Italy

Information about studying in Italy

For the essential information about studying in Italy and applying for higher education programmes, visit the Uni-Italia website.

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Quick facts

  • Population: 60,665,551 (2016)
  • Capital: Rome
  • Geographical size: 302,073 km2
  • GDP: € 1.672 trillion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): Italian
  • Currency: Euro

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Higher education in Italy

  • Student visas and immigration
  • Scholarships and financial support: International students in Italy can benefit from three main types of scholarship or grant which are given by universities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and by Regional Bodies for the Right to Education. Find out more at:
  • Number of higher education institutions: 240
  • Number of students in higher education: 1,887,000 (2012, Euromonitor International from national statistics/UNESCO)
  • Number of international students in higher education: 77,035 (2012, UNESCO)
  • Language of instruction: Most higher education programmes in Italy are taught in Italian language but you will find many taught in English too
  • Typical tuition fees: In Italy there are both public and private university level institutions. Find out more about costs from the Studiare in Italia website.
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Italy:
    • Bachelor's degree programme: 3 years
    • Master's degree programme: 1-2 years
    • Doctorate/PhD: 3 years

Overview

Founded in the 12th century, Italian universities are the oldest educational institutions in the Western world and they represent the vanguard of higher education.

Studying in Italy enables you to achieve a high-prestige degree recognised throughout Europe, as well as many by international ranking society reports (Shanghai Jao Tong, QS, Times Higher Education).

The quality of teaching and the close relations between Italian and international institutions give students many opportunities for a fulfilling educational path and successful future career.

Italy is in the vanguard in several fields of higher education, many of which correspond to the most developed professional sectors of the labour market.

Students who choose to continue their course of studies in Italy may also enrich their personal experience by living in one of the world’s most important manufacturing countries.

Many prominent higher education institutions are in Italy, especially in the field of Architecture and Design, Arts, Sciences and Engineering, New Technologies, Economics and Management, Agriculture, Human Sciences, Conservation and Restoration of Cultural assets, Medicine, Cinema, Dance, Drama and Advanced Musical Studies.

Last but not least: Italy is famous for its quality of life! It is the home of the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it has a rich tradition of arts, culture, sport and literature – and of course, the beautiful countryside and cities are second to none.

In Italy, you can enjoy a high and unique quality of life and a welcoming atmosphere.

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For the essential information about studying in Italy and applying for higher education programmes, visit the Uni-Italia website.