Double master’s degree is a graduate program between University of Padova, Italy and University of Georgia, USA. I spent the first year of my graduate program in Italy and now I am doing my research in the U.S. for my thesis.
My campus is in Legnaro (Agripollis). I loved the library, the modern classrooms, and the laboratories. What I learned from my master’s is life is study hard, smart but also have fun, visit places, trave as much as you can.
Some more tips:
1. Do not forget to check the many pizzerias in the city centre, many offer student discounts and have happy hour.
2. Make new memories at Giardini Park.
3. DO NOT forget to get your ESN card. It will help you to get a lot of discounts and cheap flights with airlines.
4. Travel as much as you can. Your perspective towards world will change.
5. Hikers, right outside the city of Monselice there is a hiking trail.

Dual degree gives me an opportunity to study at two different world reputed universities in two different continents at the same time, thus letting me explore a lot of new places. Thanks to the Dual degree programme I have seen Venice, Milan at night. I also been able to see the U.S. Capitol Building during Christmas and celebrated my New Year’s Eve at Times Square, New York. I have met new people, some became friends.
Apart from parties, I have also been exposed to a plethora of scientific knowledge through research, conferences, and hands-on training.

Padova has been like a second home to me. It has seen me grow, mature, and learn to look at the world from a different perspective. Staying in the US is cool but I do miss my late night (3am) walks around Centro and Prato Della Valle.

When I first got accepted at UNIPD, I intended to focus on the Food Science part of the curriculum, however during the first year, I changed my track and focused on Food Tourism. During my studies I interned at the World Food Travel Association (WFTA), I participated twice in Arqus activities, in Padova and in Granada, Spain (focused on Rural Development within the European context) and took part in the JLU Virtual International Programme organized by the University of Giessen.
Currently, I'm developing a project to study the impact of women in my hometown's mezcal industry and their motivations to create a touristic route.

I started my studies in October 2020, during Covid restrictions but I was so lucky to have two great housemates. One of them was my classmates and fellow Latina, so I felt at home speaking Spanish, cooking a lot and watching Italian television. Now I enjoy going downtown and getting lost in the small streets and drinking a spritz Bianco or a glass of Prosecco with my friends.

I think any Italian Food and Wines student ends up loving Prosecco and Asiago. It seems to be a requirement for graduation. One of the first Venetian dishes I tried was "Risi e Bisi," literally rice and peas. We discussed it during a Food and Wine History, Anthropology and Society class: it was a royal dish, there was a tradition in Venice to offer it to the Doge on the occasion of the city's patron day, St. Mark, on April 25th. But I must confess that I have a sweet tooth, so the gelato, fritelle di Carnevale or any brioche, especially al Pistacchio, are close to my heart. Also, coffee culture is impressive: now that I'm back home, I miss a good macchiato!

At the beginning being an international students be challenging, so my advice is to "find your people": reach to your classmates first so you don't feel alone. Besides, you would need to work in teams, so it is better to do it with someone you know and trust. I was fortunate to have a lovely group of friends to rely on during my time in Padova.
I also tried to participate in any extracurricular activity that we were offered. That way, I could expand my interest and meet students from other departments, which was a valuable experience.

When I was looking for a university abroad, my primary focus was a university that has a strong ground in the field of study I was interested in. I was positive to join UniPD because it had a curriculum that did fit my subject. Furthermore, there is a history of UniPD that instantly depicts the strong foundation of education... and to me that university, where I would get that foundation would always be preferred. And looking back at those years, I can clearly see that it was the right choice.

I enjoyed going to classes, and then walking around in the city, breathing the nature and refreshing in the company of my class-mates. There were phases of fun, study, extreme-fun and intense-study, which we managed to balance well somehow. The bestest part was having some professors who were like friends to us, which made study much more engaging.. and I for sure miss those professors. Can you imagine how good it was, that someone miss going to classes ...and by the way, it is not only about UniPD, but there was also a lot because of the country, Italy, that made my time memorable.

From the beginning, I had an amazing experience at Unipd: I participated in real political life through elections for student representation and I won two positions as representative of my Master's degree and representative of African students in the international student council (2020-2022). Academically, I represented my department in summer school between Padova, Sao Paolo, and Leiden Universities about democracy and technology in our modern politics, while I also took part in the spring school organized with Humboldt zu Berlin University and other universities about terrorism and security politics. I also did an amazing Erasmus program at Tubingen University where I studied political philosophy. During my studies, I also worked as a Tutor for international students in the political science department.
In the end, I would say Padova University changed my whole future because before coming here I wanted just to study political science but after I met my supervisor, I became more involved into political philosophy.

The most interesting aspect about the Master is the variety of courses on European institutions and policies. What attracted me the most however is the Decolonial Studies course which led me to figure out my future career in the field of political philosophy with my supervisor. I recommend this program,e to students who want to know and specialize in European and security studies.

To potential students interested in applying, I would recommend, first off, to look and read the courses in detail from the website to see if they are a good fit for their dreams and skills. In the meantime, being a student in the political science field you must participate in extracurricular activities such as conferences, summer schools, and events. Mosat importantly you should have a reading routine outside of your normal courses and classes that improves your analytical skills and open your mind to many topics and ideas.

The city became my second home with many friends, experiences, and memories. I cannot forget my time in Padova as it mixes the Italian flavour and the international environment with students and friends from all over the world. If I look back to see myself in 2020, I think I was a different person and the reason why I become better and more confident was because my experience here in Padova.

