Università di Pavia / UNIPV

Founded in 1361

The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest  academic institutions: it was founded in 1361 and until the 20th century it was the only university in the Milan Area and the region of Lombardy. Today it is a comprehensive university, which covers all subject areas - Science and Technology, Science Engineering, Life Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences - and is composed of 18 Departments offering study programmes at all levels, from Bachelor’s degrees to Doctorate programmes.

The academic staff counts more than 900 professors and researchers. 24,000 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at the University of Pavia. The University participates in more than 400 international agreements with universities all over the world, and especially it collaborates in research projects with the most advanced international laboratories and organizes Masters and PhD research programs.

Since 1984, UNIPV has a Centre for International Cooperation and Development (CICOPS) whose objective is to promote cooperation with developing countries and stimulate relations between the University of Pavia and universities in developing countries. 

The Department of Economics and Management offers three Undergraduate courses:  Administration, Corporate, Control and Finance; Economy; Management and four Master Programmes: Economics, Finance and International Integration (MEFI); International Business and Management (MIBE); Economy and Business Administration (MEGI); and Economy and Business Law (MELI). MIBE and MEFI are entirely taught in English.

The Department offers students the opportunity to study a wide variety of topics, from the functioning of economic system, micro and macro phenomena to applied economics for business activities. The teaching program includes Double Degree courses, interfaculty programs and curriculums taught in English. A further opportunity is represented by participation in the EMBS program that provides students with the opportunity to achieve a Master in Business with European profile.

Since 1997, UNIPV has established an International Master Program in Cooperation and Development, the first master program in Italy in this field and the Department has recently established the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in International Development Studies (GLODEP).

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  • NOHA Winter School in LRRD

    The University of Pavia organises the NOHA Winter School in the month of December.
    The first Winter School in Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development - has been organized in 2016 in collaboration with CISP, and has involved lecturers from the academia, NGOs, and international organizations.
    Aim of the school:  to build awareness on the concept of linking relief, rehabilitation and development, its evolution amongst humanitarian relief and development workers, and to promote sharing of experiences and approaches in order to improve dialogue and mutual understanding. The Winter School has been based on theoretical presentations, individual and groupwork exercises, video presentation, case studies presentation, group discussions and debates.
    For more, see: 
    NOHA Winter Scool – December 2016 (1),
    NOHA Winter Scool – December 2016 (2)
  • Joint Master Degree in International Development Studies (GLODEP)

    The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in International Development Studies (GLODEP) is a two-year multidisciplinary master program in development studies, with an economic grounding and policy perspective. GLODEP has a fixed structure: first semester at Palacky University (Olomouc, Czech Republic), second semester at the University of Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand, France) and third semester at the University of Pavia (Pavia, Italy). The fourth semester is dedicated to an internship or research stay, preferably with one of the fourteen associated partners of the consortium and to thesis writing.
    The aim of GLODEP is to prepare professionals in the field of development policy and practice. GLODEP provides the students with comprehensive knowledge and skills to analyze development issues and to design and promote development policies at national, regional and international levels. GLODEP has two defining features. First, it links the areas of development studies and development economics, offering insights from economics and other fields, such as geography, environmental studies, and political science. Second, the applied character of the program is reflected in the course contents where the policy (project) dimension is emphasized.
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  • Laurea Magistralis in Economics, Finance and International Integration (MEFI)

    The Master Program (Laurea Magistralis) in Economics, Finance and International Integration (MEFI) is a post-graduate course, entirely taught in English, open to Italian and foreign students aiming to pursue advanced studies in the field of applied economics and finance in an international perspective. MEFI trains students longing to start high level careers as professionals or managers in national and multinational firms and within the Public Administration.
    Though students attending MEFI will get the same degree, they may choose from the start between three different specializations: Finance; Industrial Organization and Market Strategies; International Economic Integration.
    • The Finance curriculum has been developed by a group of mathematicians, statisticians and econometricians who have long since concentrated their research work on financial markets. They also cooperate with colleagues involved in macroeconomics and corporate finance.
    • The Industrial Organization and Market Regulation curriculum is based as well on a group of professors and researchers long since involved in research work about theoretical and empirical industrial organization, regulatory economics and competition policy.
    • A third curriculum concerning International Economic Integration and Development is also available, as the University of Pavia is a leading academic institution for post-graduate education in the field of international cooperation and economic development.
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  • Master Program in Cooperation and Development (II Level Master Program)

    Together with the Institute of Advanced Studies of Pavia (IUSS) and the NGOs CISP, COOPI and VIS, since 1997 the University of Pavia has established an International Master Program in Cooperation and Development, the first master program in Italy in this field. The program has been supported for 20 years by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in order to attract talented students from developing countries.
    From the experience of the Master in Cooperation and Development, other similar initiatives have been established in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia in 2003 with the Escuela Latinoamericana de Cooperaciòn y Desarollo (ELACID), in Kathmandu, Nepal with the Master in Cooperation and Development (MICD) and in Nairobi, Kenya with the Master in Economics, Cooperation and Human Development (MECOHD). All together, the 5 Master Programs constitutes the Cooperation and Development Network (CDN). UNIPV regularly exchanges teaching staff and students with the other 4 poles.
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  • Studying in Pavia

    Pavia is located only 30 km south of Milan, to which is connected by trains every 10 minutes. The town of Pavia does not have its own airport. It is served by the two Airports in Milano, Linate and Malpensa, or by the airport of Orio al Serio (Bergamo). 
    The University of Pavia has two main campuses: Humanities and Social Sciences in the city centre, the scientific campus in the western part of Pavia, near the main hospital. 
  • Accommodation

