Italy, officially the Italian Republic is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe. To the north, Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula and the two biggest Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

req Italy is considered to be both a major regional power and a leading middle power with membership in prominent institutions such as the UN, the EU, the NATO, the OECD, the OSCE, the DAC, the WTO, the G4, G6, G7, G8, G10, G20, the Union for the Mediterranean, the Latin Union, the Council of Europe, the Central European Initiative and the Uniting for Consensus. Italy currently maintains the world's tenth-largest nominal defence budget and is a participant in the NATO nuclear sharing policy. On 1 July 2014, Italy replaced Greece as the seat of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Italy has played an important role in European higher education: it is one of the four countries that first engaged to create the so-called "European Area of Higher Education", thus starting that type of higher education reform which, known as "Bologna Process" (Bologna Declaration, June 1999) is being implemented all over Europe.

The education system in Italy is organized according to the subsidiary principle and autonomy of schools. The State has exclusive competence on general issues on education, on minimum standards to be guaranteed throughout the country and on the fundamental principles that Regions should comply with within their competences.

Italian higher education is structured in a binary system, consisting of two main articulations:
  • The university sector
  • The non-university sector.

At present, the university sector is made up of 89 university institutions which are classified in: :
  • 58 State universities
  • 17 non-State universities (legally recognised by the State)
  • 2 universities for foreigners
  • 6 higher schools specialised in postgraduate university studies
  • 6 telematic universities.


The academic year in Italy is made up of two semesters. The first semester starts in September/October and ends in January/February. The second semester starts in February and ends in July. The actual start and finish dates will vary in the different universities but each semester lasts around 20 weeks and is made up of a teaching period lasting around 14 weeks and an exam period lasting around 6 weeks.


Many Italian universities offer a wider breadth of programs in English at the master’s level. To be eligible for admission to a Master’s degree, you need a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent foreign qualification with specific curricular requirements. If you are applying for an International program being delivered in English then Proof of English Knowledge is notably required. If you are applying for Masters degrees in the area of economics, management, finance, business studies, you are likely to be asked for a GMAT or GRE. If you want to apply to a degree course taught in Italian language, and you do not have an official certificate demonstrating a knowledge of Italian equal or higher than B2 (CEFR), you must sit a compulsory language test (generally scheduled for the end of August or the beginning of September) before proceeding with matriculation/ enrolment phase (or taking an admission test, if required by the chosen degree course); To be eligible for admission to a Bachelor’s degree or a single-cycle degree, you need a minimum 12-year school record. Keep in mind that many bachelor’s level programs in Italy are only offered in Italian, and you may need to prove your language abilities through a certified language test in order to be accepted to your program of choice.

If you’re a non-EU citizen residing abroad, you should submit a pre-application request to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence and indicate what institution and program you’re applying to. The officials will forward your documentation to the institution, and you should confirm with your institution how and when the results will be posted. Typically, results are either posted by the Embassy, or the institution will contact you directly.

Popular Universities:
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Bari
  • University of Brescia
  • University of Cassino
  • University of Cagliari
  • University of Campania
  • University of Parma
  • University of Pavia
  • University of Padova

Education and Living Costs:

Tuition Fees:

Universities and other Higher Education Institutes establish their own fees but in the case of university education there is a legal minimum fee for enrolment and maximum level for student contributions to costs and services, which cannot exceed 20% of state funding.

The average fees a student has to pay is somewhere between 850 euro and 1,000 euro per year since this varies from one university to another and also depends on the chosen course of study. Private universities are clearly much more expensive.

Admission to “master universitari” and other specialisation courses also have much higher fees. Doctoral students who receive a grant from the university do not pay fees, but non- grant holders are required to pay the fees, which will vary again according to the university chosen.

Tuition Fees:

The cost of living in Italy varies considerably depending on which part of Italy the student will live in. Almost all of the main cities and tourist places, especially the ones located in the north of Italy are comparatively more expensive than other cities and smaller towns of the country.

Scholarship Opportunities

All international students are entitled to the same student assistance services as Italian students, on basis of the same requisites of financial means and/or merit. This applies to scholarships, student loans, housing assistance, refectory meal tickets and fee waivers.

These services are managed by the DSU office (Diritto allo studio universitario).

Alongside scholarship and financial aid information, DSU offices will also provide other services such as counselling and information on extracurricular activities, sport, transport and other practical matters.You should contact the office at the university where you plan to study to find out what services are available to you.

  • Two recent passport size photograph;
  • One application form duly completed and signed at the Consulate;
  • Passport valid three months over planned stay in Italy
  • Copy of the passport page containing holder’s data and those mentioning an extension of validity.
  • A letter of acceptance from school or University in Italy indicating place, duration of the course and dates of attendance
  • A letter addressed to this Italian Consulate, stating that you own private means of support. If you are a recipient of financial aid, please submit a statement;
  • A letter from your bank indicating your account number, financial status, and balance. The letter must be signed by a bank official
  • Flight reservations (round trip).

Do I need to have visa to study in Italy?

Yes you do. Any student intending to study in Italy needs to procure passport from one’s governmental authorities in time and will need to obtain a student visa for the intended period of study in Italy.

Does the Italian law permit a student to work?

The Italian laws permit a student to work 4 hours a day

What is paper works involved in coming to study in Italy?

The paper works that are involved in coming to Italy are.

  • Translation of your educational documents into Italian and attestation of the same by the Italian authority in the territory.
  • Obtaining statement of equal value for the translated educational documents from the embassy and Visa obtaining works