During the 2 years of the master's programme, Padua has become my home away from home.

Coming from studying translation, I was thrown into the deep end in a political sciences degree but found that I had the correct support and materials to be able to catch up. Political science degrees also attract people from many different backgrounds, making it interesting to discuss different matters that arise in the classroom.
There are so many great opportunities both curricular and extra-curricular, that allow for students to have more than just the experience of going to classes. I decided to use my time at UNIPD to make the most of experiences that aren't so easy to have in the world of work. I also took part in two live anti-trafficking simulation trainings as a student actor and participated in the 2021 Padua model UPR, representing the UK. Whilst writing my thesis, I completed an internship at UNODC in Vienna as part of the Erasmus internship programme.

I would recommend the experience to anyone who wants to challenge themselves and be immersed in the Italian style of learning at university. At times it’s very intense but it’s also flexible and can suit anyone’s schedule, as I managed to work part time and even for 6 months, full time, on top of studying and volunteering. One thing I think is really important is making a real effort to learn Italian, which can be very easily done by attending the University Linguistic Centre’s language courses. It was very important for me to speak to local people and have the independence to go through bureaucratic procedures independently. In saying that, Padua is a very open-minded city with lots of people who speak English and a lot of international students!

An important part came from joining the University triathlon team. Having not come from a sporty background but however enjoying running and cycling, I decided to challenge myself to complete a triathlon. I didn’t realise I would find such a great team of people who encouraged me to keep going and after 6 months in the team I saw such great improvements in my fitness. The training sessions helped to de-stress after long days of studying but it also required a lot of commitment and taught me how to balance my studies alongside preparation for the race season!

I am passionate about science since I was young: I would create small ‘robotic’ prototypes with Arduino, trying to find a logical reasoning behind every result I would get. In my teen years, as many other teenagers, I would play a lot of PC games: I remember admiring the work of the creators, and perceiving them as heroes. Game developers bring joy to people, and I wanted to do the same when growing up.

I decided to study in Padua because I wanted to do my master degree abroad, and while doing my research, I read the best opinions about University and the city. I say with great pride that Galileo Galilei has been a professor here. That ‘sealed the deal’ for me, and I applied without any hesitancy.

I chose the Cybersystems curriculum, specifically the Digital Arts path, which gave me the opportunity to improve my mathematics and physics knowledge, as well as my coding and 3D modelling skills. There is no limit in what you can learn, because the study plan is flexible, and you can personalize it: we all are different students, with different future aspirations, therefore, our course interests differ. I am not forced to study courses that are less relevant to my desires. That has made my journey here even smoother.

Professors treat us as colleagues, cooperating with us, and giving us constant advice. I would highly suggest University of Padova, especially if you are looking for a diverse student life, with a perfect balance of studying and entertainment.

I was surprised for good, how student-friendly the Italian environment is. Student life in Padua is very diverse. There are a lot of events, some of them organized by university, and some others by the students themselves. Wednesday night is the night when almost every student goes out. I usually go to Portello, which is near my department. Sometimes we take a guitar and start singing and dancing. And sometimes, other students join, creating a really warm atmosphere. I also enjoy going to Venice, it is only 30 minutes away by train, therefore it is the perfect destination for the weekend.

Rule number 1 in Italy: Never say to an Italian that Carbonara is made of panna, because you will become their enemy. I learned it the hard way.

Hello, this is Lennin Cardozo I am from Peru, country that is well-known for its Macchu Pichu wonder. I studied my bachelor in Electronics engineering in Peru and now I am studying my Master's degree in ICT for Internet and Multimedia, in the Cybersystems study track.

Since I was a kid, I have been in love for technology, I remembered that I used to disassemble toys to see what was happening and how they worked... I must admit it was a problem because I could not assemble them back again, so I was a kid without toys and neither friends! My passion for IT has not changed till now, I love technology specially topics regarding cybersecurity and AI, for this reason I choose the master in ICT in UNIPD, because it has an unique excellent combination of those topics.

Furthermore, the support that I received from the university made me feel sure about my choice: I was supported from an Buddy tutor selected for UNIPD that helped a lot during my settling in Italy, and this pushed me during my second year to become a Buddy tutor myself as I aimed to help new arrivals of international students. Also there are many opportunities regarding scholarships and economic support in the university, the region and the country.

UNIPD has further helped a lot during the process of looking for an internship through organizing job fairs and managing the procedures needed for the region.

I totally recommend the experience of studying and living in Padua, this has allowed me to grow a lot and open my horizons, the great things I will take from studying here are knowledges, worldwide friends and the experience of the Italian dolce vita.

I knew about Padova University while I was studying Electronics engineering in Venezuela, some students who had worked with me in the laboratory where I was teaching assistant had gone to Padova to study in the field of nuclear physics. That was the only reference I had from the university. Some years later I was looking for a master degree in control systems and Padova appeared again, this time in the area I was looking for. I did not doubt about applying. It was not possible for me to study abroad without a scholarship, then two opportunities came to me, it was written I should come to Padova.

The Department of Information Engineering offers really interesting courses, given by passionate teachers, what should I expect? They are Italians. The Master degree I chose already existed but in Italian and the year I enrolled was the first one thought in English, then there were far more Italians than international students. This was a great opportunity to be involved effectively within the Italian culture, language and way of life.

