My experience at the University of Pavia lasted only one year, because I was there for my Erasmus exchanges. Although I had many other options to choose from, I chose Pavia for the purpose of my Italian adventure and I do not regret the decision, as it met my expectations. I studied at the Department of Humanities with courses in linguistics, translation and communication. The theoretical classes were up to my expectations, while some of the practical classes were crowded and I find it difficult to enjoy the class. UNIPV is one of the oldest universities in Europe where one can really feel inspired to develop and study personally. At the same time, you can feel the student atmosphere, since 20% of the people who live there are students. You can expect to receive quality training and a great time with your friends. From the point of view of Erasmus, there have been cultural activities, trips and regular parties organised by a student organisation. I also found the communication easy with my Erasmus advisor, as it did not cause any problems with the changes to the apprenticeship contract that occurred during my stay. Most of the teachers also showed understanding and were willing to help if needed. There were a few exceptions, but the overall experience was great.

From a logistical point of view, Pavia is a small town where it is easy to move from your accommodation to your faculty building. It was quite easy to find accommodation, as one can choose from different options (rental of premises, public and private residences), although the prices are quite expensive compared to the South. It is also well connected to different parts of Italy and other countries, as it takes about 20 minutes to get to Milan and continue your journey from there. The University of Pavia (Italy), which has a centuries-old tradition of study, is considered a university of excellence, both in Italy and abroad. The quality of training is ensured by extensive equipment and services that are constantly being improved (didactic laboratories, computerized libraries, etc.) and by the opportunities for cultural development of students. Fortunately, the University of Pavia does not suffer from overcrowding that penalizes other universities and can thus guarantee an excellent teacher-student ratio that gives very positive results after the end of vocational training and the results of student internships. The University of Pavia has a strong tradition of international exchanges of students and teachers: together with the Universities of Bologna and Siena, it has implemented for the first time the ERASMUS programme for international students. To date, a large number of agreements concern, among others, the historical universities of Coimbra, many European universities participating in the Socrates Erasmus project, some high-level American and Chinese universities and many others. In summary, Pavia is a charming city with a great student atmosphere – if this is some kind of place you are looking for, it is definitely worth a try. My girlfriend and her best friend both left, after going there as a visitor, I understand why. Suppose it`s not very stimulating. The University of Pavia is one of the oldest universities in Italy and the world.

Pavia is a small town, perfect for young students leaving their home for the first time……