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Study in Italy

Everything you need to know about studying in Italy as an international student.

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Why study in Italy?

Italy is a center of world class education, and universities in Italy include some of the oldest and most respected in the world. The word ‘university’ has its origins in Italy and the University of Bologna is believed to be the world’s oldest.

Studying abroad in Italy is an opportunity to experience it all. From volcanoes to ice cream, espresso to the Coliseum, Italy has something for everyone.

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What are the best programs in Italy?

Italy's education system is renowned around the world for its quality, offering several different options for international students. Italy is particularly well known for its language and architecture degrees.

As with most of Europe, in Italy a bachelor’s degree will take three or four years, a master’s will take two years and a doctorate degree can take up to five years depending on the subject.

There are a variety of institutions in Italy specializing in particular fields, including business schools, and also medical universities and engineering universities.

Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

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  4. Enrollment & travel advice

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What is the cost of studying in Italy?

Tuition fees in Italy are considered to be very low, especially when compared to the rest of Europe and the USA. The cost of tuition can cost around $2,000 per year, but you should check with your university of choice to find out exactly how much it will cost.

The cost of living in Italy varies dramatically depending on where you study. The bigger cities, especially those in the north like Milan and Rome, are much more expensive than smaller towns. As a rough guide you should budget around $15,000 to $20,000 to cover your living costs.

Key facts

  • Euro € Currency
  • 1.9 million Student population
  • Italian Language
  • 90 Universities

Where can you study in Italy?

Studying in Italy as an international student gives you the opportunity to live and learn in a stunning city. Popular university cities in Italy include Milan, Florence and Rome.

Italy is a country full of culture, and creativity is highly valued. It has been at the forefront of culture for centuries, and is home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world.

Food plays a massive part in Italian life and you will often find yourself sitting down to evening meals lasting several hours. Meal times are a chance for family and friends to gather together, discuss the day’s events and socialize.

Universities in Italy

What are the requirements to study in Italy?


Specific program requirements are set by each Italian university, and may differ between programs. You will need to have completed secondary education to apply for a university in Italy, and your results in your final exams will be used to determine whether or not you’ll be accepted.

English language tests

Most Italian universities will accept the TOEFL or IELTS English Language tests as proof of your level of English ability. You’ll need to complete one of these tests and get a score requested by the university.

Italy student visa

EU students are able to study in Italy providing you are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support yourself.

Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:

  • A confirmed place on a course at a recognized education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees
  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself
  • You have comprehensive health insurance cover
Italy student visa requirements

How to study in Italy

  1. Find the university program you want to study in Italy
  2. Complete pre-enrollment at your nearest embassy or consulate
  3. Fill in an application form and submit any requested documents such as your passport and photographs.
  4. Submit the official transcripts of your post-secondary school qualifications; transcripts not in English or Italian must be accompanied by a certified language translation. Also send proof of your English language proficiency
  5. You may need to arrange for an interview by phone, video call, or in person in Italy
  6. You may need to supply two letters of recommendation and write an essay
  7. Wait for a response from the university
  8. Accept an offer to study in Italy and pay any fees or deposits to secure your place
  9. Apply for your visa

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