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Why Study in Italy?

Italy is home to one of the first universities that was found in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Acknowledged as the oldest university which still function, the University of Bologna, founded in 1088, is. Not much has changed over centuries, Italy still is recognized as one of the most prestigious country to study especially for higher education. To no one’s surprise Italy has several universities that rank in QS list of the best 200 universities of the world.

For a really long time Italy has been playing key role in reforming higher education. Known as “Bologna Process”, whole of Europe has implemented this system. Italy is one of the four nations that laid the foundation of European Area of Higher Education. 97 universities in country have been categorized on several factors. We have tried to simplify for your understanding. Take a look

State universities: These are state funded institutions. They are the largest chunk in the all the categories.

Other publicly funded universities: Rather than state, they are taken care of by their Province.

Private universities: Non state funded.

Superior Graduate Schools: Independent institutions. Very modern and cutting edge. Offers specialization.

Other than these universities, there is total of 137 higher education institutions in Italy. These institutions specialize in different areas. Like music, art, and dance to technical based and research based institutions.

In the past Italy was not preferred by the international students because of the courses and programmes were taught in the Italian but in recent past English language programmes have grown significantly.

Why to study in Italy

Growing Destination

Italy is not an English-speaking country. Despite that is becoming popular among the international students. In fact, the students who are want to study in a diverse, friendly destination which offers a quality education prefer Italy over a lot of other countries.

Diversity of Education

Italian universities are extremely diverse. Every student will be able to find something that appeal her. The courses options are plenty, and the International students who are interested in very niche subjects will managed to find good colleges in this country.


Italy is one among the very rare student destination that allowed the students to work for 20 hours a week. For the students who are trying to save money education or even travel this is a very generous rule. Other than that experience of working in a different country at such an early age is just priceless.

Easy Student Visas

Getting a student visa for Italy is nothing compared to getting a student visa for the USA. It is ridiculously easy. The guidelines are really helpful, you will be able to follow through without any difficulties.

More reasons to go to Italy

They have some amazing universities and the international student community is quite impressive.
If art, fashion, and architecture inspires you – Italy is for you.

Experiencing European life remains a dream for many, you can live in the best possible way.

The education is meaning and it will support your career. Being in a leading environment

Language problems:

Since it is not an English speaking you need to be able speak English very clearly. Though they education facilities and students will not be a problem you might face some inconvenience communicating with the regular people. At first, this could be challenging but most students prefer to learn the language.

Participation: It is important that you get along with students in your class but do not misunderstand this and turn into a bookwork. It is crucial that you take extracurricular activities seriously, they are good not only to socialize but it also gives you the chances to learn from international experience.

Participate in as many activities as you can, be it during class discussions, or any other ground activity.

Making friends: Most of the international student get busy in finding people from their own country, though there is absolutely nothing wrong in doing so, but when you are in Rome you need Romans around to show how to do it like Romans. College experience will not come back, it is important that you make friend from different countries. Learn about different cultures. See the different world. See the world differently. Make full use of the opportunity.


The price of accommodation is completely based on where you decide to during your term. The university hostel also comes with options, whether you want catering included or not. The price will fall in different category. If you want to go for university hostel the cost would be very different than going for private space.

The prices are different in different areas. If you have decided to rent, looking out for options near to the university will be a good start. So at the end of the day, it will depend on you and where you choose to live.
But if decide to rent a place, do read the rights and responsibilities you are given by the law. This will make you prepare for tricky situations.


For students who come from abroad orientation is compulsory. Generally it last as long as a week. As a part of it you will be introduced to the services, classes, as well as the universities. Colleges give you handbook, make sure you read it, because it has all the information a student might need.


Italy has a really diverse culture. So together with you regular extracurricular activities including sports you must take part in drama, music and other activities in which you will get you learn about country. Since art is such a crucial part of Italy and their heritage there are frequent tours to concerts and theatres, art galleries, historical centers and much more. Do not miss a single event.

Major scope in the country

Tourism is one of the most important sector in the country a major source of foreign exchange. Lately the economy of Italy has been broadening its horizons, previously it was centred on textiles and food now it is expanding its reach to steel, engineering as well as chemical products. Though machinery, tourism, iron are the most crucial industries of Italy – other industries have been making rapid growth including the sectors like chemicals, steel, textiles, food processing, motor vehicles, footwear, ceramics and clothing.

