Università degli Studi di Pavia is located in the peaceful university town of Pavia, situated on the banks of the Ticino River. The city's comfortable size and medieval character are a pleasant contrast to the bustle of Milan, located just 30 minutes away by train. Founded in Roman times, the city today features extensive Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, with a maze of narrow streets, ancient churches and elegant buildings. The countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts, and university sports events combine to create an ideal place to live and study.

Università degli Studi di Pavia is one of the oldest universities in Europe, with an edict issued by King Lotharius in 825 noting an institution of higher education in Pavia. The university is composed of 15 distinct colleges and residences where studies live and study. The university values not only the quality of its education and research programs, but also its student services, recreation and leisure activities. 

ISEP students immerse themselves in Italian culture by taking university classes with local students and living in a residence hall on campus. Pavia's collegiate system, unique in Italy, consists of 20 colleges hosting approximately 2000 students. Living in a traditional College offers the opportunity to belong to a community where academic achievement, traditional events, parties, and sporting rivalries all play key roles. ISEP students are assigned to live in one of the university's  EDiSU colleges. Tutorship, orientation, support courses, cultural activities are constantly offered as part of the residential experience. 

The university has an active student body, and ISEP students can participate in sports teams, cultural activities and student groups. Pavia has a series of sports centres, including those run by CUS (Centre for University Sports), as well as many cultural attractions. Check out this video about international students in Pavia!

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Course Description

Università degli Studi di Pavia offers undergraduate level courses taught entirely in Italian in subjects including business, engineering, natural sciences, health sciences and social sciences. 

Pavia offers a selection of courses taught in English at the Master’s level, which are open to  qualified ISEP students enrolled in the third or fourth year of their undergraduate degree at their home univeristy.  

Tips for finding courses:

1. Use the Course Catalogue to seach for courses by semester. 

2. Search by Area, Course Type (select Corso di Laurea for undergraduate courses), Academic Year, Period and Language.

3. Click on the course name to view a short description of the course objectives and content.

4. Courses in the Primero Semestre run September – January and courses in the Secondo Semestre run February – June. Courses labeled Annualita Singola run the full year from September – June. 

Pre-semester and in-session Italian language classes are available for a small additional fee. Students will recieve a certificate of completion and credit may be awarded. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in an Italian language course. 

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT ADVISOR Maggie Montgomery 703-504-9991 | MMontgomery@isep.org Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Advisor and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in Italian)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Management Economics Finance

  • Communication Recommended!

  • Engineering:

    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Industrial Engineering

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures Recommended!

    Italian Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Nutrition Sciences Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Science

  • Hospitality and Tourism

  • International/Global Studies

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Mathematics

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies Recommended!

    Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences: Recommended!

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences

    Political Science and Government

  • Sports Studies:

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts Recommended!

    Music Theory and Composition

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Graduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Architecture

  • Biology:

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Genetics

  • Business:

    Economics Entrepreneurship Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Engineering:

    Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Industrial Engineering

  • International/Global Studies

  • Psychology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 90
  • IELTS Score: 6.5

Special Needs Support

  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Graduate
(in Italian)

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    African Studies Asian Studies European Studies

  • Biology:

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology

  • Business:

    Business Management Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication

  • Engineering:

    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Civil Engineering Environmental Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth)

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Linguistics

  • Health Sciences

    Pharmacy

  • History:

    European History History, Other

  • Hospitality and Tourism

  • Human Services

    Public Administration

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities

  • Mathematics

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences

    Political Science and Government

  • Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Drama and Theatre Arts Film Studies Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Reading Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Listening Score: B1 - Intermediate High
  • LPR Speaking Score: B1 - Intermediate High
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Needs Support

  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Courses in Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry are closed to ISEP students. 

In the Italian academic system, 1 CFU = 0.5 U.S. credits. A 6 credit course in Italy is equivalent to a 3 credit course in the U.S. Students should register for a minimum of 24 CFUs and a maximum of 30 CFUs. Your home institution ultimately determines credit conversion. 

The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course level eligibility upon arrival.

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