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University of Pavia

4.4 out of 5 (90 ratings / 40 reviews) Pavia, Italy
Today Pavia is a Research University, offering a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching organized in 18 Departments and has study programmes at all levels: Bachelor’s degrees, single-cycle Masters degrees, research degrees, speciality schools and level I  and II Masters degrees. 

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Medicine & Health (1)



An edict issued by King Lotharius quotes a higher education institution in Pavia as already established in 825. This institution was then chosen as the main education centre for northern Italy. Enlarged and renovated by the Duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, it became the University of the Duchy, officially established as a Studium Generale by Emperor Charles IV in 1361.


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 Centro Orientamento supports students by promoting their integration into the University system. During the last two years of secondary school, students can ask the Centro Orientamento for individual counselling, interview help and training in decision making. 

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Student services

Student Administrative Office

Housing services

Centro Assistenza Studenti finds accommodation to incoming students prior to their arrival. Some students may prefer to look for accommodation on their own.

This is an option that certainly gives them the opportunity to find the accommodation solution that matches their requirements but Centro Assistenza Studenti cannot provide temporary accommodation until the student finds a place where to live. 

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.

Medical services

Non-EU citizens are requested to take out private health insurance before leaving their home country and to obtain a consular declaration of its validity for Italy. In order to get the Residence Permit they are in fact required to be in possession of a private Health Insurance for the entire duration of their stay in Italy. 

Student Life

Campus life

Situated only 35 kilometres from Milan and linked by suburban rail, Pavia (originally Ticinum) enjoys the advantages and services of its near neighbour. However, it offers a calm, captivating and cooperative environment with a higher quality of life. It also has a series of sports centres available for students to use, including those run by CUS (Centre for University Sports). Pavia is a place for students to call home. Founded in Roman times, Pavia population today is made up of approximately 70,000 inhabitants and 24,000 students. 

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

Out of the box
Abir Hussein rated 4 out of 5 stars

I started my studies under a theoretically-based educational system, this program introduced me to the real world of application and practice. You learn to appreciate and be open to differences, to values, to personalities, to environments and above all the duty of voluntarily integrating and contributing. Once you're open, there is no way back.

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.