Why should I study in Italy?

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How to Study in Italy

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.

Italy’s Higher Education System

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.

Italian Higher Education System in International Comparison

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 (56 per cent) are above the average in the dimension regional engagement.

National performance: Italy

Percent of all Universities 100% 80% 60% 40% < below Average above > 40% 60% 80% 100% Teaching & Learning 31% 37% Research 14% 69% Knowledge Transfer 54% 37% International Orientation 40% 33% Regional Engagement 24% 56%

How much does it cost to study in Italy?

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.

How to get a Scholarship in Italy?

For a stipend database regarding scholarships in Italy, please click here.

What are the entry requirements for Italian Universities?

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.

Do I need a Student Visa for Italy?

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:

  1. Short stay visa – type C – if you apply for a language course that lasts up to 90 days
  2. Long stay (national) visa – type D, for study purposes – if you apply for any degree course that has at least 20 hours of courses per week (or 80 hours a month).

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.


How do Italian universities fare in U-Multirank?

  1. In its 2020 edition, U-Multirank covers 79 higher education institutions from Italy. Italian higher education institutions show a strong performance in the dimension of Research and Regional Engagement.
  2. The seven (7) Italian institutions with the highest number of top positions (‘A’ scores) amongst all Italian institutions are Bocconi University (14), followed by IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (13), the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (11) and the Polytechnic University of Milan (11). An additional three (3) institutions achieved 10 ‘A’s: Politecnico di Bari, Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies and Luiss University.
  3. These top performers have a specific profile. Bocconi University is strongest in the dimension International Orientation, IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca and Politecnico di Bari in Research, while for Polytechnic University of Milan Knowledge Transfer is the best single dimension.
  4. Four (4) Italian higher education institutions are among the global ‘Top 25 Performers’ on a selected set of 10 indicators. The University Guglielmo Marconi scores highly in open access publications as well as in international joint publications and regional joint publications. Bocconi University and Luiss University feature in these lists in terms of income from continuing personal development, whereas International Telematic University UNINETTUNO is part of the top 25 in top-cited publications.
Italy's Higher Education Performance in U-Multirank

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