As a Galileian student I had the chance live in the same students residence with all the rest of students, which was actually fun. We used to have lunch and dinner together, during the weekends it was nice to share some meals, specially those days when missing home so bad. The study rooms were a scape valve when we were having lectures from our rooms because the covid was around, we were distanced apart but at least sharing the same space.

The very first thing I would say to someone thinking about studying abroad is, enjoy the trip and above all be flexible. Things might not be as expected, they might be better than you think!

My passion lies in promoting sustainable development through clean and affordable energy access. My professional goal is to be a designer and technical consultant for renewable energy systems, and work on electrification programs in rural areas.
I volunteer as technical support with LEDS for Africa, a student-led project that promotes sustainable access to renewable energy in developing countries. We are currently conducting a solar energy rural electrification project in Ponte Cabral, Guinea Bissau.

This specialized programme has provided me with an in-depth understanding of the technical and practical aspects of energy production, transmission, and utilization. I have learned about the fundamental principles of energy production and the physics of nuclear reactors, as well as the latest technologies and techniques used in the field. Additionally, I have gained knowledge about the safety and environmental issues associated with energy production.

I highly recommend Padua University to anyone interested in pursuing a career in fields related to energy, sustainability and technology. The cultural exposure, diversity, and experience provided by Padua University are priceless, making it an excellent choice for any student.
One of the most significant benefits of this Master is the vast potential for career advancement: the programme offers an exceptional hands-on experience and prioritizes academia-industry relationships. I have had the privilege of conducting various lab experiments and engaging with multiple technical and engineering companies in the Padua vicinity. This exposure has been instrumental in enabling me to make informed decisions about my specialization areas, thesis topic, and overall career goals.

I am also enamored of Padova thanks to its rich history and vibrant culture. Tracing back to ancient Roman times, the city is today home to several impressive historical and cultural landmarks: the renowned Scrovegni Chapel, the Basilica di Sant'Antonio, and the Palazzo della Ragione. As someone studying at the University of Padova, the fact that Galileo Galilei once taught here is a significant source of inspiration for me. The city has excellent transport connections and a well-organized transport system, which has made my travel experiences all the more enjoyable.

Padova exudes an energetic and vibrant atmosphere, thanks to its large student population. The youthful ambiance is further accentuated by the

My name is Santa, and I am currently working toward an MSC in Water and Geological Risk Engineering. I have always been striving for high quality education which is what motivated me to choose the University of Padua: I particularly admire its dedication to academic excellence and the plethora of resources and opportunities it offers.And I made the right choice! I was recently presented with the chance to attend an international summer school on climate change in the coastal zone. I have also been given reliable tools and a theoretical foundation from outstanding professors, which has sparked a profound appreciation for the nuances and a sense of amazement in the transformative power of education. In addition, Padova’s extraordinarily rich historical, cultural, and artistic heritage, as well as its fantastic location, allowed me to fully indulge in my passions, including travelling and photography.

Speaking of education, the University of Padua is one of Europe’s oldest and most renowned universities. The practicality and relevancy of the offered curriculum continue to astound me; it is so carefully planned and balanced. Additionally, they give you the option to tailor the curriculum to suit your preferences and objectives. Despite the difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the institution was able to assist new students with remote context in their integration and ensure that everyone had the opportunity to connect, receive a top-notch education, and form new friendships. Moreover, I am always inspired by people’s enthusiasm for research, engineering, and taking action. It’s a thrilling experience to explore all the amazing opportunities on campus every day. The academic-staff is outstandingly collaborative.  I would not be the student I am today if it weren’t for their ongoing support. I am so grateful that my time at the University of Padua has led me on a journey that I never would have imagined.

I'm currently a master's student at the University of Padua. I obtained my bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering at Muhammadiyah University Surakarta in Indonesia. This academic career not only enriched my knowledge but also exposed me to a variety of cultures, as I studied in both Asia and Europe.

One of the outstanding aspects of my academic career was my ability to obtain scholarships, which enabled me to study without financial constraints. I've had the honor of receiving scholarships such as the Turkish government scholarship, the Indonesian scholarship, the SIIt scholarship, the Brunei government scholarship, the Central European University scholarship in Vienna, and the Italian government scholarship.

The University of Padua offers not only an exceptional academic environment but also a series of remarkable opportunities. For example, I was privileged to be admitted to the Tsinghua Summer University in China, even though I attended virtually. In addition, Another memorable experience was a summer course in Australia. I can testify to the tremendous efforts made by the university to provide us with such valuable experiences.
Community involvement and networking are an important part of my life. I have actively participated as a delegate and speaker at various conferences in countries such as Morocco, Spain, the Netherlands, and virtual platforms. My strengths are networking, leadership, problem-solving, and effective management and planning. I like to keep busy and engaged, which is why I volunteer with the "Easy Sustainability" organization, which focuses on environmental projects not only in Italy but globally.

One of my main interests and goals in life is to inspire people by sharing my journey as a scholarship holder. I firmly believe that financial limitations should never stand in the way of a better future.

I am from a small town Tekeli which is located in the southeast of Kazakhstan. Since childhood I was very interested in studying and the learning process. I even went to school and finished a year earlier than my peers. I always had a dream to study and get a quality education abroad. During my undergraduate studies, I studied English assiduously and looked for various options for studying abroad. After careful analysis and preparation, I applied and enrolled at the University of Padua.

