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UniversitÓ degli Studi di Padova

University of Padova, Via Riviera Tito Livio 6, 35122 Padova, Italy, Padua
3.92 / 5 based on 174 reviews.
Description:
The UniversitÓ degli Studi di Padova is the second oldest University in Italy and its traditional name is "il Bo", i.e. "the Ox".

Our relationships with other academic Institutions and Research Centres the whole world over, from America to China and Australia, are extremely active through exchange of professors, information and publications.

The University is in a phase of expansion and is looking at smaller towns nearby as sites for future initiatives (development of a polycentric University). Many of the students come daily to Padova from neighbouring villages and towns.

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Programmes
Accreditations
86% of students recommend
174 reviews
Housing
4.1/5
All experiences (174)
Student life
4.1/5
5 stars (48)
Academic
3.6/5
4 stars (72)
Languages
4.3/5
3 stars (54)
Expenses
3.6/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.3/5
1 star (0)
If you can go abroad, be it Italy or anywhere else, definately do so! Read Review
sissi0414, United States

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HOUSING    
by jessbiagora, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Computer Science/IT, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I like the freedom of living in an appartment where I can come and go when I want and make food at any time. I like to have 2 or 3 flatmates, otherwise I think I would be a bit lonely. However I don't like to be surrounded by lots of other student appartments as it can be a little too noisy.
Personal comments:
In the first semester I stayed in an appartment in an area of university appartments on Via Monte Cengio. Unfortunately these appartments were very big with 10 or 11 students in each, they were old and in need of repair. I should mention that they have now been refurbished. In my second semester I stayed in a private appartment on Via Pietro Canal which was sublett to the university. It was great, and the ratings I gave for my accommodation apply to it.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by jessbiagora, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Computer Science/IT, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The Erasmus society in Padova was excellent at organizing events, meetings, discounts at bars and clubs, and were very friendly. Places I enjoyed included: 1) Banale - night club, and Banale Estivo, the summer version which is held outside of the city in the open air during the warm months of the summer. There is a free bus from the city centre. 2) The Fish Market - a smaller night club were there was excellent live jazz once a week. 3) Bourbon Street - another night club which some regarded as slightly dodgy but could still be good. 4) There's a cafe in Pizza dei Signori which does excellent hot chocolate. 5) The ice cream place in Pizza Garibaldi. 6) Theme bars such as the Highlander, The Indiana Jones bar and the australian bar.
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ACADEMIC    
by Saoirse, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Law, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Talk to the Italian students and former Erasmus students. Try and talk with the lecturers in charge of the course and explain your situation to them.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
The majority of the exams are oral exams which is very different to my home university system, it was a bit nervewracking but perhaps better than having to sit written exams with limited language ability. I would suggest though that the student attempts the exam at the first possible opportunity to get a feel for the system and to repeat or improve on the exam.

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by Vanessa, University of California, Davis, Davis, United States
Biology, University Agreement
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: Italian
Was learning Italian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Italian
How much did you improve your Italian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
One of my main goals in going to Italy was to become confident in my command of the language. At the beginning of my study abroad experience I could understand basic phrases, but at times I was just not used to being so immersed in another language. Sometimes I just needed a break because it took a lot of energy to focus on the Italian and understand everything. The main way that I learned Italian and became confident with the language, was by making close Italian friends and limiting my interactions with English. Every experience became a learning experience: buying a train ticket, going to class, reading books in Italian, everything became an opportunity to improve my skills. Now that I have returned from Italy, I still look for ways to continue to improve. I send e-mails to my friends there often, read books in Italian, and watch Italian films...all to maintain the level of Italian I acquired while studying abroad.
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EXPENSES    
by jessbiagora, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Computer Science/IT, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
Certains things were simply cheaper in Italy while I was there but I have been back since the Euro arrived and things have definitely got significantly more expensive! However generally travel is cheaper than the UK, certain foods which Italians eat are cheaper whereas foods which they don't eat so regularly are more expensive. For example pasta and sauces are cheaper than the UK but breakfast cereal is more expensive. If you get a pizza in a restaurant or takeaway it will be cheaper - and a hell of a lot nicer! So, when in Italy, eat like the Italians do.
Nightlife: was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Telephone: was the same price as at home.
Food, Travel, Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
When I was there Italian banks had a monthly charge for having an account. It may be a better idea, depending on the amount of time you are there for, to get a UK accoount which has a Cirrus option so you can withdraw money in Italy (for a small fee).
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OVERALL    
by sissi0414, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States
International Relations, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
What a wonderful experience it would be so I could have done it sooner!
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
It's a great place because it's so filled of life, so many students. Acaemics in Italy differ a lot from the United States and other places in Europe but if you can get used to it you can get a lot out of your education.



FINAL COMMENTS

If you can go abroad, be it Italy or anywhere else, definately do so!
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