Welcome to the University of Pavia

The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions: its foundations existed as early as the 9th

Century as an institution mainly devoted to the study of law, with King Lotharius appointing Pavia as Northern Italy’s main education site in 825. Officially established as a Universitas Studiorum by Emperor Charles IV in 1361, it remained the only university in Lombardy until the 20th Century.

Pavia has been a city-campus since its foundation and continues to offer students a unique experience in Italy and rare in Europe: to stay at one of 20 university colleges.

Today over 24,000 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at our university.

The University of Pavia is a public and interdisciplinary University, composed of 18 departments offering study programmes in all subject areas and at all levels-from Bachelor’s degrees to PhDs. Close attention is paid to each student by our 900 professors and researchers.

With a wide variety of both academic and social opportunities, including a strong tradition of international exchanges, Pavia is the ideal place to study.

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