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 71 per cent of the Italian universities are above the average, while slightly more than the half (51 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.
For a stipend database regarding scholarships in Italy, please click here.
For members from an EU/EEA country there is no Italian student visa needed.
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.
In its 2019 edition, U-Multirank covers 49 higher education institutions from Italy.
Italian higher education institutions show a strong performance in the dimension of Research.
5 Italian institutions with the highest numbers of top positions ( ‘A’ scores) are the same as in 2018. Bocconi University has the highest number of ‘A’ scores (15) amongst all Italian institutions, followed by IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (13), Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (12), Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies (11), and the Polytechnic University of Milan (11).
6 Italian higher education institutions are included in the global Top 25 performer lists that U-Multirank shows on 10 selected indicators. University Guglielmo Marconi is a global Top 25 performer both in International Joint Publications and Regional Joint Publications; LUISS Guido Carli scores highly both in Co-Publications with Industrial Partners and in Income from Continuous Professional Development activities. Both Free University of Bozen Bolzano and the University of Camerino are Top Performers in International Orientation of Study Programmes. IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is a Top 25 performer in Interdisciplinary Publications, Bocconi University in Income from Continuous Professional Development.