Study in Italy


A land which speaks of histories like no other country, a land which has the  heritage of the Renaissance in world culture and the flavour of all our favourite foods like  pizza, pasta and gelato – Italy is the home to history, heritage, fashion and the laid-back life as well as the highest standards of education.The excellence of the universities and institutes here are widely known and despite  the insistence on the use of the italian as the preferred language,  international students are not just welcomed but provided many  benefits.

Why study in Italy?

Italy is famous with International Students because of its- 
History- Birth of Roman Empire, Renaissance, Fascism and a major player in the 20th century world.  The history of this country can be peeled like layers. For anyone interested in history, architecture, archaeology, all roads lead to Rome. 
Education itself- The founder of the Bologna process of education, the universities here are an experience  no student wants to turn away from.  Also, Italians take pride in their drive to study and achieve better. 
Affordable Food and lifestyle- The food and lifestyle here are what dreams are made of. Food for everyone from vegan, vegetarian to non-vegetarian is available. Students are spoilt for choice with the wide range of food and lifestyle options.  Surrounded by beauty and grandeur, Italy is surprisingly  very affordable and accessible. 
Art, Architecture, fashion- For anyone who wants to study in these fields, this country is a living and practical example of some of the world’s most influential art movements.  
Geography- It is a postcard. No wonder it is the preferred destination for dream weddings, picturesque vacations and the avant garde life. One of the few European Nations which offer English as a medium of education.

Education System

The education system in Italy is based on the Bologna Process, which has been  adopted by all  European countries. It has a 3 cycle  system-
First Cycle is Bachelor’s degrees (3 years) or the single-cycle degrees 
The Second Cycle is Master’s degrees (2 years) including the 1st level vocational masters
The third Cycle is Doctorate (5-6 years) specialization school or the 2nd Level vocational masters.
There are two types of study centers  – the university institutions and the non-university institutions.  There are 89 university institutions. The non-university institutions are the ones that teach Higher Education in the Arts and Music. They are also called the AFAM institutions.


For the 1st cycle degree programs (undergraduate courses), 12 years of schooling with school leaving certificate and marks from the same is needed.
For the 2nd cycle degree programs (graduate courses),  the requirements are 1st cycle higher education qualification, popularly called bachelor’s degree.
For the 3rd cycle degree programs (doctoral courses), the requirements are a 2nd cycle or masters degree.
English or Italian language proficiency is tested via the most commonly accepted exams like TOEFL and IELTS.
Any other entrance exam is usually university and institution specific.

Popular Courses

Italians are famous for being encyclopedic in their understanding of  art, fashion, architecture, history, culture and management. When an applicant wants to study any of those, they can’t choose a better country than Italy. 
These are some of the more famous and popular programs in Italy
  • Bachelor in Fashion Art Direction
  • BA in Performing Arts
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Management
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation
  • Bachelor in Business Studies
  • Masters in Architecture
  • Masters in International Relations
  • Masters in Fashion Design
  • Masters in Business Administration
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Living Expenses

Including average fees for undergraduate, postgraduate, other programs
The Cost of Living in Italy is highly differentiated according to the region and area that the student selects. The education cost also varies. Having said that, Italy is not as expensive as other countries in Europe.
The tuition fees are very affordable and often subsidised. But can vary as-
  • Government institutions- €800 to €5000 per year
  • Private institutions- €6,000 up to €20,000 per year
  • Housing: shared- €100- €400 a month
  • Private- €200- €600 a month
  • Gas, waste, electricity  etc- €40- €60 a month
  • Monthly bus pass- €22
  • Train costs- €80-100 for one trip
  • Average meals may cost- €400- € 800 a month

Visa Requirements

  • A passport valid till 6 months after completion of the program
  • Acceptance letter from the university
  • Proof of English language- or scores from English living language test
  • Proof of finances, which cover tuition fee and living fee 
  • Notarised consent of parents and guardians for minors
  • Health Insurance
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Visa form

Work Opportunities

Italy is the country which ranks 8th on the Industrialised countries list. A survey said nearly 76,000 jobs are available in Italy almost every year.Most Italian firms are looking to hire graduates from amongst international students.

The most important sectors that offer placements here are-
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations where the emphasis is given to those at Italian universities.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals are the most in-demand
As it has one of the robust education systems, Teaching professionals are in demand
In one of the most advanced medical sectors, there is a demand for health and allied occupations
Marketing, design and creative professionals for both fashion and other sectors
Part-time work opportunities- 
Italy believes that International students must have the opportunity to pay for their other expenses themselves by working part-time, therefore, there are no restrictions imposed on part-time work opportunities.
Despite this, to maintain their focus on education, Students are only allowed to work part-time with a maximum of 20 hours per week during classes. This is relaxed to allow 40 hours during the summer and on holidays or non-class periods. This must be explicitly allowed in their Visa. Students from EU nations don’t need any permission.
Some of the  available jobs are:
  • Internships for students offered by the university
  • Home tutoring and teaching assistants
  • Paid jobs on the university campus
  • Working in the hospitality sector
  • Waitstaff, supermarkets etc
  • Jobs in digital space for those with a knowledge of either graphics, web design, ebooks, digital marketing, and social media marketing.

PSW Visa

For an international student who is not a part of the European Union,  they need to apply for a work permit and a student residence permit. 
The temporary residence permit is only available for PhD student or those who are at the second level of the program
Job needs to be guaranteed within the extension period of 6 to 12 months. There is also an option for internships for up to 12 months.
“Permesso di Lavoro”  or permission to study in Italy is required for a Work Permit.
A good grasp of both English and Italian is helpful.

Life & Culture

Student life
Life in Italy can be summed in two parameters for students- independent and practice-oriented learning.  The learning system here is not easy, it is detailed, in-depth and very focused on  research. This requires the student to put in extra effort and research to be able to fully appreciate the entire education given to them.
Italian universities believe in the method whereby students are taught in one space with classic lecture hours. The exams are conducted orally at the end of a semester. The students are graded based on this exam. STEM courses have more rigorous training and research-based learning.
But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, hence Italian universities play by helping the students unwind on field trips to Italian countrysides, exploring and enjoying local food and music and art.
Italians are well known for their hospitality, food and welcoming nature. The history, culture, and natural sites are preserved best across the globe. The Italians are proud  and reverent of their history and culture.
Italian wine is very famous and the lifestyle is laidback and enjoyable. Italians love their siestas and their churches.
Italy is also the fashion country of the world. There are large and most expensive fashion houses and some fantastic small and local brands.
Italians are very demonstrative people and they display their emotions very well.

Famous places

Vatican City, Sistine chapel- Even if you are not religious, this is of historical and architectural importance.
Amalfi coast- white sand beaches, luxurious setting
Lake Como- it is beautiful enough to attract celebrities and destination weddings
Florence –  a legacy of  frescoes, art and architecture
Rome- the city that wasn’t built in a day. Land of the Colosseum, Trevis Fountains, Spanish steps.
Tuscany- the lush green setting and the Lush greens, Leaning Tower of Pisa
Venice- The canal ride for you to find your loved one.

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