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La Dolce Vita 

Italy’s long tradition of education goes all the way back to 1088, when Europe’s first and oldest university—the University of Bologna—was founded. A few centuries later, the country flourished during the Renaissance which changed people’s thinking forever. The genius minds of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rafael left a cultural heritage that transformed Italy to a global center of art. Today, this Mediterranean country has further developed and continued the success of its predecessors, with many universities preserving the spirit of the past. 

Higher education in Italy

Italy is considered the catalyst behind the Bologna Process, which created the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) with a system of globally accepted Bachelors, Masters and doctoral degrees. The degrees awarded by Italian universities have different names but are almost the same. The undergraduate degree is called ‘Laurea’, the postgraduate degree is ‘Laurea Specialistica’, and the doctoral degree is called ‘Dottorato di Ricerca’. To be safe, best review the degrees at your chosen university before beginning your Masters study in Italy.

Italian universities meet all modern standards of eduction. There are many programmes entirely in English, but also Masters programmes in French or German. In addition, there are many science-oriented courses, as Italy is one of the most highly industrialized European countries. 

Admission requirements

Some Italian higher education institutions require additional documents or specific exams. For detailed information you should contact the desired university. 
Usually, the requirements are:

  • Bachelor’s degree (translated and legalized)
  • Language test in Italian for non-native students 
  • Entrance exam
  • Application form
  • Motivational letter
  • CV

Tuition fees

Italian universities have different tuition fees. They are divided into two installments and usually the first one is fixed while the second one varies depending on your specific course. There are also several specific cases which allow students to have their fees reduced or even refunded. Generally, most universities charge from €500 to €3000 per year for EU students. Non-EU Master’s degree seekers have to pay higher fees. 

Accommodation, living costs and transportation

There are several types of accommodation for students. Private apartments are quite expensive as you will be expected to pay an average of €700 per month for a 1-bed flat. You will also have to pay for utilities. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to look for a room in a shared flat. 

University residence is also an option if it is offered. Costs for university-owned accommodation can range from €5000 to €7500 per academic year for a single room in a shared student flat or a hall of residence. You have to meet certain requirements in order to be suitable for this type of accommodation. 

Living costs strongly depend on your lifestyle. Italy is the perfect destination for those who love to travel with many cities to discover. Rome, Venice or Milan, they are all historically and architecturally rich cities with much to offer. Italy is known for its food and bevarages. Make sure to try traditional dishes – sweet and sour, as well as different types of coffees. Eating at a restaurant is an expensive. Shops and grocery stores, on the other hand, are cheaper and allow you to cook on your own. You can use your imagination and make a pizza or you can read a recipe and try different pasta dishes with a nice glass of wine. Coffee shops are also affordable. There you can enjoy a nice cup of Macchiato or Cappuccino for around €5. 

Public transport is quite expensive in Italy, especially in the big cities. For long distances it is best to get a train or a bus, whereas in the city you can use the metro.

Scholarships

Many Italian organizations, institutions and even the government give scholarships for foreign students with a specific set of talents or low-income. Some Italian universities provide special scholarships with attractive conditions – a fee reduction, free accommodation and meals but most of them cover a study programme entirely. 

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