Manufacturing industries are centred particularly in the north region, to be more precise in Milan-Turin-Genoa also known as the “golden triangle”. The north is dominated by the private industries which are experimental and full of opportunities.


Just like India temperature in Italy is based upon the elevation as well as the region. Average annual temperature of the country stays between 11°c and 19°c. December to January remains the coldest time of year while Italy is hottest in July and August.


Things like architecture, music, art, family, and food are deeply engrosses in the culture of Italy. The reason being it was not only home to the Roman Empire but also a heart of the Renaissance. Culture in Italian peninsula has been thriving for centuries, it is better to be a part of it to experience Italy fully, because you cannot escape it anyway.

About Italy for students

Italy has charming streets, delightful food, all sorts of natural landscapes. But one thing really defines Italy is art and history and you will find it oozing from every corner in the country. There is so much more to Italy and what meets the eye. Keep in brief it will be an experience of lifetime. Especially for students.

The courses and disciplines are so diverse, the international students make full use of the opportunity. Alongside their major the students get to learn so much more than other countries – it is incredible.

Let us get a quick understanding of how will be for an Indian student to study in Italy –

  • Work while studying in Italy
  • You will be needing a work permit, as an international student, if you wish to get a job in Italy while you study. But all you need is a part time job in Italy you will not need any permit whatsoever.
  • All you need to apply for a work permit

The list is small, here goes

  • You need to be enrolled in a degree which is at least 6 months long.
  • A passport without work prohibition stamp.
  • Duration of work permit
  • The work permit remains valid as long as your valid student visa.
Work per week

20 hours a week. But during vacations you can work 48 hours.

Required documents
  • 10th, 12th, UG mark sheet.
  • Two academic reference letters from recent teachers or professor (the more the better).
  • LOR from employer if you have worked.
  • SOP
  • Resume
  • Essays (depends on the university)
  • Score of GMAT / GRE / IELTS / TOEFL
  • Portfolio
  • Relevant certificates (if any)
  • Proof of funds

Essay: This is part of the admission procedure. The topics are supposed to evaluate the you on the basis of strength, weakness, experience, skill, career aspirations, and most important – the reason for picking the particular school. You will need to submit different essays as the university demands.

LOR: The purpose of the letter if to let the college know the qualities of the students from an authentic source. Students’ qualities, capabilities, striking characteristics must reflect in the letter of recommendation. It could be your manager, employer, teacher, or professor who writes it for you.

SOP: SOP is how to introduce yourself to the admission officer of the university. The SOP should also mention why you right fit for them and why you should be accepted to the college.

Make sure that it is written in first person and mentions the all the right reason that why you want to apply for that college. It should be right balance that reflect how is your personality very objectively.

Pro tip – Keep the SOP casual, but at the same time, do not make it look like you are boasting or you do not care enough.

Which tests are required to study in Italy?

SAT, GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS are compulsory if you wish to get in any of colleges. These test have different, formats, band of result. It is safe to say that it depends on the student which test they want to take.

These tests are different in their own way, mostly colleges just need one of the results of either of the test.
Repetition of exams: The test of IELTS can be taken an as many times as the student wants, but on the other hand TOEFL has a cap on the times it can be taken and retaken. The rules of PTE are same with the IELTS, as there is no cap on the number of times it can be taken.

Note – One rule that applies on each of the test is that you will have to wait for the test in order to apply for retest.

Fee: The standard fee for all these exams is between 13000-14000 INR.

Time to apply: The college and university have rules about which test they accept. At times, they also give you option, in that case the result of the test you want to submit depends on you. In order to prepare for these tests, it takes somewhere between two to four months of time.

Is IELTS enough to study in Italy? The answer is no, here are the list on exams required for different courses.
General exams

The university you will be applying to will mention which exam results will be applicable to the course of your choice. But if they give a choice to go for either of these, then the choice depends on you.

GMAT – This is the exams taken by the MBA aspirant or the students who want to study management or business courses in the Italy. This test evaluates English, reason skill, and also math.

GRE – This test is taken by the students who want to pursue MS or MA. In recent times, business schools have started to accept the score of this test.

SAT – SAT is taken by the school students who want to go abroad to do their undergrad. This tests the literacy as well as general writing skill of the students. Problem solving skills is also a significant part of the test.

Work after graduation in Italy

Students from India need a work permit if they want a full-time job in the country after they complete their education.

