Incoming Erasmus students

The Department of Political Sciences, Law and International Studies (SPGI) has Erasmus+ Agreements with 78 Universities from 17 different countries.

The official nominations of students must be sent to erasmus.incoming@unipd.it by their home Universities by May 15th for the first semester and mobility  period  of the whole academic year, and by September 15th for second semester mobility  period.

You can find information about applications, accommodation and all the other procedures on our main website for Incoming Exchange students.

Lessons are organised in two semesters: the winter term, from September until February and the spring term, from March until July. You can find more information about the official university holidays and all the other key academic dates on our main website.  The International Relations Office organises official welcome days at the beginning of each semester. Please remember that attendance is compulsory.

The summer term for our department will start on 27th February, winter term 2017/18 on 25th September 2017.

Classes are given mainly in Italian. All incoming students can attend an Italian Language Course at our University Language Centre (CLA) without charge. The course lasts 50 hours and is worth 3 ECTS, and can be included in your Learning Agreement.

Incoming students are officially enrolled in the department of the University of Padua with which their home universities have signed the Erasmus+ agreement. Each agreement is also linked to a departmental coordinator who is responsible for signing students’ Learning Agreements.

Students can choose exams from the entire catalogue of university courses,  also from different departments without restriction, as long as the majority of courses are held in the department in which the student is officially enrolled.

We strongly advise bachelor students to take courses at the Bachelor’s level. In the SPGI Department, all courses at the Bachelor’s level are held in Italian. However, students and teachers can agree on a vehicular language for the exam.

Some degrees are held in other cities besides Padova. For example, the courses from the degree in Economic Law are available to erasmus students, but they take place entirely in Rovigo, a city 45 km far from Padova. It is possible to check this piece of information on our course catalogue.

Courses held in English are only at the Master’s level. Bachelor students can choose MA courses in English, but admission is not guaranteed. It is at the discretion of each lecturer whether to accept, or not, incoming students on the grounds of their preparation, their background or the class structure. For this reason, signed learning agreements cannot be considered as proof of admission to Master’s level courses. We invite students to contact the professors directly at the beginning of courses.

Students are allowed to change their learning agreement after arrival.

There are several English language courses at our university.

The Language of Advocacy course is a pass/fail exam, so if your home university requires you to obtain a grade, you should select one of the many other courses on offer. Note that this course is only available to Masters level students.

Attendance at lessons is not compulsory.  Students are not required to enrol in classes, but they must sign up to exams. Each course has two appelli (exam dates) in each exam session. You can choose on which date you would like to take the exam by enrolling in the correct Uniweb list. Lists open about two weeks before the exam and close a couple of days before. It is important to enrol correctly on Uniweb, so that all your results can be registered in your booklet and a correct transcript of records can be available at the end of your mobility.

This procedure is explained in detail in our handbook about how to register for exams.

Students receive their results by mail and can refuse their grade within seven days if they want to take the exam again.  If you do nothing, you implicitly authorise the grade to be officially registered in your booklet.

An exam is passed if the grade is between 18 (minimum) and 30 (maximum). The correspondence between Italian and ECTS grades is defined by specific official tables

If you experience difficulties using Uniweb, please ask your buddy or the tutor junior service for help.

Download How to register

Download How to refuse a grade

Our department uses an e-learning platform called Moodle where professors upload lecture materials, news and other extra information about their courses. You will be able to access it with your personal Unipd mail account and password.