University of Pavia

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.

Top reasons to study here

  • Just like Oxford and Cambridge, Pavia has a College Residence system, unique in Italy, dating back to the 16th century, which hosts around 2000 students.
  • Multidisciplinary University top-ranked in Italy with a long tradition looking at the future
  • Pavia is a city campus with the facilities of nearby Milan and offers a safe and culturally live environment with a high quality of life.



The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions: its foundations existed as early as the 9th Century as an institution mainly devoted to the study of Law, with King Lotharius appointing Pavia as Northern Italy’s main education site in 825. Officially established as a Universitas Studiorum in 1361, it remained the only university in Lombardy until the 20th Century. 


Today over 24,000 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at our university. 

Twelve two-year Master degree programs are totally taught in English:

  • ·         Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards
  • ·         Computer Engineering
  • ·         Electronic Engineering
  • .         Electrical Engineering
  • ·         Industrial Automation Engineering
  • ·         Economics, Finance and International Integration
  • ·         International Business and Entrepreneurship
  • ·         Medicine and Surgery
  • ·         Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • ·         Psychology, Neuroscience and Human Sciences
  • ·         World Politics and International Relations
  • ·         The Ancient Mediterranean World: History, Archaeology and Art


Unipv is a multidisciplinary University and research activities range from Human and Social sciences, Natural sciences and Engineering, to Life sciences.

In 2018 Italian Ministry of Education selected 5 departments (Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Medicine and Humanities) as excellent, awarding them with extra funds for research projects.

Research in Pavia is unique thanks to other research centers, such as the Center for Health Technologies (CHT), the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake  Engineering (EUCENTRE) and the National Center for Oncological Radiotherapy (CNAO).


  • 82% of graduates find employment within a year of graduation (against a national average of 77%) 
  • 93% after three years from graduation 
  • 94% within five years from graduation 
  • MSc in Science, Engineering, Medicine & Surgery and Pharmacy have a 95% post-graduation employment rate.
  • To improve international careers guidance services for students and postgraduates, the Career Service works with companies and institutions in Europe and beyond.
  • It offers a range of services to companies and institutions, including promotion on our website of the best internship and job opportunities that have been uploaded onto international job sites and search engines.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

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University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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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.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

A welcome office and student service offices are open for any support from Monday until Friday for students both in the city center campus and in the scientific pole. Unipv also offers ONLINE SERVICES:

At the website, students can check their UNIPV account and access the various files related to their university career. Registration for exam sessions through the UNIPV account is compulsory. From the UNIPV account students can also print self-certificates regarding enrolment, career, exams passed and so on.

Housing services

Just like Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, Pavia has a college residence system, unique in Italy, dating back to the 16th century.

Each of Pavia’s 20 residences that in total host approximately 2000 students, has its own particular history and opportunities to offer, including access to many study abroad programs and sport activities.

College life aims to create an open community where academic achievements, traditional events, parties and sporting rivalries all play a role. Students living in residences can engage in different sport activities, learn different languages and, above all, build their first professional network.

Library services

The University offers 35 libraries run by different faculties and depart­ments. All material owned by the academic libraries is listed in the On-line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) so students can locate their required books.

ICT services

At the University of Pavia the development of new methodologies and technologies for innovation and digital learning is a crucial topic.  Unipv provides for students and professors digital platforms for sharing multimedia learning materials. Unipv is also actively developing e-learning tools. 

University staff both academic and administrative can take advantage of virtual rooms for online meetings.

Medical services

International students at the University of Pavia are strongly recommended to get a health insurance covering the length of their studies. Moreover, in order to apply to a permit to stay, students coming from non-EU countries must have a Health Insurance for the entire duration of their stay in Italy.

Student Life

Campus life

The University has two main campuses: Humanities and Social sciences in the city center, the scientific campus in the western part of Pavia, near the main hospital.

Pavia is located in northern Italy with 70,000 permanent residents and over 23,000 students. It is located just 30 km south of Milan, connected by regional and suburban trains every 10 minutes. 

From Pavia, it is also easy to reach the Swiss border; the lakes of Como and Garda, among others; as well as Genoa and the Ligurian coast.

Its fascination remains intact with the centre’s maze of narrow streets, ancient churches and elegant buildings, all bordered by the River Ticino. 

Sports facilities

The University Sports Centre (CUS) promotes sport to students enrolled in the university by offering a wide range of courses and organizing championships. Sport in Pavia means: 

  • Olympic and World Championship-level rowing 
  • Pavia-Oxford-Cambridge-Pisa rowing race 
  • University championships in the main team sports 
  • Intercollegiate tournaments 
  • Sports programs specifically designed for disabled students 
  •  Facilities designed for all students’ physical wellbeing, integrated in university training. 

Student clubs

A number of student associations organize both cultural, sports and social activities open to all students. Learn more at: In particular, STEP Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Pavia is a volunteering association supporting international students arriving in Pavia. 

Student Reviews

I have just got admitted.I am yet to reach Italy
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

I have just got admitted

University of Pavia kindled my passion for research
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My experience was very informative and rewarding . I enjoyed the international experience and wish to do more work in the research field

good teachers, small town, affordable living
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university of Pavia is located in a small town 45 min train far away from Milan, it is a town full of students. My master´s programs was an special join initiative so we were dealing with the administrative procedures separated from the University, so I cannot say that much about the administrative process or staff. But the teachers I had associated to the university...

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