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Italian universities are some of the oldest universities which are being operated from the time the concept of higher education has been invented.

The University of Bologna is the first ever university established and it still is running successfully with so many students preferring to study here in modern day. Italy has been a hub for educational activities since anyone can remember.

Today, Italy consists of every conceivable type of advanced education program there is, with high quality teaching methods.

The enticing heritage sites like the city of Siena, the Amalfi coast, the Leaning Tower of Pisa are the cherries on top of the pie of studying in a country so thickly laced with history and culture.

Apart from these attractions, three is Italian cuisine, which includes pizza and pasta, which have almost become parts of any nation’s urban cuisine.

How can you get study visa for Italy?

The student visa is required by any non-European student to study in Italy for a period, which is more than 90 days. The prerequisites to get a student visa to Italy are:

  • The universities in Italy accept students who completed their bachelor’s, based on their performance in their earlier studies. The cut off GPA depends upon which college you are applying for.

    Best colleges accept only students with highest grade points. So if you have some top college in mind, it is better to maintain good grades.

  • Contact the selected college to take a test for assessing your abilities.
  • If the college is satisfied with your performance and grades, you will be intimated and you then have to give a pre-application request to the Italian embassy in your area giving them the details regarding the college and course you want to get into.
  • The consulate will give your details to the higher education system of Italy.
  • After screening required details of you, the embassy would release the list of selected candidates by the end of august of each year.
  • Application form of visa to get into Italy- the visa application process has to be done at the Italian consulate or embassy. The visa application process is advised to be started at least three months in advance to the date on which you plan to get to Italy.

    It is better to get the visa interview date around 4 and 6 weeks prior to your planned travel date.

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Do you want to study or go on a training course in Italy?

If you want to get to Italy for higher education or get trained in a specific course, you have three types of universities to choose from:

  1. The universities which are state funded, managed by the ministry of education, Italy
  2. Private universities-operated by private authorities
  3. Graduate schools which are referred to as ‘Superior Graduate Schools’, which specifically will train you in post graduate/ master’s degree

The colleges offer professional courses with top notch facilities as well as arts colleges which provide advanced programs in dance, music and fine arts.

Italian language schools would provide you with Italian linguistic programs, which would assist you to stay in Italy in the long run. To get into their universities, you need to select the type of college and course carefully.

Select best possible college in a good city and a course that would become an asset to your employment opportunities. Once you enter into Italy it is possible to visit all the cities which would give you an insight into the tradition of Italy and would enthrall you with its architecture.

You can choose to take a short term course, which would be less than 90 days or you can choose to take long duration ones which include graduation, post-graduation and doctorate courses, which would be more than 90 days.

Professional courses in Italy would be generally of longer duration while linguistic courses would be of shorter tenure.

Do you need to know Italian language to study in Italy?

The studies in Italy can be done either in the Italian medium or English medium. It is not mandatory to learn Italian to get into Italy but it would be better if you at least have some idea about the language.

If you want to get into streams that are taught in Italian and take tests and assignments in English, you have to give the following tests:

  1. CILS-this test has to be taken by Italian Institutes of Culture across the globe
  2. CELI-certifies centers of University of Perugia conducts this test

The English based tests that are accepted by universities are-

  1. IELTS- this is the English language test which is preferred by most of the universities.
  2. TOEFL
  3. C1 (advanced)
  4. TOEIC

What are the requirements to study in Italy?

Italy study visa requirements

The following give the list of documents that have to be procured to get into Italian education system:

  • Recent passport sized photographs with maximum face visibility.
  • You need to arrange for the accommodation facilities in Italy beforehand for the entire duration of the stay in Italy. This arrangement proof would be asked to be shown at the time of the visa interview.
  • Proof has to be produced regarding the financial support that you have to have in order to get through the entire duration of your stay in Italy. This can be done by showing sufficient bank balance or a proof that you have scholarship on the way to cover some of the expenses.
  • You have to get a fully paid for health insurance which would cost around 150 euros for your first year stay in Italy.
  • Certificates of previously completed education.
  • Receipt showing that you have paid the visa fee of 50 euros.
  • The acceptance letter from a recognized Italian university.
  • If you are applying for either medicine or architecture or engineering, you would be in need of giving those admission tests respectively.

Can you stay in Italy after graduation?

