Studying Abroad

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Several College students have, in previous academic years, studied abroad under the Erasmus scheme. Starting from 2013/14, Volta will actively encourage College students to study abroad for several months or, where possible, for a full academic year. The College will offer advice and support toward study visits and the schemes and funding available in order to ensure wide participation. It will also introduce new schemes dedicated to themembers of Volta.

Starting from the academic year 2013/14, the College will actively manage periods of study abroad as follows:


There are two Erasmus scheme currently in place: so-called Erasmus study and Erasmus placements. The two schemes differ because the first one involves registration at the University being visited, Course attendance and examination(s). The second one is more flexible and is suitable for students who seek a period of training in a University laboratory or a clinical Department or in a company. The deadline for applications are given in the Table below. The College will collect expression of interests in either scheme at the start of the academic year and will provide support in addition to the one available to all students through the University Erasmus office.


Th Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) or German Academic Exchange Scheme offers an impressive number of schemes that cater from yr undergraduates across to MA, MSc and PhD students (and lecturers as well) for periods of study and training at German Universities.  The scheme provides generous financial support and access to German language Courses although students lacking German may apply for placements at a large number of Courses taught in English at German Universities. 


In addition to the University-managed Erasmus schemes, EdISU has three schemes in place with two European Universities (the University of Konstanz in Baden Wurttemberg, Germany and Trinity College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland)and several American Universities subscribing to the ISEP scheme. These schemes enable visits of 3 to 8 months and are supported through a bursary scheme through which successful applicants receive € 550 per month, in addition to their basic EdISU bursary for students in receipt of EdISU bursaries, and a travel grant of up to € 150 for study at a European University and € 500 for study at a non European University. Students of Medicine have access to a further study abroad scheme managed by SISM, the Italian Secretariat of Medical Students. SISM exchanges have a duration of one to two months and, under current arrangements, provide free accommodation.

Collegio Volta

The College is exploring further students’ exchange scheme, in addtion to the ones outlined above, with several Universities with a Collegiate system and expects that the first such scheme will be activated during the academic year 2014/15, after the official opening of Collegio Volta. The College-backed schemes will enable selected students to study at the relevant University for periods of 1 to 3 months during the summer. Table 1 below summarises all schemes available to students registered at the University of Pavia for travel and study abroad.  Although the largest schemes are the EU ones (Erasmus), there are a number of other useful schemes that Volta students may wish to consider. Students should also bear in mind that several of the schemes request demonstrable knowledege of the English language.  It is essential therefore that students approach the office in question at the University (details at the bottom of Table) in considerable advance in order to receive additional informations about eligibility and requirements and complete the relevant applications well ahead of the deadine.

 Main schemes for study abroad available to students registered with the University of Pavia.


Eligible Students





Erasmus Study BA, MA, MSc, PhD All >100 3-12 m February
Erasmus Placements BA, MSc, PhD All >20 3-4 m
Erasmus Mundus BA, MA, MSc, PhD All 2 6-10 m December
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) BA, MA, MSc, PhD, post-docs All >200 for Italy 1-12 m Multiple
Coimbra BA, MA, MSc All 6 5 m April
Konstanz BA,  MSc , PhD Humanities 2 5 m March
ISEP BA, MSc , PhD All except Medicine 3 5 m February
Northern Arizona University BA, MA, MSc All except Medicine 2 5 m February
University of Oregon BA, MA, MSc All except Medicine 1 5 m February
San Francisco State University BA, MA, MSc All except Medicine 4 5 m February
Florida State University BA, MA, MSc Language & Literature 2 5 m February
Universidade de Sao Paulo BA, MA, MSc All except Medicine 1 5 m ?
Universidade Esta-dual de Maringa’ BA, MA, MSc All except Medicine 1 5 m ?
University of Sydney BA,  MA, MSc All except Medicine 1 5 m ?
Oita University BA, MA, MSc Language & Literature (Japanese) 1 5 m ?
Fondo Cooperazione Conoscenza BA, MA, MSc, PhD   8-10 3-5 m May

Abbreviations: m: month, BA: Bachelor of Art, MA: Master of Art, MSc: Master of Science,  PhD : Doctor in Philosophy.  The value of awards typically ranges between € 500 and € 800 per month at the time of writing, for most schemes except for the Erasmus ones. College students interested in any particular scheme should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the student exchange officer at the University of Pavia. 


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