Italy is located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. Because of its shape people often talk about Italy as “lo Stivale”, the boot. The unitary parliamentary republic is subdivided into 20 regions. The capital Rome and the cities Milan, Naples, Turin, Palermo and Genoa are known as highly attractive holiday places.
The higher education system in Italy has universities, Institutes for Higher Artistic Education (AFAM) as well as Higher Technical Institutes (ITS, Istituti Tecnici Superiori). At the universities and AFAMs Institutes can award three kind of degrees: Bachelor, master and doctoral degrees by universities, and first level, second level and research (third) level diplomas for Higher Artistic Education. At the IT’S THE students can award a “Diploma di Tecnico Superiore” in combination with an EUROPASS diploma supplement.
In Italy there are 52 public and 36 private universities.
In this section, we highlight the overall performance of Italian universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The below table shows the national breakdown of Italian universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), or below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the strengths of Italy, and areas for improvement.
Particular strengths of the Italian higher education system are research and their regional engagement. For research 69 percent of the Italian universities are above the average, while more than the half (55 per cent) are above the average in the dimension regional engagement.
Tuition fees in Italy are determined on the kind of degree and subject/programme you wish to pursue as well as the private or public character of a higher education institution and are family-income dependent. Tuition fees range between 900 EUR to 4,000 EUR at public universities, while private universities charge 6,000 EUR up to 20,000 EUR per year. For more information click here.
Reference year(s): 2020/2021
In this section we highlight the fees for studying in Italy. The fees are shown in the national currency and address all fee types: tuition, enrolment (part- or full-time, etc.), certification, or other administrative costs. Students that are exempt from fees are also described, as well as information on international student fees if they differ.
Source: Eurydice - National Student Fees and Support Systems in European Higher Education – 2020/21.
In this section we highlight the financial support system implemented in Italy. The types of support covered in this section include: grants, loans, tax benefits for students' parents (or students themselves) and family allowances. How these terms are defined, are outlined below:
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in Italy. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
For members from an EU/EEA country there is no Italian student visa needed. To be eligible for enrollment in the Italian university system, you must be at least 17 years old and have completed 12 years of schooling. Once you have selected your Italian degree program, verify if it requires an admission test. Entry to undergraduate degree programs can either be restricted or open, or can be subject to a motivational test or entry examination. Proof of academic eligibility for University study in the country of origin (check Recognition of Qualifications);
Two photographs, one of which is authenticated by the competent Italian diplomatic/consular representation;
Italian Proficiency Requirements or English certificates according to the language of the program.
Demonstration of knowledge of Italian language skills is mandatory for enrolling at Universities and Institutions of Higher Education in Italy for all courses in Italian.
If you are an EU citizen or come from EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), you must not apply for a residence permit. However, if you are going to stay in Italy for over a 3 months period, you should register with the Anagrafe (Register office) of your municipality of residence
Students with a Non-EU citizenship have to apply for a student visa. Therefore you have to contact the Italian Consulate. Which kind of VISA you need is depending on how long you plan to stay in Italy and what you will study. There are these following visa types that could be interesting for you:
Send your application to the Italian embassy or consulate in your country. The processing of your application may take up between 1 and 3 weeks. In order to receive a student visa for Italy, there are no specific language requirements. Since this is one of the mandatory conditions for admission in an Italian university, consulates do not consider applicants should present any proof of language proficiency as well. However, visa officers will be more impressed and will appreciate if you speak Italian at least on a basic level. For more information click here.
Here you can find the current Italian country report.