Bachelors in Italy

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Population: 60,626,442
# of Students: 1,800,000*
# of Int. Students: 70,000*
# of Institutes: 89
Education Expenditure: 43‰ of GDP
Academic Year: Runs from November to October
*= Approx. total

Study in Italy

Modern Italian universities were founded in the twelfth century and are the oldest in the Western world.

Once the centre of the vast Roman Empire and the birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy harbours a vast cultural heritage. Famous Italian artists include Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Tintoretto and Caravaggio. Many of today’s scientific advancements are accredited to Italians such as Luigi Galvani and Alessandro Volta, known for their revolutionary studies on electricity, Antonio Pacinotti, inventor of the dynamo, and Antonio Meucci, who invented the telephone.

Research in Italy

The Italian government offers great support for research, as a strategy for maintaining high standards in technological development. As a result, according to National Science Indicators (1981–2002), Italy has an above-average output of scientific papers in space science, mathematics, computer science, neurosciences, and physics. Italy has also taken great steps in developing cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world in the field of research.

Student support

Collaboration agreements between Italian and foreign universities make education more accessible to international students. Italian Universities focus on the integration of students into the social, academic and cultural environment. A tutoring system assists international students with information, paperwork, orientation, extracurricular activities. The Italian state also provides support with student health and social security. All international students are entitled to the same student assistance services as Italian students.

General application requirements

To be eligible for admission to an Italian university, you need to:

1) Hold a foreign high-school diploma that proves you qualify for university education in your home country.

2) Have Italian or English language proficiency depending on the study programme you plan to attend.

If admission to university-level studies in your home country requires special exams, you must give evidence of passing with the required scores.

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Higher education institutions

Many institutes of higher education specialize in visual arts, music, dance, drama and design. Language learning institutions promote Italian culture all over the world through a variety of courses, using online communication. Telematic universities are Italian non-State universities specialised in distance learning. Universities for foreigners are State institutions that specialise in teaching and research for the development of the Italian language, literature and culture. "Politecnici" (technical universities) concentrate on subject like engineering and architecture. Most study programmes take into account employment needs and include practical training stages.

Grading systems and assessment

Examinations are graded according to a scale ranging from 0 to 30, with 18 as a pass mark. A "cum laude" may be added to the highest grade as a special distinction. All examination results are used to calculate the overall degree mark on a scale of 0 to 110. The pass mark is 66 and students who obtain full marks of 110 may be awarded a summa cum laude.

Student assessment is done mainly by oral exams, although some courses will include written tests. Students may choose between a certain dates on which to take the exams. They are also entitled to take the exam again if they are not satisfied with the result. Rules apply as to how often a student can take an exam within an examination period.

Visa information

EU citizens may enter Italy with a passport or ID card and are entitled to stay for study or work as long as they like. You are however required to register with the Questura (police station) in order to obtain residence.

Non-EU Citizens are required to apply for a study visa at an embassy or consulate in their home country.

Required documents for non-EU study visa:
  • Two passport size photographs;
  • Application form;
  • Passport valid three months over planned stay in Italy;
  • A letter of acceptance from school or University in Italy indicating place, duration of the course and dates of attendance;
  • Information about accommodation in Italy;
  • Proof of financial means to support yourself and travel to Italy and back;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Information about received financial aid, if applicable.

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Visa duration
  • Short stay Uniform Schengen Visas (USV), valid for up to 90 days.
  • Long stay or “national” (NV) Visas, valid for periods longer than 90 days (type D), with one or more entries, in the territory of the Schengen State whose diplomatic representative issued the visa, and to transit through the territory of other Schengen States for a period of not more than five days.

Living in Italy

  • The average tuition fee an international student has to pay is somewhere between 850 EUR and 1,000 EUR per year. Private universities are clearly more expensive.
  • In Rome, a room in a shared apartment is 300 to 600 EUR per month.
  • An apartment in Rome's periphery costs at least 800 Euros per month.
  • An apartment closer to the centre of Rome starts at 1200 Euros a month.
  • Public healthcare in Italy is very inexpensive. Doctors are paid through a national healthcare service and consultations require only small fees. However, to avoid long waiting times you can choose more costly private healthcare services.
  • Utilities will cost around 1500 – 1800 Euros per year.
  • As a general indication, monthly expenses for an average single person paying for housing, food, utilities, leisure, transport, health insurance and clothing usually amount to 975 EUR.
  • Italian cuisine is one of the healthiest in Europe.
  • In Italy, conversation is an art form practiced by locals of all ages, on a wide variety of topics.
  • Italian lunches are traditionally 1 to 2 hours long and may include a two to three course meal. Stores and banks are closed during lunch hours.

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Founding member of EU (25-3-1957)

About Italy

Italy was home to many well-known and influential European cultures, including the Etruscans, Greeks, and the Romans. Its capital, Rome, is one of the most historically important cities of the world, as the centre of ancient Rome and the Roman Catholic Church. For more than 3,000 years Italy experienced migrations and invasions from Germanic, Celtic, Frankish, Lombard, Byzantine Greek, Saracen and Norman peoples during the Middle Ages. During the Italian Renaissance, various city-states were noted for their cultural achievements. Italy was divided into many independent states and often experienced foreign domination before the Italian unification, that created Italy as an independent nation-state. During the period under the Italian monarchy and during the world wars Italy experienced much conflict, but stability was restored after the creation of the Italian Republic.

Italy is located in southern Europe and is bordered by France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia to the north and by the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It includes the islands of Sicily, Sardinia and Elba, and some seventy other minor islands. Two small independent states are located within the territory of Italy: the Vatican City in Rome, and the Republic of San Marino.

Italy is a peninsula with prevalently mountainous country extending from the Alps to the Mediterranean. In most of the inland northern and central regions, the climate is temperate but also influenced by the mountains. The coastal regions have a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm and dry summers.

The Republic of Italy is a member state of the European Union. It is a highly developed country with the 7th-highest GDP and the 17th-highest Human Development Index rating in the world. The country’s main economic activities are tourism, fashion, engineering, chemicals, motor vehicles and food products.

Italy holds the largest number of UNESCO heritage sites, 47 sites representing sixty percent of the entire worldwide cultural heritage. As a result, it is the fifth most visited country in the world.

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