Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia (IUSS)

IUSS Pavia is an independent and autonomous "Scuola Superiore ad ordinamento speciale" : the same status of Scuola Normale and Scuola Sant Anna di Pisa, and SISSA in Trieste.



The Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia (IUSS) is the last step of a long lasting higher education process started in 825 A.C. when Lotharius I, Emperor of the Romans and King of Italy, appointed Pavia, the ancient capital of the Lombard kingdom, as the site for higher education.


The undergraduate Courses offer to IUSS students additional classes of high quality education, with an interdisciplinary approach. In this way students follow both University of Pavia coursed and IUSS Classes wich are conceived to enrich the educational programmes offered by the courses of the University.


Research within IUSS can rely on a vast network of cooperation and alliance relationships with other Italian and foreign Universities, public and private research centres, the industrial world.IUSS since its start has focused on specific areas on which all activities have been developed:

  • Complexity and its Interdisciplinary Applications
  • Cooperation and Development
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Integrated Environmental Management
  • Law
  • Material science
  • Media and Science Technology
  • Nuclear and Ionizing Radiation Technologies
  • The structure and the biological foundations of human language


  • Companies:
  • A.R.R.R.
  • ABB
  • Accenture
  • Agilent Technologies
  • Aifirm
  • Alcatel
  • Apat
  • Ariadne
  • Arpa Veneto
  • Assinform
  • Ausimont
  • Bioster
  • Campoverde
  • Caridata
  • Cariparma & Piacenza
  • Cearah Periferia - Fortaleza
  • Cesi
  • Ciba Specialty Chemical
  • Cisco Systems
  • Comecer
  • Comieco
  • Condenast
  • Corriere Della Sera
  • Csm
  • Dalmine
  • IBM
  • IDC
  • Il Sole 24 Ore
  • Imation
  • Imec
  • Ion Beam Applications
  • Irci
  • Italtel
  • Kataweb
  • Lamberti Spa
  • Legambiente
  • Life Cycle Engineering
  • Magneti Marelli
  • Mediaset
  • Mediatouch
  • Medusa
  • Megarad ie
  • Qu.A.S.A.R.
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telit
  • Tema Sinergie
  • Unicredit Banca Mobiliare
  • Vodafone Italia
  • Wind - Infostrada

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Humanities (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)

Student Life

Campus life

Located in northern Italy, at 30 Kilometres from Milan, Pavia is an ancient university town with fine Romanesque and medieval buildings, crossed by the Ticino river.

Pavia is situated 30 minutes from Milan and is very well connected by plain, train and bus.

Students are very welcome and receive all the services a University town can offer such as Internet cafes, canteens, clubs and a million activities both intellectual and social.