Italy, with its location and long Mediterranean coastline, has been the seat of Roman civilisation for a long period in the past. Considered the cradle of renaissance, it made a powerful mark on medieval and recent history. Seat of art, sculpture and architecture, it produced a galaxy of geniuses from Michael Angelo, the polymath Leonardo Da Vinci to modern day writers like Roberto Calasso or Umberto Eco. Today it is the capital of the Roman Catholic Church and the centre of modern fashion. When it comes to education, Italy is making great leaps in catching up with big league institutions in Europe besides being home to one of the leading and world’s oldest university—the Bologna University.
$6000 to 20,000
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€550 - €800
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- Sapienza University of Rome
- SDA Bocconi
- Università degli Studi di Milano
- University of Bologna
- University of Milano-Bicocca
- Architecture and Design
- New Technologies
- Human Sciences
Why Study in the italy
Providing a rich cultural experience as well as a great education, Italy has long been a popular destination for international students. Universities here are particularly attractive for students studying architecture and design.
Over 500 English-taught study programmes
27 top 500 universities
Italy has been educating students since 1088
Besides excellent classroom assignments and work, besides animated interactions with faculty and fellow students on a subject you love, there are other things that can fascinate you in Italy; museums, canals, street-side cafés where you can bump into a writer or an artist or visit studios where once the famous, very famous like Michael Angelo or Da Vinci worked. The Italians are very friendly and gregarious, and you can get by well even if your Italian vocabulary is minimal. The place resonates with centuries of history, art, fashion and culture. It constantly reminds you at every nook and corner of its ancient heritage; it reminds that it was once the seat of Roman civilisation and the cradle of renaissance.
Cost of Living
Though accommodation can cost you a lot in Rome and Milano, the cost of living in Italy is very affordable. Depending on your hobbies and what kind of accommodation you choose, you can expect to spend around € 800 to €1200 per month.
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Work and study in Italy
As a student you can work part-time but only to a maximum of twenty hours a week. If you want to work full-time, you must convert your stay visa to work permit.
If your English is good and you can speak like a native speaker you can give tuitions in English. Other popular jobs, besides those in restaurants or bars, include web-designing, UX or those that are related to information technology.
For the first cycle leading to a bachelor’s degree
Qualifying school leaving certificate or equivalent certificates.
For the Second cycle leading to a master’s degree.
A relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent diploma in the field.
For the Third cycle leading to Ph. D
A relevant master’s degree or equivalent diploma in the field.
The medium of instruction in many colleges and universities is Italian. However, a number of colleges also offer higher education programmes in English.If you are applying for a college where the medium of instruction is Italian, you must prove that you Italian is to the level of B2 in Europass Language Passport classification. You will appear for a language test conducted by the university passing which you will be qualified for admission. If your level of Italian corresponds to C1 or C2 (proficient users), you will be exempted from the language requirement test.If you are applying for admission to college or university where the medium of instruction is English, you will have to provide proofs of passing English with high grades at your higher secondary school or any other English test that you have sat to demonstrate your proficiency in the language.
You can avail yourself of scholarships for various levels of study offered by the Italian government. But ensure that you fulfil all the requirements laid down from time to time. Some of the basic conditions are that you must be an international student, of under 28 years of age if you are doing a master’s programme and not over 30 if you are a doctoral student. Scholarships include fee waiver, health insurance besides a monthly stipend of €900. For more details, visit the web page of the university you want to enroll in.
If you are a non-EU or EEA student, you must apply for a visa before you book your ticket.
Visit the Italian Consulate in your district, state or country. Apply for an Entry Visa
Valid for up to 6 months, it can be extended up to 11 months for English language courses.
£97 for a 6-month visa, £186 for an 11-month visa
For students aged 4-17 who want to study at an independent school in the UK.
£348 for the Tier 4 (Child) Student visa
For students aged 16 and over.
£348 for the Tier 4 (general) Student visa
Italy student visa requirements
- Letter of offer from the university
- Passport with validity period of at least three months more than your period of stay and study in Italy
- Proof that you have accommodation in Italy
- Proof that you have enough funds to finance your study and for repatriation, if needed.
- Proof of health insurance
- Proof of language skills: Italian or English depending on the medium of instruction at your university.
Scholarships or Bursaries
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More about Italy
Rome, the Eternal City, the City of Seven Hills, never ceases to fascinate even the locals. With a history of twenty-eight hundred years, Rome has been the most visited city. It is also the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church with Vatican, a separate country located within the city. Home of some top-ranking universities, Rome has a lot to offer by way of collateral education, an education that you give yourself by visiting the Papal museums, archives or studying the ancient ruins of Colosseum or the Forum.
Great museums, archeological spots and history
It’s easy to keep travel costs down
Considered the most beautiful city in the world, Venice is called by many names, each trying to delineate its beauty: La Dominante, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic, City of Water, City of Mask, City of Bridges, The Floating City and the City of Canals. The city is well-connected with bus and train services but the best way to see the city is walk. Four hundred bridges connect the maze of canals to permit the foot traffic across Venice.