The first thing I liked was the comprehensive and varied programme structure: politics, economics and geography as well. Since the specialty of Local Development is very specific itself, we studied it from different angles and gained knowledge from different fields including subjects as Circular Economy, Space, Place and Mobility, Social dynamics and so on.
I also truly liked the teaching staff: they taught us with different methods, and we received both theoretical and practical knowledge. For example we had in one class we created projects using the methodology used by many international organisations, while in other courses we considered some topics from a scientific point of view and wrote a scientific article. We also analysed various cases and problems in the classroom.

The programme also offers various internship and exchange opportunities: this summer I completed a scientific internship on the project "Research of innovations in the field of sustainable development from the point of view of their economic feasibility and building effective enterprise management" in Almaty and the faculty covered my financial expenses for travel and accommodation.

I recommend this programme to future students because it will provide an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in this specific field and help to become highly qualified specialists who will solve fundamental place-based problems in various parts of the world. Also, the programme will give you the opportunity to study together with people from different parts of the world and with different backgrounds.

To prospective students I wish to tell them to not be afraid of moving to a new country, and adapting to a new culture. In my experience, Italy and Italians are very friendly and open. Moreover, in such a multinational student city as Padua, it will be faster and easier to adapt and find new friends. And finally, be confident in yourself and your strength. If you really want to achieve

I am a Brazilian student and I am finishing my MA in Mobility Studies. I have a Bachelor's degree in international relations and after some years working in Brazil, I decided to pursue my dream and applied for the MA program at UNIPD. I came to Padova in September 2021, and I really liked the city and my programme since the first day. Besides living in Padova, I spent a semester abroad in Berlin, Germany, as an Erasmus+ student, where I followed courses in the MA in Global History.
Within the University of Padua, I worked as Tutor for International Students and as Tutor for students with disabilities. It was a super nice opportunity to help other students and to meet new people.
I also had the opportunity to participate in a Summer School for Migration and Development at Charles University in Prague and in a Training School about Women and Migration in the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. All these opportunities were important for me to strengthen my knowledge about migration, which is the topic I study and was totally connected to my studies in Padova.
I absolutely love the Mobility Studies programme because it's so awesome in many ways! First off, they offer a wide range of topics, so you can pick the ones that really interest you. And since it's taught in English, you get to meet students from all over the world, which makes the whole experience super exciting and eye-opening.
The best part is that most of the students come from different backgrounds, which brings in a bunch of different perspectives. It's amazing how much you can learn from your classmates! Plus, the programme encourages interdisciplinary thinking, which is pretty nice and a must in the academic environment today.
The professors are always approachable and super friendly. They're more than happy to chat about research, and the programme, or lend a hand whenever you need it. Also, after the first year, they organize a feedback session where we can share our thoughts and help shape the programme together.
All in all, the Mobility Studies programme is amazing because of its wide-ranging topics, diverse student community, interdisciplinary approach, and supportive faculty.

I am a student in the final stages of this Master's programme and the Master's programme of "Archéométrie" at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne. I am a Colombian architect inspired by the understanding and conservation of the built heritage and deeply interested in its scientific comprehension. I have enjoyed the field trips to different places such as Monselice, Venice, and Portogruaro. As well, the formation of the lab has been a unique experience for me, especially thanks to my previous studies. In it, I have been able to observe different techniques of analysis and even analyze some samples myself.

I decided to study here because of the University's unique focus and academic offer. I believe that the protection and conservation of the built heritage is a necessity, and should be carried out with the utmost meticulousness. This Master provides the opportunity to study from a different perspective, and to provide answers in a unique way.

One of the most rewarding surprises was the possibility to do a double degree: this represented a unique learning experience, where the two universities provided their point of view and helped shape my education. Another surprise was that lessons cover a brought variety of studies: the master is not focused on closing up a field of study by deepening it, but to obtain new knowledge from a great variety of fields that collaborate and work together to provide a better comprehension of heritage materials and sites.

Thanks to the high amount of exchange programs at the university, there is always a big amount of international students. They are always open to meeting new people and enjoying new experiences together. Italian students are very welcoming as well, they have received me with open arms, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all of them.

I enjoy walking around the city, I think it is a great way to spend time with friends. I particularly enjoy some places such as Giardini dell’Arena, Prato della Valle, and the botanical garden. The city offers too a great variety of experiences, such as festivals and events. However, I believe that the best memories during my time in Padova come from the possibility to travel and visit different places all around Italy.

I have relished my time here and I would love more students to live such an experience.

I chose Padua because of its location and historical background. I was interested in Italian poets Dante Alighieri and Francesco Petrarca as I come from Iraq where we have the best-known poets like Mohamed Al_Jawahry and Badr Shakir Al-sayyab. So I felt that Padua is very close to me because of its location, history, and cultural background. People might think that Italy is so expensive to live and study in but the reality is different. Italy is one of the most affordable countries in Europe to study in. Also, you can study for free along with different scholarships that are offered by universities or by the Italian government. Italian cuisine is so delicious and cannot be compared to others, especially Pizza and Pasta. My favorite dish is Pasta as it has its own taste that you cannot find it elsewhere.

My day as a student is full of activities and stuff to do. Usually, classes start at 8:30 AM and finish at 6 PM. I have some breaks in between classes either to catch up with another class or to have small talk with my friends while enjoying a quick snack together. I enjoy spending my spare time around Prato Della vale or around Porta Portello where I can meet my friends there to drink some coffee or have a conversation while sitting on the grass next to the riverside.

