University of Padova – Italy

University of Padova is an Italian public research university in Padua, Italy. Located less than an hour from Venice, It was founded in 1222 by a group of students and teachers from the University of Bologna, thus, it is the second-oldest university in Italy, as well as the world’s fifth-oldest surviving university.

The university is made up of 32 departments and eight schools. Padova is part a network of historical research universities known as the Coimbra Group. The university has approximately 72,000 students including undergraduates, postgraduates, and doctoral students.

Internationalisation has always been an important priority for the University of Padova. With over 300 exchange agreements, the University has established long-standing relationships with Higher Education Institutions all over the world, not only in Europe but also in Africa, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East, aimed at encouraging international exchanges of teaching and administrative staff as well as students at all degree levels.

Programmes of study

DMU’s exchange agreement with University of Padova allows students from the following programme to study abroad:

  • Health & Life Sciences – Psychology

Modules will be available in English and further information about the study options can be found here. Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year at University of Padova. Alongside their studies, students can also attend a free of charge Italian language course offered by the language centre, CLA – Centro linguistico di Ateneo. Further information is available online at this webpage

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – the nearest airport to Padova is Venice Marco Polo airport. You can choose to take a bus direct to Padova, or a bus to Mestre and an onward train to the city which will taken between 45-60 minutes.
  • Accommodation – Exchange students seeking accommodation for a full year of study can find many different options in the city, but this is not a guaranteed offer and students will need to look privately, and are recommended to do this as soon as their application to University of Padua is accepted and confirmed by the Host. For more information about accommodation support and private housing options visit their website here.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Italian immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – All students are recommended to purchase travel insurance for the duration of their time in Europe to cover personal possessions and healthcare. UK and EU nationals can apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is time-limited to the length of the exchange period.


Living costs in Padova are similar to those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Italy: