University of Pavia
Founded in 1361, the University of Pavia (UNIPV) is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions. The University of Pavia features in a number of international rankings: Unipv is particularly competitive in the fields of Humanities, Engineering, Pharmacy, Life Science and Medicine. As highlighted by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 it ranks among the top #151-200 in Engineering - civil and structural, Pharmacy & Pharmacology and top #201-300 Linguistics.
Like the UK’s Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Pavia is structured using a college system, dating back to the 16th century, with a striking historic campus. Comprised of 20 colleges which all have their own particular histories and opportunities to offer, UNIPV is an open community where academic achievement, traditions, parties and sporting rivalries all have their place.
The University of Pavia offers 92 bachelor's and master's degree programs of which 13 are purely taught in English:
- Artificial intelligence
- Medicine and surgery (6-year one cycle master degree program)
Master's degree :
- Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Industrial Automation Engineering
- Economics, Finance and International Integration
- International Business and Entrepreneurship
- Molecular Biology and Genetics
- Psychology, Neuroscience and Human Sciences
- World Politics and International Relations
- The Ancient Mediterranean World: History, Archaeology and Art
Besides the above-mentioned programs, the University of Pavia offers also 3 Post graduate programs in English:
- Cooperation and development
- Design and development of vehicle dynamics
- Race engineering
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Scholarships & funding
The University of Pavia offers several kinds of scholarships to the international students:
Exemption from the payment of the University tuition fee (only the payment of the Regional Tax is required). Applicants must enroll in one of the eligible courses and fulfill another minimum requirement from 3 options.
EDiSU Pavia scholarship
EDiSu scholarship benefits for all level applicants include : Accommodation in a Residence; One meal per day at the canteens; A sum of money, according to the student’s economic situation.
Two Master’s Degree programs (Civil engineering for mitigation of risk from natural hazards and Molecular biology and genetics) award scholarships to the most deserving International applicants, according to a merit-based evaluation. The scholarship provides a monthly grant.
Invest Your Talent in Italy
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships to applicants from specific countries, fulfilling some merit requirements and enrolling in 3 Master’s
Degree courses (Electronic engineering; International business and entrepreneurship; Economics, finance, and international integration) and 1 Vocational program (Cooperation and Development).
The scholarship provides a Tuition Fee exemption (Regional Tax excluded) and a monthly grant and also includes an internship in an Italian company.
Study in Italy
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also assigns scholarships to applicants from specific countries, fulfilling some merit requirements and enrolling in Master’s Degree and PhD programs.
The scholarship provides a Tuition Fee exemption (Regional Tax excluded) and a monthly grant.
For more information about scholarships, please visit our university website.
Why study at University of Pavia
The city of Pavia is located in northern Italy, around 30km south of Milan (20-30 minutes by train) within easy reach of the Swiss border, Como, and the lakes as well as Genoa and the Ligurian coast. Founded in Roman times with the name of Ticinum its city centre is a maze of narrow streets, ancient churches, elegant buildings, and many fascinating corners all coming alive day and night with students enjoying their favorite meeting points.
Life in Pavia is both pleasant and affordable, particularly in comparison with much higher housing and living costs in Milan and other urban centres in Lombardy. Students who can enjoy sports activities, at the University Sports Centre (CUS) which offers a wide range of courses, championships, and tournaments.
Tuition fees at UNIPV vary based on the student’s family income and country of origin and range from 150 to 4400 Euro. Scholarship, fees reduction and other benefits are offered to students on merit criteria and family income by Edisu a dedicated government agency.
University of Pavia is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad
Awards & Accreditations
11th in Italy
Times Higher Education - World Universities Ranking (2022)
3rd Best public university
CENSIS - Italian Universities Ranking y (20-40k students)) (2021/2022)
Shanghai Ranking - World universities ranking (2021)
Student services & facilities
37 Academic libraries;1 Sport center with 3 multi-purpose gyms, 1 rugby field, 1 football field, 2 beach volley courts and many others;Career counselling service run by the university's Orientation Center;Students Unipass: annual bus card reserved to students with a super convenient price (20 euros per year)
The University of Pavia has 2 campuses: Pavia and Cremona. Most of the courses are held in Pavia while in the Cremona campus you can find the Department of Musicology and Cultural Heritage.
Pavia provides 11 Public Residences managed by EDiSU (Agency for the Right to Study), with acceptance based on merit and income requirements, 5 Merit-based Residences, with acceptance based on competition, and 5 Private Residences. The accommodation costs range from 0 to 350 euros, according to the student’s economic situation, the accommodation type (single or double room) and the Residence itself.
The calls for application are generally published around July.
If you are unable to find a place in a Residence or you prefer another solution, you can look for a room privately. From abroad you can search for rental announcements on specific websites or Facebook groups, while when you are in Italy you can rely on Notice boards located inside the University’s buildings or on Real estate agencies. The costs of a room in a flat can range from 150 to 350 euros per month, according to the accommodation type (single or double room) and the City’s area.
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