The University of Pavia at a glance

  • Founded in 1361
  • The English language study program in medicine "Harvey Medicine" is unique in Italy and was launched in 2009.
  • The study material follows the latest recommendations and trends from the UK and the US.
  • Many professors have teaching experience in English-speaking countries, including Cambridge.
  • There are three modern university hospitals that combine care and research, as well as collaborations with many other hospitals.
  • The Laboratory of Applied Nuclear Energy (Laboratorio energia nucleare applicata, LENA) of the University of Pavia is also located here.
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Study Medicine in Italy at the University of Pavia Medical School

Founded in 1361, the University of Pavia is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. The same year marks the beginning of the Faculty of Medicine. Today, around 24,000 students study at the reknowned Pavia medical university, 1,500 of whom are from abroad.

The 6-year study program of Medicine and Surgery is known as “Harvey Medicine”. The unique program, which is the first of its kind in Italy, is aimed at international students. The language of instruction  at University of Pavia is English.

The lecturers include experienced scientists and clinicians who, due to their active role in their profession, are up on the latest advancements and teach Pavia medical school students with the up-to-date materials. Many of the professors have also taught and done research abroad. For example, Prof. Gherardi, who teaches immunology and pathology, has more than 20 years of teaching experience at Cambridge University.

A distinctive feature of the Pavia medical university is that it combines clinical treatment and research in three leading hospitals. There is also collaboration with various other research hospitals.

The University of Pavia Medical School English is regarded as a progressive medical university and is, among other things, a pioneer in the field of robot-assisted cardiac surgery within Italy. Its Laboratory of Applied Nuclear Energy operates its own nuclear reactor for research purposes. Here, radioisotopes are used for the treatment of cancer.

Pavia at a glance

  • 72,000 inhabitants, capital of Lombardy.
  • One of the most beautiful and historically interesting cities of Lombardy.
  • Among the most impressive sights are the historic old town: the Cathedral of Pavia (built in 1488), the Sanctuary of San Michele, the Castello di Pavia (built in 1360) and the Certosa di Pavia Monastery, as well as 19 museums.
  • 24,000 students from Italy and abroad live in the small town.
  • The city boasts four theaters and cinemas.
  • Numerous annual festivals and events.
  • There are great shopping opportunities in Corso Garibaldi or in the markets of Piazza della Vitoria.