University of Padova International Master's Program 2017, Italy

Publish Date: Mar 27, 2017

Deadline: May 22, 2017

About the program

The University of Padova, one of the most ancient universities in the world, has a long tradition in the promotion of excellence of its students, regardless their nationality, gender, beliefs, or interests.

Accordingly, every year the University of Padova promotes a program of excellence, the Galilean School of Higher Education.

The school is named in honor of Galileo Galilei, the founder of modern Physics and Astronomy, who came to Padova in 1592, when he was 28 years old; the college where the School is hosted, Collegio Morgagni, takes its name from Giovanni Battista Morgagni, one of the founders of modern Medicine, who came to Padova in 1711, when he was 29 years old. Both men shared a great passion for all activities of the human mind, across a broad range of disciplines including literature, music, natural sciences. Such passion for excellence and a broad vision have deeply been rooted in the University of Padova throughout its history.

At the Galilean School of Higher Education, students are recruited in the areas of Humanities (Classe di Scienze Morali), Natural Sciences (Classe di Scienze Naturali) and Social Sciences (Classe di Scienze Sociali).

In addition to the regular students, the Galilean School of Higher Education recruits up to four highly- motivated foreign students, who can enrol in a 2-years program towards the Master Degree (Second Cycle Degree, Laurea Magistrale).

Several Second Cycle Degrees (Laurea Magistrale) programs are entirely taught in English.

Many other Second Cycle Degrees, although not entirely taught in English, have several courses delivered in English. For details, you can check this list (slight changes can be expected for the academic year 2017- 2018).

Also, several internal courses of the School are delivered in English. At any rate, the School can provide a dedicated course for learning Italian and give support for learning other languages

Academic Duties and Rights 

The admitted foreign students will share all obligations, duties and rights of the other Galilean students. In particular, they must:

1. choose and enrol in the 1st year of a Second Cycle Degree (Laurea Magistrale) of the University of Padova;

  1. attend the regular courses and seminars of their chosen program, and pass the relevant exams at the required dates, with scores not less than 24/30 in any single exam and an average score not less than 27/30;

  2. attend the courses and seminars given by the Galilean School, and pass the relevant exams with the same scores as above. They will share their experience and ideas with the other Galilean students, and will adhere to the disciplinary rules of the College where they are hosted;

  3. write an additional, final Galilean thesis, within one year after obtaining their Master Degree, under the supervision of an advisor of their choice but approved by the School, on a subject different from that of the Master thesis. Following the successful defence of the Galilean thesis, the student will receive the Galilean Diploma.

  •   At the end of the first academic year, if not complying with the above requirements and regulations, students will lose their status of Galilean students and the associated privileges, but will be allowed to continue their regular Master program, at their own expenses.

  •   The School will reimburse one round trip ticket from/to the country of origin (economy class) up to 1.500,00 Euros for each Academic Year, and cover the cost of books and miscellaneous documented expenses of educational nature, authorized and within reasonable limits.

  •   The School will provide free room and board in the University student houses and canteens.

  •   The School reserves the right to assign a grant up to 5.000,00 Euros to the admitted students, as a contribution towards personal living expenses; this grant is subjected to the economic availability of the School and to the evaluation by a specific committee; no other scholarships will be compatible with this grant.


  1. must be eligible for enrolling in the 1st year of a Second Cycle Degree (Laurea Magistrale) of the University of Padova (for details on the pre-requisites, please check this link and, in particular, the admission notices);
  2. must hold a Bachelor degree and not be older than 26 at the time of application;
  3. must complete the online application between 23 March 2017, 1.00 pm (GMT+2) and 22 May 2017, 1.00 pm (GMT+2)

The on-line procedure requires the uploading of the following documents:

  1. a copy of the passport (or identity card only for EU nationals);
  2. a certified copy (on headed paper, signed and stamped by the awarding Institution) of theacademic transcript of records in English with the indication of ECTS credits or the indication of the grading scale used by the Institution, if ECTS grading is not available. The transcript may be replaced by the Diploma Supplement, if available;

After the deadline of 22 May 2017, 1.00 pm (GMT+2), the link to the application form will be disabled. Incomplete submissions will be rejected automatically. Services might be subject to temporary suspensions for technical updates.
Problems related to the online application can be reported by email ( or by phone to the University's Call Centre from Monday to Friday (9 am through 5 pm – GMT+2) +39-0498273131.

In addition to the on-line application, two reference letters are needed from experienced scientists/ mentors who know the applicant. The letters must be written on headed paper of the referee’s Institution; they must be signed and sent personally by the referee, as a pdf file, to the Galilean School (, specifying “Reference Letter (Name, Surname and date of birth of the applicant)” in the e-mail subject. 

The deadline for sending the reference letters is the same as that of the online application (22 May 2017).

Disabled students or students suffering from dyslexia can refer to the Disability and Dyslexia Office to point out particular needs and to request information on the support services available to attend the courses, as well as financial aid.

The School reserves the right to interview the students (e.g. remote interview via skype) as part of the selection process. Applicants will be notified about the interview by e-mail. Fluency in English is required; knowledge of the Italian language is not required, but it will be taken into consideration for the evaluation. A selection committee will evaluate the applications and draw up a ranked preliminary list of qualified candidates.

Selected candidates will be notified within June 1st, 2017 with an announcement on the School website. They must accept the admission to the School by e-mail ( within ten days after the publication of the list of selected candidates. If a selected candidate does not respond to the School within ten days after being notified, his place in the competition will be forfeited and the School Commission will be entitled to select another candidate from a reserve list, in accordance with the process described above.

To finalize their admission to the Galilean School, selected applicants must also conclude the registration procedure to their chosen Second Cycle Degree (Laurea Magistrale), after applying for it and being admitted. More information can be accessed at this link; please refer to the admission notice/ admission bulletin of your chosen Second Cycle Degree for the application procedure and pay particular attention to the deadlines, as they are 26 April 2017 for most English-taught Second Cycle Degrees.

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