University of Pisa

University of Pisa

The University of Pisa is an Italian public research university located in Pisa, Italy which founded in 1343. The university has been recognized for its research centers internationally and prides itself on being the first university to launch a computer science degree in Italy. Its wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. courses is taught primarily in Italian. It has also high-level research centers. The University can be proud of its Orto Botanico, which is the Europe’s oldest academic botanical garden established in 1544. The university has a facility to share facilities and exchange academics with Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, which together form a consortium of higher education’s institutions in the town, called the Pisa University System.


The institutional aim of this university is to promote the development of culture, teaching, and research in the sciences and the humanities. This particular purpose is achieved by exploring the interconnections between these two areas. This important aim is also obtained through a very high level of university and post-university education, as well as continuing and recurring training, giving priority to the relationship between education and research. The final purpose of this university is to transmit the acquired abilities to the public administration and to the world of professions.

World Ranking

The prestigious university is ranked within the top 10 nationally and the top 400 in the world according to the ARWU and the QS. The World University Ranking (2016–17) is 367.

  • In 2011, the University of Pisa came in first place among the Italian universities, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities and within the best 30 universities in Europe.
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings rank University of Pisa among the 300 best world universities.
  • QS World University Rankings has rankings on Natural Sciences (115), Arts & Humanities (148), Engineering & IT (168), Life Sciences (298).
  • The U.S. News & World Report places the University of Pisa among the world’s 300 best universities.
  • The European Research Ranking, a ranking based on publicly available data from the European Commission database, puts the University of Pisa among the best in Italy and the best performing European research institutions.

Studying at University of Pisa

The university has about 50,000 students (of which 46,000 are undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and 3,500 are doctoral and specialization studies). Ph.D. studies are usually offered and arranged by the departments.

University of Pisa: Subjects Departments

Today, the University of Pisa has 20 departments, with high-level research centers in the sectors of agriculture, astrophysics, computer science, engineering, mathematics, medicine and veterinary medicine.  These departments offer several courses in their related field of study:

  • Civil and Industrial Engineering
  • Energy, Systems, Territory and Construction Engineering
  • Information Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Earth Sciences
  • Clinical and Experimental Medicine
  • Surgical, Medical and Molecular Pathology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Translational Research on New Technologies in Medicine and Surgery
  • Pharmacy
  • Humanities Civilisations and Forms of Knowledge
  • Philology, Literature, and Linguistics
  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Agricultural, Environmental, and Food Sciences
  • Veterinary Sciences

University Services: 

  • Student Services
  • Housing Services
  • Library Services
  • ICT Services
  • Medical Services

Contact Information:

Address: Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti, 43, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy
Phone: +39 050 221 2111