Galilean School of Higher Education Master Scholarships for Foreign Students at University of Padova


The University of Padova, one of the most ancient universities in the world, has a long tradition in the promotion of excellence of its students, regardless their nationality, gender, beliefs, or interests.
Accordingly, every year the University of Padova promotes a program of excellence, the Galilean School of Higher Education.
The school is named in honor of Galileo Galilei, the founder of modern Physics and Astronomy, who came to Padova in 1592, when he was 28 years old; the college where the School is hosted, Collegio Morgagni, takes its name from Giovanni Battista Morgagni, one of the founders of modern Medicine, who came to Padova in 1711, when he was 29 years old. Both men shared a great passion for all activities of the human mind, across a broad range of disciplines including literature, music, natural sciences. Such passion for excellence and a broad vision have deeply been rooted in the University of Padova throughout its history.
At the Galilean School of Higher Education, students are recruited in the areas of Humanities (Classe di Scienze Morali), Natural Sciences (Classe di Scienze Naturali) and Social Sciences (Classe di Scienze Sociali).
In addition to the regular students, the Galilean School of Higher Education recruits up to four highlymotivated foreign students, who can enrol in a 2-years program towards the Master Degree (Second Cycle Degree, Laurea Magistrale:  general info at this link).
The University of Padova offers several Second Cycle Degree (Laurea Magistrale) programs that are entirely taught in English (complete list updated for a.y. 2018/19 at this link), together with Second Cycle Degree programs not entirely taught in English, that have several courses delivered in English (details at this link; slight changes can be expected for academic year 2018-2019).
Also, several internal courses of the Galilean School are delivered in English. The School can provide a dedicated course for foreign students to learn Italian, and give support for learning other languages.
The admitted foreign students will share all obligations, duties and rights of the other Galilean students. In particular, they must:
1. choose a Second Cycle Degree Course (Laurea Magistrale) at the University of Padova and enrol in the 1st year; information on the enrolment procedure are available here. Please note that applications to the UniPD Second Cycle Degree Courses taught in English are open until February 28th; for further info regarding these courses please write to
2. attend the regular courses and seminars of their chosen Second Cycle Degree Course at the University of Padova, and pass the relevant exams at the required dates, with scores not below 24/30 in any single exam and an average score not below 27/30;
3. attend the courses and seminars of the Galilean School, and pass the relevant exams with the same scores as above. They will share their experience and ideas with the other Galilean students, and will adhere to the disciplinary rules of the College where they are hosted;
4. write an additional, final Galilean thesis, within one year after obtaining their Master Degree, under the supervision of an advisor of their choice, approved by the School, on a different subject from that of the Master thesis. Following the successful defence of the Galilean thesis, the student will receive the Galilean Diploma.
At the end of the first academic year, if not complying with the above requirements and regulations, students will lose their status of Galilean students and the associated privileges, but will be allowed to continue their regular Master program, at their own expenses.
The School will reimburse one round trip ticket from/to the country of origin (economy class) up to 1.500,00 Euros for each Academic Year, and cover the cost of books and miscellaneous documented expenses of educational nature, authorized and within reasonable limits.
The School will provide free room and board in the University student houses and canteens.
The School reserves the right to assign a grant up to 5.000,00 Euros to the admitted students, as a contribution towards personal living expenses; this grant is subjected to the economic availability of the School and to the evaluation by a specific committee; no other scholarships will be compatible with this grant.
This call is reserved to non-Italian citizens, residing outside Italy.
1. must be eligible for enrolling in the 1st year of a Second Cycle Degree (Laurea Magistrale) of the University of Padova (check carefully this link for details on the pre-requisites and procedures).
Please bear in mind that the pre-enrolment to the chosen Second Cycle Degree Course and the application to the Galilean School are two separate processes, and the successful completion of both is required to have your application examined. Please refer to the admission notice of your chosen Second Cycle Degree for the application procedure and pay particular attention to the deadlines, as they are February 28th for courses taught in English. Applicants who have not completed their Second Cycle Degree Course application alongside with their Galilean School application by the indicated deadlines will be automatically excluded from the selection;
