why study in italy?

    A large number of young students attend universities in Italy. Among the reasons for studying in this country are the following:

     

    • A wide range of study courses
    • The largest number of state universities with long traditions
    • Italy’s beauty and its centuries-old history
    • The excellent teaching programmes at its universities
    • The desire to perfect one’s Italian language
    • Favourable funding opportunities for studies
    • Similarities with our mentality in the Balkans

    Italy is a fascinating country whether you are coming to study or as a tourist, but as an international student you can do both. Italy is the home of one of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Bologna, which created the university system as it is known today in Italy. There are also numerous other universities, such as Sapienza, Padova and Tor Vergata.

    Enrolment at an Italian university consists of several stages. The first phase is sending the application to the university itself, the second is the pre-enrolment procedure and, finally, obtaining the visa. For those who have an EU passport, there is only one step – sending the application and waiting for the decision on enrolment.

     

    For non-EU students, the pre-enrolment procedure and visa are a compulsory part of the application. Certain documentation is prepared, which must be translated by an authorised court interpreter for the Italian or English language, depending on which language you want the study to be conducted in, and then this is certified by a notary. You can get more information about this procedure at the Italian Embassy. This is all necessary for the phase of pre-enrolment. There are some more complicated procedures for the application and the embassy is not really of much help in this case.

    how much does it cost to study in italy?

     

    The tuition fee for a particular university depends on your financial situation, more precisely the income of your parents, and is determined on the basis of the ISEE model. This model is mentioned in the scholarships section and, based on it, scholarships can range from €1,000 to €3,000. If you meet the scholarship requirements, in most cases, you will be exempted from the first instalment and will only pay a regional tax (about €130). The second instalment would be between €400 and €500.

    In Italy, in addition to the state universities, there is a huge array of extremely respectable private universities that are quite affordable. Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore is an excellent example of such an institution.


    Additionally, there are regional scholarships available from Italy. Every year the state allocates a certain budget to its regions intended for scholarships for international students. To apply, extensive documentation is required, so we are not able to directly help with the application process for a regional scholarship, but our consultations may familiarise you with the procedure itself.

    The cost of living is around €1,000 a month. Italy has university dormitories, but students themselves, as a rule, avoid them and are more inclined to look for a flat to rent. In fact, they will often rent a room in a flat, where the price depends on the particular city, the location in the city and the number of flatmates.

    visas for studying in italy

     

    The invitation letter from the university also entitles you to apply for the student visa which is required for studying in Italy. 

     

    The visa requirements are:

     

    • The filled-out application form
    • One photograph
    • A passport which is valid for a minimum of three months longer than the expiration of the visa (the visa has a duration of four months and after its expiry, you must replace this in Italy with a residence permit – permesso di soggiorno)
    • A statement proving that you have the financial means to be able to live in Italy. For undergraduate studies this is €6,000, and for master’s studies €10,500. You can, for example, show your bank statement or guarantee from the bank to prove that you possess these funds.
    • A statement proving that you have suitable accommodation in Italy (a lease agreement for a room or flat – dichiarazione d'ospitalità)

    This type of visa is free of charge.


    Permesso di soggiorno – foreigners who want to live in Italy for more than three months must have a permesso di soggiorno (residence permit). From the moment you enter the country, you have a maximum period of eight days to apply, unless you have a visa to stay in this country. It is recommended that you apply for a residence permit two months before the expiration of visa. This is a document that allows you to legally stay in Italy and is required for several reasons: study, work, etc. All this information is provided within our package of services, as well as assistance with the application itself.

    living in italy during and after studies

     

    There is a saying that Italian is one of the few languages that can be learned even when you do not want to. Its exceptional melody and simplicity are extraordinary. During your studies you can find a job and work for up to 20 hours per week as a non-EU student or full-time, if you are an EU citizen. These are mainly zero-hour jobs, campus jobs, or you can even work in the university’s international office in charge of registration and enrolment. The hourly wage is from €7 to €10, which can provide you a considerable amount of pocket money.

     

    In order to study in Italian, your knowledge of Italian needs to be at B2 level, while for English-language studies, an internationally recognised certificate (TOEFL, IELTS or CAE) is required. Upon completion of their studies, students from non-EU countries have the right to stay for six months to look for a job or attempt to enrol in master’s studies. Italy is definitely a country where one needs a good level of Italian language if one wants to stay and live there.


    If you wish to study in Italy, please book your appointment with one of our mentors, now!