University of Pavia Exchange

Language Requirement: 3 years
Academic Standing by Program Start: Junior or above
Location: Europe, Italy
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

Enroll directly in courses taught in Italian at the University of Pavia, Italy. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student in Italian and/or Romance Languages, this program is ideal for you. The program is limited to a maximum of two UO participants per year and one of the participants will be admitted to the prestigious Collegio Ghislieri and housed in the Collegio's sixteenth century building, in a large single suite.

Pavia is the capital city of the Pavia province in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, and is located at the confluence of the Ticino and Po rivers. Milan, the industrial and commercial capital of Italy, is 20 miles to the north, while Genoa and the Mediterranean are just across the Apennines to the south, a two-hour train ride.

For STEM students:
The University of Pavia is a member of the Transatlantic Science Student Exchange Program (TASSEP). Students in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, and related majors might apply for a semester or an academic year at Pavia under the TASSEP agreement.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date  
Academic Year 2024-25 2/1/2024 Late September

Late July


Discount for Pell Recipients

To expand access to study abroad, GEO is offering a $400 discount for this program (Summer 2024 and beyond) to UO students who currently have the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid (FAFSA).

Academic Details

Take courses taught entirely in Italian (except foreign language courses) at the University of Pavia. Courses in Italian universities follow a semester schedule and are further divided into two periods within each semester. As in most European university systems, you are expected to be much more independent than in the United States. Choose from courses in the faculties of the Humanities, Law, Political Science, Economics, Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

The International Exchanges Coordinator of the Collegio Ghislieri and the International Student Advisor of the University serve as your liaisons in Pavia. There is no UO resident director on this program.

For more information on the academic program, visit the University of Pavia.

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Additional requirements

Previous study abroad experience recommended.

Application process

You will be screened by Italian instructors for language proficiency as part of the acceptance process. 

The application process for this program is competitiveGEO staff will review your application materials, and a decision about your enrollment will not be made until after the application deadline. In some cases, an interview is required. If your program requires an interview, you will be contacted with further details about this process after the application deadline. Early applications are encouraged.

Successful applicants will receive an exchange nomination from GEO. Selection will be based on a holistic review of your application. This includes a review of your GPA, transcripts (including courses taken and in-progress), any additional requirements or prerequisites (see section "Additional Requirements"), and written statements. 

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. If you receive a nomination from GEO, you will also need to complete the host university's application, which is administered and reviewed by your host university directly. Instructions will be provided after acceptance by GEO. The host university makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the program.

Housing Description

Collegio Ghislieri participant:
If admitted to the Collegio, you will pay the University of Oregon the current year's costs for on-campus UO student housing (in a regular, shared residence hall room) with a full meal plan, including costs for housing and meals during the winter and spring breaks. This payment is added to a fund to provide room-and-board support for the Italian students who come from the University of Pavia to study at the University of Oregon. In return, you will receive housing in a nicely appointed single room (with en-suite bathroom) in the Collegio's sixteenth century palazzo, along with a paid meal plan in the Collegio's dining. You will have access to a private library, two computer rooms, gym, tennis court, and a music practice room. The Collegio offers its own courses in modern languages (French, Spanish, German, English and Japanese) and computer science, and organizes a full program of lectures by visiting academics three nights a week during the term.

At-large participant:
You will be assisted in locating housing by the "Institute for the Right to University Study," an independent agency that assists Italian students not admitted directly into any collegio. Depending on demand and availability, the Institute will offer one or more options in a collegio facility, a shared apartment, a rented room, or a home-stay family. The Institute cannot guarantee that you will receive your first choice of housing. You will have access to kitchen facilities and/or inexpensive student restaurants in Pavia. Rent is paid either to the Institute, or directly to the landowner.