The Department of Mathematics is committed to providing international students with a rich and diverse range of opportunities in Pisa through a variety of programmes. Whether you are a student looking to enhance your academic experience, a faculty member seeking teaching opportunities, or a recent graduate eager to explore the world, explore the resources on this page to learn more about the various mobility options we offer.

Mobility Programmes


Erasmus+ is the EU’s funding programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The 2021-2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people’s participation in democratic life.

Erasmus+ supports students and staff mobility, and fosters cooperation opportunities among Universities across Europe.

The University of Pisa has an Erasmus charter (2021-2027) in place to participate in the Erasmus+ programme and accepts students as part of an organized study exchange with one of the University’s partner institutions or through an arranged traineeship.


The Erasmus+ Study programme at the University of Pisa allows international students to attend classes at the Bachelor or Master’s level and earn ECTS credits. To apply for this opportunity, students need to ensure that their home institution has a bilateral agreement with the Department of Mathematics.

Here’s an outline of the process:

  1. Nomination: the home institution’s Erasmus coordinator nominates students by emailing the Department International Office;
  2. Instructions: After nomination, students will receive a confirmation message with application instructions;
  3. Course Exploration: Prior to applying, students should check the list of available courses and use the VALUTAMI portal to explore the courses in depth;
  4. Application: Students submit their application through the Erasmus Mobility Portal, following the current academic year’s deadlines and procedures;
  5. Learning Agreement: Students need to include a Learning Agreement Before the Mobility in their application, specifying the exams they intend to take at our Department and the corresponding recognized credits.

For additional details, please see the resources section at the bottom of the page or contact the Department International Office.


The Erasmus+ Traineeship programme at the University of Pisa offers students the opportunity to gain credits for their traineeships before or after graduation, provided their sending institution holds the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.

To apply, students with Erasmus scholarships from their home universities should:

  1. Contact a teacher from the Department of Mathematics to discuss a traineeship project;
  2. Register on the Alice portal to obtain required credentials for enrollment at the University of Pisa;
  3. Complete the Learning Agreement Before the mobility with project details and send it to;
  4. Upon approval of the Learning Agreement by all parties, students must apply through the Erasmus Mobility Portal;
  5. After validation by the Erasmus Coordinator at the Department of Mathematics, the Central International Office at the University of Pisa will guide students through the enrollment process.

For further details, please contact the Department International Office.


The Erasmus+ Staff programme at the University of Pisa provides opportunities for faculty, including professors, researchers, and adjunct lecturers, and administrative staff to conduct teaching assignments or undertake training periods at the Department of Mathematics.

The mobility duration can range from a minimum of 2 consecutive working days to a maximum of 2 months. Before applying, interested members should ensure that their home institution has a bilateral agreement with the Department of Mathematics. Funding is available for eligible expenses.

For further details, please contact the Department International Office.


Following the suspension of negotiations regarding Switzerland’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme, the Swiss Federal Council has introduced a temporary solution known as the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP).

SEMP allows students, faculty, and administrative staff from higher education institutions to undertake mobility periods for studying, traineeships, teaching, or continuous training. These mobility opportunities are available with Swiss universities affiliated and in agreement with the University of Pisa (please visit the following page for a list of Swiss universities partnered with Department of Mathematics).

The Swiss National Agency funds the costs for participants in mobility projects. Interested students should consult the official SEMP Programme website.

For further information, students can contact the Coordinator for Internationalization at the Department of Mathematics.

Visiting Fellow

The Visiting Fellow programme at the University of Pisa welcomes scholars with strong academic backgrounds to engage in study, research, collaboration, and scientific exchange. Visiting Fellows can stay for a period ranging from 1 to 12 months and are identified through an evaluation process, either through application or invitation.

Benefits: Visiting Fellows receive a dedicated workspace, internet access, and a university email throughout their stay. The Department may also provide travel and accommodation reimbursement or a flat fee if teaching activities are involved. Research-focused Visiting Fellows may receive a co-financed flat fee from the proposing faculty member.

Activities: Visiting Fellows conduct individual study, research, and scientific collaboration as agreed with the academic supervisor, culminating in a public seminar or lecture if not engaged in teaching.

Teaching: Visiting Fellows may offer certified educational activities within various academic programs. Teaching arrangements depend on qualifications and must be approved by academic authorities and the Department Council.

Selection: The selection process involves application or invitation by a faculty member.

For further information, please contact the the Coordinator of Internationalization or visit the following page on the University’s website.

Visiting Student

The Visiting Student programme at the University of Pisa offers the opportunity for students from foreign universities to spend a period of study or an internship at our institution. This programme is open to those who move independently and do not have a formal exchange agreement with the Department of Mathematics.

The duration of the visit can range from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of 12 months. Visiting Students are selected through application or by faculty invitation, subject to departmental approval.

Visiting Students have access to the University facilities and are covered by insurance and safety measures. They also receive temporary university email and network access. Italian language courses are available at a discounted rate.

For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Internationalization or visit the following page on the University’s website.

Summer/Winter School

Summer/Winter Schools are intensive educational programmes designed for both Italian and international students. They typically feature unconventional teaching methods, such as workshops, tutorials, excursions, and cultural events, along with a multidisciplinary approach. The duration of the programmes varies from a minimum of 4 days to a maximum of 6 weeks, and the courses are conducted in the English language.

Details for applying, accomodation, and a full list of activated Schools can be found at this page on the University’s website.

Free Mover

Students from institutions without a specific agreement can apply for the Free Mover programme and earn ECTS credits.

The Free Mover programme is dedicated to students who are not participating in an organized exchange programme by a university, such as Erasmus. Instead, they independently choose the host university and organize their own study abroad period. Students are required to check with the Coordinator for Internationalization regarding the possibility of conducting a thesis preparation work as a Free Mover.

Full info on the programme can be found at the following page on the University’s website.


Language Requirements

All Bachelor courses at the Department of Mathematics are held in Italian, whereas Master courses can be given in English, upon request. A B1 level in Italian (for Bachelor) or in English (for Master) is recommended, however certifications are not required.

The University of Pisa offers Italian language courses to international students. The courses are taught by the teachers of the CLI (University Linguistic Center). For more information please visit the CLI website.

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