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This guide was created to help you navigate the different aspects of travelling abroad as a UCEAP student. All important aspects of attending university in your host country are addressed here, including academic information, extension of UCEAP participation, cultural awareness, orientation, transportation, finances and much more.
Remember to also visit the Participants
section of the UCEAP website for important information and deadlines.
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The University of Padova is organized around its Facoltà, which include: Agriculture, Economics, Education, Engineering, Jurisprudence, Letters and Philosophy (including history, art history, anthropology, archaeology, classical studies, foreign languages, literature and Italian studies, linguistics, communication, dramatic art and music), Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Political Science, Sociology, and Statistical Sciences.
Courses are available in agriculture and forestry (including enology), art history, business administration, chemistry, communications, dramatic arts and music, education, history, journalism, linguistics, literature, mathematics, political science, psychology, selected pre-med courses (including biology), and physiology.
Many semester-long courses are offered, ranging from 4 to 8 UC quarter units in value. You can visit the University of Padova
website for a list of courses that are available to students during the current academic year. You should also utilize the UCEAP Course Catalog which contains information on all of the courses previously taken by UCEAP students.
Requirements & Course Registration
You must take a minimum of 18 units per semester (not including the summer pre-ILP and/or ILP coursework). Students typically take 4–6 courses.
You will register for courses after you arrive in Italy. The study center staff will provide you with information on how to register for courses during orientation.
University of Padova Medical School
UCEAP pre-med honors students enrolled at the University of Padova may take courses at the University of Padova’s Medical School, one of the oldest and most prestigious centers of medical research in Europe. A course of study at the Medical School provides an excellent addition to the résumé of a student applying to medical schools in the U.S. and Europe. You can take courses in anatomy, biochemistry, biology, biophysics, chemistry, general pathology, histology and embryology, immunology, microbiology, physics, physiology, and statistics.
Istituto Musicale G.F. Malipiero
UCEAP students enrolled at the University of Padova may take courses at the Istituto Musicale G.F. Malipiero for UC credit. Malipiero offers courses in voice, piano, violin, and most other orchestral instruments. Practice rooms are available for enrolled students. You will need to take an entrance exam or audition to determine your level of study. UCEAP students are officially enrolled at the University of Padova and take selected courses at the Istituto. Credit for performance courses is awarded through the University of Padova.
Each year the University of Padova offers two scholarships to UCEAP participants toward the cost of lessons.
In Padova, you can conduct independent research in a variety of fields and participate in internship programs in local prisons, archaeological excavations, and research laboratories. Past internships by UCEAP students at the University of Padova have included work at the Peace and Human rights Center and a local radio station. New internship programs are constantly being developed. Internships cannot be set up in advance but are organized on an individual basis after arrival.
Extending UCEAP Participation
Official Start Date & Mandatory Orientation
There will be an orientation for each host university upon arrival. Attendance at the orientation is mandatory.
Pre-ILP students: You will have an orientation upon arrival in Florence and another one at your host university.
Orientations are designed to familiarize you with Italy and Italian culture, and to provide information on university registration practices, course selection, banking, transportation, housing, medical care, social and cultural activities, etc.
During orientation, you will participate in activities and guided excursions in the local vicinity.
Travel to Your Host Country
Insurance for Personal Possessions
Understanding Your Finances
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
The Dante Internet store is around the corner from the Department of Letters. University of Padova departments allow access to computer labs for e-mail and Internet.
Padova students: Have mail sent to your residence address.
TIP: Ask your Campus EAP Office for contact information for University of Padova reciprocity students currently studying on your campus. They may have contacts for housing in Padova, or be interested in sharing an apartment with you.
Q: Where will I live during the ILP? How do I pay for ILP housing?
A: Padova students will live in a dorm during the ILP. Details will be sent to you via e-mail.
Q: Where will I live during the academic term and what will the accommodations be like? How do I obtain housing for the academic term?
A: UCEAP students in Padova may live in university accommodations for the academic semester or year or find an apartment on their own.
For photos of the apartments/residences and to see where the buildings are located, go to the ESU website
Many UC students who attend Padova live in university housing, which is considerably less expensive than private apartments. University of Padova dormitories are located in various areas in the city. The dormitories are divided into apartments, each with five to seven double and single rooms. Your dorm mates will consist of Italian and other international students. Most university apartments include kitchens (cooking utensils provided), a study room, a computer room, a TV room, an exercise room, and washing machines. All apartments have adequate bathroom space and cooking facilities. Blankets and pillows are provided, but plan to buy sheets and towels or bring them from home.
You must electronically submit a housing application to the University of Padova housing office by a specified deadline. Details on how to apply will be sent to you via e-mail.
Dependents (and guests) cannot be housed in university housing during any part of the program.
Q: How do I pay for the academic term housing, and how much will it cost?
A: You are responsible for the cost of room and board for your entire time in Padova. You will receive payment details via e-mail.
If you choose to remain in the dorm the whole year, you will have your housing through the end of July whether or not you decide to leave earlier, which means you have to pay the full amount. If you choose to live in an apartment for the second semester, you must notify the SASSA dorm authority by November 15 that you will be moving for the second semester (this allows the SASSA office to assign that space to another exchange student coming for the second semester). Full payments for first semester are through the end of February.
The cost of a room in a university dorm in Padova or in a private apartment is approximately €350 per month.
For locations of university cafeterias in Padova, view the ESU website
You will be personally responsible for the cost of your food/ meals during the pre-ILP, ILP, and the regular academic term.
The typical modes of transportation in Florence are walking or taking the bus. You can purchase a monthly bus pass for €35. Make sure you ask for the Abbonamento Mensile (only EU citizens can get the student discounted monthly pass; non-EU citizens are not eligible). You can purchase individual tickets for €1,20 at any Tabacchi
, or a card for 10 rides for €10. Riding the bus without a properly validated ticket is illegal and can incur hefty fines, and also gives Italians a bad impression of foreigners. Remember, we are all ambassadors of our home country as well as guests in Florence.
Walking, bicycling, and taking the bus or tram are the most common and easiest methods of transportation within Padova.
One convenient way to get around in Italian cities is by bike. You can find used bicycles in bicycle repair shops or in announcements posted around the universities and also online. As theft is common, you should purchase a strong lock (U-lock or Kryptonite lock) and chain, and always lock the bike to a permanently fixed structure.
You must have a ticket to ride the bus. Inspectors will occasionally check passengers for tickets, and they will fine you if you do not have a properly validated ticket. Tickets can be purchased on some buses, and they can always be purchased at any tabaccheria and most newsstands.
Depending on the city, a regular bus ticket currently costs €1–1,50. You can purchase a pass for 10 trips at a reduced rate (the cost varies in different cities). In most cities, you can purchase a student bus pass at a discounted rate. Additional, detailed information regarding bus schedules, validating tickets, purchasing tickets, etc., will be given at the on-site orientation when you arrive.
Students with Disabilities
The University of Padova has a Disabled Students Office that offers excellent assistance to students with physical or learning disabilities. The University of Padova also has dorms equipped for physically disabled students. Most of the university buildings have full access for wheelchairs and the downtown area of Padova does not present many mobility problems. In general, professors are more than willing to give extra time for exams and even revise course programs to meet a student’s particular needs.
The University of Padova offers mental health counseling and assistance through a program administered by the Department of Psychology and the University Hospital. The Study Center staff can also assist in finding an English-speaking doctor.
Traffic & Transportation Safety
UCEAP Contingency Planning
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