Last edited on 24 Apr 2018

Ciao! Benvenuto in Italia!

Hi! Welcome to Italy!

Italy is a parliamentary republic located on the Mediterranean Sea, in the South of Europe. Come to Italy and study here! You will be impressed by our historical heritage. Rome, the capital of Italy, was the political center of the Western Civilization. Italy is playing an important influence in Europe’s culture and society since centuries. In the 14th century a cultural, artistic and intellectual movement began in Florence, Tuscany, and spread to the rest of Europe: Italy is the birthplace of the Renaissance.

The country itself has plenty of charms which tempt tourist and international student; a diverse landscape; an immense cultural and historical legacy; iconic and historic sites including Rome’s Colosseum and Pisa’s Leaning Tower; incomparable cuisine; an impressive history of inventions and discoveries. Nest to that, Universities in Italy include some of the world’s oldest and most prestigious.

Italy boasts the greatest number of UNESCO world heritage sites in the world and it is also the home of the oldest European University - the University of Bologna, which was established in 1088. Many of Italy’s scientists have made an outstanding contribution to modern science, in particular in physics, chemistry, material science, medicine and literature. Art and culture play a very important role in a country where beauty, design, good taste and fashion are an everyday imperative. This, coupled with a high quality of University education, makes Italy an ideal place for living and studying.

Higher Education System

Under the Bologna Process, Italy has implemented the “nuovo ordinamento” (literally, “new rules”) system, replacing the former “vecchio ordinamento” (literally, “old rules”). Higher education in Italy now consists of a three-year bachelor’s degree called the laurea triennale, which can be followed by the two-year master’s degree (laurea magistrale, previously called  laurea specialistica).

There is a credit system in place to quantify the amount of work needed to pass each course (eg. 25 work hours = 1 credit), as well as an opportunity to change your course or continue your studies abroad after three years. Students who are intending to study law have to take the five-year “Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico”, while medicine students have to take a six-year degree.


Language requirements for studies at universities in Italy


If your study program or course is taught in English, you will be required to prove your level of command of English by presenting the results you received at English courses. Please, always check with your university whether your English studies are sufficient for you to meet this requirement.


According to Italian regulations regarding access to university studies, students are required to have an adequate knowledge of the Italian language as it is the usual language of instruction. In general, you need to have a minimum level of Italian corresponding to B2 in the Europass Language Passport classification. If your level of knowledge of Italian corresponds to C1 or C2 in the Europass Language Passport classification, you will be exempted from taking the Italian language test.

Unless your level of knowledge of Italian corresponds to C1 or C2 as previously explained, you will be required to pass a test of Italian language. The test will be organized by the institution where you will be studying, usually in September.


Where to start if not with the Italian capital? Well, most people  probably start with the main sights – the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain,  the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps or the catacombs. But  as a student in Rome, the fun lies in discovering new sides to the  “Eternal City”.

You might take in a show in one of Rome’s many theaters, or enjoy a  large outdoor performance at the Stadio Flaminio or Olympic Stadium. If  you’re keen on literature, why not enjoy a night out at a ‘book bar’ – a  fusion of bar, library and book club? For bargain hunters, Rome’s  antique fairs and flea markets offer reams of vintage and second-hand  goodies. If you’re brave enough, you might even rent a scooter and try  to navigate the notoriously chaotic Roman traffic.

There are a range of excellent universities in Rome, particularly Sapienza - Università di RomaUniversitá degli Studi di Roma - Tor Vergata  and the Università degli Studi Roma Tre.


Celebrated as one of world’s best cities for students,  Milan offers the full package: world-class universities, a high  standard of living, and a large and diverse student population. A  thriving economic hub in the north of Italy, Milan retains a strong  sense of its past, while simultaneously representing modern urban  Italian life.

The city’s cosmopolitan population coexists alongside a wealth of historical sites, including the church Santa Maria alle Grazie a UNESCO World Heritage Site which contains the famous painting The Last Supper.  As well as being Italy’s leading financial center, Milan is recognized  as a world leader in the fashion and design industries, designated a  ‘Fashion Capital of the World’ alongside London, Paris and New York. If  sports are more your thing, you’ll probably know Milan as the home of  celebrated football teams AC Milan and Internazionale, known also as Inter Milan.

With eight universities in Milan, the city has the  largest student community in Italy. Its higher education options include Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi di Milano, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Università of Milano-Bicocca, while Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi is known as one of Europe’s top business-focused universities. The Università degli Studi di Pavia (UNIPV)  is also located just south of the  city of Milan and offers a range of international programs taught in  English.


Once you’ve climbed the famous Leaning Tower and taken one of those photos where you pretend to be holding it up, you’ll find there’s a lot  more to Pisa than this iconic landmark! Pisa has more than 20 historic  churches, several palaces and a series of stunning bridges across the  river Arno. During the summer, you’ll find students relaxing  along the banks of the river, sipping drinks from one of the area’s good  wine bars.

While you might not find so many clubs or live music venues in Pisa,  the city does offer some alternative music venues, disco bars and  karaoke bars. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a leisurely dinner or drink at  one of the city’s restaurants and bars, have a walk in Piazza Garibaldi  and the riverside Lungarno, or treat yourself at one of Pisa’s spas.

The city gets much of its life from its student population, who organize all kinds of parties, shows and cultural events. Among universities in Pisa, the main one is the Università di Pisa. The  university’s most famous past student is Galileo Galilei, who studied  there in the 16th century and went on to become one of the  world’s most famous astronomers, physicists and inventors. Along with  the University of Pisa, the Scuola Normale Superiore and the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa make up the Pisa University System, which is recognized as one of Europe’s leading education hubs.


Although less familiar to foreigners, Bologna is well-known among  Italians, and not just because it is the largest city and capital of the  Emilia-Romagna region. Bologna is known as the culinary capital of  Italy, famous for its cuisine (la cucina Bolognese). It’s also  been named a Creative City for Music by UNESCO, and is known for  well-preserved historic center. The city’s pervasive shades of red, from  terracotta to burnt oranges and warm yellows, have given it the  nickname Bologna la rossa (Bologna the red).

Having developed around one of the world’s oldest universities,  Bologna remains very much a university town, with a large and diverse  student population. There is a thriving nightlife, active gay scene,  good live music scene, and almost a hundred concerts every year  featuring international rock, electronic and alternative bands. Other  study-break activity options include a restored silent and sound films  festival in July, three major car museums (Ducati, Lamborghini and  Ferrari), and a Formula One collection.

Among universities in Bologna, the most famous is the Università di Bologna (UNIBO). Other higher education institutions in Bologna include the Collegio di Spagna (within the University of Bologna, for Spanish students); the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, and the Collegio Superiore di Bologna. You might also consider taking some classes at the Carpigiani Gelato University, where you can learn to make authentic Italian ice cream