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ITALY - ISEP University of Pavia - Courses in English

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 to be abroad, but would still like some of the academic services that a U.S. college provides. It is a good choice for someone that is a world traveler OR has never left their hometown.

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


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. It is recommended that you have taken at least half of the courses required for your major.
  • 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.  

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 (see a financial section for more information).


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.

Courses in English
Students in the third and fourth year of their degrees (juniors and seniors in the United States), may enroll in Master’s Level courses in English. Please note that students must have sufficient background to follow courses in these areas:
Molecular Biology and Genetics
International Business and Economics
World Politics and International Relations
Electronic and Computer Engineering
Economics, Finance, and International Integration
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.  Students may take coursework from multiple programs but must have the background/major coursework completed to be allowed to enter the class.
Students are encouraged to participate in available language courses to ease the transition in Pavia.

Semi-Intensive Italian language courses are 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).

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

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. 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 programs:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College




ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance (estimated, $90/mo)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare

*Students placed on ISEP Exchange may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award


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


Total Expected 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.

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

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 and will depend on your course registration choices.  

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

  • Contact:

    For Questions About the Initial Application Process:

    Alexandra Olson
    Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office

Program Dates

Fall: September to February

Spring: February to July 

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

Program Type


ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good. 

Languages of Instruction

English and Italian