An advice I would give to prospective students is to make real efforts to learn some Italian before coming as it will help you in your everyday life. Even some words could help you such as Ciao, Grazie, and arrivederci. Because it is useful to move around easily and exprience Italian life to the fullest, even if the programme is in English. Also, try to participate in every event you come across and do not say no to any chance you encounter as it could open doors for you in the future.

I am a very passionate student, always looking for new areas and topics of interest. I also like dancing and painting which somehow fill my day with the serotonin that I need. My days in Padova are very busy, but there is always time for me to talk with my family and my boyfriend, and even though being far away from them makes this experience more challenging, it helped me grow up and appreciate them even more.

I would suggest this programme because the professors provided us with the latest researches and updates about the courses that they taught. Although some are very demanding, I personally enjoyed them because I felt challenged to perform even better.
We also have to journal clubs and presentations be those induvial or in group. Taking into consideration that in our field we will always have to be part of a presentation or give a speech, having the possibility to try and improve during the Master’s degree is very crucial.
I would recommend this degree to all the students that want to improve themselves, to be taught by excellent professors and to experience the possibility to be the representative of your class. It is a university that offers you to really be and feel part of it.

With all the ups and downs that living alone has, dealing with the system, new politics, the bureaucracies and the new environment, so far I have enjoyed my stay in Italy, as I am now a part of a place of history and great culture. I have learned here that you can work hard everyday but also pay yourself a time of rest as ‘’Dolce far niente’’ and not feel guilty about it

I really enjoy the local caffees for a cappucino with a cornetto or a quick espresso with my classmates, but I would suggest you take advantage and explore as much as you can as it is an experience that will not come again.
Everyone of my classmates has approched me since the first days and have been trying to make me feel part of the class. Most of them already knew each other but as time went by I felt part of the group as well. I can very proudly say that I have found myself some very good friends which I hope to have for a very long time.

It had always been my dream to study abroad. I also love travelling as it’s a way of spending money that makes you richer: being able to meet new people, learning new culture, trying new food, and admiring beautiful buildings and landscapes are priceless. Being able to study in Italy answers all of the above.

I like that my degree programme is taught in English so it’s not necessary to learn a new language. I love that I got to meet people with different nationalities since this is an international class. My classmates are Italians, Iranians, Kazakhs, Indians, Moroccan, and Egyptian. I’m very glad that the curriculum of my degree programme gives me the knowledge and skills that would be useful for me to pursue a career as a pharmaceutical biotechnologist after graduating.

Why you need to apply to Unipd:
- Unipd is a well-known university and one of the best universities in Italy with 800 years of experience
- There are a lot of scholarships offered every year. These scholarships are provided by the departments, by Unipd (Padua International Excellence Scholarship, fee-waivers, and Galilean School of Higher Education Scholarship), and the Italian government (MAECI and IYT Scholarship)
- Unipd is open to international students and offers degree programmes taught in English

Having made multiple experiences working abroad while also studying for my Bachelor’s degree in Communication Psychology in Germany, I decided I want to focus on intercultural aspects of Psychology in my graduate degree – UNIPD was a perfect choice for that.
What I really appreciate about my programme is that it offers me a great space to connect with like-minded people from all over the world, to discover this beautiful and interesting field together, while at the same time making strong interpersonal connections and bonds. Studying intercultural aspects of Psychology in an intercultural group just makes total sense and gave us the opportunity to learn about the human mind and human interactions – not only within the classroom but especially outside of it.

Life in Padova as a student is just great: it feels like the town is tailored to the needs of many of us, which makes the quality of life for me very high. Personally, I find the vibe here pretty international and you will find a lot of places where people speak English. I love the bars and cafes, in which you can enjoy sitting outside even during the winter months reflecting with wonderful people about what is going on in your life and integrating all these intense experiences. Besides that, the international vibe also shows on a cultural level – from reggae nights, world music jam sessions, Capoeira and Salsa Lessons – you can fully enjoy yourself, grow, connect and find love wherever you go.

Even though UNIPD and Padova are beautiful and make you want to stay longer, they also open a lot of doors, letting you fly wherever you want.
I really enjoyed becoming a part of EFPSA (European Federation of Psychology Students' Associations) through connections I made in Padova, visiting congresses and summer schools in Cyprus, Portugal and Finland. Through my work at EFPSA, together with a good friend and colleague I implemented an experiential learning module about various topics relevant for first year students of our program, to make the early stage in Padova a bit smoother and more enjoyable for everyone and to create meaningful connections through mutual learning.
Beyond that, I went to Serbia to represent UNIPD and our programme: this trip made me realize again, how much potential lies in the combination of Psychology and cultural aspects and how special this offer is for international students.

