A Study Abroad in Italy places you in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea and into a vibrant country, rich in history, art, architecture, culture and cuisine. International students consider Italy a great country for international study experience. Almost 7,000 students worldwide shared their impressions about studying in universities in Europe, on the world’s largest database of international student experiences. Their comments were evaluated as part of the Study Portals International Student Satisfaction Awards 2014. Out of all reviewers, 352 students shared 859 comments about what it was like to study in Italy. Students rated their experience with an overall grade of 8.4 out of 10. These student impressions are a great opportunity to get insights into the quality of programs offered at universities Italy, helping students worldwide to decide on their international study destination. Twelve universities in Italy received awards based on positive student experiences.
What are the benefits of study in Italy?
Most international students’ comments refer to the beautiful Italian cities and the rich social life in the country. Many were impressed by the overall cultural experience and the famous heritage sites in the country, as well as the old and prestigious universities. Students enjoyed travelling through the country, meeting people, making new friends and discovering different parts of Italy. They were pleased with the international atmosphere and the resulting cultural exchange. There are also positive comments about the events organized in the cities and the various opportunities to have fun, including carnivals, parties and winter sports activities in the mountains.
Italy's education system is renowned around the world for it's quality, offering several different options for international students. Italy is particularly well known for it's languages and architecture degrees.
How can you study a degree in Italy?
Italy is home to around 90 higher education institutions, including more than 50 state universities, 17 private institutions and many other specialist learning centres where you can study a degree in Italy. The different kinds of institutions available for undergraduate study in Italy include:
• State universities
• Technical universities
• Telematic universities (universities specialising in telecommunications and informatics)
• Universities for foreigners
International students applying to study a degree in Italy will need to show they have successfully completed pre-university education in their home country. You may also be asked to prove your Italian language abilities.
It’s important to know that most exams in Italy are oral, meaning you’ll be asked a series of one-on-one questions by your professor and be expected to answer face-to-face.
Universities and education providers in Italy are free to set their own tuition fees, but in general fees are the same for EU and non EU students alike. Expect to pay between €850 - €1,200 per year for state universities, but private universities may charge much more.
Immigration and visas
Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality. You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:
• You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
• You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
• You have paid all relevant visa fees
• You have sufficient funds to support yourself
• You have comprehensive health insurance cover Accommodation and living costs
How much you spend on accommodation in Italy as an undergraduate depends on where you study and the type of accommodation you want. The two most popular types of housing for international students are:
• University accommodation – such as halls of residence
• Private accommodation – such as house and flat rentals
Many international students will opt to live in private accommodation on arriving in Italy, although halls of residence are good for meeting fellow students and settling into university life more easily.
How safe is Italy?
Italy is a generally safe country for students to live in, despite the media representation of the mafia and gang crime. The most common crimes are burglary and petty theft, such as shoplifting or pickpocketing. Keep your belongings hidden and be aware of your surroundings and you should be fine.
In terms of living, on campus accommodation in dorms means a high level of security and peace of mind, and all universities that accept international students have dedicated support services for them.
Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:
• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic