Study in Italy

06 Oct

Universities in Italy were founded in the 12th century making them the oldest in the Western world. The reorganization of the Italian education system originated the new concept of University institutions across the rest of Europe. With its strong historical aura, breathtaking sites and diverse natural landscape Italy is sure to provide international students an enriching cultural experience. The fields of design, architecture, fashion, applied sciences and arts lie at the forefront of Italy’s domain of higher education.

Italy offers a wide range of courses where students have the option of pursuing degree programmes or certificate programmes that can be studied online, through distance learning or facilitated through classrooms at academic institutions across the country. Italy has top-rated programmes, professors and facilities that enable students to find professional success. Due to these and more reasons students

Top Universities in Italy

Whether one is seeking to enroll in a Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D. degree or a summer study abroad programme, Italian universities and colleges offer a wide range of courses that will fit one’s educational needs and personal expectations.

The tuition fees of Italian university and colleges are amongst the most economical for both domestic and international students. There are over 30,000 international students studying a vast range of courses in more than 85 educational institutions. The University of Bologna is considered to be the first higher education institution of its kind in the developed world, dating back to 1088, and it was there that the word ‘university’ was coined.

Some of the top universities in Italy also feature in the World Ranking lists.

Sapienza University of Rome
SDA Bocconi
Università degli Studi di Milano
University of Bologna
University of Milano-Bicocca

Business, Mathematics, Sciences, Design and Fashion constitute some of the most popular courses in Italy.

Education Cost for Studying in Italy

If you are thinking of studying in Italy, it is important that you are aware of education costs in Italy. As compared to other countries, the cost of higher education in Italy is not that high. Take a look at the Italy education costs given below to get an idea.

Tuition Fee (EUR €)
Undergraduate: 12,000-15,000 EUR per annum

Postgraduate: 15,000-20,000 per annum

Living Expenses (EUR €): 8,040 EUR per annum (approx).

Scholarships to Study in Italy

Main intake: September/ October

The actual start and finish dates of degree programmes in Italy vary in every university, but each academic semester lasts for roughly 20 weeks, made up of a 14-week teaching period and a 6-week examination period.

Source: Higher Education in Italy

Students considering Italy are recommended to begin the application procedure 8-12 months prior to the intake. Scholarship deadlines vary amongst institutions. In order to capitalise on the available Italy scholarships, we advise you to walk into GWS as early as possible. Contact us and we will provide you complete information on the Italy scholarship process.

Admission Process for Study in Italy

Exams for Studying in Italy

Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These range from the standardized graduate and college admission tests such as IMAT, GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

GWS offers high-quality Test Preparation programs. Through its high-tech, state of the art teaching centers, it offers students preparatory training on the full range of admissions tests that universities need. Contact us today for detailed information relating to the tests that may be needed for admission in Italy.

VISA and Application

Here is a list of documents required for a visa for Italy:

-Attested copies of X, XII & Graduate Degree (if applicable), Mark Sheets including Backlogs (Re-sits)
-Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
-Standardized Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
-Two academic references
– Financial statement for the last 12 months
-Two references from employers (where applicable)
-12 Passport sized photographs
-Statement of Purpose (SOP)
-Draft for application fees
-Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
-Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities

Note: Italy documents required for individual universities and individual courses may vary.

Many people are looking to define the education system, standard of living, student life and total experience you get in with your time studying abroad in Italy. These are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions with regards to studying in Italy.

Q1. What is the Cost of Living in Italy for students?

  1. Prices vary from city to city or even with regions. Generally one could look forward to spending between 350 – 600 euros depending on your location and average expenses.

-Rent for Accommodation: Shared: € 150 – 300 and Non-Shared: € 200 – 500
-Additional Expenses : Utilities: €50 (gas, electricity, water, trash) | Internet: €30 (divided by number of room-mates)
-Supermarket: For an average person cooking at home would be approximately 50 Euros/week.
-Buses: 1 ticket costs 1.20 Euro and lasts for 1 hour from the time it is validated. You can purchase a 25 day pass for 22 Euros.
-Taxis: On an average about 10-30 Euros-depending on frequency.
-Trains: On an average about 80-100 Euros/month depending on your travel.
-Pizza and a drink: 8-20 Euros approximately.
-Dinner in a restaurant: 15- 35 Euros approximately.
-Public Laundry: Washing 3.50 Euros | Drying 3.50 Euros.
-Internet point: 10 minutes costs 1 Euro | 30 minutes costs 2.50 Euros | 1-hour costs 3 Euros | 24 hours costs 20 Euros | Weekly subscription 20 Euros | Monthly subscription costs 75-80 Euros.

Q2. How many hours/week of work is allowed on a Student Visa?

The Italian laws permit a student to work 4 hours a day and a maximum of 20 hours a week. Irrespective of your years of experience and personal profile, Generally Italian Companies look to hire you as an intern and the pay would be around 500 – 1000 euros. Paid Internships are possible in rare cases.

Is that 20 hrs/week limit applicable with some special category of Student Visa?

Nope, the visa just gets you a “permesso di soggiorno per motivi di studio” when you arrive, which is what allows you to study and live in Italy.


Q3. What is the full time job opportunity for immigrants in Italy?

A.The opportunity would be very less compared to other European Countries like France, Germany etc. You require to have good command over the local Italian Language and exceptional command in English. It is illegal for non-EU citizens to work in Italy without a “permesso di lavoro” (work permit). For full-time jobs it would be 1300 – 1500 again depending on your profile and years of experience in Italy. Generally, it would be 1300 euros for 14 months.

what about the Part-time jobs during studies?

