Italian Universities

About Italy

The land known as Italy today has been the cradle of European cultures. Italy’s capital, Rome, was for centuries the political center of Western civilization, as the capital of the Roman Empire.

Centuries later, Italy would become the birthplace of the Renaissance. Modern Italy is a democratic republic and a developed country. Italy enjoys a high standard of living, and is the world’s 18th most developed country.

The Northern part of Italy has hot summers and cold winter, although the Italians are warm, welcoming people who love to relax, celebrate and socialize.

Higher Education in Italy 

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. 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.

"Laurea” (first-cycle) programmes Degree courses in English language orsingle units in English language in three-year programmes (“Laurea”) are available in 16 universities (only 8 of them provide full degree programmes in English language for a total number of 12 degree courses, mainly in faculties of economics). Degree programmes are with fixed maximum number of students (“numerus clausus”) in the universities of Bolzano, Milano Bocconi, and Politecnico di Torino.


Universities and other Higher Education Institutes establish their own fees 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.

More information "here": about studying in Italy.


Currency: €


500-1000€ per month, depending on the location and type of accommodation.

Transportation: Approximately 110€ per month

Food and personal care items: Approximately 400€ per month, depending on your individual needs.


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). 


If you are a citizen of a EU member state you are eligible to work in Italy without a work permit. It is very tricky to find a job in Italy if you do not speak Italian. You may look for a part-time job from a local newspaper, the Internet, recruitment agencies, employment offices etc. As a student you should keep in mind not to work more than 15-20 hours per week. Otherwise you may neglect your studies.