I was a cognitive-behavioural therapist in Russia before my relocation to Italy (this is my second Psychology master's). The fields of my interest are suicide prevention, brief crisis interventions, digital mental health solutions, and the relationship between nutrition and psychological well-being (metabolic psychiatry). My research has a focus on war-related discrimination and hate behaviours (supervised by Professor Valenti, who currently addresses related issues in the Council of Europe), and the main part of my work today is centred on helping people who were affected by the war in Ukraine. In my spare time I moderate a film club for psychologists in the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science, do a lot of yoga (constantly thinking of how to integrate it into therapy), and try to smoothly transition from life to Italy to life in the UK, following my recent move to London.
I’ve had the best-case scenario experience with the University of Padova from the very beginning. As a holder of Excellence scholarship, I was able to straight away connect with the people who received it in the previous years and have some very valuable advice for my career.
The process of arranging an Erasmus exchange semester in Lisbon was as easy as it could be. I wasn’t able to use it as I managed to get chickenpox right before the final enrolment, but I don’t regret it at all, as this semester in Padova turned out to be the most rewarding in the end. I took a Human Rights class, and Professor Valenti (who works for the anti-discrimination department in the Council of Europe) agreed to supervise my research on war-related hate behaviours. This project is of a very significant personal importance for me, and it entirely guided my further internship choice (psychological support for people affected by the war in Ukraine on a German counselling platform).
As my master’s studies are coming to an end, I am now in London preparing to proceed with a Psychological Doctorate degree and clinical practice. I am more than satisfied with both knowledge and experience gained at UNIPD, and definitely looking forward to keeping in touch with all the incredible people that I met throughout my time in Padova.

I am a quite people-oriented person and thrive on empathy and camaraderie. My affinity towards Psychology was utterly intrinsic when I discovered its positive influence on my personality while reflecting upon something new about myself.
For the first time, I developed a profound predilection for developmental psychology in one of the courses I took at the University of Padova, which motivated me to conduct research by reading literature on the transitioning changes of each age group. Alongside this, the mobility experience is sprinkled with joy and learning. These ordinary yet impactful experiences empowered me with a thorough perspective to understand the program from a multi-layered context and consequently prepared me for a lifelong career as a researcher.

The programme helped me learn how to create individualized intervention plans that matched the needs to promote with a focus on individuality and inclusion, which furthered my learning experience by developing both my research and intervention planning skills. I appreciate how the curriculum equips you with specialized information outside of the classroom, enabling you to use the knowledge in real-world contexts. As an illustration, I investigated classroom diversity learning opportunities in cross-cultural participatory research on adolescent well-being and expanded my learning to logically juxtapose it with discrete developmental periods, from early childhood to later stages of adolescence.

The programme offers advanced-level classes, so getting a foundational understanding of the relevant courses available will help you get ready for the program before enrolling, especially courses on statistics and data analytics.
Also you can get all the help you need to achieve your career goals. The professors are really helpful and encouraging, and they assist you in all of your academic endeavors.

The student life is fairly vigorous, particularly during the summer. My favorite sites are Portello and Prato della Valle, as these are the locations of some of my most treasured recollections. I find that simply strolling through the city is like watching a movie since you get to see its architecture, history, and cultural richness. Because it is not a very large city, you can use a bicycle to get around and wander aimlessly to explore the most beautiful parts of the city. My passion for food in Italy was best expressed through pasta, pizza, and gelato. Gnocchi - a dumpling made f

Before coming to Italy, I studied general medicine in Russia. As I graduated, the terrorists Taliban took control over my country by force, and I could not return to my homeland. Thanks to the University of Padua I had the opportunity to benefit from a scholarship destinated to Afghan students, which saved me and many others in this situation.

During my enrollment, I experienced a different system difficult to understand in the beginning, but the staff members were very nice and were always available to my assistance. Besides, due to some issues I came to Padua by the end of the first semester and it was difficult to go through exams. The university provided tutors that helped me with my study plan and the exam sessions. It was a blessing to find three amazing international friends as we studied together and they helped me a lot. Later, it didn’t take me long to make more friends including Italians.

I am very satisfied with the university’s system since it has a flexible study plan that allows us to easily manage our time and schedule. The university attracts a large number of international students, and I am also pleased that we have international experienced professors from English speaking nations as well as Italian professors who have studied and worked overseas. Lunch break is one of my favourite things at the university, as there are several cafeterias called Mensa, where I usually go with friends to have lunch, talk, and enjoy delicious traditional Italian cuisine including pasta and pizza.

In addition, the university has several libraries that are easily accessible, as well as good study spaces for individuals and groups. The libraries are usually crowded with students, which motivates me to study more. Later in the evening, Padova nights are vibrant and exciting, making it a pleasant place to spend time with friends and have fun. Prato, Portello, and Signora are the most exciting places that I have ever experienced in my life with my international friends.

I was a student in the CN2 master since 2019 and finished my master thesis in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig (Germany). I did my Bachelor’s degree in the Netherlands at Maastricht University. Since the beginning of my studies I have been particularly interested in clinical neuropsychology but also driven by fascination for neuroscientific research. Currently I am happy to have the possibility to both work as a clinical neuropsychologist and work on my research for the thesis. My research interest includes applications machine learning and the understanding of clinical questions of psychiatry or neurology. This interest was sparked during my Master’s degree in Padova.

In my free time I enjoy to be in the nature as much as I can, going on hikes, picnicking in a park or watching the sun set. I also enjoy cooking and baking for friends, probably mainly because I enjoy eating and seeing other people enjoying my food. When travelling or spending time by myself I like to listen to podcasts. I am currently trying to learn how to take care of plants. Like most people I would wish to have or take more time for reading books and doing sports.
The university of Padua is one of the oldest universities in Europe with an interesting history to discover. Despite this, I experienced the university as striving for innovation more than for historical prestige which I appreciated a lot. During the beginning of the pandemic my impression was that the university tried to accommodate as quickly and best possible to the educational, sanitary, and personal needs of students from various backgrounds. Despite most of my Master’s degree taking place remotely due to the pandemic, I was lucky enough to create strong bonds with people in the city in the first semester and thanks to the university I experienced my master’s degree as a stimulating challenge. I also had very good experiences with the international office which was helpful for diverse questions or for referring me to the responsible offices.

