Italy

Study in Italy

Italy is one of those beautiful European countries were students and tourists visit in large numbers. Italy is always known for great art, architecture, literature, education and who can forget the famous Leonardo da Vinci, a renowned artist and scientist who first proved that the earth was round and not flat.

Rome is the capital of Italy and it is located in the central part of the Italian peninsula. It is the city with the most population with the area of 1,285 square km.

Languages Spoken

Italian, German, French and Latin in some parts of North Italy

Quick Facts
Capital Rome
Currency Euro
Area 301,338 sq km
Population 61.6 million
Literacy rate 98% of Italians are literates.
Calling Code +39

Climate

Italy normally enjoys Mediterranean climate with warm summers, cold and rainy winters but differs from region to region.

Northern Italy

Northern Italy experiences hot summers, cool weather with rains throughout the year. Some of the major cities in Northern Italy are

  • Bergamo
  • Venice
  • Milan
  • Bologna
  • Genoa
  • Turin
  • Verona
  • Padua
  • Mantua
  • Cremona

Southern Italy

Southern Italy experiences hot and dry summers and mild rainy winters. Some of the major cities in Southern Italy are

  • Naples
  • Bari
  • Taranto
  • Reggio Calabria
  • Foggia
  • Barletta
  • Lecce
  • Catanzaro
  • Torre del Greco
  • Pozzuoli

Central Italy

Central Italy experiences chilly winters, dry summers with low humidity levels and light rains. The students are advised to have a light waterproof jacket to protect one from rains and breezes.

  • Why Study in Italy
  • Institutions in Italy
  • Cost of education and living
  • Entry Requirements
  • Student visa process
  • FAQ's

Why study in Italy

Global recognized programs

The programs offered by Italian universities are recognized by employers all around the world. The curriculum in these courses is designed in such a way keeping up with the latest industry trends and collaboration with various companies.

English taught programs

The medium of instruction in most of the Italian universities is English but there are programs in Italian as well.

Top ranking universities

Italy has many top universities to its credit according to the study by Webometrics and universities like Politechnico Di Milano and Politechnico Di Torino being the top ranking for engineering courses. This has attracted students from all around the world.

No IELTS

IELTS is not mandatory for international students to get admissions in to Italian universities but the students are required to have a good command over English.

Variety of course

The students have the option of pursuing variety of courses such as the culinary arts, fashion designing, graphic designing, Engineering etc.

Exciting student life

Apart from studies, the students can explore different cultures, traditions and this exposure will help the students to have an experience of a lifetime.

Reasonable Course fee

The course fees are normally lower for international students since the universities establish their own course fee. As per the law in Italy, Universities should charge minimum amount for enrollment and maximum amount for student contributions.

Career opportunities

Italy is known to be the 3rd largest economy and 12 largest by GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in the world. This can provide immense opportunities for students.

Italy is a world leader in various fields such as the culinary arts, fashion, graphic design, furniture design, robotics, space engineering, and transportation equipment.

The students have to apply and obtain a residence permit within 8 days of arrival in Italy. Finding work opportunities in Italy could be difficult for international students since the employers prefer candidates with Italian language. Students are advised to learn Italian language skills to have an advantage in the job market.

Top industries in Italy

  • Tourism
  • Manufacturing
  • Agricultural
  • Service Sector
  • Trade

Some of the Italian companies that hold place in the fortune 500 companies are

  • EXOR Group
  • Assicurazioni Generali
  • Enel
  • UniCredit Group
  • Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Telecom Italia
  • Poste Italiane
  • Finmeccanica

Part time opportunities

Italy permits students to look for part time jobs during their course term. The students can work for the maximum of 20hrs a week.

Internship opportunities

Internships are important for students as they can gain experience in the field of their choice and this can add value to their resume. There are lots of opportunities for students to pursue internship in Italy after graduation, but work permit is necessary to work and stay in Italy. The duration of internship could last for a year.

Post study work (PSW) visa available

PSW is available for international students from both EU and non - EU member countries. As far as students from non- EU countries pursuing masters and PhD are concerned, can apply for a temporary residence permit after their period of student visa gets expired. The duration could be for 6 to 12 months.

Instituitions in Italy

institutions

An international student can choose from 89 of the top universities in Italy. University of Bologna is the world's oldest university and ranks at 182nd in the QS world university rankings.

List of Italy’s universities are as follows,

  • University of Bologna
  • Basilicata University
  • Biomedical University of Rome
  • Ca'Foscari University of Venice
  • Catania University
  • Foreigners University of Siena
  • Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
  • IMT Institute for advanced studies
  • Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia
  • International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste
  • International University College of Turin
  • Italian Institute of Human Sciences
  • Iuav University of Venice
  • IULM University of Milan
  • Kore University of Enna
  • Libera Universita Mediterranea
  • LUISS University of Rome
  • Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro
  • Marche Polytechnic University
  • Marconi University
  • Maria SS. Assunta University of Rome
  • Niccolo Cusano University
  • Parthenope University of Naples
  • Pegaso University of Naples
  • Perugia University
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Politecnico di Torino
  • Polytechnic University of Bari
  • Rome ISIA
  • S. Pio V University of Rome
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • Scuola Normale Superiore
  • Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Pisa
  • Second University of Naples
  • Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples
  • Tuscia University
  • Universita Cattolica del SacroCuore
  • Universita'degli Studi di Napoli 'L'Orientale'
  • Universita degli Studi di Roma - Tor Vergata
  • Universita degli Studi Europea di Roma
  • Universitia degli Studi di Pavia
  • University for Foreigners of Reggio Calabria
  • University for Foreigners Perugia
  • University of Aosta Valley
  • University of Bari
  • University of Bergamo
  • University of Bocconi
  • University of Brescia
  • University of Cagliari
  • University of Calabria
  • University of Camerino
  • University Carlo Cattaneo
  • University of Cassino
  • University of Chieti
  • University of Eastern Piedmont
  • University of Ferrara
  • University of Florence
  • University of Foggia
  • University of Gastronomic Sciences
  • University of Genoa
  • University of Insurbia

Intake

First semester: Sep/ Oct to Jan

Second semester: Feb to July

Cost of Education

The average course fees could range from 850 Euros to 3,000 Euros per year and this varies from one university to another and also depends on the chosen course

In public universities, bachelors program fees varies between different universities (i.e.) €800 - €1,500 per year (£601- £1,127).

