Why should I study in Italy?

The country of love, art, food, and history located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea...

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 61 public and 30 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 66 per cent of the Italian universities are above the average, while slightly more than the half (54 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 27.642276422764226% 34.146341463414636% Research 15.335463258785943% 66.13418530351437% Knowledge Transfer 41.605839416058394% 40.14598540145985% International Orientation 35.85858585858586% 41.41414141414141% Regional Engagement 19.014084507042252% 54.225352112676056%

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.

Do I need a Student Visa for Italy?

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.

Key highlights for students interested in studying in Italy

Italy's Higher Education Performance in U-Multirank

  1. Italian higher education institutions show a strong performance in the dimensions Research and Regional Engagement.
  2. Italian higher education institutions achieved six spots among the global top 25 universities lists in U-Multirank’s 2018 edition:
  3. Bocconi University has the highest number (14) of top scores among all Italian universities, followed by Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (13), IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (13), the Polytechnic University of Milan (12), and Sant' Anna School of Advanced Studies (11).

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