University application procedures in Italy vary depending on whether you are an EU or a non-EU student, and whether you’re applying at undergraduate (referred to as ‘first cycle’) or graduate level (second and third cycle). The Universitaly website run by the Italian Ministry of Education has all the information you’ll need about applying to universities in Italy – but keep reading for an overview of key steps.
In general, the first step is to contact your chosen university to check the entry requirements for your degree program. Once your eligibility is confirmed, you must submit a pre-enrolment request form to the Italian Embassy or consulate in your country of origin along with the relevant documentation (see below). You will need to get your documents translated into Italian by an approved translator, in Indonesia the translation must be done by the Italian Cultural Institute. The form you need to fill out will vary depending on whether you are an EU or non-EU student and your degree subject. For example, non-EU students applying to study at institutions for arts, design, music and dance will need to fill in the form Form A-bis, while other students will need to fill the form Form A.
In Indonesia, documents you need to provide include:
Copy of your school leaving qualification if you are an undergraduate applicant, or copy of your undergraduate qualification certificate if you are a postgraduate applicant, legalized by 1) your university; 2) Indonesian Ministry of Justice and Human Rights; 3) Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Transcript of exams, including name of each passed exam, legalized by 1) your university; 2) Indonesian Ministry of Justice and Human Rights; 3) Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
A letter from your University/School stating when you enrolled in that School/University
Two passport-sized photographs (3,5 x 4,5 cm) with white background.
If you choose an entirely Italian course taught, you need to provide proof of proficiency in Italian by presenting the results of an Italian language exam or, alternatively, you will take Italian exam in Italy (usually held in September)
At the Italian Embassy in Jakarta, an Uni-Italia Office is active since October 2012. Uni-Italia, founded on 30th July 2010 jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), the Ministry of Interior, has the aim of promoting Italian Higher Education and the mobility of foreign students and researchers towards Italian universities as well as encouraging academic cooperation between Italy and other foreign countries. The Association is present in several countries including China, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Iran. Uni-Italia works closely with Italian diplomatic offices abroad where Centres of promotion and orientation to study in Italy are located in. All these Centres cooperate with the Italian Cultural Institutes and the Italian Consulates abroad especially in promoting Italian higher education programs, assisting students with their first enquiries made in their own countries. The Association also assists students when they arrive in Italy and for the length of their stay with the aim of facilitating their integration into the new social, academic and cultural environment.
You will only be issued a visa to study in Italy if you can demonstrate that you:
Have suitable accommodation in Italy;
Have sufficient funds to cover all costs you might incur while studying in Italy (including tuition, accommodation, transport, textbooks and living costs);
Have sufficient funds to be able to travel back to your country of origin at the end of your studies, or proof that you have already purchased a return ticket;
Are entitled to medical care in Italy, either through private health insurance or an agreement between Italy and your native country;
You might also need to show proof of certificate of payment in full for your degree program.
You will also need to present all necessary documents giving evidence of the requirements outlined above, as well as:
entry visa application form;
recent passport-size photograph;
valid travel document whose expiry date is three months longer than that of the visa requested;
proof that the applicant has adequate accommodation in Italy;
proof that the applicant has sufficient means of subsistence of no less than € 453.00 for each month of the academic year;
enrollment or pre-enrollment in the course to be followed in Italy;
the requirements and procedures for the issue of visas are indicated in a special provision, published annually by the MIUR, in agreement with MAECI and Ministry of the Interior.
Tuition fees at universities in Italy differ depending on the institution and course, as institutions set their own rates. Regular fees for EU and non-EU students depend on the students family income and on the program students are applying for, from a minimum of (per year) 900 € to a maximum of 4,000 € at a public university in Italy, while private universities will be more expensive. Some specialized courses may also charge higher fees, while doctoral students could receive a grant from their university of choice will not need to pay fees.
In terms of living costs, you’ll need, approximately, €10,000 per year to cover accommodation, food, transport, entertainment and other expenses. When budgeting, you should keep in mind your lifestyle and spending habits, as well as where you’ll be based – major cities and tourist areas will be more expensive than smaller towns, especially in the north of Italy.
International students are eligible for the same scholarships and grants as local students, assessed by academic merit or financial need. This applies to scholarships, student loans, housing assistance, meal tickets and fee waivers. These services are managed by the university’s DSU Office (Diritto allo Studio Universitario – Right to Education), which also provides useful information and services for students including counseling, extra-curricular activities, sports, transport and other practical matters.
Furthermore, Indonesian students, interested to study in the field of Engineering, Advanced Technologies, Economy, Management, Architecture and Design, can apply to Invest Your Talent in Italy Scholarship, which call opens each year, usually, from December to February.
Other kind of scholarships available are from Italian Universities (requirements, deadline, etc depend on each University) and from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Official name: Italian Republic (Repubblica Italiana)
Capital: Rome (Roma), nickname “The Eternal City”
Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
Head of state is the elected President (currently Sergio Mattarella), and the government is led by the Prime Minister (currently Giuseppe Conte).
Borders with France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia
Italy has numerous islands, and the mainland is famously shaped like a boot.
There are two independent states within Italy, both enclaves: Republic of San Marino and Vatican City (the smallest country in the world, only 0.44 sqm).
Italian language is the fourth language more studied in the world
Italy has the only active volcano in mainland Europe: Mount Vesuvius. Of Italy’s 14 volcanoes, three others are active: Mount Etna, Stromboli and Vulcano.
Europe’s third-largest economy, eighth largest in the world
53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other country
Official language: Italian. Other recognized linguistic groups have co-official status including French, German.
Main religion: Roman Catholic
Currency: Euro (€)
Main exports: engineering products, textiles and clothing, machinery, motor vehicles, transport equipment, chemicals, tobacco, minerals, nonferrous metals, food and beverages
Italy’s national football (soccer) team has won the FIFA World Cup four times, in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 – only Brazil has been more successful.
Other popular team sports in Italy include volleyball, basketball, rugby, Formula 1 and Moto.
There is a European law safeguarding the ‘traditional Italian pizza’.
Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world
The language of music is in Italian (for example mezzo, lento, andante, allegro, vivace and presto).
Famous Italian cheeses include Parmesan, from the Parma area in Northern Italy, mozzarella, traditionally made using Italian buffalo milk and pecorino, made by sheep milk.
Time zone: Central European Time (UTC+1), UTC+2 in the summer
Italian Local/Regional Government generously offers international students financial support in the form of free meals or discount coupons, tuition fee partial/full waiver, monthly allowance or free accommodation. For first-year students who enroll in the first year of any degree course, the competition only takes into account the requirements relative to their economic situation. To be able to apply for the scholarships, a list of documents (hard copy) needed to be sent to Uni-Italia’s office in Jakarta for Indonesian applicants
Focus Scholarship: Master, PhD, Research Projects under academic supervision and Italian Language and Culture Courses
Scholarship Coverage: Full scholarship
Focus Scholarship: Master and Academic Master
Competition: Designated country: Azerbaijan, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Turkey, Tunisia and Vietnam
Scholarship Coverage: Full Scholarship
"Invest Your Talent in Italy" initiated by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation - Directorate General for the Promotion of the Country System, in collaboration with Uni-Italy, ICE Agency, with the support of Unioncamere and Confindustria. The program aims to strengthen the internationalization of both enterprises and the Italian university system. What set this scholarship different from other programs is by offering integrated high academic education and training in the company. This scholarship is only available for Master and postgraduate programs.