The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it is a multi-disciplinary university that aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Courses at the University of Padova are constantly updated in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market.
  • University of Padova degrees also reflect today’s needs to safeguard both the environment with courses in Environmental Sciences and Technology.
  • Highly motivated University students may also apply for admission to the Galilean School of Higher Education.

PhD Programmes

Engineering & Technology (7)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (7)
Medicine & Health (4)
Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Business & Management (2)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Social Sciences (2)

About

History

The University of Padova was established in 1222, after a group of students and teachers decided to come here from Bologna. They set up a free body of scholars, who were grouped according to their place of origin into nationes, in which students approved statutes, elected the rettore (rector, or chancellor) and chose their teachers, who were paid with money the students collected. 

Research

The University of Padova fosters an environment which facilitates top-quality scholarship and research, providing leadership in setting research goals for the University, developing and implementing strategies for achieving them, capitalising on the interdisciplinary strength of University research centres, and ensuring that the research infrastructure is robust and responsive to the expanding and ever-changing needs of researchers. 

A particular effort is being made to enhance collaboration between university research groups and industry, with special emphasis on small and medium enterprises in North-East Italy.

Career

Career Service guides students and new graduates in their transition from the academic world to the professional world. Links have been established between the University and firms, private and public institutions and professional associations to create and promote internships as an opportunity to exchange information and experiences.

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2018
140
2017
-
2016
-
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
2019
201 150
2018
351 -50
2017
301
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
2018
201 -50
2017
151
2016
151
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
2019
249 47
2018
296 42
2017
338
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Housing services

ESU provides accommodation for about 1600 students from outside Padova in its 14 halls of residence, which are situated in the city centre or near to the university buildings. Four university guesthouses are also available for short term stays.

Library services

To develop co-ordinated library services, the University of Padova has set up a Library Centre, to oversee and promote the facilities and services offered by the several University of Padova libraries in the city. 

Student Life

Sports facilities

People who do sports stay fit, and help their studies too: this is the main concern of the Padova University Sports Centre (CUS), the most extensive sports facility in the province, which offers many opportunities to take part in sports, competitive and amateur alike, at the two structures located in Via Giordano Bruno and Via Jacopo Corrado. The Centre is open to students, to all employees of the University and, under certain conditions, to ordinary members of the public as well.

Student clubs

  • Agesci
  • AIESEC- Associazione Internazionale Studenti in Scienze Economiche e Commerciali
  • Association des États Généraux des Etudiants de l'Europe - Aegee Padova
  • Associazione Alumni della Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori
  • Associazione Amici dell'Università di Padova
  • Associazione culturale universitaria Antonio Rosmini
  • Associazione Erasmus Padova