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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at University of Pavia - Courses in Italian

The University of Pavia is one of the oldest universities in Europe. An edict issued by King Lotharius notes a higher education institution already existed in Pavia in 825.The University of Pavia is in a way unique not only because of its prestigious historical origins and top quality achievements but also due to its leading and promoting role in the so-called “Pavia System”, characterized by 15 colleges and residences where thousands of students can live, study and play sports.

This program would be suitable for students that are ready for a more independent student, with Italian language availability.

For more information about the ISEP in the University of Pavia, program click here!  Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type



Pavia, Italy

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Fall 2018: September to February

Spring 2019: February to July

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Language Requirements: A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Italian or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. Students are required to submit the ISEP Language Proficiency Report with their application.   


Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

The chance of placement for Exchange is generally good.


Located on the banks of the Ticino River, Pavia is a peaceful university town featuring extensive Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. The city’s comfortable size and medieval character are a pleasant contrast to the bustle of Milan, located just 30 minutes away.


Pavia is a comprehensive university offering many programs in the arts, sciences, social sciences, business, and engineering. Semester exchanges are possible in biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, geology, natural sciences and political science.

Students typically enroll in 4-5 classes per term. A term runs for 14 weeks.

Courses in Italian
Economics (accounting, banking, economics, finance, geography, history, industrial & commercial techniques, languages, law, marketing, mathematics, sociology, statistics); Engineering (civil, electric, electrical, environmental & computer); Law; Letters and Philosophy (archaeology & art history, history, language & literature [Anglo-American, English, French, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish], linguistics, pedagogy, philology, sociolinguistics); Pharmacy (chemical & technological pharmaceutics, pharmacy); Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Natural Sciences (biological sciences, chemistry, geology, mathematics, natural sciences, physics); Political Science (accounting, administration, anthropology, demography, economics, geography, history [African, Asian, European, political], law, mathematics, political science, sociology [economics, rural, urban], statistics); School of Paleography and Musical Philology (musicology).



Courses in Italian
Language Requirements: A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Italian or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. Students are required to submit the ISEP Language Proficiency Report with their application.

Language Courses: Semi-Intensive Italian language courses is offered in addition to regular classes for an additional fee. 6 hrs/week. Students will receive a certificate of attendance if they complete 80% of the classes, but classes do not appear on the University transcript. For more information on language courses click here.

Pre-session: A 3-week pre-session Italian course is offered in the fall for an additional fee. Total contact hours: 50 hrs (about 17hrs/week).

Additional Comments: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course level eligibility upon arrival.

Please note that ISEP students may not take classes in the following fields: Medicine and Surgery, Communication, Psychology or Architecture and Construction Engineering.

Students must have the appropriate background to take Master’s courses in English.

A link to individual course listings by the department can be found by clicking on link “Courses” above.

Student Life

Romanesque towers rise above the university’s neoclassical Piazza, Leonardo da Vinci, where students attend classes.

At the University of Pavia, we believe in the high quality of the education, research, services, and quality of life that students enjoy in their host city. We also value the completion of studies, a facilitated entry into the world of work, and leisure with recreational, sport and cultural activities available.

The Welcome Point gives support and advice to incoming international students, researchers and university professors visiting the University of Pavia. Orientation is provided by the International Relations Office and the Welcome Point Office. Together they collaborate to provide useful information on topics of interest for students. In particular, they give information on enrollment at the university, housing, visas, the sports center, the language center, general information about the University of Pavia as well as answering any questions students may have.

The host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in single- or double-occupancy rooms in university residence halls. Meals are provided in the various student cafeterias.

Financial Information

The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to Pavia includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 program

Budget Item



Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)


Program Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Deposit due on Stage 2 Application


College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable)


ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated)


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php