It’s not that you can’t find one, but the probability is very less. it’s impossible to get a job without having the skill to speak Italian properly. With local Asian contacts like Bangladeshi ’s, Pakistanis, Indians, etc you can find work at Bars, Restaurants or with Newspaper & pamphlets distributing which again depends on the location of stay.

Q4. Should I be getting in touch with “Consultants” to get information and guidance over admission for any university?

A. Being careful over your choice of consultants and the services they provide is necessary. Being resourceful enough to research your study level and courses to be undertaken according to your profile is highly recommended. If possible, Try to apply directly instead of applying with some consultancy services. It is much easier these days. Also about scholarships don’t take any guarantee or faith over unreliable sources, unless and until you get it approved or directly from any university or institute in writing.

Some consultants try to brainwash you into believing that they have the strong tie-up with top universities and they will make sure you get a scholarship or admissions easily if applied through them. A student profile is accessed by the university on the basis of your score and certificates you have in your achievements with any extracurricular activities to add on. Again Scholarships are given to eligible candidates depending on your performance or eligibility criteria of a particular scholarship. In Italy, the scholarships are very limited. For the first-year scholarship depends upon the marks scored in your previous qualification & family income. For the second year, scholarship depends upon your first year credits.

Take the second opinion from friends, families, mentors, information available on social media, facebook groups, educational forums etc.

Q5. How good is a University? and it’s reputation?

  1. You could refer with Standard Ranking Systems made available by QS World Rankings, Times Higher Education, Ranking Web of Universities, World University Rankings, You can also check the department, facilities, and its current researches, publications etc. Graduating from Top Universities of a country adds on a good reputation value in your CV.

Admission, entry, and Italian Education System?

The academic year is split into two semesters, from September/October to January/February, and from February to July. Typically each semester in Italy will consist of 14 teaching weeks, followed by a six-week exam period. It is usual for most exams to be oral, which means a series of one-on-one question and answer sessions with the examining professors – rather a daunting prospect for many international students!

Q6.What is the admission fee structure in Italian universities?

A. Italy’s university fees differ depending on the institution and course. According to government guidelines, average fees are between US$850 and US$1,000 per year, but private universities will be more expensive.

Q6.Can you give me some general information about scholarships?

International students are eligible for the same scholarships and grants as local students, assessed by academic merit or financial need. Italy describes its higher education system in terms of three ‘cycles’, which can sound rather confusing, but basically refers to undergraduate degrees, master’s degrees and doctorates.

Q6. How much bank balance do I need to show for applying to a stay permit (Permesso di Soggiorno)?

  1. If you receive a scholarship or fellowship grant at least €10000 Euros per year from your university then you may show only your scholarship agreement documents for the proof of economic capability. If you are receiving some partial scholarship which is below than € 6.000 Euros per year, then you should show some sufficient proof of economic capability for applying for stay permit.

In order to prove that you have sufficient means of support, you should show a statement of your current bank account issued by your Bank giving your details (name, surname, etc.) and the details of the Bank. If the current account is not on your name but on the name of your parents, for example, then the Bank can issue a statement of their account to which your parents attach a declaration stating that you have their consent to use their current account. The amount you have to consider is € 5200 (if only for the applicant alone or with a family member), € 10300  (for the applicant and two or three family members), € 15185 (for the applicant and four or more family members). The sum of the income should include any further revenue of any other family member living together with the applicant. The bank statement must be original

Q7.How much money I have to deposit for bank guarantee?

You should have the amount of €10000  or equivelent amount of money in your account for the last 3-4 months before you apply for a visa.

Q8.How long can I stay in Italy after my graduation?

Only PhD students and 2° level Master students ((Laurea Megistrale at least 120 credits and must be at 2° level) may apply for a temporary stay permit (called permesso di attesa occupazione)* which lasts for a period of 6 to 12 months maximum and allows students to legally live in Italy after their graduation while searching for a job. other students can stay only until their stay permit (Permesso di Soggiorno) expires. In case you don’t find a new job before your Permesso di Soggiorno expiration date, you must leave the country. Staying in Italy with expired Permesso di Soggiorno is illegal.

*Please note: For applying for this temporary stay permit you need to show the proof of the economic capability of no less than 8.500,00 Euro in your bank account and the proof of valid housing contract (provided by the Municipality)

Q9. Can I accept a work contract in Italy while I am a student?

Yes, you can. However, if you want to work before you graduate, by law you can only accept part-time contracts, which means you may work up until 20 hours maximum weekly and 1040 hours yearly. In case you wish to work full-time before you graduate, you must convert your stay permit from study to work permit, but only within the annual quotas established by law.

Q10.Can I accept an internship in Italy or abroad while I am a student?

Yes, you can, but only within some general rules and only as long as your study permit is valid.

Q11.Can I do an internship in Italy after graduation?

When activating an internship, the Career Service may ask you to submit a copy of your valid stay permit or the receipt of an appointment for renewal made at the Questura.

Please note: you cannot convert your student permit to a work permit if you have been offered an internship. Additionally, there is no guarantee that the Questura accepts to renew your study permit after graduation for an internship beginning after your current stay permit expires.

Q12.How long can an internship period last?

Internship periods have a maximum duration of 12 months, regardless of the number of extensions.

Q13. Can I do an internship in another country after graduation?

In some countries, internships are reserved for those who have a student status. Before accepting an internship offer, please check laws and regulations valid in the country you are applying for.

Q14. Can I work in another European country after graduation?

Every country has different rules and laws for issuing work permits to foreigners. Always check regulations valid in a certain country and discuss this with your potential employer before accepting a job offer, even if you have found it through the Career Service job boards.