The public research university, the Università di Pisa (UniPi) is located in the beautiful Italian city of Pisa. It was established in 1343 and is one of the oldest universities in Italy. In fact, it is the 19th oldest extant university in the world. The school is one of the top higher education institutions in Italy and the world- in university rankings by ARWU and the QS, the school ranked among the top 10 nationally and top 400 worldwide. The renowned institute is also home to the Orto botanico de Pisa, which is Europe’s oldest academic botanical garden. The university is part of the Pisa University System and hosts about 50,000 students. 46,000 are undergraduate and postgraduate students, and 3,500 are enrolled in doctorate and specialization programmes. The university offers a wide range of study options, in all fields of knowledge. It is particularly present in the fields of philology and cultural studies – it’s a leading member of IcoN (an inter-university consortium of 21 Italian universities, which are supported by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. It is also part of the European University Association, the Partnership of a European Group of Aeronautics and Space Universities network, as well as the Cineca consortium. The school is popular among international students, as it provides a multinational learning environment in a beautiful city. Graduates of UniPi are highly qualified and well-equipped with the necessary skills and tools to become successful in their professional and personal life. Among its many notable alumni are several national and international political leaders, that includes two of Italy’s presidents, five Popes, as well as five Italian prime ministers and three Nobel laureates. It is therefore a given, that graduates are highly employable and usually find employment within a very short period of time after graduating.
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The University of Pisa is unquestionably one of the best Atheneum. It guarantees a good theoretical background, it assures some places where it’s possible to study and the secretary service is quite sufficient.
But, if a student is searching for a traineeship or a technical experience in laboratories there are few professors willing to help him/her. Furthermore, the links between the university and the companies are missing and for a student it is complicated to find an internship to complete the studies or to do the thesis.
Without any doubt, the University of Pisa gives you a great theoretical preparation and the teachers are very experienced. On the other side, some things could be better. The structures could be kept in a better shape and the university should give you more professional opportunities than it gives you. Overall I think this is, however, a great university and I recommend it to whoever would like to start a challenging course of studies!
Professors are very experienced and the level of classes is really high. However, the University of Pisa doesn’t provide many links to the industrial world. If you would like to prepare your thesis abroad, indeed, or make an internship in a big company, you will struggle to find someone willing to help you. Despite this, the solid theoretical background that courses provide you is very good.
If you meet the economic requirements, then, you can apply for the scholarship which will grant you the opportunity to have free accommodation and meals as long as you pass the sufficient number of exams every year.
I’m in the first year of an MSc in aeronautical engineering and after 4 years I can surely state that the quality of the teaching at the University of Pisa is so high. The educational offer is huge and recovers all the possible faculties in a really qualified way. The exams are generally hard and challenging with a particular attention to the theoretical aspect. The latter represents the spearhead of this university but at the same time sacrifices the practical aspect which is almost absent in the majority of cases. Another critical point is represented by the facilities that are not well maintained. The lack of sufficient libraries often represent reasons for the inconvenience for many students. Finally, if you are looking for a university that guarantees you a high-level education the University of Pisa represents an optimum choice but this involves some waivers.
The University of Pisa is perhaps the most advanced in Italy in fields of mathematics and physics. In fields like engineering, it gives a very strong theoretical basis, and its pupils gain a high level of knowledge. However, it lacks in offering hands-on experiences and the classic and theoretical style remains in the Master’s degree leaving students without any idea about professional world once the course is finished. Soft skills are not implemented at all and network with companies is very weak as well as the career service offered to students.
Summing up, University of Pisa is ideal for who is looking for a PhD and for those interested in research, but if you are a pragmatic person and expect to learn a job, stay away from it.
I’m a first-year MSc student of Aeronautical Engineering. Università di Pisa provides you with excellent in-depth theoretical knowledge setting a very high academic level both in teaching and skills acquired during your degree. Professors are very good at teaching and the exams are often demanding and challenging. Unfortunately, the services beyond the teaching area are very poor. Bad structures and often a lack of organization discourage you from trying to go beyond the theoretical approach. Even studying areas are lacking turning to be, once you find one, always full. The biggest exception among the services are the university canteens which delivers good food at very competitive price turning to be very useful during both lunch break and the evening dinner. Overall the knowledge that Università di Pisa leaves in its student is excellent and if you don’t mind about cured gardens and lovely kept places you will be very satisfied.
I’m an aerospace engineering student at this university. The level of education at the faculty of engineering is quite high, the professors are without any doubt prepared, but not all of them is at the same time able to share and teach their knowledge and this leads to lessons difficult to follow and concepts difficult to understand. Moreover, both lessons and exams are theoretical oriented, we have no team works and labs at all during our curriculum that’s quite weird thinking of the job we are later on supposed to do, based on team work and hands-on activities. Furthermore, the curriculum is almost all fixed, with just 2 exams to choose between few options and there’s a hierarchy among exams: some of them are blocked by others, so you must do them in a certain planned order.
However, the buildings are quite ok even if with few libraries and study rooms.
What’s really good is the city: Pisa is a student city and there are thousands of possibility to make new friends, go out and enjoy your university student life.
I would recommend it if you’re not interested in hands-on activities during your studies.
Professors at the faculty of engineering in Pisa are generally very competent in their teaching subjects, offering detailed and high-level programs. The setting of the various courses is very theoretical and in-depth, and a thorough knowledge of every subject is required to successfully support the exam. Students are, however, often and reluctantly left to their own, with over-annual study loads given by the required level and the number of exams to be given. There is limited ability to specialize with few credits to manage freely, and there is a lack of co-ordination between professors to make the whole of teaching more organic and targeted. Lastly, I am a student of chemical engineering, so I refer mainly to this course of study.