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Study Abroad - Italy


Italy is filled with riches. Italy is a country of rich diversity across its twenty regions. Every corner has a different tradition, dialect, and flavour to share. It offers you spectacular cities, ancient ruins, wonderful museums, soaring mountains, great beaches, and beautiful natural scenery – all packed in one. No wonder, it features in the bucket lists of a lot of people. Italy is a most developed country because of its advanced technologies increasing with reusable energy.

Italy’s rich legacy of art and architecture has attracted many. Stretching back to before Roman times and continuing today, the country is filled with many architectural and artistic treasures.

Why Study in Italy?

There Are Plenty of Programs to Choose From

Study abroad programs in Italy are some of the most popular because of the country’s food, scenery, historical sites, and museums. There are plenty of programs to choose from, including fashion, creative writing, and visual art. The best study abroad programs focus on specific majors, such as communications, design, language, medicine, or architecture.


High-Quality Education

Students worldwide come to Italy to study and gain insight into their field through a different cultural lens. Italy boasts a high-quality education system and is home to the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world. The country has been a hub for art, science, and higher education for hundreds of years.


Italy is an affordable destination for international students

Italy is one of the most affordable countries in Europe where you can study abroad and that goes for tuition fees and living costs as well.

Average tuition for all degree types: 850 to 1,000 EUR/year

Average living expenses: 700 to 1,000 EUR/month for housing, food, transportation, and fun

Cheaper cities: Pisa, Padua, or Turin


Easy ways to travel the country

Italy allows you to ‘jump’ a bus or train for just a few Euros to escape from the cold and foggy Milano, or from the chaotic Bologna to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.


Almost every big city is also perfectly connected to European and non-European countries with 87 airports. You can easily travel by train, all the bigger Italian cities are interconnected with 77 (main-) railway stations. That makes life easier for many students that do not like travelling by car or by plane.


A country full of wonders

While you’re enjoying the international student status in Italy, it would really be a shame not to take advantage of the privilege of living close to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Yes, Italy beats any country at this, counting 51 heritage sites that speak about the cultural and historical past of Italy.


Imagine first-hand how the gladiators fought in the Colosseum, take a picture holding the Leaning Tower of Pisa, get lost on the streets and canals of Venice, and explore the centre of the Catholic faith in Vatican City. Learn a little Italian history and geography and visit Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius.

Eligibility Criteria for study in Italy

There are general eligibility requirements for admission into a recognized institution in Italy and they include:

  • 1) Hold a foreign high-school diploma/bachelor degree (for graduate students) that proves that you qualify for university education in Italy with a minimum of 59% in your last two years of study.
  • 2) English or Italian language proficiency depending on the program you want to apply for. TOEFL and IELTS are the generally accepted English exams.
  • 3) Specific programs require particular scores in specific subjects
  • 4) Specific universities also have entrance exams for different programs.

Because admission requirements in the country vary from university to university, the aforementioned are the only general requirements, the rest is provided by the institution or the department of interest.

Documents required for Admission includes:

  • 1) Passport photographs
  • 2) Travel passport showing data page.
  • 3) Academic certificates (diplomas and degrees)
  • 4) Academic Transcripts

What after Study?

Most of the students wonder if we can convert the student visa into a work visa and continue stay for a longer period in Italy?

Yes, it is possible to convert your study visa into a work visa. If anyone wants to get a post-study work visa in Italy, must have secure qualifying education in Italy.

The student should have any one of the following degrees.

  • > Bachelor’s degree
  • > Special bachelor’s degree
  • > Specialization degree
  • > Doctorate degree
  • > First level Master’s degree
  • > Second level Master’s degree

The international student must meet all the given requirements:

  1. 1) Adequate financial resources on the basis of activity to be carried out
  2. 2) If required then, License or membership to local associations
  3. 3) Minimum housing requirements
  4. 4) Yearly income is higher than EUR 8,500.

Student Permit into Employee Permit:

The only option to get this permit is to meet the education requirement explained above and have at least an offer of employment or an offer for a trainee position in the related field to the degree obtained. Additionally, these requirements must be met:

  1. 1) Terms of employment need to be mentioned in the letter of employment by the employer
  2. 2) Most recent tax return of Employer.
  3. 3) The business balance sheet of Employer.
  4. 4) Company record
  5. 5) Proof of filed VAT tax return.
  6. 6) Employer’s contact details
  7. 7) Minimum housing compliance
  8. 8) Lease agreement, hospitality (Proof of housing).


  • 1) Choose the university you would like to study in: Out of the many globally recognized universities in Italy, choose the university where you would like to pursue your studies
  • 2) Accept an offer from a university: Pay any necessary fees to secure your place at the Italian university you have chosen.
  • 3) Contact or visit your nearest consulate or embassy: Find out the exact visa process for your home country, including the documents you need to complete, and schedule an interview for your Italian visa application.
  • 4) Attend a visa interview: Submit the documents asked for and pay the fee for this application.
  • 5) Wait for the results: You will receive a visa outcome in writing.
  • 6) Apply for a residence permit: Within eight days of arriving in Italy, you need to apply for your residence permit at your nearest Questura — a type of police station. EU students must also complete this step within 20 days of entering the country.
  • 7) Receive a permit: Your permit may take a couple of months to be created, so within this time you may be issued with a temporary document.
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Facts about Italy

Italy is an affordable destination for international students. Italy is one of the most affordable countries in Europe where you can study abroad and that goes for tuition fees and living costs as well. You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies in Italy.

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    Top Universities in Italy

    University of Bologna
    University of Padua
    Sapienza University of Rome
    University of Milan

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