The college system unique in Italy
Pavia, like Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, has a unique College system in Italy, dating back to the 16th century.
Pavia, like Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, has a unique College system in Italy, dating back to the 16th century. Each of Pavia’s 20 colleges, that in total host approximately 2000 students, has its own particular history and opportunities to offer, including access to many study abroad programmes and sport activities.
The Institute for Advanced Study (IUSS) offers extra courses to the best performing students from our colleges. These advanced-level programs for high achievers are organised by theme into four different academic areas: Human Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Technology and Biomedical Sciences. Students who successfully complete their studies at IUSS obtain an additional Diploma, alongside their university degree.
College life aims at creating an open community where academic achievements, traditional events, parties and sporting rivalries all play a role. In college students can also build their first professional network. Acceptance to colleges is based on merit criteria and a parental-income based fee system.
Today, Pavia provides 4 merit based colleges, 12 public colleges and 4 private colleges.