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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 its eight centuries of history, 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 world’s first woman to graduate in 1678.
The University of Padua is today a TOP 250 university in the world, providing a solid academic background and excellent training and ensuring that graduates can brilliantly succeed in their professions. It has also been recognised as the best university in Italy for teaching and research quality by the Agency of the Italian Ministry of University and Research in charge of assessing university performance. Academic staff develop ground-breaking research tackling global challenges and supporting the advancement of knowledge, science and society.
The University of Padua is a multidisciplinary institution with 8 Schools and 32 Departments, offering a broad and comprehensive portfolio of programmes (30 of which are taught completely in English), ranging from Engineering to Business and Political Sciences, from Medicine to Humanities, from Psychology to Agriculture, from Law to Science.
Students benefit from a world-class educational institution and enjoy an exciting student life in Padua, where they build long-lasting relationships and grow personally, academically and professionally.
International students who wish to pursue their education in Italy are always welcome at the University of Padua. They can submit their application completely online and benefit from a large number of merit-based and income-based scholarships sponsoring tuitions and/or living costs. They will join a large and vibrant international community of staff, students and alumni support the development of the University’s missions at global level. The University participates in leading international networks, and its research and teaching projects involve lecturers from all over the world.
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 of Padua is also the scientific and cultural heart of the Veneto Region, in the North-Eastern part of Italy, and affords a unique learning environment. Its research centres, Departments and Schools are located across the town, and its students account for over 30% of the local population.
Padua is a welcoming and charming city, ensuring one of the finest experiences of Italian arts, culture and lifestyle. Its rich cultural heritage, appreciated every year by thousands of tourists, includes the Scrovegni Chapel, with Giotto’s frescoes, and the world’s oldest university Botanical Garden. It combines history, culture and art with thriving businesses (400,000-plus companies) in every sector.