Here is a small guide that you may find helpful

In Italy, you get to choose permit like the Permesso di soggiorno per lavoro (Residence permit for work) to remain in the country and work full-time. According to the rules, you can stay in the country for the same duration as your degree.

How can I apply?
  • Fill in the V2 or Z2.
  • Sending the online application
  • Get an appointment at the Immigration Desk
  • Get the essential documents.
  • How long does it take to get the permit?
  • 56 DAYS
  • Application requirements
  • You can apply for the work permit if you have:
  • a valid study permit
  • suitable accommodation
  • a job offer with an annual income of above 8,263 EUR/year.
Cost of Studying & Living in Italy

Tuition fees vary, but it is significantly lower than American or even British universities. The fact that they offer affordable education at such affordable price, makes Italy so popular among the international students.

  • Accommodation rent ( on campus or off campus )
  • Rent
  • Food and grocery
  • Basic utilities like internet, gas, water, and electricity
  • Phone bills
  • Reference books
  • Air tickets
  • Other elements which could change the cost of living would be:
  • Dining out
  • Eat out
  • Travelling
  • Renting a car
  • Cable TV
Student eligibility criteria:

First things first, you will have to check whether or not you make the cut for getting the loan. This is non-exhaustive list of the criteria –

  • Must 18 year old or over
  • Impressive academic records.
  • Must be Indian born
  • Check which bank allows which courses.
  • Must have cleared all rounds to secure admission in the college
Eligibility of course:

You cannot get loan for all the courses. These are sort of course which make you eligible for the education loan.

For Undergrad: Courses that are job oriented offered by reputed universities.

For Postgrad: You can get loan for MBA, MS, MCA, and also for diplomas.

Loan amount: Let us assume your fees is 10 lakhs, then the bank will only give you the 80% of the amount, you will need to bear the remaining cost. This 20% of the sum, in banking term, is known as the margin amount. The widely accepted amount for a loan is 20 lakhs, but you can get well above that. It depends on the reputation of the college. The bank charges 1% as the processing fees that the students will have to bear.

Documentation required: You will need to show the bank the letter of acceptance sent by the university. The formality is different depending upon the bank.

Repayment: If the student got employed within one year after completion of the course, the repayment should start immediately after the expiry of one month from the date of employment. Regardless of you having a job or not, the loan must be paid in five to seven years. In some exceptions, you can get 10 years as well.

What are the best programs in Italy?

Language and architecture degrees is the backbone of renowned Italian education system. The other courses are wonderful as well, but the country has developed a reputation that they offer excellent art related courses and majority of international student flow comes in from these courses only.

  • Checklist before Departure
  • Pre-departure list
  • Flight tickets
  • Mandatory insurance, both health and travel
  • Accommodation
  • Travelers cheque
  • Paperwork from the educational institution
  • Make sure you have copies of the following documents –
  • Airline tickets
  • Passport
  • Letter of Acceptance by the educational institution
  • Travel insurance certificate
  • Medical and immunization records
  • Academic history and university transcripts
  • Prescriptions for any medication you are carrying
  • Key addresses and phone numbers
  • A bank statement showing proof of funds
  • Traveler’s cheques – if applicable
  • Once You Land
  • Homesickness

It hits the hardest in first couple of weeks. You need to be patient for two weeks or so. The feeling will sink in, you will soak the environment and soon you will start enjoying the new place. ,/p>

Do anything but do not lock yourself in the room, it will only make the things worse. You are likely to miss you home, like all students who comes from a different country.

If the feeling does not go away in two weeks you could ask for a counselor for homesickness. They feel more homesick after the call ends than before starting it. Try and limit the call to once a week. The expert on this matter say that long phonecalls makes it harder for the students.

Your first few weeks in Italy

Take your time, is what we suggest, absorb everything going on around you. Make sure to time out of your busy schedule and learn about the university. The first few days are the busiest for every international student. It is important that you absorb everything important –

  • Get used to the campus’ whereabouts.
  • Do not make the mistake of not joining the International Student Club.
  • Attend the workshops and alternate learning.
  • The ID works as passport in the campus. Get it as soon as possible.
  • There will be gyms, library, and recreational center. Make full use of the student service that is offered to you.
  • Learn how to cook. If you to satisfy your Indian food craving you need to be able to cook it for yourself.
  • Because when you crave for Indian food you will find out that is very expensive.

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