The city of Pavia was founded on the left bank of the River Ticino more than two thousand years ago. Nowadays, almost 75,000 people live in this city, only 35 km from Milan. There are eight museums in this small town.
Universita degli Studi di Pavia (The University of Pavia) was one of the first Italian universities to enact procedures for the internationalization of its academic system. The University of Pavia, together with the Universities of Bologna and Siena, was the first to implement the ERASMUS Programme for foreign students (1988). Similarly, Pavia has been collaborating since the late 1980s, within the framework of the Coimbra Group (a group of the oldest and most prestigious European universities), on a number of projects for the "Europeanization" of the university system (i.e. implementation of the ECTS credit transfer system). These projects were subsequently approved by the European Union.
Based on its experience at the forefront, UNIPV believes in the need to create opportunities for its students to pursue international careers (offering international scholarships for outstanding incoming and outgoing students) as well as to encourage research activities (financing projects for researchers at UNIPV and attracting scholars from around the world). Using its numerous academic contacts that have been established over the years, UNIPV has been able to create a network of international collaboration that today is represented by over 500 partner universities and research institutions throughout the world. This has led to prestigious recognition within international academia.
The University of Pavia has dedicated a portion of its international funds and human resources to developing countries through the establishment of the Centre for International Cooperation and Development (CICOPS). The International Relations Division is responsible for coordination and implementation of internationalization activities. The Division follows the directives of the university governance and works in collaboration with the Pro-rector for International Relations.
The requirements for this program are:
- 2.5 GPA
- Some Italian recommended for Italian as a Foreign Language program
- 6 semesters or more of college-level Italian Language courses completed for study in Italian
Italian as a Second Language
For a relatively small fee, exchange students can enroll in the Italian as a Second Language program, designed for international students who are not fluent enough in Italian to participate in regular university courses. The courses in this program will be tailored to reflect the level of fluency of each individual student.
There are three language courses offered at the University of Pavia:
1 - An Italian intensive taking place in September. It is a 3 week program that offers 3 US credits*. This costs an additional 150€**.
2 - A semester-long Italian course that takes place during the fall semester, and offers students 5 US credits upon completion*. This program costs an additional 180€**.
3 - A semester-long Italian course that takes place during the spring semester, and offers students 5 US credits upon completion. This program costs an additional 180€**.
* Note: Options 1 and 2 are only available to students studying in Pavia for a full-academic year. ** Students wishing to enroll in more than one language option receive a discount. Options 1 & 2 cost 300€, Option 2 & 3 cost 330€ and all three options cost only 400€, in addition to the NAU tuition you would pay for this program.
In recent years, the University of Pavia has responded to the growth in international communication by strengthening its language-learning resources. Some thirty-odd mother-tongue foreign language experts, known as Collaboratori ed esperti linguistici, now provide language support services for staff and students alike. Students and visitors have access to the Language Centre's impressive stock of courses, exam materials, dictionaries, audio and videocassettes and DVD films relating to 50 languages.
Courses in Italian
If you've completed 6 or more semesters of college-level Italian, you can enroll in regular university classes taught in Italian. To find courses offered, use the links provided below.
The majors listed above also offer Masters courses, for those who may be interested. Majors specific to a Masters program include Pharmacology, and European History.
Semester I: September to Mid January
Semester II: Late January to Mid June
The University of Pavia is among the universities that possess the most estensive residence hall systems in Italy. The majority of its students are housed in one of its 15 Halls. The most ancient ones date back to 1564 (Collegio Borromeo) and 1567 (Collegio Ghislieri), while the two most recent ones (Collegio Maino and CollegioVolta) were founded in 2000. The Residence Halls are either male- or female-only, catered or self-catered (with kitchens on each floor for student use). Most Halls admit both undergraduate and graduate students and places are offered for the academic year except for Christmas and Easter vacations.
Also available are flats (private or campus-run), or homestay families.