Study In Italy - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Italy as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Italy as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Italy

Why study in Italy

Cost of studying in Italy

Universities in Italy for international students

Cost of living in Italy for international students

How to get a visa to study in Italy

How to apply and study in Italy

Tuition fees to study in Italy

Applying to study in Italy


University application procedures in Italy vary depending on whether you are an EU or a non-EU student, and whether you’re applying at undergraduate (referred to as ‘first cycle’) or graduate level (second and third cycle).


In general, the first step is to contact your chosen university to check the entry requirements for your degree program. Once your eligibility is confirmed, you must submit a pre-application request form to the Italian embassy or consulate in your country of origin along with the relevant documentation .


 You will need to get your documents translated into Italian by an approved translator. The form you need to fill out will vary depending on whether you are an EU or non-EU student and your degree subject. For example, non-EU students applying to study at institutions for arts, design, music and dance will need to fill in the form Model A-bis, while other students will need to fill the form Model A.

Documents you may need to provide include:

       Completed application form to receive a Letter of Academic Eligibility and Suitability (Dichiarazione di Valoro in Loco/ DV); 

       Completed relevant pre-enrolment form;

       Copy of your school leaving qualification if you are an undergraduate applicant, or copy of your undergraduate qualification certificate if you are a postgraduate applicant;

       Transcript of exams, including name of each passed exam and syllabi of each course attended;

       Two passport-sized photographs, one of which you must sign;

       Any other documentation that can support your application (translated into Italian);

       You may also need to provide proof of proficiency in Italian by presenting the results of an Italian language exam.


Applying to universities in Italy

Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees and cost of studying in Egypt as an international student



The cost of studying in Italy actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Italy have different tuition fees


Italian universities have different tuition fees. Public universities in Italy are more expensive than the private universities. The average tuition fees for public universities in Italy is about US$900-1,060 per year a while private universities will be about US$9,500 per year.

The tuition fees in each university also depends on the course of study. With major courses such as medicine,pharmacy and dentistry being the most expensive.

Masters degree and Phd students pay the least and can sometimes be free depending on the university and course of study.

The cost of living in Italy is no doubt very expensive,as an international student,you will need about  US$12,740-19,120 per year to cover all your expenses which includes accommodation,feeding,transport,travel and entertainment. The cost of living also depends on the lifestyle and spending habit of a student.

To assist yourself,international students can work part time while studying and to be eligible to work as an international student,you need to apply for a work permit.

Due to the high cost of living in Italy,there are a lot of financial aids schemes such as scholarships,loans and grants for international students. Most of these financial aid schemes are provided by the government of Italy.


You can also contact the university you want to enroll into and ask for the available financial aid options and scholarships for international students.


Cost of living in Italy according to expatistan



Housing           [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area


            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat


            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area


            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area


            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio


            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)


            40” flat screen TV


            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)


            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)


            Hourly rate for cleaning help


Clothes            [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)


            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)


            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)


            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes


Transportation [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new


            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas


            Monthly ticket public transport


            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)


Personal Care  [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)


            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)


            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)


            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)


            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)


            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)


            4 rolls of toilet paper


            Tube of toothpaste


            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city


Entertainment  [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub


            2 tickets to the movies


            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)


            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert


            1 cocktail drink in downtown club


            Cappuccino in expat area of the city


            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)


            iPad Air 2, 64GB


            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)


            1 month of gym membership in business district



Visa to study in Italy


To study in Italy as an international student, you will require a visa. Below are the requirements and process of getting an Italy visa.


What documents will be required?

Two recent passport size photograph;

One application form duly completed and signed at the Consulate;

Passport valid three months over planned stay in Italy;

Copy of the passport page containing holder’s data and those mentioning an extension of validity.

A letter of acceptance from school or University in Italy indicating place, duration of the course and dates of attendance;

A letter addressed to this Italian Consulate, stating that you own private means of support.

If you are a recipient of financial aid, please submit a statement;

A letter from your bank indicating your account number, financial status, and balance. The letter must be signed by a bank official;

Flight reservations (round trip).

Note: Health Insurance Proof of Health Insurance must be shown to the competent local authorities in Italy (Questura) in order to obtain your residency permit (Permesso di Soggiorno). A Health Insurance Policy can be purchased on arrival in Italy at the Post Office, from Inassitalia, that is specially designed by the Italian Government for foreign students to cover all medical expenses without disbursing any money in case of illness.

Time required to issue a visa:

The terms for issuance of a Schengen visa are listed in art. 23 of the Visa Code: 15 days, extendable in specific cases to 60.

Visa denials

It should also be kept in mind that an alien cannot be considered as having a “right” to a visa but rather a simple “legitimate interest”. Denials must be justified and communicated to the person in question in a language understandable to that person or, short of that, in English, French, Spanish or Arabic. Persons denied visas may lodge a claim with the Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale (T.A.R.) (regional administrative court) of Lazio within 60 days of receipt of notification of denial. In the case of visas denied for joining or accompanying family members only eventual claims can be made to the authorised regular court.

Other information:

All aliens who enter Italy legally, including those who are not required to hold a visa, must comply with the rules governing the stay of aliens in Italy, and are required to report their presence on Italian territory to the local Central Police Station (‘Questura’) of the province in which they are staying within 8 working days from the date of entry, and apply for a residence permit (‘permesso di soggiorno’) pursuant to article 5 of Law 286/1998. Aliens requesting this residence permit are required to be fingerprinted.

It is this residence permit (‘permesso di soggiorno’) alone, which is issued for the reason and for the period indicated on the visa, which authorises an alien to stay in Italy.

Under Schengen rules, the residence permit issued by the Questura police authorities (or the diplomatic or service identity card issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to holders of a long-stay visa, permits aliens, unless express limitations are imposed, to enter and leave the Schengen area and travel freely for a period of not more than 90 days in any 6-month period within territories of the other Contracting States, provided that they hold a currently valid national passport or equivalent travel document. Nevertheless, all aliens are required to report their presence to the police authorities in the territory of any other Schengen states within 3 working days of entry.


List and ranking of all the universities in Italy


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Italy. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Italy and their ranking




Rank    University        Location

1          Università degli Studi di Bologna

Bologna ...

2          Politecnico di Milano

Milano ...

3          Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza


4          Università degli Studi di Padova


5          Università degli Studi di Milano

Milano ...

6          Università degli Studi di Pisa


7          Università degli Studi di Torino


8          Università degli Studi di Firenze


9          Politecnico di Torino


10        Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II


11        Università degli Studi di Trento

Trento ...

12        Università degli Studi di Genova


13        Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia


14        Università degli Studi di Catania


15        Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata


16        Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Milano ...

17        Università degli Studi Roma Tre


18        Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Milano ...

19        Università degli Studi di Siena


20        Università degli Studi di Parma


21        Università degli Studi di Bari


22        Università degli Studi di Perugia


23        Università degli Studi di Verona


24        Università degli Studi di Trieste


25        Università degli Studi di Palermo


26        Università degli Studi di Salerno


27        Università degli Studi di Ferrara


28        Università degli Studi di Cagliari

Cagliari ...

29        Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia


30        Università della Calabria


31        Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi


32        Università degli Studi di Udine


33        Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati


34        Università del Salento


35        Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa


36        Università degli Studi di Bergamo


37        Università Politecnica delle Marche

Ancona ...

38        Università degli Studi di Brescia


39        Università degli Studi di Messina


40        Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli


41        Università degli Studi dell'Aquila


42        Università degli Studi di Urbino

Urbino ...

43        Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento


44        Università degli Studi di Sassari

Sassari ...

45        Libera Università di Bolzano

Bolzano ...

46        Università degli Studi di Camerino


47        Università degli Studi G. d'Annunzio Chieti e Pescara


48        Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli

Caserta ...

49        Università Iuav di Venezia

Venezia ...

50        Università degli Studi di Macerata


51        Università degli Studi dell'Insubria


52        Politecnico di Bari


53        Università degli Studi della Basilicata

Potenza ...

54        Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale


55        Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM

Milano ...

56        Università degli Studi della Tuscia


57        Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria

58        Università Carlo Cattaneo


59        Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"


60        Università degli Studi di Pavia


61        Università degli Studi di Foggia

Foggia ...

62        Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro

Vercelli ...

63        Università per Stranieri di Siena


64        Università degli Studi del Molise

Campobasso ...

65        Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta


66        Università degli Studi di Teramo


67        Università degli Studi del Sannio


68        Università per Stranieri di Perugia


69        Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche

Bra ...

70        Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope


71        Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma


72        Università degli Studi Magna Graecia di Catanzaro


73        Università Pontificia Salesiana

Roma ...

74        Università degli Studi di Enna Kore


75        Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele


76        Università della Valle d'Aosta


77        Università degli Studi Internazionali di Roma


78        Università degli Studi di Roma Foro Italico


79        Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa


80        Università Europea di Roma


81        Università LUM Jean Monnet


82        Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana



Courses you can study at universities in Italy


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Italy


In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Italy as an international student


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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