The University

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. A qualification from the University of Padova is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, one that is recognised and coveted by both students and employers alike.

Courses at the University of Padova 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 Padova degrees also reflects 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). Research into pharmaceuticals is also covered with Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies (Pharmacy), as is research into hi-tech products with a course in Materials Science (Sciences). Great emphasis is also placed on Humanities, such as History and Conservation of Artistic and Cultural Heritage (Arts and Philosophy), and on teacher training with a course in Primary Education (Education).The University’s traditional courses for professionals in Law, Economics, and Business Management are run alongside courses that analyse complex social systems such as Sociological Sciences (Political Sciences) and Statistics, Population and Society (Statistical Sciences).

Furthermore, highly motivated University students may also apply for admission to the Galilean School of Higher Education. After a demanding selection process, each year 30 students are chosen to attend the School’s high-level in-house courses and to use its special services.

10 Top Reasons to choose the University of Padova

  • A diverse portfolio of study programmes - a multidisciplinary university offering a comprehensive range of constantly updated study programmes.
  • High-quality education - ranked among the first universities in Italy for the quality of its education, providing students with a solid cultural background and professional training. A qualification from the University of Padova means the achievement of an ambitious objective and a recognised education.
  • World-leading research university -ranked 151-200 in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and the best Italian university for the quality of research results in the first ever two reports by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research Systems). Among the best European universities for the number of the top 10% most frequently cited publications.
  • Quality support services - according to Almalaurea surveys, 9 over 10 students were satisfied with their academic career at the University of Padova and their student life.
  • One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe - established in 1222 by students and teachers with the aim to defend freedom of thought in study and teaching. The University has a glorious history and boasts among its scholars and professors Galileo Galilei – who taught in Padova from 1592 to 1610 – and Elena L. Cornaro-Piscopia - the first ever woman to receive an academic degree from a university in 1678.
  • An international community - a university with a long tradition of international cooperation, participation in international networks of excellence as well as in research and education projects, welcoming students and scholars from all over the world.
  • Competitive tuition fees and incentives - the University offers competitive tuition fees in comparison to other top-ranked European universities, plus a vast array of incentives for deserving and/or low economic background students.
  • Student-friendly city - a unique learning environment in a university which is deeply connected to its city and urban pattern. University students represent 30% of the city population.
  • A city, unlike any other - Padova, blends historical tradition, art and culture with flourishing business and service industries.
  • Strategic location - easy connections to main Italian and international cities allow you to travel for tourism or visiting home.

Highlights

Academic Offer

The University of Padova is unique in its multi-disciplinary offer, spanning over 8 schools and 32 departments. Students at the University of Padova can choose from a wide range of the first cycle (80), second cycle (84) and single cycle (9) degree programmes, as well as a vast array of Postgraduate courses and a school of excellence (Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori).

Courses entirely held in English are on the increase, now including 20 full degree programmes, 20 doctoral programmes, more than 700-course units and numerous short specialisation courses.

Research

The University of Padova fosters top-quality research activities and actors in all scientific areas, increasingly attracting public and private funding. 5.2% of Italian public funding for scientific projects of national importance are awarded to researchers at the University of Padova, whereas European funds for research projects at Padova have soared by 40% over the last three years. 28 projects are funded by the European Research Council (ERC). These are ground-breaking research projects, led by excellent scientists who chose Padova to carry out their outstanding research activities.

Synergies with the Industry

The university research is deeply connected with its territory, as witnessed by the high number of ongoing contracts with public and private bodies for experimental activities. Commercial research services alone account for 32% of departments’ income. A particular effort is being made to enhance cooperation between university research groups and the industry, with special emphasis on SMEs in North-East Italy. On top of that, a mention is worth to the almost 50 spin-off companies established within the University of Padova and supported by its start-up incubator.

Career

Career Service guides students and new graduates in their transition from the academic 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.

Opportunities

While studying in Padova, you are also allowed to work part-time (20 hours/week) both within and outside the university. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to visit other European countries with your Italian residence permit. Finally, after having obtained your degree, you have the right to stay for an entire year in Italy or any other EU country!

Programmes taught in:
  • English (US)

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The goal of this degree course is to prepare skilled graduates with an in-depth biomedical culture concerning the relationships between structure and function of biomolec ... [+]

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This study course is for students who wish to become specialised graduates with an advanced biomedical knowledge concerning the links between the structure and the purpose of biomolecules and bio-systems operating at cellular and tissue level of the human body, in both physiological and pathological conditions. The wide knowledge of the techniques is based on a solid practical activity in laboratories during the internship.

Subject to the educational aims of Class LM-9, the acquired knowledge allows specialized graduates to assist physicians in the diagnostic and therapeutic tasks involving the manipulation of cells, genes, and other biosystems requiring applicants to learn special skills in experimental biotechnology (e.g. Diagnosis and gene therapy; therapy through the use of genetically engineered cells; rational design and development of new medicines based on models of molecular targets known or derived from pharmacogenomic knowledge; preparation of nano-biotechnological tools for advanced diagnostics imaging and drug delivery; modulation of the immune response; diagnostics based on innovative processes of science and medical laboratory techniques; immunotherapy to targeted cells); organize and coordinate laboratory activities for advanced research or for diagnostic examinations requiring the use of biotechnological methods and the manipulation of cells or biotechnological materials; organize and coordinate the experimental protocols of clinical research involving the use of materials or biotechnology techniques; design and perform with autonomy research in biotechnology applied to medicine; lead and coordinate, also in governance, development programs and surveillance of biotechnology applied to human beings, taking into account the ethical, technical, environmental and... [-]

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The purpose of the Master of science in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies is to endow students with a sound scientific knowledge for modern pharmaceutical research and healt ... [+]

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The purpose of the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies (two years, 120 CFU) is to endow students with a sound scientific knowledge for modern pharmaceutical research and health biotechnologies.

The organization and the needs of the research in the pharmaceutical field have changed dramatically in recent years. Modern research in both academic and industrial setting is intensely devoted to the study and development of biopharmaceuticals, including the development of biologics and monoclonal antibodies of new conception. Currently, the pharmaceutical scientist requires a thorough education and expertise in molecular biology, genetics, recombinant DNA techniques and bioinformatics, with a solid background in chemistry, pharmacology and advanced pharmaceutical technology. The professionals working in pharmaceutical R&D and production must possess a sound interdisciplinary knowledge, including the specific technical and regulatory issues dedicated to the research, development and monitoring of innovative drugs and biosimilars.... [-]

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Master

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The Medicine and Surgery degree course will have an experimental profile, focused on one hand to use tools and teaching contents of the basic disciplines, characterized b ... [+]

The Medicine and Surgery degree course will have an experimental profile, focused on one hand to use tools and teaching contents of the basic disciplines, characterized by a strong scientific value; on the other hand to an early interaction with the clinic, also through lessons and joint activities, in order to quickly achieve the basic concepts in the context of the health-disease binomial. The particular attention to the training of the student also in the communicative-behavioral and bioethical fields, as well as in the principles of health management and global health, will allow to achieve an enriched educational training essential for the new healthcare professional profile that could be useful in Europe and all abroad, as well as in Italy, for example in contexts of intervention on multicultural populations or in contexts with frequent interactions with other countries.... [-]

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