University of Pavia

4.2 out of 5 (176 ratings / 132 reviews) Pavia, Italy
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.

About

History

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. 

Education

Today over 26,400 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at our university. 

2 Bachelor degree program are taught in English:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Medicine and Surgery (Combined bachelor and master)

11 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
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Psychology, Neuroscience and Human Sciences
  • World Politics and International Relations
  • The Ancient Mediterranean World: History, Archaeology and Art

Research

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).

Career

  • 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.

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University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2022
351 50
2021
401
2020
401
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2021
401
2020
401 -100
2019
301
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
2022
561 40
2021
601 -20
2020
581
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
2022
-
2021
258 -8
2020
250
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.

Services

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 studentionline.unipv.it, 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 26,000 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: www.unipv.eu/site/home/naviga-per/studenti/acersat.html In particular, STEP Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Pavia is a volunteering association supporting international students arriving in Pavia. 

Student Reviews

business course in english
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

University of Pavia gave me a opportunity to study business despite having different academic background. one of the most interesting thing about MIBE course is that as a student you will be involved in a lot of group projects and you will learn more about how to be efficient in a team.

Very nice
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Helpful teachers, very nice students, and an extremely helpful international office.

Strong University
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It is one of the oldest universities with high standard professors. strong education and various facilities

Pavia, Lombardy, Italy

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