Founded in 1361, the University of Pavia is one of the oldest in Europe. In over six centuries of history, it has counted leading figures among its students, such as Gerolamo Cardano, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Alessandro Volta, Ugo Foscolo and Camillo Golgi.
Today, the University of Pavia represents a point of reference as regards education and research, with over 25,000 students, 18 departments, 16 University Colleges, 1500 scholarships and 3300 internships.
According to a survey by socio-economic research institute Censis, the University of Pavia is the second university among the largest ones in Italy, with more than 20,000 students.
The range of courses on offer produces graduates with a high degree of specialization and a solid preparation for employment, through nine main departments (Economics; Pharmacy; Law; Engineering; Letters and Philosophy; Medicine; Musicology; Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences; Political Sciences), interdisciplinary degree courses, and courses taught in English.