Being open to new challenges makes my life more interesting. That's why in 2021, after obtaining Bachelor's degree at Karazin University in Kharkiv, Ukraine, I decided to try studying for Master's abroad.
To get more familiar with international working environment, I firstly went to Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) for a summer internship in Functional Nanomaterials group. During the internship, I was working with the synthesis and characterisation of semiconductors (specifically – thermoelectrical ones) and fell in love with this field of research.
Right after finishing the internship, in October 2021 I started my Master's journey at the University of Padua. The first year of my studies was not so easy: transition during covid-times, new education system, then the war in Ukraine affecting my hometown... Thanks to the support of my course mates, professors, and even nuns (I'm living in the private college) I managed not to lose my focus, pass the exams, and even get the opportunity to be a summer student at ESRF/ILL Summer Student Programme in Grenoble, France. There I attended lectures on X-ray and neutron science and worked on the project on growth and characterization of cobalt oxide epitaxial thin films as a member of beamline 25 "SpLine" research group at ESRF (where I even got my beamtime!).
Later, after finishing the third semester of the programme and following relevant courses, I joined Enrico Napolitani's group for writing my Master thesis on the topic "Pulsed Laser Melting of Semiconductors for Photovoltaics". Being a student in this group, I became somehow a full member of the university research environment, learned how to operate not the most user-friendly machines and get the meaningful results, and successfully applied my knowledge and skills obtained during past studies and internships!
Before the fifth (and the last) semester at the programme, I was chosen to do another internship at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany. I attended a series of lectures on particle and nuclear physics and their applications and conducted research on nanotechnologies with etched ion tracks as an intern in Materials Research group of GSI.
I was able to see such big research institutions not only during internships: university professors organized similar visits as well! I got a chance to visit Elettra Synchrotron in Trieste and explored INFN research facilities in Legnaro.

My passion about science, more specifically biology, led me to searching for degrees in Europe. My key motivation was not only the opportunity to study in a different system, but also willing to live for some time in another place and have an international experience.One of the important aspects for me when I was looking for a place for future studies was opportunity to have balanced student’s life. Of course, I study a lot, but there is time for travelling, relaxing, and spending time with friends.

I really enjoy visiting libraries – they give me special inspiration, the atmosphere calms me down, and the change of the study place helps to concentrate better. Lunch break is an opportunity to meet my classmates at the same canteen and chat for a while. Then we all go together to our campus to attend lectures.
Wednesday in Padua means students` night, time to go out, forget about all problems and have fun. It is an evening dedicated to socialising and just having rest from the student`s routine. We meet with friends in the Portello area, drink aperitivo, and enjoy each other`s company. Portello never sleeps on Wednesday night, crowds of students fill the streets, so you will always hear people chatting and laughing there.
This is what I like about Padova – during the daytime, you find students in libraries, study rooms, and even the cafeteria sitting with their laptops and notes, while during nights (especially Wednesday) you can lose yourself among other students celebrating their youth and life.

For me Padova is a perfect student city. Padova combines everything together: beautiful old city center, libraries, study rooms around the whole city, canteens, student`s areas. The size is really convenient, neither too small nor too big, it does not take too long to go somewhere (especially if you are on a bike/scooter). Whenever there is a good weather outside, you can enjoy walking in Prato della Valle or visiting a botanical garden.

Most memorable nice moments for me during the last year were visiting new cities and museums, art galleries, exploring Dolomites, and having fun evenings with friends from around the world.

What attracted me to study in Padua is how the degree was structured. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is one of the best in the world, even at the same level with the leading universities around the globe. The faculty is filled with many renowned scientists and researchers, and the facilities available to students are modern and advanced, even some of them are state-of-the-art and famous among international research collaborations. They also have a very high standard of research publication. Even the university itself is founded on many historical people in various fields, giving it a rich scientific, artistic and academic heritage.

My experience so far is nothing but amazing. Starting from the process of enrollment and transitioning to a new environment, the university has been very professional and helpful in every step of the way which made it easier to adjust to the university life. The level of knowledge, teaching, training and research I am receiving is very high, especially the theoretical aspects. The teaching, demonstration, observation, practical and examination methods are also well executed. The academic community is very helpful and responsive in addressing the needs and problems of the students. The university also offers various services to take care of the well-being of the students, as well as provide many opportunities, activities and events outside the academic life.

The international interaction is also an advantage as you get to meet different cultures, and learn to communicate and understand beyond borders. Here they respect diversity and internationalization so the community is welcoming and living is comfortable. Traveling is also easy because the transportation system is well-developed and there are special lanes and areas for biking so you can go around safely.

Entering Italy it’s like stepping into history. Everywhere I go, I see beautiful and historical surroundings. There are a lot of museums and parks where you can relax and enjoy. The Italians are very sociable and have a strong sense of community so there are various social gatherings and meals together to get to know others and to make new friends. The immersive experience is unforgettable and life-changing. Once you taste the Italian pizza, pasta and gelato, food will never be the same again. The art and architecture is very grand. Visiting the museums and theaters, even just walking around various cities, will inspire you.

