The University of Pisa was officially established in 1343, although a number of scholars claim its origin dates back to the 11th century.The earliest evidence of a Pisan "Studium" dates to 1338, when the renowned jurist Ranieri Arsendi transferred to Pisa from Bologna. He along with Bartolo Da Sassoferrato, a lecturer in Civil Law, were paid by the Municipality to teach public lessons.
The university system is organized in 3 academic cycles: the 1st cycle is the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree (Laurea triennale) and lasts 3 years. This Bachelor's grants access to a Master's degree (Laurea Magistrale) which is considered the 2nd cycle, and gives access to 3rd cycle PhD programmes (Dottorato di Ricerca). In addition to the mentioned degree sequence, the system offers other degree programmes within the 2nd and 3rd academic cycles.
The research activities are principally carried out on two levels:
They want their students to have the most fulfilling and pleasant university experience possible, and so, for this reason, the University of Pisa runs a counselling service ("Servizio di Ascolto e Consulenza") which is offered to all students. This service is available to those that want to resolve any specific issues or simply talk to someone.Counseling services
Although the University of Pisa isn't a campus-based university, accommodation in the city can be found easily through various different ways. Students can find accommodation through real estate agencies, or they can search for advertisements placed on bulletin boards in each of the University's departments. There are a variety of websites on which people can advertise free rooms, enabling students to search for accommodation online. Students can also find accommodation through the services provided by DSU Toscana and HousingAnywhere.DSU (Regional "Right to Study" Programme) provides various services to University students and offers assistance to students who are searching for accommodation in Pisa.
The University has various teaching and research buildings, museums and libraries spread throughout the city. Given that Pisa is a small city, it is quite easy to reach these facilities by bicycle.
The University provides an online system so students and professors can have access to information related to an academic course such as syllabus, homework. Each department has a tutor - usually a young researcher - who advices students on academic matters.
Health care assistance is available to all European citizens (belonging to EU Member States and EEA States) who have the EHIC/TEAM card (European Health Insurance Card) or who enroll in the Italian National Health Service.If you have the EHIC/TEAM card, you can go directly to any doctor, during outpatient time, and have the right to any services needed.
The University of Pisa is a public institution boasting twenty departments, with high level research centres in the sectors of agriculture, astrophysics, computer science, engineering, medicine and veterinary medicine. Furthermore the University has close relations with the Pisan Institutes of the National Board of Research, with many cultural institutions of national and international importance, and with industry, especially that of information technology, which went through a phase of rapid expansion in Pisa during the nineteen sixties and seventies.
The University of Pisa sporting facilities are among the best in the country and reflect the popularity and significance of sports in the university. This is evident in the wide range of both indoor and outdoor facilities available.The University Sports Centre of Pisa (CUS) is a member of CONI (the Italia Olympic Committee) and offers a full programme of fitness classes including aerobics, gymnastics, yoga and pilates. The centre has modern facilities and is used by many students.
The 2013 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (National Taiwan University) ranks Physics at the 74th place, Electrical Engineering at the 112th, Computer Science at the 127th, Mechanical Engineering at the 150th, Pharmacology & Toxicology at the 159th and Mathematics at the 164th place.