About us

The University of Pisa, one of the oldest in the world, has been extraordinarily successful in updating and maintaining its infrastructure and human resources to meet the new challenges of international research and education.

We boast an excellent international reputation in all areas; we lead important international research and direct vital education networks whose results we constantly incorporate into our programmes.

The University of Pisa is committed to promoting quality in all areas of research and teaching, and to making all our programmes available to an increasing number of international students and researchers.

Although formally founded in 1343, when it was proclaimed a ‘Studium Generale’ with the authority to prepare university teachers, although its origins date back to earlier centuries.

In 1473, thanks to Lorenzo dei Medici, the Pisan Studium resumed its systematic development and the construction of a building for holding lessons was built in 1486. The building - later known as Palazzo della Sapienza (The Building of Knowledge) - was located in the fourteenth-century Piazza del Grano. The image of a cherub was placed above the Gate 'Dell'Abbondanza' (the Gate of Abundance), leading to the Piazza, which is still today the symbol of the University.

Over five centuries, the University of Pisa has become one of the new state's most prestigious cultural institutions.

Nowadays the University of Pisa represents a prestigious modern centre for teaching and advanced research.

Almost all of its departments are located in the heart of the city in both the historical centre and the outer districts. Most facilities can be reached on foot within 20 minutes from the centre of Pisa.

Amongst the University of Pisa’s glories is Galileo Galilei, who was born and studied in Pisa, and became professor of Mathematics in 1589.

The University also counts several Nobel Prize winners among its alumni, including Giosuè Carducci (1906, Literature), Enrico Fermi (1938, Physics), Carlo Rubbia (1984, Physics), and two Fields medalists (Mathematics), Enrico Bombieri (1974) and Alessio Figalli (2018).

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Student Life

The city of Pisa, of which our University has always been a fundamental institution, offers students and researchers an ideal environment for living, studying and working.

Pisa has a pleasant climate, excellent food and world-famous cultural and leisure attractions. Both the sea and the mountains are nearby, as well as ever-celebrated cities, such as Florence, Siena, and Bologna, museums, monuments and the beautiful countryside for which Tuscany is rightly renowned.

With its large and intellectually stimulating scholarly community, Pisa is an attractive environment for researchers in any field.

For the a.y. 2021/2022, the University of Pisa offers 60 Bachelor's degree programmes (including 2 all in English Bachelor's degree programmes ), 72 Master's degree programmes (including 14 all in English Master's Degree programmes), 8 Long single-cycle degree programmes, 35 PhD programmes (including 2 National, 5 Joint and 5 all in English Phd programmes), 49 Postgraduate programmes (Specialisation Schools and Residency programmes), several Summer Schools and 71 One-year specialisation programmes (including an MBA).

The Language Centre (CLI)

Intensive language courses are offered by the CLI (Centro Linguistico Interdipartimentale) to our international students in September and October each year. Regular Italian courses are also offered during the year at different proficiency levels. Students are required to take an entry test (even beginners) to establish which classes are most suitable for them. The CLI also provides courses in a wide range of other foreign languages.

Enrolment procedures

To enrol at the University of Pisa, students who hold a foreign high school diploma must have attended school for at least 12 years. In order to apply for a Master’s degree programme, the university must first evaluate the student’s academic qualifications and see whether s/he fulfils the requirements based on the university degree, study programme and exams taken abroad.

Enrolment procedures differ according to the student’s qualification (Italian or foreign title) and citizenship. Further information at the relevant page on Matricolandosi Portal.

Fees and scholarships

For the academic year 2021/2022 the full yearly contribution for standard students is € 2,400.00, educational, scientific and administrative services included. Students can apply for a scholarship provided by the DSU (Regional “Right to Study” programme) and be granted tuition waivers or reductions based on family income. The annual call for DSU grants is published at the DSU Toscana website. The number of students paying the full yearly contribution is very limited; in most cases, financial support allows to substantially reduce the fee amount.

In addition, every year the University of Pisa offers an extraordinary contribution to certain groups of international students, which generally consists of benefits and services such as free accommodation or a reduced fee for the first few months of residency, free Italian language courses, dining hall discounts, etc.

Dining Halls

The University of Pisa offers a low-price dining service to all of its students. There are three different dining halls throughout the city which provide meals (lunch and dinner) every day of the week. The cost of meals ranges from 3€ to 4,50€ depending on the number of courses chosen. Students will receive an electronic card upon enrolment which they can top-up and then use to buy meals in each of the dining halls.

USID - Assistance for students with Special Needs

The University of Pisa has been progressively working towards the removal of any obstacles that prevent special needs students from fully experiencing university life. For this reason, the Service unit for the Integration of Students with Special Needs, or USID, offers a variety of services including assistance with exams, academic tutoring, transport or assistance for those with mobility problems and assistive technology.

Sports

The University Sports Centre in Pisa (CUS) is part of the Italian Olympic Committee, or CONI, and it offers the possibility to practice sports such as tennis, volleyball, basketball, rugby and field hockey, etc., as well as a large number of fitness courses including aerobics, gymnastics, yoga and pilates. The membership card and the use of equipment is free, but participating in activities under the guidance of an instructor costs around €55-60 every term. If you want to sign up to the CUS you have to bring with you a medical certificate for non-competitive sporting activities.

Free time

Cultural life in Pisa revolves around the many museums, associations, cinemas and theatres, often at discounted rates for students. There are also many events which liven up the city, from festivals to historical events and folklore (among them the Luminara and the Gioco del Ponte), especially during the “Giugno Pisano”. In the evening the historic centre becomes the place for nightlife and is always full of students.

Available Programmes

Bookmark Course Programme Degree Level Duration Tuition
Economics & Statistical Sciences Management for Business and Economics Bachelors 3 years
Archaeology Humanities - IPH Bachelors 3 years
Engineering & Engineering Trades Aerospace Engineering Masters 2 years
Engineering & Engineering Trades Artificial Intelligence and Data Engineering Masters 2 years
Engineering & Engineering Trades Bionics Engineering Masters 2 years
Engineering & Engineering Trades Computer Engineering Masters 2 years
Computer Science Computer Science Masters 2 years
Computer Science Computer Science and Networking Masters 2 years
Computer Science Cybersecurity Masters 2 years
Computer Science Data Science and Business Informatics Masters 2 years
Economics Economics Masters 2 years
Soil Science Exploration and Applied Geophysics Masters 2 years
Physics Materials and Nanotechnology Masters 2 years
Biology Neuroscience Masters 2 years
Engineering & Engineering Trades Nuclear Engineering Masters 2 years
Engineering & Engineering Trades Technology and production of paper and cardboard Masters 2 years

Address

Lungarno Pacinotti 43, I-56126 Pisa

Italy