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University of Pavia

4.3 out of 5 (61 ratings / 36 reviews) Pavia, Italy
The University of Pavia enjoys a strong tradition of international student and teacher exchanges: bilateral agreements involve, among others, the historical universities of Coimbra, and many universities in Europe, the Middle East, the Mediterranean area, the United States of America, China, Japan and many other countries.



The University of Pavia is one of the oldest universities in Europe. An edict issued by King Lotharius quotes a higher education institution in Pavia as already established in 825. This institution, mainly devoted to law studies, was then chosen as the main education centre for northern Italy.


The University of Pavia offers a wide range of academic areas with courses in:

  •  Engineering and Architecture
  •  Mathematics, Physics and Natural sciences
  • Economics
  •  Law
  •  Medicine
  •  Arts, Languages and Philosophy
  •  Pharmacy
  •  Health professions
  •  Political sciences
  •  Psychology
  •  Communication studies
  •  Sports sciences
  •  Musicology


Research departments promote and coordinate research activities. As research entities, they embrace one or more research sectors, which, regardless of the membership of the individual teachers to different faculties or degree courses are homogeneous as regards goals, methods and subjects taught but often subdivided into sections (Sezioni) in which groups of teachers with similar research and teaching profiles participate. Research departments also plan research degrees, organise courses relating to them and take part in their teaching.They are independent bodies with a director (Direttore), an advisory council (Giunta) and a governing body (Consigilio) that meet regularly to discuss and vote on policy matters.


The University of Pavia warmly welcomes job or internship offers for any area of study and from any European country. Steady and permanent contacts give enterprises visibility in the university, starting with the publication of their offer on the website. 

Moreover,  the Career Service is a mediator between enterprises and students. The office can be a reliable link for enterprises by offering students useful work contacts for their careers in a foreign country.. 

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Housing services

Today, living in college means being in the midst of a stimulating and creative cultural environment that has a long tradition in Pavia. College life also allows everyone who joins to become part of an ever-changing group of Italian and overseas students enrolling on our degree courses. Each of Pavia’s 20 colleges, that, in total, host approximately 2,000 students, has its own particular history. Colleges range from the two oldest institutions, Borromeo and Ghislieri, founded at the end of the 16th century, to the more recent ones managed by the Ente per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario (EDiSU).

Library services

The University has 9 libraries to serve its various faculties. In addition, there are also museums, research centres and the new Pavia Digital Archive (PAD) dedicated to digital records of contemporary authors.

The local network hosts more than 130 libraries located in Pavia and its province and 1,500,000 documents .

ICT services

The University offers Wireless Internet access around the campus, wherever you find "Wi-Fi Area" signboards.

Student Life

Sports facilities

The Pavia C.U.S. carries out competitive activities both in the university circuit (participation in the University National Championships and in national and international activities) and in the circuit of the National Sports Federations in the following disciplines: Track, Canoeing, Rowing, Volleyball, Rugby, Fencing and Archery.

It organizes introductory courses aimed at recreation in: Aerobics, Soccer, Canoeing, Rowing, Physical Conditioning, Modern Dance, Fitness Mix, Swimming, Volleyball, Basketball, Pre-skiing, Fencing, Step, Stretching, Archery, Judo and Tournaments in 7-man Men’s and Women’s Soccer, 5-man Men’s Soccer, Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Beach Volley, Men’s and Women’s Basketball.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really like what I study and if I could go back in time I would choose the same University. It is very organised, teachers are competent and prepared. University of Pavia gave me the opportunity to go on Exchange twice. The first time was 2 years ago and I went to Madrid, whilst the second time I went to Cardiff, Wales, UK. Both have been amazing experiences. I am...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I am really satisfied of these last two years of study. I had the opportunity to do something useful and concrete for my career be in touch for the first time with the working world. What can be improved would be the international experience itself.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

At the beginning my plan was to be accepted at med school, but the test was too hard for the little time I had to get ready. I started medical biotechnology and I was very very worried for all the chemical stuff because I never had a good background. Now I'm at the 3th year and I love my course, and what I love the most is all the chemical aspects of what I study. I think...