• Italy is a popular destination for international students. It offers quality higher education with more affordable tuition fees than other Western European countries.
  • There are around 32,000 international students in Italy, including independent students and those on exchange programmes. The country has a rich history and tradition of higher education. This makes it an attractive option for students.

Education system

  • Some of the first universities in Europe were founded in Italy during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
  • The University of Bologna, founded in 1088, is recognized as the oldest university to still operate.
  • Today, Italy is the home of many prestigious institutions of higher education.
  • Many of Italy’s institutions perform well in the QS World University Rankings, appearing in the top 200 each year.
  • Italy has played an important role in recent reform of higher education.
  • This reform is known as the “Bologna Process”.
  • The country is one of the four countries that created the European Area of Higher Education.
  • This was formed by signing the Sorbonne Declaration in 1998, which was to be the first step in the higher education reform.
  • Today the Bologna Process is now being implemented throughout Europe.

       Italy has around 97 universities, which are divided into several categories:

  • State universities: These are state funded public institutions and make up the majority in Italy.
  • Other publicly funded universities: Funded by Province rather than state.
  • Private universities: Non state funded.
  • Superior Graduate Schools: These are independent institutions that offer advanced training and research courses specializing in postgraduate studies.

You will also find 137 other higher education institutions throughout Italy. These are academies that specialise in certain sectors. They range from art, music and dance colleges, to research based and technical institutions.

Italy has several levels of higher education. Completing undergraduate studies (bachelor’s degree – ‘laurea’) can lead to master’s studies and earning a master’s degree. Bachelor’s studies typically take 3 years to complete and master’s studies take 1 year. Following the completion of your masters studies you can do a PhD which usually lasts 3 academic years.

Top universities in Italy

  • University of Bologna
  • University of Padua
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • University of Milan
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • University of Turin
  • University of Naples Federico II
  • University of Pisa
  • University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
  • University of Florence

Documents required:

  • Entry visa application form;
  • Recent passport-size photograph;
  • Valid travel document (the expiry date should be three months longer than that of the visa requested);
  • Proof that you have arranged accommodation in Italy (for the whole period of your studies);
  • Prove you have sufficient financial means to support your studies (900 EUR/month);
  • Paid health insurance of 150 EUR for the first year of studies;
  • Copy of the diploma of a previous education;
  • Acceptance letter from an Italian University;
  • Receipt of the visa application fee (50 EUR).

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