24 months
2533 EUR/year
2533 EUR/year
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The Local Development programme at University of Padua is a course held entirely in English that offers students a multicultural and multilinguistic dimension due to its numerous international experiences while providing an advanced level of training in promoting local development. 

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Students follow the economic, sociological, political, statistical, historical-geographical, socio-pedagogical, and anthropological areas while acquiring an in-depth knowledge of the social, organizational, economic, territorial, as well as the institutional and dynamic forms of the local development processes. 

Students of the Local Development programme at University of Padua will learn to analyse the territorial framework and promote conditions that are favourable to local development allowing graduates to hold managerial roles in the project development, monitoring, and evaluation phases as well as working as professionals in development cooperation or in governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Career opportunities

Graduates work as professionals in local development and development cooperation within different social and territorial contexts, in governmental and non-governmental organizations at the local, national and international level, trade and citizenship associations, enterprises.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Essentials of Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Kick-off Seminar
  • Circular Economics and Local Development 
  • Statistical Methods for Local Development 
  • Territorial Governance and Public Policies 
  • Social Dynamics in Local Development 
  • Geographical Space: Concepts, Tools and Practice
  • Gis: Mapping and Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

First Call:

  • 2 November - 2 February

Second Call:

  • 2 March - 2 May


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum three-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) is required, with proven skills in at least one of these fields: Political Science, International Relations and Diplomacy, International Economics, Management, Cooperation and Development, Intercultural Communication, Media and Cultural Studies, International Law, Political Philosophy, Geography, Social Psychology, Sociology.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2533 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2533 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2533 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2533 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Padua

750 - 1100 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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