    The University of Pavia has a consolidated system of University Residences offering a wide range of services: accommodation, canteens, cooking facilities, internet, study rooms, TV, laundry, sport facilities, social and cultural activities. Some colleges also have their own academic offer within the university system.
    There are threee kind of residences: the „historic” ones („di merito”), the public ones (run by EDISU) and the private ones.
    Four “Historic” residences - Almo Collegio Borromeo (the oldest in Italy, since 1561), Collegio Ghislieri (since 1567), the Collegio Santa Caterina and the Collegio Nuovo-
    are reserved for the best students. Public residences, run by EDiSU, offer accommodation to both male and female students selected by a public competition.
    Fees are calculated according to students family’s income. Support in finding or sharing a private flat is provided by the Centro Assistenza Studenti already before arriving in Pavia. Please, note that in Italy, the electrical current is AC and the cycle is 50Hz 220 V. Plugs have round prongs. Foreigners coming from countries where a different system is in use need to have adapter plugs and, if necessary, a transformer.
    EDiSU – Ente per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario
    Via Calatafimi, 11- 27100 Pavia
    Tel. +39 0382 305011 -  segre@edisu.pv.it
    Centro Assistenza Studenti
    Corso Mazzini, 9 – 27100 Pavia
    Tel. +39 0382 539393 - info@centroassistenzastudenti.it
  • Living costs

    The shops and boutiques in the central area are open from Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 15.00/15.30 to 19.30. The department stores and supermarkets are usually open from Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 19.30. Food shops are closed on Monday afternoons while other kind of shops are closed on Monday mornings. All shops are closed on Sundays. The major streets of the town, Corso Strada Nuova, Corso Cavour and Corso Garibaldi have many shops and boutiques that meet any kind of taste. Still, they are not the only place where to shop! In the narrow streets of the medieval part of the city, as well as in the suburbs, you can find plenty of charming groceries, bakeries, organic food shops, herbalist’s shops, and much more. In the centre of Pavia you will find two lively market places. The market place at Piazza Petrarca is open from Monday to Saturday, from early morning until approximately 14.00. The market is selling both food (such as fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, fish, honey, cheese and so on) and other kind of goods (i.e. clothes, shoes, flowers, toys and much more). On Wednesdays and Saturdays the market gets much bigger, and it is open until approximately 19.00. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings there is a market place also at Piazza del Duomo. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings there is also a “Farmers’ market” at Piazza del Carmine. When you go to a supermarket, remember to bring with you some coins, 0. 50 €, 1 € or 2 € because you need them to take your shopping trolley (the price depends on the supermarket). You have to insert the coin in to the slot next to the handle and then you can get a trolley. At the end, after you’ve paid, retrieve your coin returning the trolley to where you’ve took it. You don’t need to pay any refundable deposit for the shopping baskets. In order to reduce the plastic bag waste, you won’t get them for free from the supermarket. You can either bring your own shopping bag or buy the ones sold at the cash counters (they usually cost about € 0,05). Around the town, you can find also some “ethnic” shops, selling food, drink and other goods from many foreign countries (Latin American, Asian, African, Middle East, Eastern Europe). To have an idea of the costs in Pavia, here you are some average prices of common goods:

    1 kg of bread € 4.00
    1 l. of fresh milk € 1.30
    1 pizza € 5.00
    1 pint of beer at the pub € 5.00
    1 coffee in a café € 1.00
    1 bus ticket € 1.30
    1 single ticket train to Milan € 4.00
    1cinema ticket € 8.00
    1 newspaper € 1.30
    1 book € 15.00  
  • Services

    The University offers 35 libraries run by different faculties and departments. All material owned by the different academic libraries is listed in an electronic catalogue, called OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalogue). By consulting this source, it is possible to find information about book offer, and availability. A special section of the catalogue is provided for periodicals. Each library has its own opening hours and rules: libraries can be open from a minimum of 16 to a maximum of 50 hours per week, generally from Monday to Friday.
    Contacts:  Servizio Biblioteche
    A number of canteens located at both campuses. The price of a complete meal (including two courses, a side dish, bread, a dessert or fruit and water) is € 7.50.
    • Mensa Unigest, Via Ferrata - +39 0382 529682
    • Mensa Cravino, Via Bassi - +39 0382 422130
    • Mensa Collegio Fraccaro, Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci+39 0382 304048
    • Mensa Collegio Castiglioni, Via San Martino 18/20+39 0382 33518
    • Mensa Centrale, Via Carlo Alberto +39 0382 33526 (here it is possible to pay for single plates or for the whole menu).
    The ordinary ticket costs €1.30 and allows unlimited travels (check city area limits) on all bus lines for the next 60 minutes. It can be bought at almost every tobacconists’ and news stands or at the bus terminal. All students (Except PhD) can travel the whole academic year (October – September), buying a card that costs €13.00.
    The University of Pavia Sports Centre (C.U.S.) carries out sports activities both in the university circuit (participation in the University National Championships and in national and international activities) and in the circuit of the National Sports Federations. Facilities consist of three multi-purpose gyms, a weight room, a fencing room, a rugby field, a football/ archery field, a field for 5-man football, two beach volley courts and an exercise trail with gymnastic equipment and a canoeing-rowing facility on the left bank of the Ticino River. All university students - including international students - can join the C.U.S.

    Centro Universitario Sportivo (C.U.S.)
    Via Bassi, 9/A -27100 Pavia Tel.  +39 0382 526209
    Sport facilities:
    * Rugby, athletics, climbing, basketball, volleyball, weight-lifting, fencing tennis, football, archery - Via Bassi, 11 – 13. (bus n° 3, both directions)
    * Canoeing, boat racing - Via Folla di Sotto (bus n° 4, both directions)
    * Swimming pool - Via Folperti (bus n° 1, both directions)
    * Judo -Via San Martino, 18 – in the Collegio Castiglioni (city centre)
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