In private universities, fees will be higher as compared to public institutions and courses like medicine will have higher fees than others.

Scholarships

Most of the Universities in Italy offer scholarships and loans. The eligibility is either based on merit or means. The international office at your university can help the students figure out the best options available for them.

Some of the scholarships offered by Italy are

  • Bologna University Study Grants for International Students
  • EDISU Piemonte Scholarships
  • Bocconi University Scholarships for International Students
  • Italian Government Scholarships for Foreign Students
  • University of Padova Scholarships for All Degree Courses
  • Politecnico di Torino International Scholarships
  • Politecnico de Milano Merit-Based Scholarships for International Students

Note:

The students are advised to go through the respective university website and get in touch with the university authorities for scholarship assistance.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Italy can be quite expensive as compared to other countries. Here is the list of some of the common expenses.

Accommodation
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 559.38 €
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 433.29 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 968.70 €
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 720.48 €
Transportation
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 €
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 €
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.50 €
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 €
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 €

Entry Requirements

Language requirements

  • IELTS/ TOEFL are not required
  • If the medium of instruction of the course taken is English, then the students will be required to prove their English communication skills by presenting the results received at English courses during high school.

Academic Requirements

Bachelor programs

The students should have passed high school (12th) with valid documents.

Masters programs

The students should have passed the bachelors and should have their consolidated mark sheets and degree certificates.

Documents required for Admissions.

  • 12th Mark sheet and Certificate.
  • Bachelor’s Degree – All individual semester wise/annual mark sheets.
  • Degree Certificate or Provisional Degree Certificate.
  • Passport Copy – First and Last Page.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (LOR’s).
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP).
  • Work experience certificate (if any).
  • Curriculum vitae/ Resume
  • Letters of recommendation

Student Visa Process

  • The international students who wish to study in Italy have to apply for a student visa.
  • They have to approach the Italian consulate in their home country to apply for visa.
  • The students are advised to schedule the appointment 4 to 6 weeks in advance since the appointment time is limited.
  • Students might be called for an interview over phone or Skype.
  • IELTS is not mandatory but the student should have good communication skill in English.
  • The visa processing usually takes 1 to 3 weeks or could be longer to process.
  • The students have to apply for a residence permit (Permesso di Soggiorno) within 8 days of arrival in to Italy to legally study in Italy.

Documents required for visa

  • 12th, bachelors mark sheets and certificates. All the academic documents should be duly apostilled by the Ministry of External Affairs & State HRD.
  • Completed visa application form
  • Acceptance letter from the University
  • Overseas medical insurance
  • Proof of financial stability should be shown (Either bank loan or own fund)
  • Valid passport with two blank pages.
  • Two passport size photos
  • Statement of purpose (SOP)
  • Work experience certificate (if any)
  • Letters of recommendation (LOR)

Note:

The students are advised to carry 2 to 3 photocopies of each document along with the original copies for verification.

FAQ's

faq

  1. What are the language requirements to study in Italy?
  2. Though there are specific language requirements to study in Italy, the students are supposed to have good command over English. The students having Italian language skills have an added advantage over others.

  3. Can i do an internship in Italy after graduation?
  4. The students can do internship after graduation provided they have a valid work permit. The students can approach the visa authorities to convert the student visa to work visa.

  5. How long can an internship period last?
  6. The internship period lasts from 6 months to 1 year.

  7. Is it difficult to find a job in Italy?
  8. It could be difficult for international students to find jobs in Italy provided they have good command over Italian language.

  9. Is Post Study Work Visa allowed in Italy?
  10. PSW also known as post study work is allowed in Italy for international students from both EU and non - EU member countries. As far as students from non- EU countries pursuing masters and PhD are concerned, can apply for a temporary residence permit after their period of student visa gets expired. The duration could be for 6 to 12 months.

  11. What are the top industries to work in Italy?
  12. Top industries in Italy

    • Tourism
    • Manufacturing
    • Agricultural
    • Service Sector
    • Trade
  13. How much fund balance do I need to show for applying to a Permesso di Soggiorno (stay permit)?
  14. In order to prove your financial stability, the student has to show their bank statement and other account details. A minimum of € 5.824,91 per year (approximately Rs. 4, 36,868.25) is required to be shown as fund proof in order to study and live in Italy.

  15. How much time does it take to get a student visa in Italy?
  16. The visa processing usually takes 1 to 3 weeks or could be longer to process. The students are advised to schedule the appointment 4 to 6 weeks in advance since the appointment time is limited.

  17. What are the visa fees for Italy?
  18. The visa fee for Italy is € 60 (Rs. 4520).

  19. What is the Cost of Living in Italy for international students?
  20. The cost of living can be quiet expensive when compared to other European countries. Education costs are reasonable where as living costs such as accommodation, transportation differs

    Accommodation
    Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 559.38 €
    Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 433.29 €
    Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 968.70 €
    Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 720.48 €
    Transportation
    One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 €
    Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 €
    Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.50 €
    Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 €
    Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 €