University of Padova


The University of Padova, founded in 1222, is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning. As a multi-disciplinary institute of higher education, the University aims to provide its students with professional training and a solid cultural background.

Quick Facts

Partner Program Type – Exchange

Minimum GPA – 2.85

Eligibility – Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, Open to All Majors, Junior or Senior class standing by the time of departure

Term Options

Spring Semester – early March to mid-July

  • students must miss both winter and spring quarters at UCSC to participate in this session

Academic Year – early October to mid-July

Note: The University of Padova offers both trimesters and semesters. Due to calendar incompatibility, students cannot participate in: Fall Semester only, Fall Trimester only, Winter Trimester only, or Spring Trimester only.

Partner Program deadline dates



City & University
Padova is a student-friendly city and one of the oldest university towns in Italy. It offers an abundance of cultural, musical, and sporting events with plenty of parks, green spaces, and bicycle lanes.

Housing is available at student residence halls, but it is not guaranteed. You can also choose private housing. Learn more here.

You are responsible for applying for, securing and paying for accommodations directly to the housing provider.

Student Support

The Mobility Unit at the University of Padova welcomes incoming exchange students. The team supports international students and offers resources and opportunities for you to integrate successfully into the culture and society.

Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator

Disability accommodations are available through the SASSA Service. 

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.

Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.


Host University Courses

As a University of Padova exchange student, you will enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students for a semester or full academic year. 

Course Search

Visit the Course Catalogue to find courses taught in English.

  • Most courses in Padova are taught in Italian. Review course details carefully to identify courses taught in English.
  • “First degree cycle” refers to bachelor’s level courses. “Second degree cycle” refers to master’s level courses. You can enroll in second degree cycle courses if you meet the prerequisites.

Satisfying Requirements
It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.

Learn more about:

Course Load Requirements

You are required to enroll in a full-time course load while abroad as defined by your host institution:

  • Full-time is 30 ECTS, 5-6 courses. Courses range from 3 to 12 ECTS credits each. 

As a UCSC student, you must also continue to meet UCSC Satisfactory Academic Progress, which requires students to enroll in a minimum of 12 UCSC quarter credits per quarter. At Padova, you are required to ensure you meet this requirement by enrolling in the equivalent of at least 24 quarter credits for spring semester after conversion (see below).

Credit Conversion

Padova uses ECTS credits. These will be converted to UCSC quarter credits when added to your UC transcript.

  • 5 ECTS credits = 4 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 10 ECTS credits = 8 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 15 ECTS credits = 12 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 20 ECTS credits = 15 quarter credits at UCSC

Academic Restrictions

Some courses abroad may have enrollment limitations and/or restrictions, such as prerequisites. Review course information provided by the university partner to understand any course limitations and/or restrictions prior to official course enrollment abroad.

If you are unsure about your eligibility to enroll, please contact UCSC Global Learning at before applying to this program.

Academic Differences

Please note that the academic system, such as assignments, exams, course structure, grading system, etc., at your host institution may be different from what you are used to at UCSC. We highly recommend researching the academic system at your host university in advance to best prepare for your experience abroad.

Academic Calendar

We recommend comparing the host university academic calendar to the UCSC academic calendar to see how the academic calendars, holidays, and breaks differ.