The students who have completed their master’s or who have taken their doctorate can stay back in Italy and search for a suitable job for a maximum of 12 months, but for students whose program is less than 3 months, this visa is not issued.

The permission granted to a person, who completed master’s degree in Italy is called, ‘Permesso di Soggiorno’, which means Resident Permit in Italian language.

The minimum period allowed under this scheme is 6 months and the maximum is 12 months. The tenure depends upon the course and the college, from which you got your degree.

If the student is unable to secure a job within that period, he/she has to return to their home country.

The work permit after securing a job the visa that has to be obtained is called a ‘Permesso di Lavaro’. If the job you got pays you a minimum of 1300 euros for 14 months, then only you would be eligible to apply for this visa.

You also have to have a reliable knowledge in Italy and English to get this.

Why so many international students choose to study abroad in Italy?

  • Italy has come of the best tourist attractions of the world, like the Colosseum, Venice canals, Lake Como etc., which attracts huge number of tourists every year. To live in a country, surrounded by such rich traditions and history would be everyone’s dream come true.
  • Best colleges like university of Milan, John Cabot University, university of Pisa attract students towards their academic excellence.
  • The Italian cities Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan etc. would be a feast to eyes and the age old cuisine would be a treat to the taste buds.
  • Apart from excellent range of programs to choose from and an environment which would help a student’s overall growth, Italian government allows a student work visa, which allows international students from non-European countries to work while studying (where as it is not required by European students to have a work visa to work).

    This visa allows them to work for 20 hours a week while studying. Many internship programs, part time jobs etc. are given to the students with this visa to earn while studying which would offer a decent pay. This is a very convenient way for students to cover some of their expenses.

  • One can learn get into a course of Italian language while studying their respective course, which would help them to build their career, as the knowledge of a foreign language would be beneficial for them in the long run.
  • Italians are a friendly lot generally and they give much importance to family life. Hence the atmosphere would be friendly and homely.
  • Studying in Italy and being able to travel to its splendid landscapes would be very enriching to any soul.

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What is the budget required to study in Italy?

The exact amount of expenses that incur while your stay in the country depends upon the city and university and program you choose. But the average estimate is given below:

Tuition fee:

The tuition fees ranges between 850 euros and 6000 euros per academic year for public funded universities and the tuition fees varies between 6000 euros and 20000 euros per academic year for private institutes.

But majorly the tuition fee could be calculated after you select your course and college. The scholarships could also be applies if you are eligible for any. It again depends upon the course and the college and the grade points scored by you in your previous degrees.

Living expenses:

The average living expenses depend upon the city you choose to live in. the details of the living costs in major cities of Italy are:

  1. Rome: 850 to 1450 euros per month
  2. Florence-850 to 1300 euros per month
  3. Milano-850 to 1450 euros per month
  4. Bologna-750 to 1100 euros per month


Nearly 35% of the expense is consumed by accommodation facilitates. The types of accommodation decide the cost as below:

  1. To live alone it costs around 400 euros
  2. If you live at a student’s accommodation, it would cost around 300 euros


The transportation takes nearly 12 % of monthly expenses. It takes around 25 to 35 euros to travel in public transportations like metro or bus or tram.

These are the main costs that occur while living in Italy. The miscellaneous costs include food costs, cost to travel to other cities, charges to get into tourist sites etc. These can be understood after staying in the country for a few months.

How long can you stay in Italy with a student visa?

An international student can choose to get to Italy using two types of visa and this determines how long they can stay in Italy with student visa.

  1. Type C visa- this visa allows you to stay and complete any course with a maximum duration of 90 days. Generally language courses come under this category.
  2. Type D visa-this visa allows you to stay and complete long term course like graduation, masters and PhD, which would require at least 20 hours per week and at least 80 hours per month.

After completion of the period of student visa, if you are a masters or PhD holder, you can stay a maximum period of 12 months to secure good job, within which if you do not secure a good job, you have to get to your homeland and if secured, you can apply for a work visa.

To experience one of the finest education systems and varied range of professional as well as other programs to choose from and get the life time experience of studying in a country busting with history and Italian culture, that lures anyone to it and to get the taste of some of the world’s oldest and tastiest food recipes and to roam in the cities that mixes sophistication and tradition effortlessly, one can opt for studying in Italy and get the experience that stays with you for a life time and boosts up your career like no one can.

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