University of Padova

Italy attracts millions of tourists from all over the world with its magnificent cuisine and culture. From the northern Dolomites, to the southern Mediterranean Sea, the Italian regions are diverse and fascinating.

For the students looking for a superior, but affordable higher education, with a wide range of social activities, Italy is the perfect study destination.

Studying in Padova

Padova is a lively, historic city located in northeastern Italy, less than 40 km from Venice. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and represents the right choice for those passionate about Italian history and culture.

In Padova, you will encounter cultural events all over the year in the fields of art, music, theater, cinema and sports. You can also visit a multitude of historic buildings, some dated back to the 13th century.

The University of Padova – the scientific and cultural “heart” of northeastern Italy

The University of Padova was founded in 1222 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei and Andrea Vesalio are just a few scientists who have transformed this university into a landmark for the discovery and the spread of European science and culture.

Approximately 58,000 students enroll here each year. The main values supported at the University of Padova are free thinking, study and research. Today, Padova is a multidisciplinary university, whose professors and students account for almost a third of the city’s population.

The 8 faculties that are part of the university offer a wide and varied range of study areas from which students can choose:

  • Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
  • Economics and Political Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Right
  • Humanities and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Science

University of Padova was deemed to be the best Italian university for quality research [according to National Evaluation Agency for University Systems and Research (ANVUR)]. In addition, 9 out of 10 students are happy with their academic career and student life at the University of Padova.

The University offers its students a multitude of Erasmus scholarships and internship programmes within large companies in northern Italy [Volkswagen, Lotto, Diesel, Louis Vuitton] where they are encouraged to apply during their studies.

This university became Edmundo’s partner in 2019. Below, we will present to you all the strengths that make the University of Padova an excellent study destination in Italy, and if you would like to apply to this university, we can counsel you for free with admissions process to Bachelor and Master programmes!

Admission at the University of Padova

The admission procedures at the University of Padova vary according to the status of the applicant (eg nationality, country of residence, type of qualification). The University supports students in choosing the right field of study for them with a series of introductory and orientation meetings organized by the trained staff of the university. These meetings take place throughout the academic year.

The first step of the admission process is to fill out an admission form. Such application forms contain all the information required for a prospective student: the number of available places, deadlines and admission requirements. They are published annually on the University of Padova website and can be downloaded here.

The name and the way the programmes are divided, differ slightly from other international universities. Thus, the University of Padova offers the following courses of study to international students:

  • First-Cycle Degree Laurea – BACHELOR [3 years]
  • Single-Cycle Degree Laurea Magistrale of Cyclo Unico [duration 5 or 6 years] – designed for faculties in the following fields of study: Medicine, Pharmacy, Law, Architecture, Education
  • Second-Cycle Degree Laurea Magistrale – MASTER [lasting at least one year]

Annually, the university allocates approximately 3,000 places to international students for the following courses held in English:

Bachelor and Master studies

  • Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
  • Economic and Political Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Humanities and Cultural Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Science


Those at the University of Padova have estimated the costs a student will have to pay in this city. According to their estimates, they do not exceed ≈ € 710 / month.

Accommodation costs

The University of Padova offers accommodation for approximately 1,600 international students in housing located in the city center, in proximity to the university.

To be assigned to one of these homes, the students must complete an application by July, and in September, the university publishes the list of those assigned to these places.

The estimated costs for accommodation in Padova are:

  • For one room: from € 250 / month to ≈ € 400 / month [with utilities included]
  • For a double room: from ≈ € 150 / month to ≈ € 350 / month [with utilities included]
  • For an apartment: ≈ € 500 / month [with utilities included]

Costs for food

In order to buy the necessary for a week from the supermarket, you will have to pay ≈ € 60. The cost for one meal may vary depending on the location chosen.

Thus, a meal in town at a pizzeria, for example, costs ≈ € 15, while a meal served at the university restaurant is ≈ € 6.

Transport costs

A bus / tram ticket [valid for 75 minutes] costs ≈ € 1.30. If you want, you can opt for a weekly subscription of € 12 or an annual one of € 380.

Study fees

The fees of the University of Padova are extremely competitive compared to those of other leading European universities. The university also offers a wide range of scholarships for its students.

Study fees for the academic year 2019-2020 have not yet been published on the university’s website, but for an idea of their cost, the university has published study fees charged for 2018-2019:

Humanities: ≈ € 2.507 / year

Sciences: ≈ € 2,600 / year

Medical Sciences: ≈ € 2,710 / year

Distance learning: ≈ € 1,858 / year

Education: ≈ € 2,919 / year

Payment of study fees

In the first stage, students have to pay ≈ € 185 if they are enrolled in the first year of Bachelor/Master and ≈ € 565 if they have completed their first year of study.

This first charge must be paid:

  • at the time of enrollment [for students in the first year of Bachelor]
  • from 9 July to 30 September [by students who have completed their first year of study]
  • starting with July 9th until the deadline specified by the faculty [for students enrolled in the first year of the Master]

In order to be admitted to the University of Padova, it is mandatory to pay a fee of € 185 at the time of enrollment.

In the next two stages, the amount of study fees can be reduced considerably with social or merit scholarships granted by the University. The scholarships are awarded taking into account the budget allocated by the funding institutions (Government, Regional Authorities), the number of students, the results of the year of study and the current financial situation of the students.

The second toll is to be paid by February 15 of the next calendar year, and the third to May 15 of the next calendar year.

Application deadline for the academic year 2019-2020

1st Call:

  • [09/01/2020 – 28/02/2020] – for young Europeans or outside the European Union

2nd Call:

  • [15/04/2020 – 30/07/2020] – for young Europeans
  • [15/04/2020 – 31/05/2020] – young people outside the European Union

3rd Call:

  • [mid-April to mid-September] – for young Europeans

In conclusion, it’s time to send your application to the University of Padova

Padova is a university that offers a variety of complete and updated courses. It is one of the most prestigious universities in Italy due to its quality of teaching and because it offers students an excellent academic background.

You still have time to apply to this university by mid-September, in case the vacant places have not been occupied yet. If the study programmes and affordable costs have convinced you, we can help you free of charge to build a powerful application file for the University of Padova.

Fill out our contact form here and we will contact you as soon as possible!

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