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Study Abroad: ITALY


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"Study in Italy" is a valuable information tool for students wishing to attend higher education (H.Ed.) programmes in Italy, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 
This national website provides the following information: types of H.Ed. institutions (university and non-university sector), admission procedures, study programmes, university degrees, non-university H.Ed. qualifications (academic diplomas), tution language, student life and welfare services, country information, etc. Links to other websites are also given, where even more detailed information on specific topics of individual interest is available. The website "Study in Italy" is a MIUR project, jointly carried out by the CIMEA of the Fondazione Rui and CINECA.

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" (Sorbonne Declaration, May 1998), thus starting that type of higher education reform which, known as "Bologna Process" (Bologna Declaration, June 1999) is being implemented all over Europe.

Today Italy ranks among the 8 most industrialised countries in the world. Alongside some big companies, both state-owned and private, it has developed a sound network of small and medium-sized undertakings, promoted a few scientific parks, and is incentivating basic and applied research in a great variety of fields (biology, ICT, medicine, physics, etc.).

Universities in Italy
The Università di Bologna (UNIBO) is Italy's top-ranked, and one of the first universities ever established – possibly the very oldest in existence. But if the name sounds familiar, that's probably due to Italy's continued leadership in higher education; Bologna gives its name to the Bologna Process, the project that is making academic systems and qualifications more compatible across Europe, and in which Italy has been a key participant.

Much like its other attractions, Italy's top universities are spread across a wide area.

There's the Sapienza - Università di Roma in Rome, Università degli Studi di Padova in Padua, Università degli Studi di Firenze in Florence, and the Università di Pisa in (you guessed it) Pisa.

Overall, the country has around 90 higher education institutes, including 58 state universities, 17 private-sector universities, and a number of specialized postgraduate or e-learning centers.


Application Fee
75 to 150
Euros / per year
Tuition Fee
8,000 to 15,000
Euros / per year
Cost of Living
Euros / per year


Full-time students registered in a degree or diploma-granting course are allowed to work on the campus of the institution at which they are registered without the need for an employment authorisation. This includes on-campus employment for graduate, teaching or research assistants. 

Spouses of full-time students are eligible for open or open/restricted employment authorisation, depending on medical requirements having been met. 

Students whose intended employment forms an integral part of their course of study such as undergraduate co-op programs, some programs offered by career colleges or language schools and some high school programs.
Italy grants visas to foreign nationals who want to study at Italian universities or join official study abroad schemes. Schengen visas are available for short stays of up to 90 days. For extended periods of study, applicants should fill out a long-term visa application form. To find out more about Italian visa requirements for students, see the Student Visa Italy page, or take the Global Visas free assessment to speak to a consultant.
Documents Required
1     Two recent passport size photographs (on a white background).
2     one application form suitably completed and signed at the Consulate.
3     A valid passport and a copy of the passport page containing the owner's personal   data as well as the fact that there is an extension of validity.
4     Letter of acceptance from a school or university in Italy where you wish to pursue higher education. This letter must indicate the place or the city, duration of the entire course and dates of attendance.
5   A manuscript addressed to the Italian Consulate explaining that you have means to support yourself financially. This makes the task much simpler. If you don't have any financial support, then look out for some scholarship grants and financial aid.
6    In case of the above, you are expected to submit a statement from the source of financial support or your sponsor. Another letter from the bank is required indicating your account number, financial status and bank balance. This must attested by a bank official.
7    other important documents include a clean chit from the police at your hometown, which signifies any involvement in criminal activities. A health insurance or a doctor's certificate is needed. Lastly, round trip flight tickets.
8    The average time required for a visa to be issued is 2 days, although this can even go even up to 12 days. Mostly the time taken to issue a visa depends upon the nationality.
9    Fees for the processing of a visa application are 60 Euros for a Schengen Visa (Group Visas: includes Types A, B and C). A national visa which enables you to stay for long term stays (i.e. a type D Visa) costs you 75 Euros.
10   You need to remember to make photocopies of the entire application process. This includes every single form that you fill and submit. At any point, if you need to send these documents by post then make sure they are notarized.
11   once you are given the student visa, it shall be attached to your passport by the Italian Consulate.

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