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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.

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 competencies.

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.


The Italian Master's Degree should not be confused with the Italian "Masters" (Magistrale specialistica) that are one-year specialist courses that offer a more practical education, notably in professional areas such as law, engineering, education or architecture) but do not give access to further levels of studies (they can be considered similar to Postgraduate diplomas). A bachelor (or an equivalent) is required to undertake a Masters degree. If you are applying for an international program (the Italian equivalent to being delivered in English) or an Erasmus Mundus joint-Masters programme there may be no entrance examination. 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, and Proof of English Knowledge is required notably if the program you are applying to is in English.


Students who wish to pursue a Bachelor`s or Master`s course in Italy have to pre-enroll at the University where they would like to study. The application for pre-enrolment needs to be submitted online on according to the diplomatic-consular jurisdictions. The general documents required for pre-enrolment are:

  • Passport-sized photos (white background)
  • Copy of the first and last page of the passport
  • Original certificate of the final academic qualification duly attested and Apostilled.
  • Transcripts
  • Other available education documents

"Declaration of value” (Dichiarazione di Valore):

DOV issued by the Italian Diplomatic Representative related to the high school degree. The Declaration of Value is a document, released by the Italian competent Authority in the Country to which the educational system of your school refers, attesting the validity of your Diploma and in particular attesting you are entitled to enter University.

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Popular Universities:
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Milan
  • University of Parma
  • University of Brescia
  • University of Cagliari
  • University of Pisa
  • University of Campania
  • University of Cassino
  • University of Bergamo
  • University of Naples

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.

Living Costs:

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. Scholarships are offered to carry out study, training and research projects in Italian Higher Education Institutes (State-owned institutions or institutions legally recognized by the relevant State authorities). Foreign students can benefit from scholarships offered by Italian universities to pursue study, training and/or research programs. The aim of these scholarships is to foster international cultural cooperation, spread the knowledge of the Italian language, culture and science, as well as promote the Italian economic and technological system throughout the world.
Scholarships can be grouped into three categories based on source:

  • Grants for foreign and Italian citizens living abroad awarded by the Italian governmentThese 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 counseling 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
  • Scholarships offered by Italian universities
  • Scholarships for Special Projects
    • Invest your talent in Italy
    • The Accademia d’Arti e Mestieri dello Spettacolo Teatro alla Scala
    • European University Institute

Entry visas for study purposes “University Registration” (type D “national”) are issued if applicants meet all the requirements and conditions of the current regulations by the dates set by the relevant MIUIR timetables (Ministry of Education, Universities and Research).

  • Two recent passport size photographs
  • One application form duly completed and signed
  • Passport valid for 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
  • Proof that you have accommodation in Italy;
  • Proof that you have financial support (at least € 467,65 per month for the academic year, a total of € 6.079,45 per year), A letter from your bank indicating your account number, financial status, and balance. The letter must be signed by a bank official.
  • Adequate insurance coverage for medical treatment and hospitalization;
  • Proof of the availability of the financial means needed for repatriation;
  • Flight reservations (round trip).

For further information regarding student visas, contact our nearest office.

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.
The Italian laws permit a student to work 4 hours a day
Yes, you can. However, if you want to work before you graduate, by law you can only accept part-time contracts, which means you may work up to 20 hours maximum weekly and 1040 hours yearly. In case you wish to work full time before graduation, you must convert your stay permit from study to work, but only within the annual quotas established by law.