University of Padua

University of Padua

Top reasons to study here

  • A qualification from the University of Padua is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective.
  • Furthermore, highly motivated University students may also apply for admission to the Galilean School of Higher Education.
  • Throughout the centuries many professors - scientists, jurists and literati - made Padua University a centre which irradiates culture all over Europe.

PhD Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Education & Training (1)



The University of Padua 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.


Courses at the University of Padua are constantly updated in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market. Its Healthcare degrees, for instance, cover a wide range of new courses such as Pediatric Nursing (Medical School), or Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Psychology). Engineering degree programmes are available in the fields of Civil, Architectural, Environmental, Industrial and Information Engineering.

University of Padua degrees also reflect today’s needs to safeguard both the environment with courses in Environmental Sciences and Technology (Agriculture Sciences), and consumers with Safety and Hygiene of Food Products (Veterinary Medicine). 


The European Research Council (ERC) is an independent Scientific Council made up of scientists, engineers and scholars of the highest repute and expertise. The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.


Career Service guides students and new graduates in their transition from the academia 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 share information and experiences. “Vetrina degli Stages” helps students and new graduates to look for internships and training opportunities. 

A list of the associated firms is available for subscribers, who can decide whether the job description corresponds to their job aims.

University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
115 4
119 -5
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.
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.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
201 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
243 -1
242 -26
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.


Student services

1 Experimental Farm

1 Museum Centre - 13 University Museums

1 Library Centre

The university also has a variety of study rooms that have up to 280 seats

Housing services

  • ESU halls of residence: ESU provides accommodation for about 1600 students from outside Padua 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.
  • Private colleges: The University of Padua signed multiple agreements with some private colleges in order to reserve some places for international students. Each college applies different prices and conditions and includes different services
  • All students can search for private accommodation on HousingAnywhere, an international housing platform for students, PhD candidates and trainees. 

Library services

To develop co-ordinated library services, the University of Padua has set up a Library Centre, to oversee and promote the facilities and services offered by the several University of Padua libraries in the city. It also focuses on the development of advanced services, such as:

  • On-line Public Automated Catalogue (OPAC)
  • On-line University databases
  • Electronic journals available on-line

ICT services

Padua, just like a growing number of other cities around the world, has opened up a series of free Wi-Fi hotspots in the most beautiful and publicly accessible parts of the city. Thanks to Padova Wi-Fi Net, anybody can have free internet access. You can navigate the web as if you were at home, and freely connect through your instant messaging.

Medical services

  • The TEAM card makes the holder eligible for urgent and necessary health care, with direct access to the health care structures.
  • If you need medical assistance, please consult a GP or family doctor first, chosen from the lists posted in all health care districts.

Student Life

Sports facilities

People who do sports stay fit, and help their studies too: this is the main concern of the Padua 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.

In addition to services for payment, there are "no pay" activities for which the Centre makes its facilities available free of charge to users during set time slots, typically the track and field arena, 5-aside football pitch etc.

Student clubs

The University of Padua Alumni Association, in concert with the University and inspired by the motto Universa Universis Patavina Libertas, seeks to unite all UniPD graduates of whatever age, background, position and location within a community to which all may have freedom of access and equal consideration. 

In this way, former students — Alumni — can continue to be inspired in their professional and private lives by the fundamental values of the University, becoming standard bearers wherever they may be.


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