Why Italy

Why study in Italy ? Education in Italy is highly esteemed with a wide range of excellent academic institutions throughout Italy welcoming students to study almost any subject imaginable. Italy has played an important academic role as one of the catalysts in reforming Europe's higher education. Students in Italy gain valuable knowledge not only within the classroom, but also through everyday life in this dynamic, incredible place. How is the education system in Italy ? First Cycle: Bachelors degrees in Italy (3 years) and Single-cycle degrees (5-6 years) Second Cycle: Masters degrees in Italy (2 years) and 1st Level vocational masters What are the international tuition fees in Italy ? The tuition fees ranges from 2000 euro-4000 euro since this varies from one university to another and also depends on the chosen course of study. How are the part-time/full-time JOB opportunities in Italy ? Compared to other European Countries like France, Germany , etc. Its LESS! You require Italian Language and exceptional command in English. Part-Time Jobs are rare. What about Post-Study Work VISA after Graduation ? If you manage to secure a JOB before or after graduation, you have the opportunity to convert your visa from Student to Work. What are the documents required for visa processing ? Documents Required : Passport Passport Size photos Admission Letter ( Most important )** Insurance Travel Tickets ( One way )# Pre-Enrollment Procedure Declaration Of Value Accomodation Proof#

Country Facts

Italian culture is deeply rooted in ancient civilizations which flourished on the peninsula for over a millennium and left their imprint all over the country in arts, legal system and traditions. Thanks to its traditions and innovations, Italy became the cradle of visual arts, music, poetry, literature and played and continues to play an influential role in Europe’s culture and society as a whole.

Higher Education System

The Higher Education System

Italy has a very long tradition in higher education. It is the country where the first and among the most important European Universities were founded during the Middle-ages. Moreover, it has played an important role in European higher education reform as it was engaged to create the so-called “European Area of Higher Education�?, which is being implemented all over Europe. Italy has become one of the country in which there has been a significant growth in number of international students in the last 10 years.

At present, the university sector is made up of 89 university institutions classified as state universities, non state universities, universities for foreigners, university institutions specialized in postgraduate studies, telematic universities. In addition, there are other types of educational institutions, the non-university sector, that covered traditionally art but it has since expanded into other areas such as the interpreting and translating professions or language mediation, as well as psychotherapy at postgraduate institutes/schools, courses at military academies, higher technical education and training as well as vocational post-secondary professional education and training by the Regions.

Undergraduate studies consist of Corsi di Laurea (CL=First Degree Courses) aimed at guaranteeing students adequate command of general scientific methods and contents, as well as specific professional skills. First degree courses last three years.

Graduate studies include Corsi di Laurea Magistrale (LM = Second Degree Courses) and Corsi di Master Universitario di 1° Livello (CMU1 = First Level University Master’s Degree Courses). The duration of the courses varies from two to three years.

Postgraduate studies include Corsi di Dottorato di Ricerca (CDR = Research Doctorate Programmes), Corsi di Specializzazione (CS = Specialization Courses) and Corsi di Master Universitario di 2° Livello (CMU2 = Second Level University Mastrer’s Degree Courses).

Classes are mainly held in Italian, although there is an increasing number in English. For the course held in Italian, students are asked to be competent in Italian Language, and will be tested prior to admission. For Italian Language study, students can attend language courses either at the State Universities, such as the University for Foreigners of Perugia ( or of Siena (, or at other private institutions authorized to issue the required certification.

To be eligible for admission students are required to hold a school qualification conferred on completion of minimum 12 years of previous schooling. Candidates may contact their local diplomatic mission for further information and for official submission of pre-enrolment documents at least six months before departure. Please note that the academic year starts in September/October.

Admission Process & Eligibility

Tuition fees at Italian universities vary, but they are generally much lower than in other parts of Western Europe or North America, making Italian universities an enticing proposition for foreign students. Those who wish to study in Italy have a chance to receive a quality higher education at an affordable cost.

The cost of tuition fees depend upon several factors. The most important is whether the university in question is a state or a private institution. State universities have much lower tuition fees. Tuition fees also depend on your country of origin; they are more affordable for EU students, but even non-EU students may find them more affordable than fees in other Western European or North American universities. Also, fees will depend on your chosen programme and level of study. For example, you can expect to pay around £680-£800 per year (€850 – €1,000) for undergraduate tuition fees.

Also bear in mind that state universities in Italy have a means-tested element to their tuition fees. This means the fees are weighted depending on a student’s parental income.

The next thing you need to consider is accommodation. Most Italian universities don’t have halls of residence, however they often provide accommodation services to help students to find appropriate rental apartments or shared rooms in the private rental market. These options usually come at a lower cost if you use the university services to find your accommodation.

There are various types of financial assistance you may be eligible to receive while studying in Italy. There are some scholarships available and international students are eligible to apply for student loans and grants. However, keep in mind that financial assistance is often merit-based or means-tested so it may not be available to all students. Check the websites of your chosen universities to learn about the scholarships and grants that might be available to you.

Another option you may wish to consider to help with your finances is to seek employment whilst you study. EU students can work in Italy without additional permission, while for non-EU students employment rights are regulated through your study visa status. To increase your chances of finding employment you will find it useful to have good Italian language skills.


Tuition Fees are usually very low as most Universities obtain public financial support. All international students are entitled to the same student assistance services as Italian students, including scholarships, dining hall services and housing. However, the total number of foreign students is restricted. Every University has a Tutor Office for inquiries on scholarships and student assistance services. All international students are entitled to the same student assistance services as Italian students, on basis of the same requisites of financial means and/or merit. This applies to scholarships, student loans, housing assistance, refectory meal tickets and fee waivers.

These services are managed by the DSU office (Diritto allo studio universitario).

Alongside scholarship and financial aid information, DSU offices will also provide other services such as counselling and information on extra curricular activities, sport, transport and other practical matters.

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also offers scholarships for foreign students wishing to pursue their studies in Italy. They are intended for Universities, Academies of Fine Arts, Art Restoration Institutes, Music Conservatories, the National School of Cinematography and Research Centres.

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