2. must hold a Bachelor degree (or be expected to obtain one before July 31st 2018) and not be older than 26 at the time of application;
3. must complete the online application between February 7th 2018, 1.00 pm (GMT+1) and April 4th 2018, 1.00 pm (GMT+2), at:
(instructions for filling the application form are available here)
The on-line procedure requires the upload of the following documents:
1. a copy of the passport (or identity card only for EU nationals);
2. a certified copy (on headed paper, signed and stamped by the awarding Institution) of the academic transcript of records in English with the indication of ECTS credits or the indication of the grading scale used by the Institution, if ECTS grading is not available. The transcript may be replaced by the Diploma Supplement, if available;
3. a copy of the First Level University Diploma (Bachelor Degree). If a Bachelor Degree hasn’t been obtained yet before the application deadline, the applicant must attach an official letter of the Home Institution, stating that the candidate is registered as a Bachelor student and that he will earn his/her Bachelor degree before July 31, 2018 (the expected date of graduation would be appreciated);
4. Curriculum Vitae in English (a template can be downloaded here). Please, remember to indicate a valid Skype address in the CV; applications not containing a Skype address will be rejected;
5. a cover letter, summarizing the applicants’ main interests and experiences in the specific field of study, together with the main reasons of their application to join the Galilean School.
After the deadline of April 4th 2018, 1.00 pm (GMT+2), the link to the application form will be disabled.
Incomplete submissions will be rejected automatically. Services might be subject to temporary suspensions for technical updates.
Problems related to the online application can be reported by email ( or by phone to the University’s Call Centre from Monday to Friday (9 am through 5 pm – Italy time zone) +39-0498273131.
ATTN.: in addition to the on-line application, two reference letters are needed from experienced scientists/ professors who know the applicant. The letters must be written on headed paper of the referee’s
Institution; they must be signed and sent personally by the referee, as a pdf file, to the Galilean School (, specifying “Reference Letter (Name, Surname and date of birth of the applicant)” in the e-mail subject. A few general suggestions for filling the letter can be downloaded here.
The deadline for sending the reference letters is the same as that of the online application (April 4th 2018); applicants who have failed at having their reference letters sent by the indicated deadline will be automatically excluded from the selection. Reference letters sent outside of the above guidelines (e.g. sent by the applicant instead of the referee) will not be considered.
Disabled students or students suffering from dyslexia can refer to the Disability and Dyslexia Office to point
out particular needs and to request information on the support services available to attend the courses, as well as financial aid.
The School reserves the right to interview the students (e.g. remote interview via Skype) as part of the selection process. Applicants will be notified about the interview by e-mail. Fluency in English is required; knowledge of the Italian language is not required, but it will be taken into consideration for the evaluation.
A selection committee will evaluate the applications and draw up a ranked preliminary list of qualified candidates.
Selected candidates will be notified within April 19th 2018 with an announcement on the School website.
They must accept the admission to the School by e-mail ( within ten days after the publication of the list of selected candidates. If a selected candidate does not respond to the School within ten days after being notified, his place in the competition will be forfeited and the School Commission will be entitled to select another candidate from a reserve list, in accordance with the process described above.
To finalize their admission to the Galilean School, selected applicants must also conclude the registration procedure to their chosen Second Cycle Degree (Laurea Magistrale), after applying for it and being admitted.
Once enrolled as regular students of the University, selected applicants will be admitted to the 4th year of the Galilean School of Higher Education. The enrolment procedures to the Galilean School are further clarified in the School website.
The Academic Year at the University of Padova starts on October 1st, so accepted students must commit to arrive at the Galilean School before that date. Upon request, free room and board can start from September 3rd
The relevant data protection regulations will be respected, with reference to the provisions of Legislative
Decree no. 196 of the 30th of June 2003 “Codice in materia di protezione dei dati personali”.
Any amendments or additions to the contents of this call will be made public on the Galilean School’s

official website





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