Great museums with free access on Sundays
A place with literary, artistic and historical associations.
None of the Italian cities can be captured in words and Florence is no exception. Capital of the Italian fashion world, seat of renaissance art and architecture, the city where the Medicis lived, Florence is even today a centre of attraction to connoisseurs of art. Devote a lot of time to spend in this city. It was from the language of this city that Modern Italian is derived.
Its location: centre of Italy with easy access to all major cities
A great place to learn ‘original’ Italian.
A place with lots of art, literature and architecture associated with it.
If you want to experience real Italy, you should enrol for a class in Italian. Nothing more than the language can endear you to them. With Italian in hand, a tour of the country will enable you to understand their cuisine, their culture, their art, architecture, music and literature. The warm climate, beautiful scenery, a long history and a chain of unbroken tradition make Italians full of energy and zest. No wonder they celebrate life -- La Dolce Vita—life is for living! Good food, great style and La Bella Figura—beauty in everything you do—dominate Italian life. Who has not heard of Europe's most successful football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale? They come from Milan, next to Rome in population and influence. A leading alpha Global City, Milan leads Italy in art,
A Global city
Second only to Rome in influence
Known for its Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture, Turin is also a flourishing business city. Turin, for the religious minded, houses the famous shroud that has the impression of a face believed to be that of Christ.
An art hub
A great business city.
Third largest city in Italy, Naples too has a history extending more than a millennium. Probably the oldest and by age, the longest, inhabited city in the world, Naples has a lot by way of history, art and architecture to teach the curious visitor. And to a student, it is a treasure house. Naples, meaning New City, still bears the fabric of ancient urban life in the city’s culture and tradition.
Great museums, archeological spots and history that can teach you
Tradition and modernism combine to give you a wonderful experience of living in the present and at the same time connected to a thousand and more years history.
If other Italian cities are known for their association with art or architecture, Verano is associated with writers. Dante mentions the city in Divine Comedy while Shakespeare sets his story of Romeo and Juliet here not to mention Goethe, Stendhal and Paul Valery who write about Verona in their travel diaries. When you visit Verano, note down your impressions. They are bound to be remarkable.
The warm climate, beautiful scenery, a long history and a chain of unbroken tradition make Italians full of energy and zest. No wonder they celebrate life -- La Dolce Vita—life is for living! Good food, great style and La Bella Figura—beauty in everything you do—dominate Italian life.
If you want to experience real Italy, you should enrol for a class in Italian. Nothing more than the language can endear you to them. With Italian in hand, a tour of the country will enable you to understand their cuisine, their culture, their art, architecture, music and literature.
Home to some of the best football teams in the world, it’s no surprise that football is the most popular sport in Italy.
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New Year's Day, January 1:After an exhausting New Year celebration, ringing in the new year, Jan 1 will relatively quiet, with the devout attending church services whilst the revellers of the previous night relax at home. Most shops and restaurants are close this day.
Epiphany, January 6:Epiphany is celebrated as a national holiday. It falls on the 12th day after Christmas, commemorating the coming of Magi or the three wisemen of the East visiting infant Jesus. Rome observes the tradition of la Bafana, a witch on a broomstick bringing candy and coal to children.
Valentine’s Day, February 14:A day of romance which is celebrated with gusto by the Italians, on this day lovers exchange gifts and spend special time together — there are lots of ways you can celebrate this Saint’s Day!
Carnevale:Carnevale or Carnival is held as a preparation for Lent or 40 days of abstinence. Lively parties are held where they distribute sweets, wear lavish costumes and bizarre masks. There is no fixed date for this festival because it depends on when Easter falls.
Easter:Easter is celebrated with all solemnity and fervour by a large number in Italy as the Vatican attracts a huge crowd from across the globe this day. Italians celebrate Easter with their traditional meal of lamb and colomba or sweet bread.
- Though Italy has large number of industries and manufacturing houses, international students will find it difficult to get a regular employment for the first preference is given to qualified Italian locals
- If a company has to hire you, it has to prove that no Italian was available for the work for which you are employed.The best recourse is to look for internships, use university connections or build local connections to settle in a job
- Learn a few Italian phrases. Boungiorno for good morning and buonasera for good evening will go a long way in social interactions. Do not use ciao with people you do not know well.
- Make eye contact. The Italians are very sensitive to non-verbal signals. When you speak to someone, look at them and speak. If you avoid eye contact, you would be thought of as not being transparent.
- Do not be put surprised or put off when an Italian speaks to you using a lot of facial expressions and gestures. That is their way of getting across.
- Keep both your hands on the table, not on your lap.
- Be always on time for any business meeting.
- Stand up when your senior or an elderly person enters the room.
- At society meetings or parties, address people formally.
- When you visit someone, take a small gift such as a pack of chocolates or sweets. Remember that family ties in Italy are very strong, and children, even at 20 depend on parents. Extended family used to be the norm but now-a-day, things are changing.
- On trains or buses, make sure you validate your ticket.