Why Study in Italy?

Universities in Italy were founded in the 12th century making them the oldest in the Western world. The reorganisation of the Italian education system originated the new concept of University institutions across the rest of Europe. With its strong historical aura, breath taking sites and diverse natural landscape Italy is sure to provide international students an enriching cultural experience. The fields of design, architecture, fashion, applied sciences and arts lie at the forefront of Italy’s domain of higher education.

Italy offers a wide range of courses where students have the option of pursuing degree programmes or certificate programmes that can be studied online, through distance learning or facilitated through classrooms at academic institutions across the country. Italy has top rated programmes, professors and facilities that enables students to find professional success. Due to these and more reasons students are opting to study in Italy.

Top Universities in Italy

Whether one is seeking to enrol in a Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD degree or a summer study abroad programme, Italian universities and colleges offer a wide range of courses that will fit ones educational needs and personal expectations.

The tuition fees of Italian university and colleges are amongst the most economical for both domestic and international students. There are over 30,000 international students studying a vast range of courses in more than 85 educational institutions. University of Bologna is considered to be the first higher education institution of its kind in the developed world, dating back to 1088, and it was there that the word ‘university’ was coined.

Some of the top universities in Italy also feature in the World Ranking lists.

  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • SDA Bocconi
  • Università degli Studi di Milano
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Milano-Bicocca

Business, Mathematics, Sciences, Design and Fashion, constitute some of the most popular courses in Italy.

List of Universities in the Italy

  • Istituto Marangoni
  • Polimoda Fashion School
  • Scuola Politecnica Design (SPD)

Skill Shortages

Over the last few decades, the proportion of the Italian population over retirement age has more than doubled. Birth rates are low and life expectancy is going up leading to fewer new entrants into the workforce across the board. Italy, and indeed, most European countries will have to depend on the outside world to make up the skill shortages. These could be in the area of hospitality, healthcare, business and technology.

Average Incomes

Job Category Salary in Euros/year
Architecture 24,132 EUR
Fashion and apparel 51,996 EUR
Hospitality 22,800 EUR
Business 40,860 EUR
Health and Medicine 66,804 EUR

Education Cost for Studying in Italy

If you are thinking of studying in Italy, it is important that you are aware of education costs in Italy. As compared to other countries, the cost of higher education in Italy is not that high. Take a look at the Italy education costs given below to get an idea.

Tuition Fee (EUR €)

Undergraduate: 12,000-15,000 EUR per annum

Postgraduate: 15,000-20,000 per annum
Living Expenses (EUR €): 8,040 EUR per annum (approx).

Scholarships to Study in Italy

Main intake: September/ October

The actual start and finish dates of degree programmes in Italy vary in every university, but each academic semester lasts for roughly 20 weeks, made up of a 14-week teaching period and a 6-week examination period.

Source: Higher Education in Italy

Students considering Italy are recommended to begin the application procedure 8-12 months prior to the intake. Scholarship deadlines vary amongst institutions. In order to capitalise on the available Italy scholarships, we advise you to walk into ‘Global Education Ideas’ Global Education Offices as early as possible.

Student Visa for Italy from India

Here is a list of documents required for Italy:

  • Attested copies of X, XII & Graduate Degree (if applicable), Mark Sheets including Backlogs (Re-sits)
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
  • Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
  • Two academic references
  • Two references from employers (where applicable)
  • Passport sized photographs
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Resume/CV
  • Draft for application fees, if applicable
  • Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
  • Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities

Note: Italy documents required for individual universities and individual courses may vary.

Admission Process for Study in Italy

To be assured of obtaining the best quality advice about the opportunities available for studying in Italy students should register with Global Education Ideas. After registration all students will be carefully guided through a number of key stages, maximising their chances of getting admission in the institutions of their choice. This is how we, at Global Education Ideas, work on the Italy admissions process.


You register with Global Education Ideas and be assured of obtaining the best quality advice.


We make an assessment of academic qualifications, work experience, financial status, career goals as well as life interests and aspirations.

Standardised Tests

We evaluate the requirement of any standardised tests you may need to take or review results that has been already obtained.

University/Course Selection

Together, we shortlist potential countries, universities and courses that match a your profile.

Document Editing

We edit essays, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and Resume, which have been written by you.

Application Review and Submission

The completed application forms are reviewed before they are submitted to your final choice of universities.

Interview Preparation

We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the chosen universities.

Visa Counselling

We assist in preparation (including mock sessions) for the interviews that you may have with the High Commissions or Embassies, as well as the collation and review of relevant documentation for submission of the visa application.

Pre-departure information

We deliver comprehensive information about the country of choice to ensure that you are completely prepared for life at an overseas university

Exams for Studying in Italy

Students have to pass one or more additional tests before they can be considered by most universities for admission. These range from the standardised graduate and college admission tests such as GRE, GMAT and SAT to English Language tests, such as TOEFL and IELTS.

Global Education Ideas offers high quality Test Prep programmes throughout India. Through its high-tech, state of the art teaching centres strategically located throughout the country it offers students preparatory training on the full range of admissions tests that universities need.

Contact Global Education Ideas today for detailed information relating to the tests that may be needed for admission in Italy.

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