University of Pisa

University of Pisa

The University of Pisa is a public institution with twenty departments, and high level research centres in the agriculture, astrophysics, computer science, engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine sectors.

Top reasons to study here

  • Pisa is a university city full of life. Its centre boasts a wide range of meeting places: piazzas, bars, pubs, restaurants, pizzerias, clubs and live music pubs
  • Furthermore the University has close relations with the Pisan Institutes of the National Board of Research.
  • Galileo Galilei, who was born and studied in Pisa, became a professor of Mathematics at the Pisan Studium in 1589.



The University of Pisa was officially established in 1343, although a number of scholars claim its origin dates back to the 11th century.

The earliest evidence of a Pisan "Studium" dates back to 1338, when the renowned jurist Ranieri Arsendi transferred to Pisa from Bologna. He along with Bartolo Da Sassoferrato, a lecturer in Civil Law, were paid by the Municipality to teach public lessons.


The Language Center (CLI) of the University of Pisa, established in 1984, carries out teaching and research activities in the field of language teaching. Since 2013 the CLI is the University Center.

As far as scientific research is concerned, the Center is involved both in the theoretical linguistic sphere and in more properly applied and experimental areas related to language teaching and glottotechnology. For this research activity the Center collaborates with various local, national and international university institutions.


The PhD is the highest level of education provided by the Italian academic system and provides the skills necessary to carry out high quality research activities at universities and public or private entities. The degree programme lasts three years.


The Career Service of the University of Pisa supports companies interested in giving a presentation, a workshop or a recruiting day, to illustrate their activities and recruit talents.

Getting to know students and the new graduates is one of the most effective ways to attract young talents, who are given the opportunity to get direct insights from potential employers.

If you are interested in organizing a company presentation, a workshop or a recruiting day, please contact us. Together we will find the best way to build a successful event.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
151 50
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
186 18
204 24
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
351 -50
301 50
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
389 33
422 -1
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Housing services

Students often share an apartment with other Italian or international students. The cost of renting a room is roughly 250.00/350.00 euros per month excluding the cost of utilities and the individual share of general expenses for the building's maintenance.

The University of Pisa is a partner of the international student-to-student housing platform. Students who are coming from abroad to Pisa can find and book room on

The rooms on this platform are offered by our students that go abroad for a study abroad semester, exchange, Erasmus or internship. Using the platform to search for a room is completely free. 

Library services

The University has various teaching and research buildings, museums and libraries spread throughout the city. Given that Pisa is a small city, it is quite easy to reach these facilities by bicycle.

ICT services

The University provides an online system so students and professors can have access to information related to an academic course such as syllabus and homework. Each department has a tutor - usually a young researcher - who advises students on academic matters.

Medical services

Health care assistance is available to all European citizens (belonging to EU Member States and EEA States) who have the EHIC/TEAM card (European Health Insurance Card) or who enroll in the Italian National Health Service.

Student Life

Sports facilities

The University of Pisa sporting facilities are among the best in the country and reflect the popularity and significance of sports in the university. This is evident in the wide range of both indoor and outdoor facilities available.

The University Sports Centre of Pisa (CUS) is a member of CONI (the Italia Olympic Committee) and offers a full programme of fitness classes including aerobics, gymnastics, yoga and pilates. The centre has modern facilities and is used by many students.

Student clubs

Students could also join the Centro per la diffusione della cultura e della pratica musicale (Centre for the dissemination of culture and the practice of music), which organizes and coordinates the University of Pisa's Choir and Orchestra activities.

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