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Field of Study: Social Sciences

Immerse yourself in regular university courses taught in English at the bachelor and master's degree levels. Courses are especially suited to students advanced in their major.

Unique Study Opportunities

  • Explore psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience courses taught in English at the top university in Italy for psychology.
  • Take an Italian language course to help you integrate into the local culture.


Language of Instruction: English

Italian Language Study: Required during ILP and optional during term

Intensive Language Program

This program begins with a two-week intensive language program (ILP) from beginning to intermediate levels to help you get familiar with the Italian language at your knowledge level. Courses are usually held in the mornings Monday through Thursday.

Year and Spring Semester

Throughout the term, you may be able to continue Italian language study by enrolling in an Italian course at the University of Padua Language Centre. This course comes with an additional fee and does not offer UC credit. The course results in a certificate of participation for attending at least 70% of the classes and passing the final test.

Most psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience courses are taught in English. If you have two or more years of Italian language study and enough background knowledge in the course's subject area, you may be able to enroll in Italian-taught psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience courses as well as courses in other fields.

Courses and Credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program: 

  • Take a full-time course of study:
    • One course during the mandatory ILP for 2.5 quarter/1.7 semester UC units, pass/no pass only.
    • Three to four courses for a minimum of 20 quarter/13.2 semester UC units per semester.
  • Take at least two courses in the field of psychology, cognitive science, and/or neuroscience per semester.
  • You may take one course per semester pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

You will take courses in psychology, cognitive science, and/or neuroscience. Select from courses including social psychology, genes and behavior, cognitive science, neurology, and more. Courses in other fields are also available during the year and spring if you have a strong academic background in the subject.

As a UCEAP student you can enroll in bachelor's (Laurea / First Cycle Degrees) or master's (Laurea Magistrale / Second Cycle Degrees) level courses. Master's courses are at an advanced level and are cataloged as upper-division undergraduate credit; you should have a strong background in your field of study in order to be successful in these courses.

Most courses will be upper-division, however, there may be a few lower-division introductory level courses.

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and Resources

  • University of Padua Course Catalog: Follow these instructions for browsing English-taught courses at the University of Padua.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic Culture

Italian bachelor's degree programs are split into a three-year introductory program, Laurea Triennale or First Cycle Degree, followed by an optional and more specialized two-year program, Laurea Magistrale or Second Cycle Degree, which is similar to a master's program in the US. Many courses taught in English are at the advanced Laurea Magistrale level, so you should have a strong academic background in psychology, cognitive science, or neuroscience to study in Padua.


Most classes at Padua do not have written assignments throughout the semester, therefore your performance is often graded only on the final exam. You will need to maintain self-discipline and work regularly, pacing yourself throughout the term.

Course examinations can be written exams, oral exams, or both.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework.