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Incoming Students

Welcome to the PhD in Economics of the Universities of Milan and Pavia.

This section has been created to assist new PhD students in completing necessary procedures prior to and upon arrival. As you prepare for the academic year, we hope you find this section helpful.


Selected candidates must enrol within 5 days from the publication of the ranking list on the University of Pavia website. Candidates who fail to enrol within 5 days will be considered as having forsaken their position.

To enrol in the PhD program please follow the instructions provided on the website.

Selected candidates who do not yet hold the necessary second-level university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) are conditionally admitted to the program. They will have to provide the University Administration with proof of graduation by the deadline of October 31, 2019.
In particular, candidates holding a degree issued in a non-EU country will have to provide the University Administration, within a deadline agreed with the Office, the following documents:

  1. A legalized degree certificate, with transcript of records;
  2. The original "Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco" (Declaration of Value) issued by the competent Italian diplomatic representative (Embassy or Consulate) in the country where the academic qualification has been obtained.

If documents are issued in a language different from Italian or English, candidates must provide, together with the original documents, their sworn and legalized translation into Italian or English.

Admitted students must pay an enrolment fee of euro 296,69 through MAV (Payment against notice). The fee includes the accident insurance during PhD activities.

Before you arrive

The University of Milan and the University of Pavia will cooperate with incoming students to arrange for the appropriate documentation. Some documents are essential for staying in Italy.

Documents must be requested in the order listed below,

as the ones that come before are necessary to get the ones that follow

  • Italian fiscal code
  • National Health Service insurance
  • Residence permit for non-EU citizens

More details are available at


Once in Pavia or in Milan you must find a place to live; you can find a room in one of the University Colleges or dorms or rent a room or a flat with your friends.

Other useful information about the services offered to international students can be found at

Students' duties

  • The PhD program requires full time engagement; PhD students cannot carry out working activities, independently of remuneration, unless they are explicitly authorized by the PhD Faculty (Collegio dei Docenti). See here for details.
  • The PhD program requires full time participation in all the activities of the PhD program. Students must carry out their research at the University of Milan, at the University of Pavia or at a foreign institution during their period of study abroad. Further information can be found here.
  • All communications will go through the email account. As soon as you activate it, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We cannot use other accounts to contact you.
  • Participation in conferences and workshops, as well as research periods spent at other institutions are authorized by the PhD Director conditional on previous consent from the thesis advisor.
  • Any period of leave exceeding one week must be previously authorized by the PhD Director.
  • For any period of leave away from Milan or Pavia, insurance coverage should be obtained by signing the relevant form at the PhD Secretariat.
  • If you cannot attend a lecture please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance.
  • Please, do not book any ticket before the dates of the exams are announced. If you are uncertain, please check with the PhD Director.

Getting started with research

A Tutor/Advisor working in your area of research has been identified with the purpose of supporting your research activity. You are encouraged to discuss with her/him your research project. Please, arrange a meeting or visit her/him during office hours. You will have to contact your thesis advisor for any academic issue regarding the PhD program and for any kind of request related to your research activity. In particular, the supervisor must approve your participation in workshops, summer schools, etc. and any request for research funding.

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