Study in Italy

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Study in Italy 

Italy is a popular destination for international students, offering quality higher education, highly-ranked universities and more affordable tuition fees than many other Western European countries. For these reasons, many internationals choose to study abroad in Italy.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 and great intellectuals, which makes Italy a very attractive option for international students.

Why Study in Italy?

Some of the first universities in Europe were founded in Italy during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. For example, the University of Bologna, founded in 1088, is recognised as the oldest university in continuous operation. Today, Italy is the home of many prestigious universities and other institutions of higher education. Many of Italy’s universities perform well in the QS World University Rankings, such as the Università di Bologna (194), The Sapienza University of Rome (216), Politecnico di Milano (244), Università di Roma in Rome, Università degli Studi di Milano, Università degli Studi di Padova in Padua, Università degli Studi di Firenze in Florence, and the Università di Pisa in Pisa.

Italy has played an important role in recent reform of higher education known as “Bologna Process”, as one of the four countries that created the European Area of Higher Education, formed by signing the Sorbonne Declaration in 1998, which was to be the first step in the higher education reform. Today the Bologna Process is now being implemented throughout Europe.

Italy has 89 universities, which are divided into several categories:

  • State universities: These are state funded public universities which comprises of most of the universities in Italy, particularly the larger universities.
  • Other publicly funded universities: Funded by Province rather than state.
  • Private universities: Non state funded.
  • Superior Graduate Schools (Scuola Superiore Universitaria): These are independent institutions that offer advanced training and research courses specialising in postgraduate studies.

There are also certain non-university institutions of higher education, such as higher schools of design, schools of higher education in language meditation and schools of higher integrated education.

Italy has several levels of higher education. Completing undergraduate studies (bachelor’s degree – ‘laurea’) can lead to master’s studies and earning a master’s degree (‘laurea magistrale’). Undergraduate studies typically take 3 years to complete and master’s studies take 1 year. Following the completion of your masters studies you can continue with a PhD which usually lasts 3 academic years.

Most of the courses and programmes offered are taught in the Italian language but the number of English language programmes available is growing. This is particularly true for graduate level courses. Therefore, it may be possible to find courses and programmes taught in English if you wish to study in Italy but your Italian language skills are not good enough.

Cost of Studying & Living in Italy:

Italy is such a great place for pursuing your study abroad dream and amazingly, it does not imply high costs. You can get high-standards education in one of the most renowned universities in the world and also see some of the most famous attractions, steeped in history and culture, all at very affordable prices. Here is some detailed information about costs for students in Italy.

  1. University tuition fees in Italian universities

Tuition fees in public universities

Public universities in Italy set their tuition fees according to the level of degree, and the study programme.

  • Average tuition fees: 850 and 1,000 EUR/year.
  • Tuition fees in prestigious public universities in Italy may exceed 1,000 EUR/ year.

In most institutions, EU students also benefit from lower tuition fees compared to non-EU students and some of the state universities in Italy set the tuition based on the student’s parental income.

Tuition fees in private universities

Private universities in Italy usually charge higher tuition fees compared to public universities and most of them have the same fees for both EU and non-EU students.The average tuition fees in private universities range from 6,000 to around 20,000 EUR/year.

Most affordable universities in Italy

Check the list of Italian universities with affordable tuition fees:

  1. University of Siena – average tuition fees 1,800 EUR/year
  2. Free University of Bozen-Bolzano – average tuition fees 2,200 EUR/year
  3. University of Torino – average tuition fees 2,800 EUR/year
  4. University of Padova – average tuition fees 4,000 EUR/year

Tuition fees at top-ranked Italian universities

Here is a list of average tuition fees at well-ranked Italian universities:

  1. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – average tuition fees 4,000 EUR/year
  2. University of Bologna – average tuition fees 2,100 EUR/year
  3. Polytechnic University of Milan – average tuition fees 3,300 EUR/year
  4. University of Trento – average tuition fees 6,000 EUR/year


  1. Living costs in Italy

The overall living costs for students in Italy range between 1,000 and 1,500 EUR/month, this including: accommodation, food costs, public transportation, local travel and/or entertainment.

Rome is just a little more expensive, compared to the rest of the Italian cities. Check the average monthly expenses for students in these student cities in Italy:


Out of the total monthly expenses of EU students, they usually pay around 35 % on accommodation, 9% on transportation and around 12% on tuition fees. Rates for accommodation in Italy are in the international range of 200 – 300 EUR/month.

On average, here are the prices students spend on housing, depending on the type of accommodation:

  • students that live alone: 266 EUR/month
  • students living in student accommodation: 257 EUR/month
  • students living with partner/child(ren): around 133 EUR/month.

A small percent of 2% of the international students live in student halls of residence, the rest choose other housing options. Regardless of where they choose to live, 75 % of students are very satisfied with their accommodation, which is above the average of 60 %.

Food costs

In Italy, buying food from the supermarkets is not expensive, as you could spend on average 150 EUR/month. Lidl, Penny Market or Esselunga are known in Italy to have the lowest prices.

In Italian restaurants, lunch or dinner start with antipasto, (a sort of appetisers or hors d’oeuvres) a course consisting of various types of cold meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, with prices between 5 and 12 EUR.

In mid-range restaurants, pasta dishes are between 6 and 12 EUR, while the main fish or meat courses will normally cost between 8 and 16 EUR.

You should be aware of an important detail: any Italian restaurant will charge you for the bread and cover that is present on every table; this usually costs around 1–2.50 EUR per person.


The public transportation would be the easiest and most convenient method to travel in Italy.

A monthly bus/tram/metro ticket for students is somewhere between 25 and 35 EUR/month, depending on the city.

The train network in Italy is fast and well maintained, so visiting other cities in Italy is definitely an option. Fares start at around 20 EUR for a trip, but if you book earlier tickets, you could get discounts of up to 70%.

In Milan and other Italian cities, you can rent a bike for a daily 2.50 EUR or weekly 6 EUR.

  1. Scholarships and funding opportunities

In Italy, scholarships are offered by the Italian government at the national and regional level and Italian universities.

Examples of scholarships you can apply to:

  • Italian government scholarships for international students – for all degree levels, and for teachers of Italian as a second language. The scholarship duration can be three, six, or nine months.
  • Some Italian universities such as Politecnico di Milano, University of Padova, Bocconi University, Bologna University, offer scholarship programmes for international students; these are usually between 5,000 and 12,000 EUR/year.
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