Graduates in Podology will be equipped with:
- the scientific bases and theoretical-practical preparation necessary for the understanding of biological and hereditary phenomena, the main mechanisms of functioning of organs and apparatuses, as well as psychological, social and environmental aspects;
- knowledge of the evolution of the profession, the founding concepts of podiatry and the methodology of the podiatric assistance process;
- the ability to develop an integrated approach to the patient, critically evaluating the clinical, relational, educational, social and ethical pedological aspects involved in prevention, assistance, rehabilitation and recovery of the highest possible level of well-being;
- decision-making and operational autonomy deriving from a training course characterized by a holistic approach to people's health problems, also in relation to the chemical, physical, biological and social environment;
- knowledge, skills and experience to ensure the correct application of diagnostic and therapeutic prescriptions;
- the ability to collaborate and integrate with the various professional figures in group health activities;
- effective relationship and communication skills with the patient and family members.
Graduates can pursue careers in podology services in hospitals or public, private accredited or private clinics in a freelance or employed capacity.
Podology graduates are healthcare professionals who, in accordance with current regulations and after carrying out an objective examination of the foot, administer direct treatment for callouses, overgrown, misshapen and ingrown toenails, and foot pain, using non-invasive, orthotic and massage therapy methods.
On medical prescription, Podology graduates medicate verruca ulcerations of the foot and assist disease-carrying persons at risk, also for health education purposes. They identify and inform the doctor of any suspect pathological conditions which require a detailed diagnostic examination or therapeutic treatment.
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Admission: Limited enrolment with admission test
Students are expected to attain level B1 proficiency in English.
Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B1 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December. Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification within the year the plan of study calls for a language exam.
The Degree Programme in Podiatry boasts a solid tradition of international exchanges. The European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students, or Erasmus programme, was launched in 1987 by the European Community and provides European university students with the opportunity to carry out a period of study abroad legally recognized by their home university.
The degree programme in Podiatry currently allows third-year students to carry out professional training abroad in the form of an internship. To this end, we have signed an agreement with Universitat de Barcelona (Spain), where two students have spent an internship semester each year in the last four years.
In addition to bilateral agreements, the Erasmus Plus programme provides mobility options for two teachers per university.
The experience abroad lasts three months and awards students 20 ECTS/CFU credits.
Our partners also include the Spanish universities of Madrid and La Coruna, though so far our students have not spent periods abroad under these agreements.
Our students appear to be satisfied with their experience, since they have often found ideas for their thesis and created long-lasting contacts, also in terms of employment opportunities after graduation.
The Erasmus experience is not just a part of your university education, but also a chance to live in a different culture and learn its language, to take responsibilities and develop a sense of belonging to a common path shared by students from different countries.
For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:
- the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students
- the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’- that is variable.
Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:
- lowering for students who meet high merit requirements
- fixed amounts calculated on the basis of the student's citizenship group for those with income/property abroad
- support for students who have political refugee status.
More info at: Fees - current academic year
Scholarships and benefits
The University also provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students), including:
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