Study, Work, Live in Italy

Europe’s favorite (and only!) boot-shaped nation, Italy is a country of diverse beauty, culture, and history. From the Alps in the North to coastal beaches in the South and everything in between, choosing to study abroad in Italy will give you access to an incredible array of cultural, historic and touristic heritage. Education in Italy is highly esteemed with a wide range of excellent academic institutions spread across the country where international students are warmly welcomed.

Italy is a popular destination for international students. It offers quality higher education with more affordable tuition fees than other Western European countries. There are around 32,000 international students in Italy, including independent students and those on exchange programmes. The country has a rich history and tradition of higher education. This makes it an attractive option for students.

  • Name : Repubblica Italiana (Italian Republic)
  • Climate: Temperate climate with regional variations 
  • Population: 61.3 million (2013) 
  • Capital: Rome
  • Government: Democracy, Republic
  • GDP: 2071.31 billion US dollars (2013)
  • Language: Italian as well as German, French, and Latin in some regions in Northern Italy 
  • Currency: Euro 
  • Number of universities: 89

Why Study in Italy?

  • Home to one of the oldest Universities in the Western world (The University of Bologna)
  • 15 Italian universities find a place in the list of the Top 200 universities in the world
  • Courses designed in collaboration with companies thus increasing employability
  • English is the prime medium of instruction
  • Italian language and intensive Italian programs are taught at all levels, from beginning to advanced levels
  • Scholarships Fee waivers, Free housing, refectory meal tickets are provided for deserving students
  • IELTS /TOEFL not required
  • Ranks among the 8 most industrialized countries in the world
  • 6 months stay back available
  • Opportunity to work 20 hours per week
  • Home to thousands of industries –shipbuilding, Aircraft commercial vehicles, electrical goods, textiles, etc offering excellent job opportunities
  • Extremely warm & cooperative people
  • Has reputation for its rich (but surprisingly healthy) Mediterranean diet
  • Italy Milan is the world capital of fashion

Education System

Italian higher education system consists of two main articulations: the university sector and the non-university sector.

Currently the university sector comprise of 89 university institutions out of which

  • 2 Universities for foreigners. 
  • 6 Higher schools specialized in postgraduate university studies.
  • 6 Telematic universities.

The non-university sector includes 4 education typologies with their institutions:

  • Higher schools of design : polytechnics for the arts, academies of fine arts, higher institutes for applied arts, music conservatories and recognized music institutes, higher institutes for musical and choreographic studies, national academies etc


  • IELTS, TOEFL, PTE scores or any equivalent as a proof of English Proficiency
  • IELTS Waiver is available for eligible candidates
  • Diploma programs: Overall band score of 5.0
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Overall band score of 6.0
  • Masters Programs: Overall band score of 6.0 – 6.5


  • Approximately 3300 Euros per year, a fee may vary depending on the university and course of study.
  • For Specialized degrees and doctoral courses, the fee would be on the higher side.


  • Varies considerably depending on location, though comes between 1000 and 1500 Euros.


  • The academic year comprises two semesters. The first semester starts in September/October and ends in January/February. The second semester starts in February and ends in July.

    *Intakes may vary from university to university.


  • About to implement Point Based Immigration System
  • 20 hours per week ( 40 hours during vacation ) full-time work rights for spouses for the Masters program


  • ESCP Business School
  • American University of Rome
  • Sorbonne University
  • University of Florence
  • University of Pisa