University of Pisa

The University of Pisa or Università di Pisa was found in 1343. It is in Pisa, Italy. The university is a public university. It is a part of the Pisa University System. During the 1960s Computer Science course was taught only in this university among Italy. The aerospace MSc courses also first introduced in this university among all the universities in Italy.

Top reasons to study here

  • University of Pisa ranks at the 245th place worldwide and at the 5th place among Italian Universities.
  • The quality of its research and its achievements in this field are well-known and appreciated both at the national and international level.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (4)
Business & Management (2)
Social Sciences (2)



The University of Pisa was officially established in 1343, although a number of scholars claim its origin dates back to the 11th century.

The earliest evidence of a Pisan "Studium" dates to 1338, when the renowned jurist Ranieri Arsendi transferred to Pisa from Bologna. He along with Bartolo Da Sassoferrato, a lecturer in Civil Law, were paid by the Municipality to teach public lessons.


The university system is organized in 3 academic cycles: the 1st cycle is the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree (Laurea triennale) and lasts 3 years. This Bachelor's grants access to a Master's degree (Laurea Magistrale) which is considered the 2nd cycle, and gives access to 3rd cycle PhD programmes (Dottorato di Ricerca). In addition to the mentioned degree sequence, the system offers other degree programmes within the 2nd and 3rd academic cycles.


The research activities are principally carried out on two levels:

  • within the University: development of business culture (training and accompaniment to the set up of the enterprise also by way of financial support); management of intellectual property and promotion of research results (patents, transfer of know-how, assessment of objectives and results of the projects underway, education for the promotion of intellectual property)
  • externally: direct collaboration with companies (contracts, collaboration projects and specific training offers); promotion and organisation of meetings and occasions for confrontation, both on university premises as well as within companies.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
301 50
351 50
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
422 -1
421 10
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
204 24
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

They want their students to have the most fulfilling and pleasant university experience possible, and so, for this reason, the University of Pisa runs a counselling service ("Servizio di Ascolto e Consulenza") which is offered to all students. This service is available to those that want to resolve any specific issues or simply talk to someone.Counseling services

  • Adapting to university study and life;
  • Time management and organisation of study methods;
  • Relationships with colleagues and professors;
  • Concentration, anxiety, feelings of worthlessness and lack of motivation.

Housing services

Although the University of Pisa isn't a campus-based university, accommodation in the city can be found easily through various different ways. Students can find accommodation through real estate agencies, or they can search for advertisements placed on bulletin boards in each of the University's departments. There are a variety of websites on which people can advertise free rooms, enabling students to search for accommodation online. Students can also find accommodation through the services provided by DSU Toscana and HousingAnywhere.

DSU (Regional "Right to Study" Programme) provides various services to University students and offers assistance to students who are searching for accommodation in Pisa.

Library services

The University has various teaching and research buildings, museums and libraries spread throughout the city. Given that Pisa is a small city, it is quite easy to reach these facilities by bicycle.

ICT services

The University provides an online system so students and professors can have access to information related to an academic course such as syllabus, homework. Each department has a tutor - usually a young researcher - who advices students on academic matters.

Medical services

Health care assistance is available to all European citizens (belonging to EU Member States and EEA States) who have the EHIC/TEAM card (European Health Insurance Card) or who enroll in the Italian National Health Service.If you have the EHIC/TEAM card, you can go directly to any doctor, during outpatient time, and have the right to any services needed.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Pisa is a public institution boasting twenty departments, with high level research centres in the sectors of agriculture, astrophysics, computer science, engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine. Furthermore the University has close relations with the Pisan Institutes of the National Board of Research, with many cultural institutions of national and international importance, and with industry, especially that of information technology, which went through a phase of rapid expansion in Pisa during the nineteen sixties and seventies.

Sports facilities

The University of Pisa sporting facilities are among the best in the country and reflect the popularity and significance of sports in the university. This is evident in the wide range of both indoor and outdoor facilities available.The University Sports Centre of Pisa (CUS) is a member of CONI (the Italia Olympic Committee) and offers a full programme of fitness classes including aerobics, gymnastics, yoga and pilates. The centre has modern facilities and is used by many students.

Student clubs

  • A.L.A.P. Associazione Laureati Ateneo Pisano (Alumni association).
  • e-Team. Squadra Corse is the University's racing team which is made up of students from Engineering and other departments.
  • Aeolo is a literary magazine published by a cultural association.
  • Associazione Studenti del Campus di Lucca is the student association from the University's campus in the city of Lucca.
  • Ingegneria senza frontiere (ISF) is an association involved in international cooperation in developing countries.
  • Chiesa Universitaria di San Frediano is the University Church of Pisa.
  • Goliardia pisana


The 2013 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (National Taiwan University) ranks Physics at the 74th place, Electrical Engineering at the 112th, Computer Science at the 127th, Mechanical Engineering at the 150th, Pharmacology & Toxicology at the 159th and Mathematics at the 164th place.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I would recommend to many of this university, very interesting and make students participate

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

High level of teaching and good organization.

University of Pisa review
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Good city, with a lot of students. The building should be updated and some teacher should be more kind.