Ever since I was a little kid I have always loved nature, especially animals. Thanks to this I always knew that I wanted to become an environmental biologist. Previoys academic and word experiences in the field reinforced my desire to work in nature conservation, as well as travel as much as possible to visit new places,

With its nice weather, friendly people and tasty food, Italy is a very welcoming country for international students. While not many people speak English, in my experience most people are willing to make an effort to understand you. It is also not hard to learn the basic sentences for daily life and the University offers Italian courses that can be attended online.
Depending on the courses you choose you may have different activities, but many are common to all students. Almost every course in my degree has a practical component, and sometimes also visits to many different interesting places like the saltmarshes around the lagoon, seafood factories or aquariums. These visits are very fun and a good change of pace, and apart from learning you may even want to keep some of these places in mind for potential internships!

Lab activities can be generally of two types: computer labs, different depending on the course, teach many useful tools that can come in handy, these may involve modelling, using databases, sequencing data, etc; wet labs instead span from genotyping to dissecting animals or algae or conducting behaviour experiments. Labs help add more variety and allow you to get some hand-on experience and apply the knowledge gained during the theoretical lessons. They are also a good way to interact with your classmates and know them better!

There is also a special course, Practical marine biology, that consists of a whole week of different practical activities and ties together most of the subjects of the year. This is a very fun week that allows you to see how many of the things you have been learning are applied during real research and a highlight of the master’s programme. Of course, be ready to get wet!

And, if you are interested, you also have the possibility to take an optional diving course! You can get a discount by doing it through the University so if you are interested this can be a very good opportunity. After all, no marine biologist is complete without a diving license!

My program is one of many courses at UniPD that are held completely in English and comprises of a diverse international student body, which is 50% Italians and 50% internationals from various scientific backgrounds. In this way there are enough exchange between people from both sides: Italy and the rest of the world. Last academic year (21/22) was the “opening year” of MSc. in SCTCE, and even though we encounter many challenges being a new degree, our head of the department and professors were eager to give assistance and resolve confusions. Other than lectures, we also took part in visits to facilities and extra-curricular seminar, such as Effective Communication, Machine learning or Nuclear Energy. Two summer schools were available to enhance our soft skills and familiarity with industrial technologies.

Some advices I wish to give to potential prospective student is to learn some Italian beforehand or attend Italian courses offered by UniPD. I was able to attend the first Italian course for free! Even when your degree does not require Italian knowledge, it always come in handy in everyday life and during internships.
Also attend Open Day webinar of the study course of your choice to get a grasp of the degree’s program and get to know your future faculty. It’s important to have an idea of what your career expectations are and know whether they fit with the goals of the program.

On arrival, take opportunities to get to know the city and make new friends through Erasmus events and Orientation week. Their introduction to the city is super helpful for enjoying the beauty and liveliness of Padova during your stay.
Be open for new friendships! They make your experience in Padova a million times more interesting, from a simple evening spritz to day trips around the region.

Enjoy the eccentricity of Veneto. We know it’s really tempting to hop on a travelling spree to Roma, Milano, Sardegna or all around Europe, but don’t forget Veneto is also super fun to discover. My favourite destination is the city Bassano del Grappa, upstream of the Brenta river. Our “headquarter” Padova is also full of cultural events, parks, theaters, museums, and shops, enough to keep its student population away from boredom.

I consider myself easy-going and feel my best surrounded by good people and nature. During my free time, you can find me hiking, spending time with my friends, exploring a new city, reading or on a video call with my family.
Currently, I live in Portugal working for a Research and Development company doing my research thesis program about enabling circularity in the textile industry for a project supported by the European Commission which I enjoy very much.
What I like about my program is that it is innovative. It was one of the few courses available about Circular Economy. Also, it combines technical with administrative skills, great for both research and industrial aspects.
People should expect a good number of administrative classes and a lot of chemistry classes. They should also expect extra activities like bi-weekly seminars, summer schools, classes with special speakers to add to the class, and trips to recycling facilities.
At the end of the Master’s there is the possibility to do the thesis research project abroad if the students want to take advantage of that possibility.

I studied my undergraduate in South Africa and have chosen to do my Masters in Italy. The natural world has always been a passion of mine. Learning about the immense geological processes that the Earth goes through and what comes from it as a result has fascinated me and urged me to want to know more.

The programme has given me the opportunity to work with and learn from active and leading members of the academic community within the geosciences. I have been able to gain a significant amount of varied field work experience thanks to the many field trips that are organised by the geosciences department. The Professors are extremely friendly and very approachable. They are very passionate and highly knowledgeable within their respective fields which makes learning from them a pleasure. During the exams they are skilful in knowing how to keep you calm and relaxed so that you can answer questions easily and confidently. This has made studying for and taking the exams less stressful which, in my experience, has allowed me to perform better.

I would recommend this programme to any student that is wanting to better their career options or is aiming for a PhD within the geosciences. Not only will you further the skills that you will need in your career but you will be able to learn from and work with academic professionals in a leading international university for research. As you specialise within your chosen field you will be at the forefront of research within the geosciences.

I have had a very enjoyable time at Unipd. I have been able to travel around most of northern Italy thanks to the centrality of Padova as it is a short train or bus ride to many of the cities and towns around it. The university itself and the student life is very active, there is a very large group of international students here in Padova. They have been very welcoming and keen to help should you have any problems. The city itself is a student city so you will be able to meet many different people from all over the world and further your network. Thanks to the agreements between the university and many of its partners, there have been numerous opportunities to get involved in other supplementary programmes, whether it be a mobility, an online course or a cultural one.

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