Study in This Charming Italian City

The University of Padua is one of the world’s oldest universities and has long been home to curious and intelligent students.

Italy's northeast is a charming place, imbued with a peaceful yet artistic temperament, as well as a thriving industry. The best known city in the region is Venice, but less than an hour’s drive away is Padua, home to one of the world’s oldest and most respected universities. 

With over 3,000 years of culture, art and history, Padua offers international students a unique learning environment, especially for those at the University of Padua, Italy’s second oldest university. One of Europe’s most prestigious seats of learning, the University of Padua is a symbol of excellence.

To find out more, please contact the University of Padua via the form below.

An Institution of Great Tradition and Wisdom

The University of Padua was founded in 1222 in a bid to spread freedom of thought. Since then, students, researchers and alumni have greatly contributed to the improvement of knowledge and society.

Where once Galileo Galilei was a lecturer, you can now study a wide variety of both traditional and modern subjects. One of the University’s schools is the Galilean School of Higher Education, which is open to 30 students each year, specially chosen to attend the School’s high-level courses and use its special services.

A library at the University of Padua

The University is also the scientific and cultural heart of northeast Italy, providing highly specialised training for the area’s 400,000 businesses and more than 5 million residents, a role made possible by the University’s extensive network of campuses across Veneto.

The University of Padua and the city of Padua are closely intertwined, both historically and geographically. The University’s various schools, departments and research labs are spread throughout Padua and around a third of the city’s population is made up of students. Padua is home to over 60,000 students out of a population of 210,000.

Many international students call Padua their home and the University of Padua has a large and vibrant international community of staff, students and alumni, which is of the benefit for all who work and study at this esteemed place of learning.

The University of Padua is recognised as the best university in Italy for teaching quality (2018 ANVUR evaluation) and is one of the most cited universities in the world. 90% of students are highly satisfied with the academic challenge and student experience received from the University of Padua (National Graduate Survey, Almalaurea 2019).

A City of Great Beauty

“For the great desire I had to see fair Padua, nursery of arts, I am arrived… and am to Padua come, as he that leaves a shallow plash to plunge in the deep, and with satiety seeks to quench his thirst” – William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


Veneto is one of Italy’s 20 regions and stretches from the Dolomite Mountains to the Adriatic sea in Italy’s northeast. Known for being the home of the powerful Venetian Republic and for its capital Venice, Veneto also houses Verona, known for its association with Romeo and Juliet, and, of course, Padua, a lively and dynamic city which can offer students unique and outstanding examples of art, music, theatre, cinema and sport throughout the year.

Padua’s rich cultural heritage, visited each year by thousands of tourists, includes the Scrovegni Chapel, with immaculately painted frescoes; the Prato della Valle, one of the largest squares in Europe; the Palazzo della Ragione, a medieval courthouse; the Orto Botanico, the oldest university botanical garden and UNESCO World Heritage site; and a historic city centre, with picturesque squares, palaces and museums.

A Scrovegni fresco

The piazzas, the warm and pleasant riverbank air, a summer drink on the Piovego waterfront… Padua is surfeit with moments of quiet beauty and students for so many years have left Padua feeling replete with knowledge and artistic fulfilment. Similarly, those keen on sports are well catered for, with the University Sports Centre (CUS) offering a wide range of activities, individual and team alike.

Padua is also well-endowed with parks and bicycle lanes, so it is easy to navigate the city if you can’t drive or if you feel like enjoying the exercise. But if the need arises, there is a car-sharing scheme available. If you feel like travelling further and exploring Italy or Europe, Padua maintains well-connecting air, rail and road transportation.


The University of Padua’s fees are extremely competitive when compared to similar top-ranking universities, and yet Padua offers so much more than they do.

The University of Padua also grants a large number of merit-based and income-based scholarships sponsoring international student tuition and/or living costs.

To find out more, contact the University of Padua via the form below.