It was officially established as a Studium Generale by Emperor Charles IV in 1361.
After a period of social unrest and hardship in the 16th and 17th centuries, the rebirth of the university occurred in the second half of the 1700s with the radical reforms of Maria Theresa and Joseph II of Habsburg. Until the 20th Century, it remained the only university in Lombardy.
The University of Pavia offers a wide range of academic areas with courses in:
As research entities, they embrace one or more research sectors, which, regardless of the membership of the individual teachers to different faculties or degree courses are homogeneous as regards goals, methods and subjects taught but often subdivided into sections (Sezioni) in which groups of teachers with similar research and teaching profiles participate.
Research departments also plan research degrees, organise courses relating to them and take part in their teaching.
They are independent bodies with a director (Direttore), an advisory council (Giunta) and a governing body (Consigilio) that meet regularly to discuss and vote on policy matters.
The University of Pavia warmly welcomes job or internship offers for any area of study and from any European country. Steady and permanent contacts give enterprises visibility in the university, starting with the publication of their offer on the website.
Moreover, the Career Service is a mediator between enterprises and students. The office can be a reliable link for enterprises by offering students useful work contacts for their careers in a foreign country.
There are many options for students coming to live in Pavia; you could live in one of the University colleges, a private residence, or source your own apartment.
The University Library System consists of 9 libraries
Pavia offers: 2 sports halls, 4 public swimming pools, 3 private sports clubs, 26 school gyms, 8 university gyms, 20 multi-purpose playing fields, 15 football pitches, 5 boules areas, 4 private equestrian centers, 20 tennis fields, and numerous other facilities including golf courses and skating rinks.
Gym with weight room and 4 studios for personal training
- Wide variety of courses
- Dance school: classic and contemporary, African, Latin American
- Pool: free swimming, swim school, acqua fitness, competitive swimming including water polo and synchronized swimming
- Outdoor pool in the summer months
- Spa- Rehabilitation activities