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.

Additional requirements

Previous study abroad experience recommended.

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

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. If you wish to participate in this exchange, you must be prepared to commit to a full academic year of study in Pavia. 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

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.

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

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.

Application process

You will be screened by Italian instructors for language proficiency as part of the acceptance process. Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, you will later fill out an application for the exchange university.

Graduate Students
In addition to the process described above and below, you must also complete the Graduate Enrollment in UO-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs form. This form requires that you obtain pre-authorization for your program from your adviser, department head and the Graduate School.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Academic Year2020-212/1/2020Late SeptemberLate July

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