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. When you study in a foreign country, it gives you a sense of discovery, but not in the same way as being a tourist. When studying abroad in Italy, first of all, you are stepping out of your comfort zone. Second, you are taking in your surroundings while cultivating friendships, settling into the ritual of attending classes, finding local places to eat and hang out as well as going on excursions and field trips. Whether you are interested in an Italian language immersion or another subject, studying in Italy warrants consideration for so many reasons.

Italy is a beautiful country located in Southwestern Europe, on the Apennine peninsula. The country comprises of the mainland Italy and the surrounding islands. The country stretches southwards almost to the coasts of North Africa.



  • Home to one of the oldest Universities in the Western world (The University of Bologna)
  • 15 Italian universities finds place in the list of Top 200 universities in the world
  • Courses designed in collaboration with companies thus increasing employability
  • English is the prime medium of instruction
  • Italian language and intensive Italian programs are taught at all levels, from beginning to advance levels
  • Scholarships Fee waivers, Free housing,refectory meal tickets are provided for deserving students
  • IELTS /TOEFL not required
  • Ranks among the 8 most industrialized countries in the world
  • 6 months stay back available
  • Opportunity to work 20 hours per week
  • Home to thousands of industries –ship building, Aircraft commercial vehicles, electrical goods, textiles etc offering excellent job opportunities
  • Extremely warm & co-operative people
  • Extensive transport network of train and bus offers endless opportunities to explore
  • Has reputation for its rich (but surprisingly healthy) Mediterranean diet
  • Italy Milan is the world capital of fashion

Education System

Italian higher education system consists of two main articulations: the university sector and the non-university sector.

Currently, the university sector comprises of 89 university institutions out of which

  • 58 State universities and 17 non-State universities (legally recognized by the State).
  • 2 Universities for foreigners.
  • 6 Higher schools specialized in postgraduate university studies.
  • 6 Telematic universities.

The non-university sector includes 4 education typologies with their institutions:

Higher schools of design: polytechnics for the arts, academies of fine arts, higher institutes for applied arts, music conservatories, and recognized music institutes, higher institutes for musical and choreographic studies, national academies etc


The academic year comprises of two semesters. The first semester starts in September/October and ends in January/February. The second semester starts in February and ends in July. Intakes may vary from university to university.

Scholarships and funding opportunities

In Italy, scholarships are offered by the Italian government at the national and regional level and Italian universities.

Examples of scholarships you can apply to:

Italian government scholarships for international students – for all degree levels, and for teachers of Italian as a second language. The scholarship duration can be three, six, or nine months.

Some Italian universities such as Politecnico di Milano, University of Padova, Bocconi University, Bologna University, offer scholarship programmes for international students; these are usually between 5,000 and 12,000 EUR/year.

Check out some funding options for studying in Italy.