It was a handful of students, almost eight centuries ago, who founded one of the first universities in Europe: 1222 marked the birth of the University of Padova, destined to welcome teachers such as Galileo Galilei and Andreas Vesalius, and students like Francesco Guicciardini and Carlo Goldoni.
Today, Padova is a research university offering a comprehensive range of constantly updated study programmes and it is ranked among the first universities for the quality of its education. It is one of the most important higher education institution in Italy with about sixty thousand students (40,000 at bachelor level, 20,000 at master level and 1,400 at doctoral level), more than 2,000 teaching staff and more than 2,200 administrative staff.
Courses at the University of Padova are constantly updated in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market.
The institution consists of 8 schools and 32 departments, offering 76 first cycle degree programmes, 85 second cycle degree programmes, 8 single cycle degree programmes, 73 short-specialisation degree courses, 47 specialisation schools (mostly medical ones). For the academic year 2018/19 the University of Padova offers 2 Bachelor's degree courses and 20 Master's degree courses completely held in English.
In addition, there are 1 university hospital, 1 veterinary hospital and 1 experimental farm.The research departments host over 39 different doctoral programmes, many of which entirely held in English.
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.
The University possesses an enormous wealth of freely available reading material including more than 2 million books kept in its 31 libraries and it has a museum tradition dating back to the 18th century, reflected in its 10 museums of various disciplines.
Located in a strategic position in North East Italy, Padova has a long tradition of international cooperation and participation in international networks of excellence, welcoming international students and scholars in a unique learning environment. Traditionally a free-thinking and trail-blazing centre of education and research, Padova keeps faith with its historical motto: Universa universis patavina libertas, which means "Liberty of Padova, Universally and for All".