Universities in Italy

Study in Italy

Italy, the home of pizzas, is home to many international students who view it as one of the better countries for higher education. The high-quality educational courses mean that there are more U.S. students visiting Italy for studies than ever before. There is a lot to gain from the top class universities, and the affordable education means that it is within reach of many Americans.

About Italy

Italy is a democratic republic, a country in Europe, where more than 98 percent of the people are educated. The country offers a great place not only for study but also for living. Innovations and discoveries are at the heart of the Italians, while they also love their families, love food, love their works, and love enjoying their lives too.

Why Italy?

Italy is that one country, where you can get everything that you need, readily near you. This makes your living (while you study) easier and more comfortable.

Be it for the food, the transportation, the language, or its people, Italy offers a perfect destination for study and life.

Apart from being one of the topmost tourist destinations, Italy is also considered as the Mecca for higher studies. Both domestic, as well as international students in Italy, have a high scope of stepping into a bright and successful career through the various universities and job opportunities available.

Let's have a look at the higher study and career opportunities in Italy.

University of Bologna:

One can pursue bachelor degrees, master as well as doctorate degrees. Arts, humanities, social science, medicine, engineering, science, and technology courses are available. With a minimum of 60% on the entry tests, this university offers scholarships, distance learning, sports facilities, housing, etc.

University of Pisa:
Founded in 1343, this university also offers science, arts, humanities, and business medicine and engineering courses for a bachelor to doctorate degrees. The University is a great option if you are looking to have low tuition fees and quality education. Of course, it's hard to get through here, and you need to be academically sound.

University of Rome Tor Vergata
It was founded in 1979 and offers courses from certificate diplomas to Ph.D. only in engineering courses.

University of Ferrara is known for its certificate diplomas, bachelor degrees, and doctorate degrees. This is one of the best universities for graduation in all streams from arts, science, and engineering to medicine.

University of Venice conducts admission test for the entry into the Faculty of Arts and Design, Regional Planning and Architecture. It offers bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in arts and science.

University of Bergamo is open up to doctorate degree for arts, humanities, social science, language, and engineering.

University of Teramo is known for its social science, health & medicine as well as science & technology in graduation and doctorate degrees. It also offers certificate courses in specified courses.

Some of the top universities for doctorate programs in Italy are:

Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology, Italian Institute of Human Sciences, Kore University of Enna, University of Teramo, Basilicata University, University of Molise, Foro Italico University of Rome, University of Foggia.

Do you know?

27 Italian universities have featured in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings. Out of them, 16 universities have made a mark in the world's top 500 list. Sapienza - Universita di Roma, Politecnico di Milano, Universita Degli Studi di Milano, Universita di Pisa, Universita Degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD), Universita Degli Studi di Roma - University of Bologna, Tor Vergata, Universita Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Universita Degli Studi di Firenze (UNIFI), Politecnico di Torino, and Universita Degli Studi di Torino (UNITO) are some of the names.

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Jobs in Italy

Internship in Italy: There are various organizations which deliver towards vocational training. This can be applied from the universities you are studying. They also arrange for the summer works and the internship programs.

Cultural associates: There are placements available for drama, theater, dance and many other performing arts in various cities of Italy like Rome, Florence, and Venice, etc.

Fashion designer : The word famous brands like Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci employ fashion designers and is a great scope for the fashion technology students.

You don't need to look at options like US and Canada alone. There are plenty of good options if you want to study in Italy or even to look for a job in Italian. It is important to note though that learning the Italian language will be useful, as not many people will know the English language out there.

Top Majors and Universities

The top universities in Italy are globally ranked for their high-class courses in varying subjects. Some of the top universities include the University of Trento, the University of Bologna, the University of Milan, the University of Padova, University of Torino, University of Rome III, and more.

You can choose your preferred institution based on the subject's preferences and approval of your application. The University of Bologna is one of the oldest universities in the world and is the top-ranked university in Italy. The Sapienza University of Rome is another popular choice having nearly 8,000 international students.

University Programs

Different universities offer courses in diverse subjects for both undergrads and postgrads. If you are looking for courses in economics, medicine, informatics, science, fashion, designing, or other subjects, Italy has it all.

Additional facilities such as a library, transportation, sporting, cafeterias, technological and cultural centers are also made available for all international students.

College Fees

Average tuition fees for higher education in the country will cost you anything between 850 and 1000 euro yearly for public universities (students from EU countries), fees can be much higher for Private Universities and colleges(and for Non-EU students). However, the actual costs depend on the respective institutions.

If you are looking for private universities, the costs may be higher than this.

Admission Requirements

Higher education (H. ed.) in Italy typically has three cycle programs based on which they offer their degree courses. US students are eligible to apply to each of these cycles and get through their admissions too, on approval.

You need to make application for the respective cycle, along with submitting your documents, which include proof of your schooling. Schooling has to be at least for a minimum of 12 years. Also, you need to be skilled in Italian, for which you might require giving a test.

Once you complete your first cycle program, you can similarly apply for the second, and so on.


A student visa is approved and applicable for applicants looking for admissions in H. Ed. courses in the country. This is the only visa that is a must for an international student, including US student to apply for education in Italy. Other Visas are not accepted for educational purposes. You must arrange for your accommodation too, and also have proof of sufficient finances to cover for your educational and stay expenses until the completion of your study.

Most students who come to Italy for higher studies have visas valid only till the duration of the educational course, so you need to start looking for jobs early if you want to stay back in Italy.

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